Removing pre-installed apps on Android - garbage collection

From April 1, 2021 (and, alas, this is not a joke), a law on the pre-installation of Russian applications on all smartphones and tablets will come into force in Russia, later other types of devices will be added to them. We wrote repeatedly about the fact that the law is poorly developed, replete with internal contradictions, and officials did not give technical regulations to manufacturers, did not explain how to install applications, what is good and what is bad.

The beneficiary of this law is Yandex, but due to a compromise between officials and Apple, everything went wrong. In the final version of the law, a clause appeared that allows not only the physical installation of applications or the placement of their icons in the device’s memory, but also dialog boxes offering to install software. The latter option is used by Apple for their devices, as well as by most manufacturers on Android smartphones, as it is the simplest and at the same time avoids annoying users who do not want unwanted programs to appear on their devices. In the dialog box, you can uncheck all the checkboxes, then nothing will be installed in the memory of your device. And the law is observed, and users are not annoyed, ideal.

In "Yandex" this reading of the law loses presets, because all this was started in order to save money that the company pays for hosting its applications to different manufacturers. The first example of how Yandex solves its problems was the pre-installation of the company's applications on Samsung smartphones. Users of the A-series, the company's flagships, began receiving the new firmware update at the end of March. The description stated that applications would be installed to comply with the pre-installation law (and immediately provided a link to it).

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Suddenly, it turned out that out of almost two dozen applications, only programs from Yandex arrived on smartphones with the update, moreover, they were made indelible! That is, it is impossible to remove applications using standard methods, they can only be disabled. The approach itself raises a lot of questions for me, since it looks at least amazing.

According to the law, from April 1, it is mandatory to pre-install Russian applications on new devices that are sold in Russia. The law does not have retroactive effect, therefore, no installation on already sold, used smartphones and tablets is provided. And the fact that Samsung gave such a description is at least misleading. There are no legal requirements in this area and cannot be.

The next moment that strikes the imagination. Applications from Yandex are made non-removable, which can safely be called a rare practice. At FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT IN GACURIRO< /a> For Samsung, Facebook has been such an application for several years in a row, and this has always caused a negative reaction from users, especially those who have not used this social network. Look at how the Yandex browser and maps look after installation on a Samsung smartphone.

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The claim that apps are actually shortcuts, don't take up memory space, seems to be true. But a little later, if you look at the information about the programs, you will see that even without opening the application, you received more than 200 MB of device memory.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

For example, an application from mail.ru can be deleted, it is exactly the same device, exactly the same preset from the manufacturer. That is, there are no agreements in this case, which means that the indelibility of Yandex applications follows from the request of the company itself (I don’t know whether it is commercial or not).

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Yandex publicly denies this, Tigran Khudaverdyan commented on this issue in the following way.

Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

The press service of Samsung gave the following commentary on the situation, - “The requirements of the law that came into force are unique for the Russian market, the industry has not yet had such experience. Therefore, many questions about the procedure for fulfilling the requirements of the law by the manufacturer are still the subject of heated discussions. In the process of preparatory work, we came to the conclusion that the pre-installation of some applications in the "removable" mode, with a high degree of probability, can be regarded as a violation of the law.

The opinion of our partners is important to us and we carefully study the feedback from users of our devices. According to the law, it is the manufacturer that is primarily responsible and obliged to provide non-discriminatory conditions for the use of Russian applications.

We are constantly working to ensure the best balance between providing the best user experience and complying with the laws of the Russian Federation, and law enforcement practice will clarify open issues in the mandatory preinstallation topic.”

Turn off the application - an easy way for everyone

The easiest way is to disable the application, but you need to understand that this is not deleting the software from memory, it will remain with you and your device. Select "Application Information", then "Turn Off", everything takes a matter of seconds.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

But I don't like this method, because the application and its data are saved, they take up space in memory. The more applications, the potentially worse the system works. Yes, and garbage in the house must be disposed of effectively, once and for all.

Samsung owners can use another trick, namely changing the region for their smartphone. The procedure is simple and uncomplicated, you can find a description on the net. As a result, there will be no problems installing applications, your device will be registered in another country.

Deleting applications on Android without root access, method one

The beauty of Android is that you can manage your smartphone, you have maximum opportunities, including without obtaining administrator rights (root access). First you need to become a developer, for this you go to "Settings", look for the item "About phone", where you look at the build number. Depending on the manufacturer, the items may be located a little differently, you need to enable the developer mode. To do this, click on the build number ten times, after which the menu item "Developer Options" will appear.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

In all ways, we need to enable developer mode, we cannot do without it. Next, go to this menu and turn on the "Debugging via USB" mode. From the additional items, search for the USB operating mode, select "Charging only".

