How to Remove Default Applications from Rooted Android Phones

Android rooting logoGone are the days when the phone manufacturer will refuse to attend your phone just because of a reason that since the phone is rooted the warranty stands lapsed. As due to the biggest advantage of Android being Open Source, you can now easily not only just root the phone but also you can revoke the root access just with the help of some simple tricks with which you can then claim the warranty back. With the hep of rooting, one can easily access the system level files after which the customization becomes not only possible but also easier.

The reason being stating the above paragraph is that many of the Android users still ask on what are the benefits of rooting the phone, though there are many advantages of rooting the device and will not be possible to list and explain each of them but we will see one biggest advantage of rooting the phone which is on how you can remove the stock / default application from your Android phone which otherwise is not possible to remove with a non-rooted phone. So, in the due course of this article we will see on how you can easily remove stock apps by following a simple procedure which is mentioned below.

Basically this Android Terminal Emulator lets you access the Android’s built in Linux based command line kernel and changes the registry level entries to satisfy your needs of removing the stock applications as it emulates the Digital Equipment Corporation VT-100 terminal which powers the Android smart phones. The only requirement to make this possible is that you will be needing the rooted Android Phone so as to grant the Super user access

Note : If you want to Root your phone then you can find the procedure on how you can root your device from the site androidadvices.com. Just in case if you are unable to find the same in our site then in the comments section mention your Android device Name and Model number along with which version of firmware your phone is on so that we can guide you on how you can root your phone and can proceed to remove the default applications on your Rooted Android Phone.

Caution: Kindly ensure and double check the command before proceeding to deleting any application as if you delete any crucial application then the only way you can retain that app is by installing the firmware again on your phone which again is a very tedious task, so its recommended to use the below trick very wisely.

Procedure to Remove Stock Apps from the Rooted Android Phone:

  • So, before you proceed you will have to ensure that the phone is rooted successfully. The simplest way to find out whether the phone is rooted or not is that in the list of Applications you will find an icon named as “Super User” which will be in the skull shaped.

Android Terminal Emulator Download

  • So, once you see that the phone is rooted you will now have to download Android Terminal Emulator to your Android device be it a tablet or a smart phone. Once this app is installed, you need to open the same on your Android phone after which you will see that a blue screen terminal window will be opened up as shown in the below screen shot.

Android Terminal Emulator

  • Now, in this screen you will have to type in “su” without the inverted comas and need to just press “enter symbol” on your keypad. Once its done, you will be prompted to confirm the Root access from the Super user Application, just tap on the “Allow to Proceed”.

su

su

  • Now next up you will have to type in the command which is mentioned below in a step by step manner as shown below,

mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblk3 /system

Enter command in Terminal

  • Up next is you will have to now type in the command as “ls /system/app” without inverted comas after which you will see that all the applications which are there in the phone will be listed as shown in the below image.

ls /system/app

Applications on Android

  • Now, after the application listing you will see that all the apps will be listed, to remove any application of your choice, you will need to enter in the below command as shown below,

rm /system/app/<app-name>

  • Just in case suppose if you wish to remove the amazon MP3 application from your phone then the command which you need to enter is

 rm /system/app/com.amazon.mp3.apk

  • Similarly, just in case if you wish to remove the Voice Dialer you need to enter the command as,

rm /system/app/VoiceDialer.apk

rm /system/app/VoiceDialer.odex

  • Now, to check again whether the application has been successfully removed or not, you will need to enter the command as, “mount -o remount,ro /dev/mtdblock3 /system” without the inverted comas to again get a list of apps which are present on your phone.

mount -o remount,ro /dev/mtdblock3 /system

Applications on Android

So, that’s it you have now successfully seen on how one can easily delete / remove the stock applications which are there in your phone. Many times it has been found that some of the unknown language apps are found as soon as you update your phone’s firmware. In such times, you can use the above mentioned method to remove all such applications from your phone. Just let us know if you face any issues in the comments section below while removing the apps from your phone as we will try our level best to address the issue

  • elena

    I tapped “su” but it says “not found”. Is there any other possibility?

