How to get rid of bloatware from a rooted android phone

In our previous article, we covered how you can get rid of bloatware on an un-rooted Android phone, in any case, you missed it, you can read it here  

It’s not all applications on our phones that we have installed and are useful. It might not be a surprise to find that many applications on your screen right now come installed by the manufacturer of your phone. Those applications are what is called “bloatware”.

Even if you have never used these apps, they never stop function in the background. They will continue draining your battery, using your storage space and some of them, even collect your private data and send it back to the device manufacturer or Google, which will use the data to further market their business. 

Several Android users have complained over the years of Google spying on them. These bloatware applications are the tools used by Google to spy on you. 

In some cases, you may find that in some Android devices, these default apps cannot be stopped/disabled or be hidden. In such circumstances, you may need to root your Android phone.

One way you can remove bloatware on your Android phone is by rooting it. I assume by visiting this blog, you had already rooted your device, if not, read more about rooting here 

There are two easy ways you can get rid of bloatware from your device, and they include;

  •  Installing new ROM on your device
  • Using Nobloat Application

Nearly all ROMs have no bloatware, so installing one on your phone will assure you of no bloatware on your device. We have written a thorough article on how you can install firmware on your device. However, many people find installing ROM a daunting, especially on rooted phones. If you are one of those users, you don’t need to worry anymore, “Nobloat“, have you covered.

Nobloat

Nobloat helps in the removal of bloatware apps in easy few steps. There is a free and paid version of this application. The paid version goes an extra mile by enabling batch operations and creating blacklist for the apps to be deleted. It’s only $1.99 (USD) on Google Play Store.

Still the free version can do a lot in getting rid of bloatware. Let’s jump to the functions of a free Nobloat version;

  • It can disable apps
  • Backup applications
  • Can also backup and delete apps and 
  • Can delete apps without backup

When uninstalling bloatware, make sure you know what you are uninstalling or deleting. It’s not all bloatware that you must remove. Don’t remove useful system apps for it may render your device useless.

After all, you only want to get rid of useless default apps, so make sure you only remain with the most important apps in your app drawer. 

How to install Nobloat

Nobloat is available on Google Play Store. Here are the steps to follow to install it on your device;

  •  Open Google Play Store on your device
  • In the Google Play Store search bar, search for Nobloat
  • When its displayed, tap on it to begin the installation
  • Make sure you read the application permissions and you agree with what it can access from your device
  • Click accept to complete the installation

Now how to use Nobloat on your device

Tap the Nobloat app icon to run it, on your first launch, you will be asked to grant superuser access, tap on “grant“, to continue

Grant superuser access

After you have granted the superuser access, the below page will appear on your screen

Options for removing bloatware

There are basically three options available for you, just select the one that suit you. The three options as above are;

  • System apps
  • Disable apps
  • Backup apps

Tap on System Apps to see all bloatware apps on your phone. It’s from this list that you can locate applications that are useless on your device. With Nobloat free versions, you can only delete one application at a time, to remove a batch of apps at once, you need to use the paid version.

System apps on Galaxy Note 3

The steps to follow

  • Locate the app you want to remove from System apps
  • Tap to delete without backup or 
  • select to backup and delete
  • Press “OKAY” to finish up the action
Nobloat bloatware removal options

I always encourage to choose “Backup and delete” over “Delete without Backup“, because when you backup your apps before delete, in any case if you need to restore the deleted app, you can easily do so without ant difficult. 

Many people ask me how to restore bloatware after uninstalling them. Why? its because many people just want to remove all bloatware on their phones, ignoring the fact that, some of them are system apps that play pivotal rolls on the device operation. 

If you are not sure which application to remove, find someone with enough knowledge to help you. 

Final thought

Nobloat proved to be the easiest method of removing bloatware from Android phone. Very simple user interface and easy to use. The availability of “Backup and delete“, assures that the user doesn’t get rid of useful apps.

Did you find Nobloat app easy to use? We would like to hear your experience in the comment box below. If you have any question regarding this topic, feel free to ask and I will be more than happy to help out. 

He likes to play with the latest phones, gaming consoles, PCs, laptops and when he gets some spare time he likes to do VFX stuff. You can always find him playing with tools like Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc. His current gear is Galaxy Note 9+. He is a well-established website developer and entrepreneur.

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