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Now we need to download the App Inspector, you can find it here.

For everything to work, we need a Windows computer, the version of Windows does not play a big role. First you need to install ADB, this is a free set of tools for developers, you can find it, for example, on the Google website here.

We will also need the Universal ADB Driver, you can download it here.

We install the driver, then connect the smartphone or tablet to the computer (there may be problems with your cable, so it's better to use the one that came with the kit). When installing the ADB package, it is better to put it in the root directory of the C drive, so it will be easier to work with it (the folder can be called Android, as in my example).

Now we need to invoke the tool shell, type adb shell and hit enter. Without disconnecting the device from the PC, we launch the App Inspector, look at the applications that we want to delete, look for the package name. Let's memorize it.

Now we type the command in the terminal pm uninstall -k -user 0 ru.yandexmaps.app and press "Enter". Before user, you need to put two hyphens, otherwise nothing will work. If configured correctly, the terminal will display “Success” (Success). If you want to uninstall multiple apps, then repeat these steps. This method sounds complicated, in practice you need to spend 10-15 minutes, and you will learn how to manage your smartphone and delete anything from it.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

After disconnecting from the PC, restart your device and unnecessary applications will disappear on it. No root access is required. With a subsequent update from the manufacturer, these applications can be force-installed, as luck would have it.

It is important to understand that this can also remove system applications that you may need in the future. Therefore, use this method carefully so as not to do too much, do not get carried away by removing the unnecessary, which in fact will turn out to be very necessary. You act at your own peril and risk, it is almost impossible to break the device, but it is quite possible to create performance problems. Therefore, you can safely remove only third-party software, about which you are sure that it should not be the default for your device.

Deleting applications, method number two - ADB AppControl application

The principle of operation of the ADB App Control application is exactly the same as described in the first method. You also need to get developer mode, set up ADB. The application is created and maintained by an enthusiast, you can find the page here.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

The basic version of the software has everything we need. The beauty is that there are presets when you can select a whole range of programs at once and save them just in case for yourself for the future (they are downloaded to the computer as APK files, then they can be returned to their place in the device - but the application data is not saved, keep that in mind). The instructions for using the program are as detailed as possible, and in it you will find everything you can imagine, read the instructions online.

This software offers a convenient way to freeze entire groups of programs in the smartphone's memory at once, and delete them if necessary. But just like in the previous case, you do it at your own peril and risk, except for you, no one is responsible for the consequences.

As a conclusion

When we buy a device, we want to be able to manage it and definitely don't want to see the software imposed on us, especially when it's done without any alternative and we don't give the opportunity to remove it. This is wrong and causes rejection in literally all people. It is rare to find such unanimity, people do not like this approach, and this is understandable.

Of course, we will try to ensure that the rules of the game become more transparent and the officials fix them on paper, making such “pranks”, as in the case of Yandex applications, impossible. The device user must have the right to remove any third-party software, those applications that are not part of the system. I am glad that a discussion of this issue has arisen in society and it is so significant that all officials as one, as well as the managing director of Yandex, disown non-removable applications. The matter remains small, officials need to explain to manufacturers exactly how they see the installation of Russian software on devices. Until this is done, all manufacturers will be violators in one form or another, since the law contradicts itself in many ways, it has been rewritten and altered in such a way that in the end it looks like a patchwork quilt. Circus Chapiteau, there is no other way to call it.

Share what you removed and why. Also tell us how you feel about those applications that put in the memory of devices and make them unremovable.

Removing pre-installed apps on Android - garbage collection

From April 1, 2021 (and, alas, this is not a joke), a law on the pre-installation of Russian applications on all smartphones and tablets will come into force in Russia, later other types of devices will be added to them. We wrote repeatedly about the fact that the law is poorly developed, replete with internal contradictions, and officials did not give technical regulations to manufacturers, did not explain how to install applications, what is good and what is bad.

The beneficiary of this law is Yandex, but due to a compromise between officials and Apple, everything went wrong. In the final version of the law, a clause appeared that allows not only the physical installation of applications or the placement of their icons in the device’s memory, but also dialog boxes offering to install software. The latter option is used by Apple for their devices, as well as by most manufacturers on Android smartphones, as it is the simplest and at the same time avoids annoying users who do not want unwanted programs to appear on their devices. In the dialog box, you can uncheck all the checkboxes, then nothing will be installed in the memory of your device. And the law is observed, and users are not annoyed, ideal.

