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How To Remove / Uninstall Android System Apps

Uninstall Android System AppsRemoving or uninstalling regular Android apps is quite easy but when it comes to system apps, the process does not work the way it does for regular apps. Fortunately, there is a direct way of removing / uninstalling system apps that involves deleting their files directly. Although there are several methods of doing this, we will be taking look at the simplest.

There are a few ways of doing this depending on the tools you are more comfortable with. The method that we are going to use requires a root access file browser application on your Android phone.

Your phone needs to be rooted in order to proceed so if it isn’t, search our site for “how to root phone_name”, replacing ‘phone_name’ with the name of your phone. We have rooting guides available for almost all popular Android devices but if you can’t find one for yours, mail us at tips [at] addictivetips [dot] com and we will be happy to feature one for your phone.

Make absolutely sure NOT to delete any critical system files. Usually if you do NOT know whether deleting a particular file is safe or not, ALWAYS make it a rule to NOT delete it. Apps like Facebook, Google Voice, Twitter, Gmail etc. can be safely deleted. Do NOT delete any file other than the .apk files for the apps that you want to get rid of.

Disclaimer: Remove system apps from your Android phone at your own risk. While the process is safe for most apps, removing critical apps or system files can potentially make your phone unbootable.
AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.

The method:

You need a root access file browser installed on your Android phone to delete system apps. The most popular app for this purpose is called Root Explorer but it costs $3.95. Fortunately, there are free alternatives available and the one we’ll be using is called Super Manager. You can install it for free from the Android Market. After you install it, launch it, bring up its menu and tap ‘Setup’. Check ‘Enable ROOT function’ and grant the superuser privileges when requested. Super Manager is now ready to perform as Root Explorer.

Now simply browse to /system/app using Root Explorer or Super Manager. If you are using Super Manager, you will be asked for the access level you want when you open /system. Choose R/W for read and write access. Now just delete the apk files for the system apps you want to uninstall, and you’re done.

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  • jim

    i have a rooted desire, downloaded super manager, deleted .apk files, rebooted, and all the apps were still there. literally NOTHING i’ve tried has worked.

    • Hamsterbaka

      same here.. the deleted apps just re-appear.

    • Alberto Rojas

      Hey Jim, were you able to make it work? I have the same problem. Deleted the .apk files, now they don’ t show in root explorer, but they are still in the menu and run as if nothing happened!

  • tdk.112

    @jim Make sure you enabled ROOT in Super Manager (in Settings). it should work that way.

    • k.saiharsha

      I have Spice Mi 720 TAB (I’m not sure if you, if any one has heard about it cause its has been recently launched) Run’s on Android 2.2 * 800 MHz processer with 2 GB RAM
      I’ve downloaded the super manager and I tried checking on enable ROOT Function This message pop’s up “The ROOT Function in this program is not support your device or system image!”

      Can any one help me with this problem!

      • Venkatesh

        You can use ginger break to root spice Tab .It works.

        • Amol Khairnar

           yes its true…we can root…spice tab using ginger break..

    • Songster

      My device says you cannot enable root function.  I guess they got wise to us trying to get rid of google items.

  • doblece

    Hi, I was able to delete unwanted apps from the system folder with Super Manager. However it would seem the apps are not physically deleted from the phone’s internal memory, although the phone is running at a better speed now and the icons and files don’t show up any more. But when I check the internal memory the amount of free memory left on the phone is the same as before deleting, and it should be showing nearly 20MB more which is the total size of deleted apps!
    Is there something as a “pending” recycle bin somewhere?
    Thanks for any help!

    • Jhegedus42

      I have the same problem here, any solutions?

    • Droiderific

      That’s because the /system partition is separate from the /data partition where all your user data is stored.

  • jaleelu

    I’ve downloaded and installed Super manager to my htc desire but I’m not able to Check ‘Enable ROOT function’. The function is visible but it seems the function is disabled. Is there any solution for this..?

  • ron

    Awesome thanks!!!!!

