10 Worst Bloatware Apps and How to Remove Them

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.

How to Remove Bloatware on Any Android Phone

 1. Navigate to settings.

2. Select the Application Manager (aka Applications on some phones).

Application manager

3. Scroll over to the list of all apps.

All apps

4. Tap an app you wish to remove.

Select app 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.  

Turn off app

How to Remove Bloatware on Any Windows Phone

1. Navigate to the all apps menu. You can get there by tapping the right arrow at the bottom of your home screen.

Home Screen2. Long press on an app you want to remove.

YP Mobile3. Select uninstall.

Tap uninstall

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. John Doe Says:

    So where is the part about how to remove the apps?

  2. John Doe 2 Says:

    This blog belongs on the 10 worst titled articles. You state in the title “and how to remove them,” but no where in your blog is information on removing the bloatware found. FAIL

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