In "Yandex" this reading of the law loses presets, because all this was started in order to save money that the company pays for hosting its applications to different manufacturers. The first example of how Yandex solves its problems was the pre-installation of the company's applications on Samsung smartphones. Users of the A-series, the company's flagships, began receiving the new firmware update at the end of March. The description stated that applications would be installed to comply with the pre-installation law (and immediately provided a link to it).

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Suddenly, it turned out that out of almost two dozen applications, only programs from Yandex arrived on smartphones with the update, moreover, they were made indelible! That is, it is impossible to remove applications using standard methods, they can only be disabled. The approach itself raises a lot of questions for me, since it looks at least amazing.

According to the law, from April 1, it is mandatory to pre-install Russian applications on new devices that are sold in Russia. The law does not have retroactive effect, therefore, no installation on already sold, used smartphones and tablets is provided. And the fact that Samsung gave such a description is at least misleading. There are no legal requirements in this area and cannot be.

The next moment that strikes the imagination. Applications from Yandex are made non-removable, which can safely be called a rare practice. At FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT IN GACURIRO< /a> For Samsung, Facebook has been such an application for several years in a row, and this has always caused a negative reaction from users, especially those who have not used this social network. Look at how the Yandex browser and maps look after installation on a Samsung smartphone.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Remove pre-installed apps on Android - garbage collection

The Samsung press service gave the following commentary on the situation, - “The requirements of the law that came into force are unique for the Russian market, the industry has not yet had such experience. Therefore, many questions about the procedure for fulfilling the requirements of the law by the manufacturer are still the subject of heated discussions. In the process of preparatory work, we came to the conclusion that the pre-installation of some applications in the "removable" mode, with a high degree of probability, can be regarded as a violation of the law.

The opinion of our partners is important to us and we carefully study the feedback from users of our devices. By law, it is the manufacturer that is primarily responsible and obliged to provide non-discriminatory conditions for the use of Russian applications.

We are constantly working to ensure the best balance between providing the best user experience and complying with the laws of the Russian Federation, and law enforcement practice will clarify open issues in the mandatory preinstallation topic.”

It's sad and funny that officials really don't communicate with the industry, there are no technical regulations for installing Russian applications, no clear explanations of what should work and how. On the other hand, there are extremely confusing laws that threaten with all heavenly punishments those who do not comply with them and begin to discriminate against Russian software. What Tigran Khudaverdyan from Yandex suggested is a de facto and de jure violation of the law, see paragraph 21 here (this is a government decree that supplements the law on pre-installation). But given that Yandex has been putting non-removable applications on Android smartphones all the time and this is not a new practice at all, surprise at this question looks, at least, feigned.

Poll in our Telegram channel shows a rare unanimity, the vast majority of people want to control the software that is installed on their smartphones.

Many people think that deleting apps from the memory of an Android smartphone requires some special knowledge and skills. This is not true. Since software vendors go to any lengths and make their applications uninstallable, it's time to tell you how to get rid of them forever. And for now, the FAS Russia will evaluate such actions, since the situation has come to the attention of officials. The department’s roadmap for 2021 contains a clause that users should be able to remove pre-installed applications, including Russian ones, because we do not discriminate based on the origin of software. Until this happens, and such stories arise, and together we will discuss how to deal with it.

Turn off the application - an easy way for everyone

The easiest way is to disable the application, but you need to understand that this is not deleting the software from memory, it will remain with you and your device. Select "Application Information", then "Turn Off", everything takes a matter of seconds.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

But I don't like this method, because the application and its data are saved, they take up space in memory. The more applications, the potentially worse the system works. Yes, and garbage in the house must be disposed of effectively, once and for all.

Samsung owners can use another trick, namely changing the region for their smartphone. The procedure is simple and uncomplicated, you can find a description on the net. As a result, there will be no problems installing applications, your device will be registered in another country.

Deleting applications on Android without root access, method one

The beauty of Android is that you can manage your smartphone, you have maximum opportunities, including without obtaining administrator rights (root access). First you need to become a developer, for this you go to "Settings", look for the item "About phone", where you look at the build number. Depending on the manufacturer, the items may be located a little differently, you need to enable the developer mode. To do this, click on the build number ten times, after which the menu item "Developer Options" will appear.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

In all ways, we need to enable developer mode, we cannot do without it. Next, go to this menu and turn on the "Debugging via USB" mode. From the additional items, search for the USB operating mode, select "Charging only".

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Remove pre-installed apps on Android - garbage collection

Now we need to download the App Inspector, you can find it here.

For everything to work, we need a Windows computer, the version of Windows does not play a big role. First you need to install ADB, this is a free set of tools for developers, you can find it, for example, on the Google site here.

