I have previously told you the fact that the latest versions of Android come with the ability to disable most apps out of the box and no rooting is required. However, things are not always that easy and if the app that annoys you doesn’t have a disable option, or if you’re using an older version of Android that doesn’t come with this feature, then your only chance is to root your phone and use a third-party app to freeze that bloatware.
As for those of you who want to uninstall the bloatware completely, then rooting is a must no matter what version of Android you have. After all, there’s not a mystery that many of you choose to root your Android devices to enjoy new exciting features, but also to get rid of the bloatware installed by the carrier and the device manufacturer.
So, to begin with, you’ll need to root your phone and enable USB debugging in Settings > Applications > Developer Options. Even more, taking a full nandroid backup is also a must. As a reminder, Helium is one of the most recommended app to back up your device before you start deleting system apps, a procedure which could cause serious issues if you make a wrong move or you can apply the steps from this guide on How to Backup Android Data Without Root.
Then, here we are the important part! Now, it’s time to install an app from Google Play Store. I am aware of the fact that many of you simply enter keywords such as “system app remover” and I have no doubts about the fact you can get a lot of results. However, not all of them can do what they claim to be able, so choose wisely.
One of my suggestions is none other than Gemini. Some of the apps features include the Block/Unblock manager (also called App Freezer) which gives you the chance to block any app to run and hide app from the launcher app list, as well as the Uninstall App one which you can already guess what can do. In such a case, users have the possibility to uninstall or to easily remove a certain app and even to uninstall system/bloatware app in expert mode.
However, even if this app offers you exactly what you need, let me tell you that it no longer allows freezing in the free version. Despite of this inconvenience, I have a lot of experience with Gemini and I can assure you of the fact that it works well on a variety of devices. Plus, it’s one of the most useful apps you can have on a rooted phone, so think twice before saying no. You can also enjoy features such as the Autorun management one to view which app can autostart (startup automatically in background without user interactive), to end applications, free up memory, stop traffic consuming from unnecessary apps to improve the performance and more.
Open the Google Play Store and search for the app or directly take the Gemini App Manager by entering here.