Guide: How To Uninstall and Remove Apps

With a few hundred thousand apps available in the Android Market, you’re liable to see a few that are somewhat repetitive in function and use. The same is true for iOS devices as well as Windows Marketplace or BlackBerry App World (although the last two mentioned are substantially less in number). When you find an app you want to install, you’ll try it out for a bit, and see how efficient it really is. After a while, you’ll hear from other Android users, friends, blog posts, even right here on TalkAndroid the apps that may be great alternatives to try. Once you find the app you love, it’s time to remove the ones you hate (or maybe just not like as much). This guide will help you uninstall and remove apps from your Android device safely.

There are a few different ways of removing apps from your devices, so we’ll go through three of them that are as easy as pie to get done.

Using the Android Market:

1) Open up the Android Market app on your device.

2) Once you have the Market open, press the “Settings” button, then press “My Apps

3) Scroll in the list of My Apps until you see the app you wish to uninstall and Press it once found.

4) You’ll see something similar to what is pictured below. Press the “Uninstall” button to the right upper side on screen.

5) The Android Market will remove and uninstall the app from your device along with any shortcut you may have had for it on your screens. Simple.

Using Android Applications Menu:

1) Once you know which app you’d like to remove, simply Press the “Menu/Settings” button on your device. For tablets, Press the “Time“, then “Settings“.

2) Now that you’ve done that, you’ll see a list of Settings to choose from, similar to what you see below. Scroll down and Press Applications, then Press Manage Applications.

3) The safest way to remove an app that doesn’t need to stay installed within Android’s OS, is to keep the tab on “Downloaded“, and scroll until you see the app listed. Once you find it, press it.

*If you select the “All” tab, you’ll find many more apps listed than what you may have installed yourself. Many of these apps are a part of the Android operating system, and should not be removed. Accidentally removing one of the apps in this list can have destructive consequences to the normal operating of Android. Best not to touch it unless you know exactly what it is and how it can affect the device after removing it.*

4) Once you have selected the app from the last step, you’ll see something like what is pictured below. Press the “Clear Data” and “Clear Cache” buttons in the middle of the screen.

5) After those have been cleared, Press the “Uninstall” button in the upper right side of the same screen.

6) The app is now uninstalled and removed.

You may find that there are widgets on your homescreens after uninstalling that app which are blank. Simply Press and Hold it until the Trash Bin shows at the top or bottom of the screen, and drag it over the trash to remove it.

Another way to remove apps are by installing an uninstaller application from the Android Market. I know, that sounded both ironic and confusing all at the same time. An app that I’ve used in the past to do this painlessly is called Easy Uninstaller. It’s free and you can grab it with the QR code or Android link below.

About the Author: Jesse Bauer

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Jesse works in IT professionally. Jesse enjoys keeping up with all things Android and Google related, whoopin butt online in ModNation Racers, keeping up to date on the latest metal music, playing/recording original music, and reading Star Wars novels. Ahead of all those things, Jesse holds his family at the top of the list, who all somehow manage to support him with his endless list of things he wants to accomplish.

  • 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

  • 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.