We will also need the Universal ADB Driver, you can download it here.

We install the driver, then connect the smartphone or tablet to the computer (there may be problems with your cable, so it's better to use the one that came with the kit). When installing the ADB package, it is better to put it in the root directory of the C drive, so it will be easier to work with it (the folder can be called Android, as in my example).

Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

When you connect your smartphone, you will be asked if you allow USB debugging, the answer is yes.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Now it's up to the small thing - in the Windows console, do everything that we need to remove programs. Launch the terminal (search in Windows, type cmd, right click with administrator rights, this is important!).

Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Go to the directory we need (command cd / then "Enter", then cd android and "Enter"). If you have a different directory, then specify it. The adb devices command will show the smartphone connected to the computer (works with all brands).

Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Now we need to invoke the tool shell, type adb shell and hit enter. Without disconnecting the device from the PC, we launch the App Inspector, look at the applications that we want to delete, look for the package name. Let's remember it.

Now we type the command in the terminal pm uninstall -k -user 0 ru.yandexmaps.app and press "Enter". Before user, you need to put two hyphens, otherwise nothing will work. If configured correctly, the terminal will display “Success” (Success). If you want to uninstall multiple apps, then repeat these steps. This method sounds complicated, in practice you need to spend 10-15 minutes, and you will learn how to manage your smartphone and delete anything from it.

Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

After disconnecting from the PC, restart your device and unnecessary applications will disappear on it. No root access is required. With a subsequent update from the manufacturer, these applications can be forced to be installed, as luck would have it.

It is important to understand that this can also remove system applications that you may need in the future. Therefore, use this method carefully so as not to do too much, do not get carried away by removing the unnecessary, which in fact will turn out to be very necessary. You act at your own peril and risk, it is almost impossible to break the device, but it is quite possible to create performance problems. Therefore, you can safely remove only third-party software, about which you are sure that it should not be the default for your device.

Deleting applications, method number two - ADB AppControl application

The principle of operation of the ADB App Control application is exactly the same as described in the first method. You also need to get developer mode, set up ADB. The application is created and maintained by an enthusiast, you can find the page here.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

The basic version of the software has everything we need. The beauty is that there are presets when you can select a whole range of programs at once and save them just in case for yourself for the future (they are downloaded to the computer as APK files, then they can be returned to their place in the device - but the application data is not saved, keep that in mind). The instructions for using the program are as detailed as possible, and in it you will find everything you can imagine, read the instructions online.

This software offers a convenient way to freeze entire groups of programs in the smartphone's memory at once, and delete them if necessary. But just like in the previous case, you do it at your own peril and risk, except for you, no one is responsible for the consequences.

As a conclusion

When we buy a device, we want to be able to control it and definitely don't want to see the software imposed on us, especially when it's done without any alternative and we don't give the opportunity to remove it. This is wrong and causes rejection in literally all people. It is rare to find such unanimity, people do not like this approach, and this is understandable.

Of course, we will try to ensure that the rules of the game become more transparent and the officials fix them on paper, making such “pranks”, as in the case of Yandex applications, impossible. The device user must have the right to remove any third-party software, those applications that are not part of the system. I am glad that a discussion of this issue has arisen in society and it is so significant that all officials as one, as well as the managing director of Yandex, disown non-removable applications. The matter remains small, officials need to explain to manufacturers exactly how they see the installation of Russian software on devices. Until this is done, all manufacturers will be violators in one form or another, since the law contradicts itself in many ways, it has been rewritten and altered in such a way that in the end it looks like a patchwork quilt. Circus Chapiteau, there is no other way to call it.

Share what you removed and why. Also, tell us how you feel about those applications that put in the memory of devices and make them unremovable.

Removing pre-installed apps on Android - garbage collection

From April 1, 2021 (and, alas, this is not a joke), a law on the pre-installation of Russian applications on all smartphones and tablets will come into force in Russia, later other types of devices will be added to them. We wrote repeatedly about the fact that the law is poorly developed, replete with internal contradictions, and officials did not give technical regulations to manufacturers, did not explain how to install applications, what is good and what is bad.

The beneficiary of this law is Yandex, but due to a compromise between officials and Apple, everything went wrong. In the final version of the law, a clause appeared that allows not only the physical installation of applications or the placement of their icons in the device’s memory, but also dialog boxes offering to install software. The latter option is used by Apple for their devices, as well as by most manufacturers on Android smartphones, as it is the simplest and at the same time avoids annoying users who do not want unwanted programs to appear on their devices. In the dialog box, you can uncheck all the checkboxes, then nothing will be installed in the memory of your device. And the law is observed, and users are not annoyed, ideal.

