Regardless of whatever OS or device from any manufacturer you might be using, the presence of bloat apps is common to all. First, your phone or tablet might have some system bloats injected by the OEM and then it might be further loaded with a lot of apps from your carrier (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.). In most cases bloat apps are useless stuff that not only populate our device, but also have a bad effect on its performance. Many of them keep running stealthily in the background and thus keep feeding the RAM and battery.
We all like a neat app drawer that has only those apps that are of use to us. Therefore, it is obvious that everybody wishes to get rid of those apps. Since all bloatware come with our device out of the box, they are pushed to the partition of our device that is inaccessible to users. You can call them imposter apps! To delete such apps, we need access to the system directory where they lay hidden. The very privilege to access our device’s system and ability to modify it is called root access.
LG’s current flagship phone is a powerhouse in itself. It is blessed with awesome hardware specs like Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Processor, 3000 mAh Li-Po battery and 2GB RAM. Because the LG G2 does not support expandable storage, you have to do with the 16/32GB in built storage. No doubt the device performs well as it comes but it’s also true that by removing its useless system apps, you can free more system memory which else remains occupied and enjoy faster performance and better battery life.
- To be able to remove bloatware from your LG G2, you’ll need root privileges on your phone. If you have it already, just skip this step. In case you still have an unrooted device, we have a pretty easy rooting tutorial for you. Just click the link below to head over to our rooting guide for LG G2:
- Another thing that you require to have on your device is a root explorer app. Download the Root Browser app from the Play Store:
List of Bloat Apps on LG G2:
Besides the above two prerequisites, you should also have the knowledge about what bloat/system apps are really safe to remove on your LG G2. In many cases, people unknowingly delete some essential app and later find that a function is not working properly. To save you from that inconvenient situation, we have prepared a big list of apps that you can remove from your phone. It’s also important to know that the list below contains almost all removable apps but some of them might be useful to you. You are, therefore, suggested to use your discretion while doing that.
Remove LG G2 Bloatware:
- Open the Root Browser app.
- Grant SuperUser permission to it when prompted.
- Go to system/apps directory and delete the apps that you want to remove from your device.
- It’s a good idea to backup the apps before you delete them.
- When you done with doing that, exit Root Browser and reboot your phone.
There is yet another way to remove bloat system apps easily using the CleanTOOL script on your LG G2. The method has been tested on AT&T LG G2.
- Download the CleanTOOL script file: CleanTOOL.zip [mirror]
- Extract it on your desktop and copy the contents found inside the zip to your LG G2.
- Enable USB Debugging on your phone from Settings> Developer options. If you don’t see this option in phone Settings, refer to this guide.
- Connect you device to computer and then launch ADB Shell. To do this, press Shift+Right-click on your mouse. Select “Open command window here” option.
- Now type the following command in the cmd window:
- Then type the following lines and press the Enter key after each line:
su cd /data/media/0 chmod 777 CleanTOOL ./CleanTOOL reboot
- Press Enter key again and your phone will reboot.
At the completion of the procedure, the following apps will be removed from your device:
If you have root access on your LG G2, you can install a system app uninstaller from the Google Play Store and easily remove your desired system app. The app also creates a backup of the uninstalled system apps, so that you might restore those apps later if required.
Try the methods described above and do not forget to share your experience with us. Enjoy a cleaner and faster G2. Cheers!