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How to delete apps from your Android device

Having too many apps can make your experience messy. Get rid of them!
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October 9, 2022

If you’re running out of storage on your Android device, you might be wondering how to delete apps from your phone. Deleting an app is an easy task that doesn’t take much time. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at all the different ways you can delete an app on your Android device, how to get rid of system apps, and more. Let’s dig right in!

QUICK ANSWER

Delete apps on Android by opening the Settings and going to Apps > See all apps. Tap on the application you want to delete. Select Uninstall and confirm by hitting OK.


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Editor’s note: Some of the steps in this tutorial on how to delete apps on Android were put together using a Pixel 4a with 5G running Android 13. Keep in mind steps may differ depending on your hardware and software.

Delete apps from the settings

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You can uninstall any app using the Settings app. The first thing you should do is open the Settings menu on your device. After that, open Apps, tap on See all apps, find the app you want to delete, select it, and tap on the Uninstall button. Hit OK.

The app will be deleted from your device in a matter of seconds in most cases. Once completed, you’ll be directed back to the Apps menu, where you can repeat the process to delete more apps if you want or have to.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Open Settings on your device.
  2. Tap on Apps.
  3. Select See all apps.
  4. Find the app you want to remove and select it.
  5. Tap Uninstall
  6. Hit OK.

Delete apps on the Google Play Store

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The second option is to delete apps you want to get rid of by visiting the Play Store. Find and launch the Google Play Store app on your device, tap on your account profile image, go to Manage apps & device, select the Manage tab, and check the apps you want to delete. Then tap on the trash can icon and select Uninstall. After a few seconds, the apps will be deleted from your device.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app on your device.
  2. Tap your account profile image.
  3. Tap on Manage apps & device.
  4. Navigate to the Manage tab.
  5. Find the app you want to remove and check the box next to it.
  6. Hit the trash can icon.
  7. Select Uninstall.

Uninstall applications in the app drawer or home screen

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This is probably the fastest and easiest way to delete apps on your smartphone or tablet, but it doesn’t work on devices running older versions of Android. If the method described below doesn’t work for you, stick to one of the two options listed above.

Here’s how it works. Just find the application in the app drawer or home screen, tap and hold on to it, and drag it to the Uninstall section that you’ll see on the top of the screen. The final step is to tap on OK when the window asking you to uninstall the app pops up.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Tap and hold on to an app located in the app drawer or on the home screen.
  2. Drag it to the Uninstall section that appears on the screen.
  3. Tap on OK when the pop-up window appears.

How to delete apps from Amazon’s Fire devices

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The three options above should work for most Android devices, but not all. As always, there are a few exceptions that require a different approach. Among these are Amazon’s Fire devices that run a very customized version of Android.

Deleting apps from a Fire device is different from other Android devices, but it’s still relatively easy. Go to the Home tab. Tap and hold on to the app you want to uninstall. Select Uninstall app. Hit OK.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Go to the Home tab.
  2. Tap and hold on to an app you want to uninstall.
  3. Upon release, you’ll see a few options pop up. Select Uninstall App.
  4. Confirm the action by tapping OK.

Note: These specific instructions were put together using an Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus running FireOS 7.3.2.4. Depending on your Fire tablet and software, the steps might be a bit different.

How to get rid of pre-installed applications

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All Android devices come pre-installed with quite a few different apps. These can include several useful ones that most people don’t mind, such as Gmail, YouTube, Facebook, etc. However, there’s also a good chance your device will come preloaded with apps you don’t intend on using. In most cases, these apps can’t be uninstalled from your device quite as easily as the ones you have downloaded yourself. So if you use any of the three options listed above, you won’t see an Uninstall button at the very end of the process, as you can see in the image below.

The apps that can’t be deleted are called system apps, and the only way to get rid of them is to root your device. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, rooting simply refers to obtaining access to commands, system files, and folder locations that are usually locked off for the user.

The only way to get rid of system apps is to root your device.Mitja Rutnik

Rooting could be thought of as moving from being a system user to becoming an administrator, with the additional freedom and risks that come with more control over the deeper workings of your device. If you want to go down this road, click on the link below to learn more about rooting your device.

The alternative is to hide the system apps you don’t want to use in the app drawer if your device allows it. This won’t delete the apps, but at least they won’t clutter your app drawer.

Another solution is to disable pre-installed apps. This won’t delete them, but it will stop them from working in the background and hide them from your app drawer. You can do this by going to the Settings app. Go into Apps, find the pre-installed app, select it, and then hit Disable. Confirm the action by tapping Disable app.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Open Settings on your device.
  2. Tap on Apps.
  3. Find the app you want to disable and select it.
  4. Tap Disable
  5. Hit Disable app.

What happens if you delete purchased apps

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Many users are worried that if they delete apps they have purchased from the Play Store, they will have to rebuy them to use them later. This, of course, will never happen. You can delete an app you have bought and then download it for free as many times as you want.

If you delete an app you’ve bought, it will be tagged as “Purchased” when searching for it on the Play Store. If you want to use it again, open it, tap on the download button, and you’re good to go. No payment is needed.


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FAQs

You can install apps from the Google Play Store again. Some of the data may still exist in your phone, making it easier to set everything back up.

Android makes it easy to see if you’ve disabled an app. You don’t need to go looking app by app. Go to Settings > Apps > Show all apps. If you’ve already disabled an app, a drop-down menu will appear on top. It reads All apps. Tap on it and select Disabled apps. Here you can see all disabled apps. Go ahead and tap on the apps to enable them again.

There are some apps you shouldn’t delete or disable. It would be best if you never got rid of applications you don’t understand the purpose of. These may be important for your device’s operations or system procedures. You can always stick to uninstalling apps from the Google Play Store. If it allows you to get rid of them, it means they aren’t system apps.