In "Yandex" this reading of the law loses presets, because all this was started in order to save money that the company pays for hosting its applications to different manufacturers. The first example of how Yandex solves its problems was the pre-installation of the company's applications on Samsung smartphones. Users of the A-series, the company's flagships, began receiving the new firmware update at the end of March. The description stated that applications would be installed to comply with the pre-installation law (and immediately provided a link to it).

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Suddenly, it turned out that out of almost two dozen applications, only programs from Yandex arrived on smartphones with the update, moreover, they were made indelible! That is, it is impossible to remove applications using standard methods, they can only be disabled. The approach itself raises a lot of questions for me, since it looks at least amazing.

According to the law, from April 1, it is mandatory to pre-install Russian applications on new devices that are sold in Russia. The law does not have retroactive effect, therefore, no installation on already sold, used smartphones and tablets is provided. And the fact that Samsung gave such a description is at least misleading. There are no legal requirements in this area and cannot be.

The next moment that strikes the imagination. Applications from Yandex are made non-removable, which can safely be called a rare practice. At FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT IN GACURIRO< /a> For Samsung, Facebook has been such an application for several years in a row, and this has always caused a negative reaction from users, especially those who have not used this social network. Look at how the Yandex browser and maps look after installation on a Samsung smartphone.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Remove pre-installed apps on Android - garbage collection

The claim that apps are actually shortcuts, don't take up memory space, seems to be true. But a little later, if you look at the information about the programs, you will see that even without opening the application, you received more than 200 MB of device memory.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

For example, an application from mail.ru can be deleted, it is exactly the same device, exactly the same preset from the manufacturer. That is, there are no agreements in this case, which means that the indelibility of Yandex applications follows from the request of the company itself (I don’t know whether it is commercial or not).

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Yandex publicly denies this, Tigran Khudaverdyan commented on this issue in the following way.

Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

The Samsung press service gave the following commentary on the situation, - “The requirements of the law that came into force are unique for the Russian market, the industry has not yet had such experience. Therefore, many questions about the procedure for fulfilling the requirements of the law by the manufacturer are still the subject of heated discussions. In the process of preparatory work, we came to the conclusion that the pre-installation of some applications in the "removable" mode, with a high degree of probability, can be regarded as a violation of the law.

The opinion of our partners is important to us and we carefully study the feedback from users of our devices. By law, it is the manufacturer that is primarily responsible and obliged to provide non-discriminatory conditions for the use of Russian applications.

We are constantly working to ensure the best balance between providing the best user experience and complying with the laws of the Russian Federation, and law enforcement practice will clarify open issues in the mandatory preinstallation topic.”

It's sad and funny that officials really don't communicate with the industry, there are no technical regulations for installing Russian applications, no clear explanations of what should work and how. On the other hand, there are extremely confusing laws that threaten with all heavenly punishments those who do not comply with them and begin to discriminate against Russian software. What Tigran Khudaverdyan from Yandex suggested is a de facto and de jure violation of the law, see paragraph 21 here (this is a government decree that supplements the law on pre-installation). But given that Yandex has been putting non-removable applications on Android smartphones all the time and this is not a new practice at all, surprise at this question looks, at least, feigned.

Poll in our Telegram channel shows a rare unanimity, the vast majority of people want to control the software that is installed on their smartphones.

Many people think that deleting apps from the memory of an Android smartphone requires some special knowledge and skills. This is not true. Since software vendors go to any lengths and make their applications uninstallable, it's time to tell you how to get rid of them forever. And for now, the FAS Russia will evaluate such actions, since the situation has come to the attention of officials. The department’s roadmap for 2021 contains a clause that users should be able to remove pre-installed applications, including Russian ones, because we do not discriminate based on the origin of software. Until this happens, and such stories arise, and together we will discuss how to deal with it.

Deleting applications on Android without root access, method one

The beauty of Android is that you can manage your smartphone, you have maximum opportunities, including without obtaining administrator rights (root access). First you need to become a developer, for this you go to "Settings", look for the item "About phone", where you look at the build number. Depending on the manufacturer, the items may be located a little differently, you need to enable the developer mode. To do this, click on the build number ten times, after which the menu item "Developer Options" will appear.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

In all ways, we need to enable developer mode, we cannot do without it. Next, go to this menu and turn on the "Debugging via USB" mode. From the additional items, search for the USB operating mode, select "Charging only".

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Remove pre-installed apps on Android - garbage collection

Now we need to download the App Inspector, you can find it here.

For everything to work, we need a Windows computer, the version of Windows does not play a big role. First you need to install ADB, this is a free set of tools for developers, you can find it, for example, on the Google site here.