  • stephanie

    Super manager doesn’t let me enable ROOT function. It says, “the ROOT function in this program does not Support your device or system image.”
    HTC EVO 4G

    • k.saiharsha

      Any luck with the problem sited above?… i’ve the same problem

      • Huyntminh

        Have you rooted your device yet?

        • kula

          hi when the “enable root function” is checked, it says “sorry, the root function does not support your device”. i ma using lenovo A396, Android 2.3.5, kernel 3.10.17.

          it cant root the device

  • marcel_miller

    worked with Root Explorer!

  • amir joseph

    I need to removed the app system in my samsung galaxy gri9003 phone and i need how and plz help me to remove some app system

  • Malisa

    downloaded the rooter but its telling me that the ROOT function in this program is not support your device,please solve the ROOT issue yourself

    • Rhyan

      use root uninstall. works perfectly in removing system apps

      • Marvonj1101

        does not work!!!

  • Iwontentervalid

    Can I

  • Amm

    Can I do this using adb shell? i.e. just mv the file to some other location? thanks.

  •  thanks for this post. I was looking for it from long time.

  • Thanks for this useful post. I was looking for it from long time. I must say you have done lot of hard work on it. I must appreciate your work. Keep this spirit going.

  • Joy

    Where are the APK files stored? What is the path

  • Joy

    Where are the APK files stored? What is the path

    • Joy

      Is it in /system/app? Saw some APK files there using Astro.

      Another question is – will deleting the APK file delete the app. I thought APK file is the installation file. But once a APK file is installed – it has not much use.

  • Joelhnt

    Much easier with free astro file manager. If root is done.

  • I am trying to search in Google and found you article. Thanks for lovely post

  • I am trying to search in Google and found you article. Thanks for lovely post

  • Sagefeatherstone

    Is there a way to remove apps without voiding your warranty or even rooting your phone?

  • Sagefeatherstone

    Is there a way to remove apps without voiding your warranty or even rooting your phone?

  • It worked for me , i removed Facebook , Twitter and all the ATT crap i had in the phone.  Just foollow the steps, easy to do. My phone : Lg Phoenix

  • never knew that it is very easy to manage applications on Android system.. 

  • robh41

    Super Manager will not run from SD card on my tablet Froyo2.2.2. Not enough memory to move it elsewhere to free up more memory…Catch 22.

  • Warlordjason

    Ive got a file with 2300 smaller files that is titled promo is that safe to delete the files inside have different dates soim guessing ok plus it says file un able to open when i try to open one. Text me the answer if u know 9378693692

  • mike

    Does any one know how to do this for zte droid

  • kobi

    great thank you!!!!

  • Guest

    connect device via usb to computer that has android sdk tools. (ubuntu better on this job)sudo adb shell su
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    cd /system/app
    rm example.apk

    mount -o remount,ro -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system


    • mustafaerhan nallıca

      for your device use mount to get correct mtdblockX number. mine is 3 yours maybe 5 or 7

  • cardilzac

    Deleted some files that should have not been deleted….I see them in the deleted folder, how to do I reinstall then?

    • Copy them from that folder into /system/app/ and you should be good to go. =)

  • Abdul

    i also delete all system apps on android tablet.after i reboot the tablet. it is not connect to computer

    • You deleted ALL system apps? It’s a miracle that your tablet is still booting into Android! As I mentioned in the post, you shouldn’t delete any apps that you are not 100% sure about. At this point, I will recommend that you reinstall Android using a full factory image, or a custom ROM. You can search at AddictiveTips or on Google to find instructions for your device.

  • yuppa

    I’ve tried using me explorer but it displays that this feature can’t run on my phone. can you help

  • bahar ali

    i have deleted the internal memory and there is nothing left android software. how can i get that again plz answer.

  • Thangmongou Kuki

    I want to remove my default launcher, setting and all which keep on causing unfortunately apps has stop so how do I do it . I m dell venue 7 user I do not expect this thing from dell

  • asd

    i have rooted my device with root 4.3 and it failed but now i cant delete the superuser apk it created how can i do that with my pc?