Your Android or Windows Phone handset comes preloaded with dozens of powerful apps. Unfortunately, in a cynical ploy to make money at your expense, carriers and manufacturers also dump loads of bloatware on your smartphone. While some of these apps represent services (ex: Amazon Kindle, eBay) that you might already use, many are designed to rook you into paying additional monthly fees for something you don’t need or want. Here are the 10 worst bloatware apps–and instructions for getting rid of them.
Google and Microsoft have been offering powerful free map services for years, but your smartphone carrier is hoping that you're too clueless to notice. AT&T and Verizon both preload their own $9.99 per month, branded navigation services, AT&T Navigator and VZ Navigator, on most of the phones they sell. Sprint throws on Scout GPS Navigation and Traffic, which provides some features for free, but tries to upsell you to a $4.99 monthly subscription.
Unless you enjoy wasting money, there is no compelling reason to pay for maps software in 2014. If you feel like your phone company's chief executive isn't well-compensated enough, send him a personal check instead.
1. Navigate to settings.
2. Select the Application Manager (aka Applications on some phones).
3. Scroll over to the list of all apps.
4. Tap an app you wish to remove.
5. Tap the Turn Off, Disable or Uninstall button (it will be named one of those things). Most bloatware can only be disabled (made to disappear) not completely erased.
1. Navigate to the all apps menu. You can get there by tapping the right arrow at the bottom of your home screen.
2. Long press on an app you want to remove.
3. Select uninstall.