We will also need the Universal ADB Driver, you can download it here.

We install the driver, then connect the smartphone or tablet to the computer (there may be problems with your cable, so it's better to use the one that came with the kit). When installing the ADB package, it is better to put it in the root directory of the C drive, so it will be easier to work with it (the folder can be called Android, as in my example).

Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

When you connect your smartphone, you will be asked if you allow USB debugging, the answer is yes.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Now it's up to the small thing - in the Windows console, do everything that we need to remove programs. Launch the terminal (search in Windows, type cmd, right click with administrator rights, this is important!).

Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Go to the directory we need (command cd / then "Enter", then cd android and "Enter"). If you have a different directory, then specify it. The adb devices command will show the smartphone connected to the computer (works with all brands).

Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

Now we need to invoke the tool shell, type adb shell and hit enter. Without disconnecting the device from the PC, we launch the App Inspector, look at the applications that we want to delete, look for the package name. Let's remember it.

Now we type the command in the terminal pm uninstall -k -user 0 ru.yandexmaps.app and press "Enter". Before user, you need to put two hyphens, otherwise nothing will work. If configured correctly, the terminal will display “Success” (Success). If you want to uninstall multiple apps, then repeat these steps. This method sounds complicated, in practice you need to spend 10-15 minutes, and you will learn how to manage your smartphone and delete anything from it.

Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

After disconnecting from the PC, restart your device and unnecessary applications will disappear on it. No root access is required. With a subsequent update from the manufacturer, these applications can be forced to be installed, as luck would have it.

It is important to understand that this can also remove system applications that you may need in the future. Therefore, use this method carefully so as not to do too much, do not get carried away by removing the unnecessary, which in fact will turn out to be very necessary. You act at your own peril and risk, it is almost impossible to break the device, but it is quite possible to create performance problems. Therefore, you can safely remove only third-party software, about which you are sure that it should not be the default for your device.

Deleting applications, method number two - ADB AppControl application

The principle of operation of the ADB App Control application is exactly the same as described in the first method. You also need to get developer mode, set up ADB. The application is created and maintained by an enthusiast, you can find the page here.

Deleting preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection Remove preinstalled apps on Android - garbage collection

The basic version of the software has everything we need. The beauty is that there are presets when you can select a whole range of programs at once and save them just in case for yourself for the future (they are downloaded to the computer as APK files, then they can be returned to their place in the device - but the application data is not saved, keep that in mind). The instructions for using the program are as detailed as possible, and in it you will find everything you can imagine, read the instructions online.

This software offers a convenient way to freeze entire groups of programs in the smartphone's memory at once, and delete them if necessary. But just like in the previous case, you do it at your own peril and risk, except for you, no one is responsible for the consequences.

As a conclusion

When we buy a device, we want to be able to manage it and definitely don't want to see the software imposed on us, especially when it's done without any alternative and we don't give the opportunity to remove it. This is wrong and causes rejection in literally all people. It is rare to find such unanimity, people do not like this approach, and this is understandable.

Of course, we will try to ensure that the rules of the game become more transparent and the officials fix them on paper, making such “pranks”, as in the case of Yandex applications, impossible. The device user must have the right to remove any third-party software, those applications that are not part of the system. I am glad that a discussion of this issue has arisen in society and it is so significant that all officials as one, as well as the managing director of Yandex, disown non-removable applications. The matter remains small, officials need to explain to manufacturers exactly how they see the installation of Russian software on devices. Until this is done, all manufacturers will be violators in one form or another, since the law contradicts itself in many ways, it has been rewritten and altered in such a way that in the end it looks like a patchwork quilt. Circus Chapiteau, there is no other way to call it.

Share what you removed and why. Also tell us how you feel about those applications that put in the memory of devices and make them unremovable.

Removing pre-installed apps on Android - garbage collection

From April 1, 2021 (and, alas, this is not a joke), a law on the pre-installation of Russian applications on all smartphones and tablets will come into force in Russia, later other types of devices will be added to them. We wrote repeatedly about the fact that the law is poorly developed, replete with internal contradictions, and officials did not give technical regulations to manufacturers, did not explain how to install applications, what is good and what is bad.

The beneficiary of this law is Yandex, but due to a compromise between officials and Apple, everything went wrong. In the final version of the law, a clause appeared that allows not only the physical installation of applications or the placement of their icons in the device’s memory, but also dialog boxes offering to install software. The latter option is used by Apple for their devices, as well as by most manufacturers on Android smartphones, as it is the simplest and at the same time avoids annoying users who do not want unwanted programs to appear on their devices. In the dialog box, you can uncheck all the checkboxes, then nothing will be installed in the memory of your device. And the law is respected, and users are not annoyed, ideal.

