How To Delete A Stock App (for Android)
Please note: In order to delete a stock app from your phone, you will need to have two things:
- Root Permissions (your phone must be rooted).
- Root Explorer (or another file manager that gives you access to the root menu of your phone).
One of the reasons why I prefer having a rooted phone over a regular stock phone is the ability to delete the “extra’s” the phone manufacturers include on their phones. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the apps phone manufacturers include are useful. But from my experience, most of the time they are just a waste of the phone’s storage space. And by making them un-uninstallable (not uninstallable) it can annoy a lot of people (like me).
But if you’re rooted, you can finally get rid of those apps! Here is how:
1. Open Root Explorer: If you haven’t downloaded it already, you can do so here (it’s $3.91 but worth every penny). You can also download ES File Explorer which is available for free (make sure to check “up to root”, “root explorer”, and “”mount file system” with this app.
2. Make sure you’re at the root menu: If you look at very top of the app (right below the notification bar) you will see the name of the folder you are currently in. Make sure it shows nothing but “/” (without the quotes).
3. Find the “System” folder and open it: When you open it, the name of the folder at the top should be “/system” (without the quotes).
4. Find the “App” folder and open it: When you open it, the name of the folder at the top should be “/system/app” (without the quotes).
5. Find the app you want to delete: I strongly recommend you don’t actually DELETE the app. Instead, MOVE it to another folder (like on your SD card) so you can move it back later if something goes wrong. If you delete it, and later find out that you needed it, you will have to do a factory reset!
Once you have done that, you’re done! You don’t need to, but I recommend doing a reset before doing anything else just to make sure everything goes smoothly.