  • http://androidadvices.com/remove-default-applications-rooted-android-phones/ bernardo

    Is/system/app These words do not work on my LG 2x p999dw to move on, pls help?

    • Pradeep Neela

      just download the terminal app from PLAY Store and cross verify the same

    • JoeyEdwards

      You have to put a space between ls and the /… and it’s an L not an I.

  • John Kevin

    Please help how to restore the uninstalled apps…i have uninstalled my phone.apk, now i cant text or call…please help me.

    • Pilehymer

      Lol!!!

  • srikrishna

    Hi, I am new android user with samsung Galaxy Y. Whenever I want to make a call, a pop-up appears on the screen saying……”Phone” did not allow accessing network by default. Similarly for messaging, but this time the pop up states …….”Messaging” did not allow accessing the network by default. Lastly when I am scrolling various pages a pop-up keeps showing up which says …connecting network please wait for a while. However, all the time I am able to make the call, send SMS etc……its just that these unwanted pop-ups keep appearing. How do you stop them?

  • ged

    it does not work. Says ‘not found’ after you press enter

  • krishghige

    Hi All, I was able to remove the default apps using both methods. The one mentioned in the above article as well as using “Root Uninstaller”. The root uninstaller does it so easily if your phone is rooted so all those having trouble in uninstalling apps using commands on terminal can try “Root Uninstaller”. There are two apps with same name so download the one with green android icon and apk written on the icon.

    Hope this helps.

    • Ciara

      thanks for your advice on the root uninstaller – so easy to do and even though I don’t understand lots of phone related things I understood this!

  • Neal

    Hey, I followed these prompts and successfully removed the apps I selected. However they are still taking up space on my devices internal memory. Why is this?

    • http://www.androidadvices.com/author/neal Pradeep Neela

      yes you can save in the internal memory

    • Monisalam

      same problem with me too… did u find any solution to free up space on internal memory?

  • Anibok

    Worked like magic for me. Kudos to you. You’re brilliant

  • Robert

    Thank You! It worked perfectly on my LG Optimus One P500h ! :D

  • Wumikiel

    Please, while trying to remove app, it say directory not empty 

  • Taconumber_nine

    I kno the terminal is case sensitive but when ever I type I it automatically capitalizes it so I can’t seller any apps that include an I. Im using a samsung admire someone please help

    • http://www.androidadvices.com/author/neal Pradeep Neela

      by entering what command in terminal you are getting the error?

    • krishghige

      You can turn off auto-capitalization from key-board settings (Settings>>>Language & keyboard settings).

  • http://repair-mobiles.com/ Mobile Saaqi

    Great article I was trying to remove these stock apps for a very long time they just keep killing my RAM. Thanks

  • Soma

    It worked great on my SE Arc S.
    Thanks
    Regards,
    Soma

  • Tre’

    Having trouble removing midnight bowling 2 from my samsung zio. Please advise.

    • http://www.androidadvices.com/author/neal Pradeep Neela

      you can try removing apps from the manage apps section!

    • http://www.androidadvices.com/author/neal Pradeep Neela

      you can try removing apps from the manage apps section!

  • amature

    I’ve updated my phone recently and those apps popped up again. I can’t seem to be able to remove them using the same method..

  • Tray Deadwyler

    Need the root procedure for a Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G.

  • Karim Alinani

    To get rid of all the system and non-system apps use Root Uninstaller

    Thanks

  • Alex

    Says that the remove failed because the app was a read-only. I did voicedialer.

  • vikram

    when iam trying to remove pre-installed apps…
    its showing “this app is read only”
    please help me how to remove apps…

  • Mayur

    how to root my HTC explorer

  • John

    When i used the rem command to delete a crappy that came with the phone, I get the message, system file cannot be deleted. What’s wrong ?