In "Yandex" this reading of the law loses presets, because all this was started in order to save money that the company pays for hosting its applications to different manufacturers. The first example of how Yandex solves its problems was the pre-installation of the company's applications on Samsung smartphones. Users of the A-series, the company's flagships, began receiving the new firmware update at the end of March. The description stated that applications would be installed to comply with the pre-installation law (and immediately provided a link to it).

Suddenly, it turned out that out of almost two dozen applications, only programs from Yandex arrived on smartphones with the update, moreover, they were made indelible! That is, it is impossible to remove applications using standard methods, they can only be disabled. The approach itself raises a lot of questions for me, since it looks at least amazing.

According to the law, from April 1, it is mandatory to pre-install Russian applications on new devices that are sold in Russia. The law does not have retroactive effect, therefore, no installation on already sold, used smartphones and tablets is provided. And the fact that Samsung gave such a description is at least misleading. There are no legal requirements in this area and cannot be.

The next moment that strikes the imagination. Applications from Yandex are made non-removable, which can safely be called a rare practice. On FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT IN GACURIRO, the same Samsung, Facebook has been such an application for several years in a row, and this has always caused a negative reaction from users, especially those who did not use this social network. Look at how the Yandex browser and maps look after installation on a Samsung smartphone.

The next moment that strikes the imagination. Applications from Yandex are made non-removable, which can safely be called a rare practice. On the
FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT IN GACURIRO FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT IN GACURIRO For the same Samsung, Facebook has been such an application for several years in a row, and this has always caused a negative reaction from users, especially those who did not use this social network. Look at how the Yandex browser and maps look after installation on a Samsung smartphone.

The claim that apps are actually shortcuts, don't take up memory space, seems to be true. But a little later, if you look at the information about the programs, you will see that even without opening the application, you received more than 200 MB of device memory.

For example, an application from mail.ru can be deleted, it is exactly the same device, exactly the same preset from the manufacturer. That is, there are no agreements in this case, which means that the indelibility of Yandex applications follows from the request of the company itself (I don’t know whether it is commercial or not).

Yandex publicly denies this, Tigran Khudaverdyan commented on this issue in the following way.

The Samsung press service gave the following commentary on the situation, - “The requirements of the law that came into force are unique for the Russian market, the industry has not yet had such experience. Therefore, many questions about the procedure for fulfilling the requirements of the law by the manufacturer are still the subject of heated discussions. In the process of preparatory work, we came to the conclusion that the pre-installation of some applications in the "removable" mode, with a high degree of probability, can be regarded as a violation of the law.

The opinion of our partners is important to us and we carefully study the feedback from users of our devices. According to the law, it is the manufacturer that is primarily responsible and obliged to provide non-discriminatory conditions for the use of Russian applications.

We are constantly working to ensure the best balance between providing the best user experience and complying with the laws of the Russian Federation, and law enforcement practice will clarify open issues in the mandatory preinstallation topic.”

It's sad and funny that officials really don't communicate with the industry, there are no technical regulations for installing Russian applications, no clear explanations of what should work and how. On the other hand, there are extremely confusing laws that threaten with all heavenly punishments those who do not comply with them and begin to discriminate against Russian software. What Tigran Khudaverdyan from Yandex suggested is a de facto and de jure violation of the law, see paragraph 21 here (this is a government decree that supplements the law on pre-installation). But given that Yandex has been putting non-removable applications on Android smartphones all the time and this is not a new practice at all, surprise at this question looks, at least, feigned.

Poll in our Telegram channel shows a rare unanimity, the vast majority of people want to control the software that is installed on their smartphones.

Many people think that deleting apps from the memory of an Android smartphone requires some special knowledge and skills. This is not true. Since software vendors go to any lengths and make their applications uninstallable, it's time to tell you how to get rid of them forever. And for now, the FAS Russia will evaluate such actions, since the situation has come to the attention of officials. The department’s roadmap for 2021 contains a clause that users should be able to remove pre-installed applications, including Russian ones, because we do not discriminate based on the origin of software. Until this happens, and such stories arise, and together we will discuss how to deal with it.

Turn off the application - an easy way for everyone

The easiest way is to disable the application, but you need to understand that this is not deleting the software from memory, it will remain with you and your device. Select "Application Information", then "Turn Off", everything takes a matter of seconds.

But I don't like this method, because the application and its data are saved, they take up space in memory. The more applications, the potentially worse the system works. Yes, and garbage in the house must be disposed of effectively, once and for all.

