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Sometimes there are applications on your android device that you no longer need or downloaded by accident and you wish to uninstall them. Also, sometimes new Android phones and tablets come with some pre-installed apps that you do not like which take up additional space and you want them removed.
However before we proceed, you have to know that there are some applications that you cannot uninstall from your Android phone or tablet because they are considered part of the operating system and are often stock apps (native Android apps like the dialer, messaging and contacts apps) or apps installed by the OEM (Samsung, LG etc).
So if you want to uninstall an app, make sure the app is one you installed yourself and not the manufacturer. While there are ways to remove stock apps as well, you will be required to root your device and we won’t be going into that as yet.
You can simply follow the steps in this article to uninstall apps on Android phones and tablets which you installed yourself.
Go to Applications on the the settings menu on your android device and tap on Applications Manager. The Application Manager helps you to manage and delete installed apps on your android device.
After tapping on Application Manager, you will see four different icons on top of your screen, listed as Downloaded, Running, All and On SD Card.
Downloaded gives you a list of the apps you have installed, Running gives you a list of all the apps that are being used at that moment, All gives you a list of all the apps on your device and On SD Card gives you a list of all the apps installed on your SD card (if you have one).
Tap on the Downloaded icon and it will give you a list of all the uninstallable apps.
Click on the app that you want to uninstall and information about the app will pop on your screen. This information includes how much storage space the app takes up, how much info is stored in your cache file and the default settings of that app.
The same screen also gives you an option to uninstall. If you are sure that you want to delete the app, just tap on the “uninstall” button and the app will be uninstalled and deleted from your android device.
There is also another easier and faster way to uninstall any unwanted application on your android. However, your device software must be upgraded to Android Lollipop 5.0.
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Long press the app you intend to uninstall and four different icons will appear on top of your screen, “Create Folder” , “App Info”, “Uninstall” and “Cancel”.
Drag the app to the uninstall icon and it will be deleted/uninstalled from your device once you confirm the action.
We hope you find the information in this guide useful. Please feel free to comment below and let us know if you run into any issues while uninstalling apps on your Android phone or tablet.