The bloatware that comes pre-installed on many of our devices can be a major pain. While such apps can be easily uninstalled on most computers, deleting them on smartphones, however, it might be a little tricky and complex affair. Bloatware is generally bundled in the form of system apps that cannot be uninstalled directly using the standard uninstall procedure. Yesterday I wrote a tutorial on the topic that intended to show you some easy ways you can delete, hide and disable bloatware from your Android phone. Here is another tutorial that will guide you as you attempt to delete such apps that you cannot uninstall directly from the Application Manager of your phone.
If you have a rooted Android phone, the task becomes very easy as you can download any good root explorer app from the market and delete the desired system or stock app from system/apps folder on your phone’s internal storage. But what about those do not have a rooted Android phone! Well, e should be grateful to XDA member Broadways who has come to the rescue with a stock recovery-flashable zip file that removes bloatware from the stock Android recovery. Yea, you can delete all desired bloatware just by running a script by installing the bloatkill.zip file.
Actually, the script was originally written for the Samsung Galaxy Y, but it has been confirmed working on other Android smartphones too. Recently I tested it on my Samsung Galaxy S3 and it worked perfectly. Before we begin, do remember that the system/app partition on Android houses all the critical components of your device, that is required for it to function properly. It is very important, therefore, that you take care that the app you are going to delete is not associated with some essential function.
How to Remove Stock Apps
If you are a seasoned Android phone user, the procedure might seem to you very easily, but if you are new to such things, make sure you follow the steps described below to the letter.
- Download the recovery flashable BloatKill script in a zip. Do not extract it: bloatkill.zip
- Download and install a zip manager program on your computer, such as WinRAR or PowerArchiver.
- Double click the bloatkill.zip to open the zip
- Now browse over to META-INF\com\google\android\
- Right-click the “updater-script” file and extract the file to the desktop. You can also extract this file by dragging it to the desktop.
- Open the file with a suitable program like NotePad++, or Adobe Dreamweaver.
- The opened script file should look like this:
- The area inside the red box where every command lines start with “delete” is what you will have to edit as per your needs. Just replace the names of the Apk and Odex files with that of those you want to remove from your phone.
- When the editing is over, save the changes and exit NotePad++ or the editor you are using.
- Now drag the “updater-script” file back to its place: META-INF\com\google\android\ folder in bloatkill.zip
- Now copy the bloatkill.zip file to the root/main directory of your phone’s SD card.
- Open phone Settings and enable USB Debugging Mode from Developer Options.
- Turn off your device and boot it into Recovery Mode. The method involves a special combination of hardware keys that are pressed simultaneously and differ from device to device.
- In the recovery mode use the volume keys to scroll/highlight and the Power key to select an option.
- Scroll to an option called “apply zip from sd card” and select the bloatkill.zip file. Confirm your choice by selecting “yes”.
- Finally, select “reboot system now”
When your device wakes up, open the app drawer only to be surprised that the bloatware has gone. If they are still present there, it means you did not type the app names correctly in Step 8.
Do not forget to share with us how it went for you.
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