Samsung owners can use another trick, namely changing the region for their smartphone. The procedure is simple and uncomplicated, you can find a description on the net. As a result, there will be no problems installing applications, your device will be registered in another country.

Deleting applications on Android without root access, method one

The beauty of Android is that you can manage your smartphone, you have maximum opportunities, including without obtaining administrator rights (root access). First you need to become a developer, for this you go to "Settings", look for the item "About phone", where you look at the build number. Depending on the manufacturer, the items may be located a little differently, you need to enable the developer mode. To do this, click on the build number ten times, after which the menu item "Developer Options" will appear.

In all ways, we need to enable developer mode, we cannot do without it. Next, go to this menu and turn on the "Debugging via USB" mode. From the additional items, search for the USB operating mode, select "Charging only".

Now we need to download the App Inspector, you can find it here.

For everything to work, we need a Windows computer, the version of Windows does not play a big role. First you need to install ADB, this is a free set of tools for developers, you can find it, for example, on the Google site here.

We will also need the Universal ADB Driver, you can download it here.

We install the driver, then connect the smartphone or tablet to the computer (there may be problems with your cable, so it's better to use the one that came with the kit). When installing the ADB package, it is better to put it in the root directory of the C drive, so it will be easier to work with it (the folder can be called Android, as in my example).

When you connect your smartphone, you will be asked if you allow USB debugging, the answer is yes.

Now it's up to the small thing - in the Windows console, do everything that we need to remove programs. Launch the terminal (search in Windows, type cmd, right click with administrator rights, this is important!).

Go to the directory we need (command cd / then "Enter", then cd android and "Enter"). If you have a different directory, then specify it. The adb devices command will show the smartphone connected to the computer (works with all brands).

Now we need to invoke the tool shell, type adb shell and hit enter. Without disconnecting the device from the PC, we launch the App Inspector, look at the applications that we want to delete, look for the package name. Let's memorize it.

Now we type the command in the terminal pm uninstall -k -user 0 ru.yandexmaps.app and press "Enter". Before user, you need to put two hyphens, otherwise nothing will work. If configured correctly, the terminal will display “Success” (Success). If you want to uninstall multiple apps, then repeat these steps. This method sounds complicated, in practice you need to spend 10-15 minutes, and you will learn how to manage your smartphone and delete anything from it.

After disconnecting from the PC, restart your device and unnecessary applications will disappear on it. No root access is required. With a subsequent update from the manufacturer, these applications can be force-installed, as luck would have it.

It is important to understand that this can also remove system applications that you may need in the future. Therefore, use this method carefully so as not to do too much, do not get carried away by removing the unnecessary, which in fact will turn out to be very necessary. You act at your own peril and risk, it is almost impossible to break the device, but it is quite possible to create performance problems. Therefore, you can safely remove only third-party software, about which you are sure that it should not be the default for your device.

Deleting applications, method number two - ADB AppControl application

The principle of operation of the ADB App Control application is exactly the same as described in the first method. You also need to get developer mode, set up ADB. The application is created and maintained by an enthusiast, you can find the page here.

The basic version of the software has everything we need. The beauty is that there are presets when you can select a whole range of programs at once and save them just in case for yourself for the future (they are downloaded to the computer as APK files, then they can be returned to their place in the device - but the application data is not saved, keep that in mind). The instructions for using the program are as detailed as possible, and in it you will find everything you can imagine, read the instructions online.

This software offers a convenient way to freeze entire groups of programs in the smartphone's memory at once, and delete them if necessary. But just like in the previous case, you do it at your own peril and risk, except for you, no one is responsible for the consequences.

As a conclusion

When we buy a device, we want to be able to control it and definitely don't want to see the software imposed on us, especially when it's done without any alternative and we don't give the opportunity to remove it. This is wrong and causes rejection in literally all people. It is rare to find such unanimity, people do not like this approach, and this is understandable.

Of course, we will try to ensure that the rules of the game become more transparent and the officials fix them on paper, making such “pranks”, as in the case of Yandex applications, impossible. The device user must have the right to remove any third-party software, those applications that are not part of the system. I am glad that a discussion of this issue has arisen in society and it is so significant that all officials as one, as well as the managing director of Yandex, disown non-removable applications. The matter remains small, officials need to explain to manufacturers exactly how they see the installation of Russian software on devices. Until this is done, all manufacturers will be violators in one form or another, since the law contradicts itself in many ways, it has been rewritten and altered in such a way that in the end it looks like a patchwork quilt. Circus Chapiteau, there is no other way to call it.

Share what you removed and why. Also tell us how you feel about those applications that put in the memory of devices and make them unremovable.