Uninstall preinstalled Android Apps without root

Don’cha just hate all that junk that comes pre-loaded on your Android phone? Especially if you’re trying to de-google-ify your life? There are ways to remove apps without having to get so brave as to root your phone.

This handy article (https://gadgetstouse.com/blog/2020/07/10/how-to-uninstall-stock-apps-from-android-without-rooting/) explains it all.

TL;DR

Turn on Developer Options on your phone and enable “USB Debugging.” To do the same, navigate to the About section in your Android settings, find the Build Number and tap on it for seven times until you get the toast message “Developer options have been enabled.” After that, you can enter Developer Options and search for USB Debugging.

Install App Inspector on your phone so that you can see the official package name of the application you want to remove.

Use ABD to go in and uninstall those apps. (Read this article on HOW to install ABD.

First, see if you’re connected:

abd devices

Once you see that your phone is attached:

adb shell

Will connect you to your phone. During one of those steps, your phone should confirm that it’s okay for your computer to connect to your phone.

Once you’re in, it’s a Linux shell that you can use to browse your phone’s directories (except for the ones that require root access)

The important part here is to type this line but change out <name of package> with the name that App Inspector gives you. (And don’t forget the double dashes before “user”. Some displays will change that into a long single dash and really mess with your head.

pm uninstall -k --user 0 <name of package>

Here’s a handful of applications I pull off our all of our phones (again, trying to de-google (and facebook and verizon, and amazon) our lives)

sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.amazon.mShop.android.shopping
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.chrome
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.facebook.appmanager
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.facebook.services
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.docs
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.docs
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.sheets
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.slides
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.googleassistant
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.messaging
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.nbu.files
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.photos
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.youtube.music
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.calendar
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.gm
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.gms.location.history
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.music
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.videos
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.ar.core
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.verizon.messaging.vzmsgs
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.vzw.gizmopal
sofia:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.vzw.hss.myverizon

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