  • Raj

    I am using Samsung Galaxy M style (Korea) Phone i would like to request ti root the phone
    Model No – SHW -M340K
    Android Version :2.3.6
    Baseband version :M340K FC15 1239.KT
    Kernel version 2.6.38.6
    Build Number : GINGERBREAD.FC15

  • juanp_1982

    great tutorial!!! I really like it!!!! :-) one small comment, according to the tutorial you have this two commands
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblk3 /system
    and
    mount -o remount,ro /dev/mtdblock3 /system

    because the “origin” folder doesn’t match

  • Frederic

    I am getting the msg that the files are read only and therefore it is not deleting them…What should I do? I have a samsung Exhibit II G4. Thx.

  • Streetsmart

    WORD OF CAUTION: The terminal commands ,for one, are CASE-SENSITIVE. Same with the names. QuickOffice and Quickoffice are DIFFERENT words for the terminal. Got it?

  • ANGELA

    I just removed a bunch of files using this method from an LGVS660. But they are still showing up as if nothing has happened??? They are no longer listed on the blue screen. I tried Titanium Backup, and it lists the files but says it cannot find the .apk file. HELP!

  • Steve

    Hey. I am a new Android User version 2.3.4 and I just got a Advil ZTE Z 990 and I’d like to delete some system apps that was installed by a network provider but I don’t know how. Can you help me? Please and Thank you :)

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to root the device and then clear these apps!

      • kimmy

        If i remove these system apps by the network provider, will it have a negative effect on my phone? I am afraid i might remove apps that is actually needed.

    • Steve

      I understand the root thing just cant get permission too

  • kimmy

    Hey. I am a new Android User and I just got a Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-19100 and I’d like to delete some system apps that was installed by a network provider but I don’t know how. Can you help me? Please and Thank you :)

    Kimmy :)

  • Raj

    I need to root MY Galaxy M Magic

    Model No : SHW-M340K
    Android Version : 2.3.6
    Baseband Version : M340K.FC15.1239.KT
    Kernel version :2.6.38.6
    Build no :GINGERBREAD.FC15

  • arvind

    hey while deleting app
    i am getting
    rm failed for /system/app/ ,read only memory
    what should i do

  • stephen

    *bootani.qmg

  • stephen

    yes i can get as far as seeing my system/app …all i want to do is remove the bootari.qmg which as far as i know is located in system/media thanks for any and all help

  • stephen

    actually everytime i try to rm any “confirmed” apk or odex im given a “read only” msg…please help

    • Pradeep Neela

      are you on the rooted firmware!

  • stephen

    when i try to rm the system/media/bootani.qmg i am told i cant because it is a directoty…i just dont want the boot screens! arrrrgh! makes me REALLY miss my old HTC SHADOW

  • Huawei Comet Android V2.2

    note If u have superuser installed, and want to remove it this app can do it
    simply follow the steps above to get to the point of removing an app then
    enter
    rm /system/app/SuperUser.apk
    that should remove the app…..just incase anybody wanted to know.
    it worked for me.

  • Arunas

    android version is 2.3.6

  • Arunas

    when I’m trying to remove quickoffice.apk it says ” Read-only file system”
    please help

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes its a default app, you need to root to remove this app!

  • Primesh

    Hi, need to root my current android device.

    Device name: Samsung SGS2 I9100T
    Firmware Version: 2.3.6
    Baseband Version: I9100TDVKJ1
    Kernel Version: 2.6.35.7-I9100TDVLB1-CL957836 dpi@DELL166#2
    Build Number: GINGERBREAD.DVLB1

    Hope you can help me.. Thanks in advance

  • sharath

    Hi,
    I have successfully removed default apps using the above steps but my phone’s internal memory is still low. It shows “Low on space” warning. I have Spice MI 280. Pls help me out

  • devaraju

    Sorry ,android version is 2.3.3

  • devaraju

    I am using LG P500. Software version is V20c. Android version is 2.4.3

  • Devaraju

    Hi, i am using LG P500 handset, and my android version is 2.3.3 and Software version is LG P500-V20c and Kernel Version 2.6.35.10-perf.

