As it has already been said: the main difference is that disabling an app simply marks it unavailable (which can easily be reverted), while removing physically removes the app and all connected data from the device.
What was still left open is: What do you gain from removing an app, that you didn't get by disabling it – so it would be worth the risk of not ...
You can disable only System apps from Android 4.0 onwards.
Check the guide here with video.
Basically you have to:
Go to your phone’s main settings menu.
Go to the “Apps” or “Applications” option.
Go to the “All” tab in your list of apps.
Find the app you wish to disable and tap on it.
Press the disable button next to the force stop button.
On some Android versions you can use adb to disable apps that you would otherwise not be able to deactivate via the UI. The Debloater app linked to above automates and simplifies this process. This answer will explain how to perform the same process manually.
WARNING: Disabling the wrong app or using the wrong commands can leave your device soft-bricked. ...
Yes, you can remove bloatware from rooted tablet, but not using stock uninstall utility. Use Titanium Backup to remove those bloatware. Its the simplest way.
The meaning of being rooted means you can access device as root user of Linux (Android is Linux). A root user can do everything on system. Stock settings utilities aren't designed to use this ...
Requirement: Rooted phone Samsung Phone
AccountAndSyncSettings.apk -- NO, Sync settings, this is required, even if out don´t sync, this is because it syncs more than just calendar and contacts, it is the effective sync to your google account, required for just about anything.
ApplicationsProvider.apk -- NO, required for application installation and ...
This depends on
the manufacturer of the device
the provider where you bought your device.
The manufacturer pre-installs some applications. Also the provider may pre-install some applications.
So this does not depend on the Android version but on the manufacturer and/or provider.
You might consider disabling those apps (starting with ICS, that's possible for some but not all) and "delete their updates". This way you'd solve multiple of your issues:
no more update reminders
app becomes unavailable, so it's no longer shown in the app drawer
being disabled, they should also no longer provide an "attack vector"
plus, the updates deleted,...
Look in /system/app/ for com.sonyericsson.extras.liveware.apk or similar. Remove it and any .odex file with the same name if present and that should get rid of it. (Note that I have no idea if this is required by the system or will otherwise screw up your phone, so do it at your own risk.)
Sorry, but you have to root in order to do this. There is no other way.
(optional) Install Titanium Backup and backup your phone. If you mess something up you can restore your phone using this
Now use an app called System App Remover to select the app you want to delete. You will have to grant superuser permission for it to work
There's no official way to install a "pure Android" ROM: the only official ROM is that provided by the manufacturer.
As sameer says in the comments, you can disable bloatware apps from the settings, with almost the same effect as uninstalling them.
If you want to start from a clean slate, you should look for an AOSP-based custom (unofficial) ROM. Although ...
A backup never is a bad idea, so right after you get root access, you should:
Do a full NANDroid backup (which creates images of your partitions, so you always can revert to this state by simply restoring them)
Use Titanium Backup to make a full backup of all your apps and their settings (so you can re-install a selection when needed)
Freezing does not ...
Starting with ICS (Android 4.0), you can simply "freeze" bloatware you don't need. This means, you make them "unavailable" (or rather "un-executable") on your device -- which makes them invisible in the launcher, and stops them from being started in any way -- while being able to "unfreeze" them any time you feel the need. No root required anymore.
With the Samsung Galaxy SIII running Android 4 (and generally starting with Ice Cream Sandwich), it is possible to disable (some) pre-installed system apps without rooting the phone. I'm still going to root it, I think; factory apps imposed upon me which cannot be disabled or uninstalled basically creep me out, quite frankly. If nothing else, it's just......
There is an application called Root Uninstaller Pro 2.7, with the sole purpose of allowing users uninstall either SYSTEM or REGULAR applications.
To download it to your phone via WAP:
Visit http://wap.mobiles24.com on your wap enabled handset
Select Download by ID and enter 552004
Click Download Item
Root Uninstaller Pro 2.7 Android App Apk
As others said, if you remove the crapware, well, that proves the rooting.
Anyway, you can try towelroot in order to gain temporary root permissions.
Open the app and tap three times on welcome to towelroot;
A text box should appear: substitute 1 to the last 0;
Click on make it ra1n.
This should provide you with a temporary root.
If it came pre-installed with your phone then its a system app. You cannot uninstall it (unless you have your phone rooted, which i think you don't have). Best option for you is to disable the app. In this case, the app won't run and won't consume any CPU or battery (if that's your problem). If you are concerned about storage space running out then this won'...
If you don't use them, there is no point in updating them.
The only benefit of updating would be that they will stop giving annoying reminders to update - at least until their next update.
Many of these bloatware/crapware additions can't be removed without rooting the phone. However, many of them will respond to a Force Stop after which they won't prompt ...
DjeMBeY has created a custom ROM on XDA which contains stock ROM, minus the bloatware. It is pre-rooted; once you flash it, you also get root. There is also a Google Play edition if that's what you want.
Not all apps are safe to delete or disable. Most are, though.
If you are able to remove an app that came with your phone, it is safe to do so.
If you can only freeze the app, then it is in the /system directory, that is why you can not remove it. You can disable nearly any app without bad consequences - but if other apps start to crash, try to re-enable ...
Yes, there is another way :)
You are lucky because you have Android Kitkat version. Just use tool Debloater by Gatesjunior from XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/software/debloater-remove-carrier-bloat-t2998294
The program requires that your manufacturer USB drivers are installed for your specific device as well as the following:
If the apps in question appears to be user-uninstallable but keeps coming back, they might be in /vendor and /system/vendor. But if they are only available for disabling, then they're real system apps.
Either way, you'll need to gain root to access and eliminate them. As you have pointed out, unlike CM, COS doesn't come with root, so it might pose a problem.
PSNeuter and ZergRush are too old-school (2.3.x-era), no wonder why they won't work.
This is a very unpopular phone so it doesn't have a custom recovery either. If the one-clickers (usually comes with the latest exploits) won't work then you're out of luck for now.
It is a 5kB app, with the package name com.evenwell.nps.
It is a system app, which i can't find an option to disable, if you have root your mileage may vary.
You could try opening up Digital Wellbeing (system > Digital Wellbeing), and setting a block on it that way, I have turned off Digital Wellbeing though, so i can't vouch for it
I have a Nokia 3.1, and ...
If you are familiar with adb and the command prompt you can remove any apps including system apps with this command:
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.evenwell.nps
com.evenwell.nps is the package name, you can see every app's package name with an app like APK Manager or Package Manager, etc
Comfirmed successfully done on my nokia 6.1
I do this for ...
If the devices are rooted then you can try ROM Toolbox Lite app.
Otherwise, I think you are out of luck since disabling applications is a feature which requires root access unless done through Settings app.
Note: Most Android builds don't consist of many pre-installed system applications. If the application is not a system application it can only be ...
You might want to read this February 2016 article at citizenlab.org.
Most relevant part of the article:
Leaks sensitive data on startup
Upon application launch, we observed Baidu Browser sending an HTTP POST request to
The body of this HTTP request is a gzipped JSON file. The JSON file contains a list of fields ...
Apps are safe to Disable when they provide an option of disabling them in app manager. They won't affect the performance of the device (and disabling some apps may increase battery back-up). For example apps from Google like Newsstand and Books, Google Music, Play Games, Google+ etc are all safe to disable. Also apps from LG like Live Wallpapers are also ...
It should be possible to simply go into Settings -> Apps -> All apps, select the pre-installed app and choose the "disable" option. Hit "OK", and the app will no longer exist on the home screen, will no longer run, and will essentially cease to exist on your device.
Take a look at this question for more info.