Does Your Android Smartphone Have Excessive Bloatware?

Some really nice apps are included with Smartphones. In fact, many of the most useful applications come pre-installed on the device. As you’ve likely discovered, not all apps are worth your time and effort. “Bloatware” is the common name for these unwanted applications and these apps can impede the device’s ability to perform to your expectations.

Bloatware is not just an annoyance, it can also be threatening to the health your device. For instance, there was quite the security scare earlier this year when a major PC manufacturer’s pre-installed Superfish software on its PCs. Furthermore, bloatware takes up space on your device reducing the amount of data you can store on it. In order to get the most out of your Android smartphone, it’s often a best practice to remove as many junk apps as you can. Of course a word of caution, you should always approach this kind of project with care, accidentally removing a core function of your device can affect its normal operation.

There are several ways to remove or hide bloatware from your device. Let’s look at five suggested apps by TechRepublic. While some simply hide the bloatware from you, some require that your device is rooted (i.e. you have Superuser control over your phone’s core files and OS. Disclaimer – check your company policy and country’s laws for legality regarding rooting.)

TechRepublic’s Top Anti-Bloatware Apps

  • NoBloat Free: This app allows you to view bloatware on your device and completely remove it. All you have to do is locate it under the System apps listing, tap it, and then select what you want to do with it from the listed options.
  • System App Remover: As explained by TechRepublic, System App Remover “is a free bloatware removal tool (with ads) that makes removing system apps and bloatware go much faster. Simply open the app, grant root access, check off all the apps you want to remove, and tap the uninstall button.”
  • Root App Deleter: Here’s yet another app that can delete your bloatware from your phone. However, unlike the others, you can choose to either hide it or delete it completely. Hiding it doesn’t clear up any space, so you can go that route if you don’t want to risk deleting something important.
  • Disable Bloatware: If you don’t want to remove bloatware completely, you can choose to hide it with Disable Bloatware. As a non-rooted application, you can take advantage of it even if your phone isn’t rooted. This hides your bloatware so it doesn’t distract you, but it doesn’t free up any space on your device.
  • System Apps: This is Android’s built-in application hiding function. With it, you don’t have to download an app to hide your bloatware. As previously mentioned, this doesn’t free up any space on your device, but it does prevent your bloatware from being a nuisance.

Optimization for productivity and efficiency is important, but not at the risk your device’s integrity or the businesses’ security. Security and access are big concerns alone, but each is just a snapshot of the even bigger picture of technology management.