Removing and uninstalling apps from your Android device

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There are a couple of possible motivating factors for removing and uninstalling apps from your device. People are constantly getting rid of apps from their phones and tablets because of irrelevancy, internal storage, and data. Any reason is really a valid reason. After all, it’s your device.

We’re sharing three ways to remove and uninstall apps from your device.

Hit the break for instructions.

Method 1: Your home screen

  1. Go to your phone’s home screen or anywhere on the launcher where apps are pinned.

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  2. Choose the app you’d like to uninstall from your device and then long-press on the app icon. You’ll see two options appear at the top of the screen — Remove and Uninstall. If you’d like to simply put the app back in the app drawer, you can choose Remove; however, that’s not getting it off of your device for good. Uninstall will, as the word suggests, completely rid your device of that app. So carry the app icon over to the top right.

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  3. Now you’ll be prompted to complete the uninstall process. After confirming your decision, the app will quickly be uninstalled and nowhere to be found on your device.

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Method 2: Google Play

  1. Head into the Play Store.

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  2. Swipe the left to the right to launch the Play Store’s slide-out menu. Choose My apps & games to see the list of apps installed on your phone.

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  3. Choose the app you’d like to uninstall from the Installed list.

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  4. See that Uninstall button? You know what to do. Select that.

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  5. Confirm your decision to uninstall the app and watch it get pulled from your device cleanly.

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Method 3: App manager

  1. Find the Settings menu in your phone and locate the Applications or App Manager section.

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  2. Go down the list of apps on your device and find the one you’d like to uninstall.

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  3. Once you’ve selected the app you’d like to uninstall, you’ll see a bold Uninstall button that completes the process.

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  4. Of course you’ll be asked to confirm your decision before the app is actually uninstalled.

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Closing

So, as you see now, there are three methods to uninstalling apps from your Android device. All of them complete the same exact action. The only real difference is convenience. If you’re on your home screen and see an app you don’t want anymore, you can just drag-and-drop. While in the Play Store updating apps, you can choose one and get rid of it. Or, in the Settings menu, you can see an app’s behavior before deciding its fate. No matter the way you do it, you’ll be waving ‘so long’ to that app.


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the HTC 10 and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications. When not glued to his Android devices, Justin works as Sequoia Technologies' Social Media Coordinator.


  • guest

    There are other ways of unistalling an app. You can for instance use an app to quickliy uninstall and there are even apps that let you select all the apps you want to uninstall and they are uninstalled as a batch. Ex: app backup & restore, or hasta la vista.

  • Anonymous

    And that’s easy is it?
    How about find the app to delete, press and hold down until app wobbles and hit the X. Simples!

  • guest

    how can I delete the apps that I have already uninstalled?.
    They show up in the ALL category on my app store. I have a Samsung Galzxy S II

  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.hughett Ben Hughett

    How do I delete games that were on the phone when I got the phone that do not have an uninstall button? Sony Ericson Xperia Play.

  • minarsashty

    how can we empty d “remove apps” coz still stay in my andro tab space ? help plis ,anyone who can ,tell me.n thanks

  • KIKO

    An app on my phone cannot be uninstalled. It is an app called Quice. I cannot remove it. Please help.

  • Cheryl Curtis

    Uninstalling may work but the app never really gets deleted. That’s why I just did a reset on my phone. Tonnes of memory being taken up by apps that had been uninstalled. Android needs to fix this problem.

  • Jennifer

    Good article, but it’d be nice to know if there was a way to delete system apps. I have at least a dozen system apps I’ve never used since I’ve had my phone. They’re not apps working in the background that I never see. They’re apps like Kindle. It’d be nice to free up that space for apps I need, but can’t download because these system apps take up so much space.

    • Justin_Herrick

      Unless you root your phone, there’s no way to get rid of pre-installed apps on most phones. You can, however, disable them but that’s not solving the space issue.

  • Mel65

    Hilarious article Capt.Obvious but what about the MANY applications that are installed by Samsung, Verizon, etc…that do not show up using these methods? Samsung print service? Verizon One Talk, etc.. Users know hour to disable or uninstall the obvious ones. USEFUL information would be how to find and get rid of the useless bloatware. Most of them, if you can find them can’t even be disabled let alone uninstalled.