    Pls let me know how to remove the default applications from my handset… Can these be reset once removed?

    Many thanks
    Devaraju

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

      you need to root your device for the same!

      • devaraju

        @Neela Pradeep,
        pls guide me how to root my device.

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

          which device you are using?

  • selena

    I can’t find the “Super User” icon.

  • Colleen

    I tried deleting a couple of things; myspace and amazon mp3. However after both things I got rm failed for /system/app/(name), read only file system. What does that mean? I desperately need to free up space on my lg ally and was hoping to get rid of some of this crap I never use.

    • Sachin

      Dear Colleen I am also facing same problem. If you got any solution please let me know.

  • Sarp Altar

    thx for the info, that worked successfully on my phone but i wonder that if it s possible to make an app (which i download from android market) a default app and how? what i mean is,after i load the factory settings back, can i have a Flashlight app without downloading it from market, among the default apps

  • Pradeep

    Thanks for the information!
    It works!
    Could you suggest what all applications we should not remove.

  • Rahul

    Hi, need to root my current android device.

    Device name: Spice Mi280
    Firmware Version: 2.3.4
    Baseband Version: MAUI.11AMD.W11.19.SP.V2.P1,2011/08/20 02:14
    Kernel Version: 2.6.35.7 ckt@ckt-droid-nest #1 Fri Dec 9 11:18:49 CST 2011
    Build Number: Spice_Mi-280_IND_Ver1.2_111209112503
    Custom Buil Version: 1323400740

    Thanks in advance.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      we will try to come up with the support for this device!

  • Jon

    Hi when it comes to the installing section it keeps telling me its unable to do because its a read only file, all i want to do is remove the Audioteka, ipla and the nexto. any ideas?

    Samsung S5380
    Gingerbread 2.3.5.
    ROOTED

    p.s. awsome website.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      thanks for your appreciation and trust!

  • Anant Shah

    By mistake i uninstall Generic driver for debugging.

    so how i re-install that

    please help me.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes anant, you can re apply the firmware!

  • mel

    what do you mean root the same?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      means, you need to root your phone!

  • Achintya

    Hi

    I tried removing Quickoffice from my rooted galaxy y s-5360

    but when i try “rm /system/app/Quickoffice.apk an error msg appears saying “rm failed for ?system?app?Quickoffice.apk, Read-only file system”

    Help please! wanna remove tht crappy s/w frm my phone!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes there is a some issue with some apps!

  • Angela

    Hi there, I am a newbie and would like to root my android. Any help would be much appreciated.

    SGH-T959P – Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G
    Running Firmware 2.3.4
    Build Number GINGERBREAD.PTLKH2

    Thank You

  • http://androidadvices.com Craig

    Hi I’m trying to remove Milocker app and I get the msg \ can’t remove Read only file system\ any help/ideas?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      you need to root the same!

  • Suersh Challa

    I had installed terminal Emulator I had punched the command “su” I am able see a message permission denied
    please help me out to pull out the application

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      is phone rooteD?

  • suresh

    I had installed terminal Emulator I had punched the command “su’ I am able to see a message permission denied
    please help me out to pull out the application

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      it will require the root access!

  • divya

    i am using galaxy pop(mini s5570) samsung moblie.can u please let me know how can i remove default apps

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      you need to root the same to remove them!

  • krishna

    Im using LG p500, how can i root my device and uninstall the default packages..?
    Thanks..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      we will come out with the same, which firmware you are on?

  • XeNNo

    Hey ! Another solution to this is to install “Root Explorer” app and then navigate to /system/app and start removing :D
    I recommend though to back-up into a folder in /sdcard …

  • driver uninstall ieee

    interesting post, pretty much covered it all for me, thanks.

