I am trying to remove the Facebook and Messenger apps from my Asus Zenphone Laser 2.

Unfortunately, in both cases, I seem to be unable to find the option to fully delete them from the device. I have disabled them, but the app management screen now shows the following:

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How can I fully delete/uninstall them?


2 Answers 2


You can't remove those apps from firmware without root but you can uninstall any system app for current user or any user using ADB.

Assuming ADB is installed and PATH is set if not you can do it with a simple internet search.


  1. Obtain package name for app you want to remove.

  2. Open Terminal/Command Prompt

  3. Make sure device is connected by running adb devices -l

  4. Run adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 <package name>

  5. Done

Package Name

Facebook: com.facebook.katana

Messenger: com.facebook.orca

Proof of Concept

After some discussion in the comments I'm adding an example here that worked for me. I have uninstall Google Keyboard from my device for current user using command adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.inputmethod.latin

Before and after uninstalling (click images to enlarge)

  • Tried this method to get some unwanted apps off an old tablet and adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.accuweather.android gets me simply Failure.
    – Amanda
    Feb 5, 2019 at 21:19
  • If one want to get rid of whole Facebook's bloatware, they should remove all of com.facebook. packages: katana, services, system and appmanager.
    – Velda
    Jun 5, 2019 at 12:29

You cannot uninstall them as they are system apps. But if you can root your device then you can permanently uninstall them and all other bloatwares. You can root your device by installing Magisk (Magisk-XDA-portal) remember to read the post thoroughly before installing it!

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