  • Janice Shirley

    This didn’t work for me from the get go. After typing in su then hitting the SYM key, nothing. However, as someone stated, why do this when you can install and run Titanium Backup and remove any apps you don’t want easily.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      it can back all the data which is there in your phone! but it only works on rooted phones!

  • Sanket

    And how to root it on android 2.2.2??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      which is the phone you wished to root?

  • Sanket

    How to update LG Optimus P350?
    Android version 2.2.2

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      we will come up with the article soon!

  • mick

    Hi,

    I have rooted my samsung galaxy S2 and flashed the kernel. I have given ES Explorer super user permissions but when I open a pre-installed app in explorer like photo editor, after you click uninstall it says the uninstall failed. Any ideas?

    Mick

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      what are the permissions you are selecting? your phone needs to be rooted for the same!

  • Ross Yoo

    tugboat, try restarting the phone. Sounds stupid, I know, but worked like a charm on my Samsung Inspire, and seems to work for 90% of forum-posters with this problem.

    No problem.

  • Abhi Kalyan

    Try this method,
    Install ES File Explorer in a rooted phone.
    (any root explorer will do)
    Allow Root permissions for the explorer
    Mount in RW mode
    open /system/app
    remove the files that you do not want, just pick and delete.

  • tugboat

    Trying to.delete on Droid incredible downloaded term. Emulator goto type in Su hit enter and comes up mount denied any help would be greatly appreciated
    Thank u in advance
    Tugboat

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      is your phone rooted?

  • GVK

    Hi,

    I have successfully removed unwanted apps from my SE x10 with help of above article.

    is there any option where we can delete these unwanted apps with GUI.

    Thanks

  • Rick

    Thanks for your reply. I presume you will be providing instructions on how to root and remove apps from this t-Mobile phone model at a later date. Another concern is hacking. Word on the street is t-Mobile Android phones are easy to hack. Is there a way to stop/minimize this problem?

  • Rick

    Am planning to buy T-Moble’s Samsung Galaxy SII but hate all the added apps. Is there a way to remove them? I’m new at Android products and have minimum computer skills.

    Thanks for your help.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      iTS A GOOD PHONE GO AHEAD!

  • Kunal Oswal

    Can anyone of you please tell me how to root Samsung Galaxy S 4G.The firmware version for it is 2.2.1.

    Thanks in Advance.

    Kunal Oswal.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      you can use the Super One click

  • jwinks

    I have an incredible that’s rooted and have gone over all the steps in this tutorial. When I enter the app I want to remove it tells me that the file is not found, but the file exists in the list? What am I doing wrong

  • http://it-snap.blogspot.com mustafa

    hi i want to know how to root my Galaxy S plus GT I9001
    kernel 2.6.35.7-perf
    firmware 2.3.3
    gingerbread.JPKF7
    8Gb Internet
    1.4 Gz
    512 ram
    i dont have external Sd card
    on every where i found they talk about Galaxy S but when i cheached the version of |Android i found it’s diffrenet
    can you help me to root it and plz can y

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      as of now S Plus dont have any rooting process, once it arrives we will update you!

  • Jon

    Hi, need to root my current android device.

    Device name: Samsung SGS2 I9100
    Firmware Version: 2.3.4
    BAseband Version: I9100XXKH3
    Kernel Version: 2.6.35.7-i9100XWKH4-cl487028
    Build Number: GINGERBREAD.XWKH4

    Hope you can help me.. Thanks in advance.

  • bari

    Is it possible to replace apps ?
    For example i want to replace the default dialer with Dialer One and make it the default dialer apps

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes you can do the same!

  • Desperate

    Anyone has successfully rooted viewpad7 by Viewscenic ?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      as of now not, we will soon come up with the same, which one you wish to have?

  • sak500

    Hi, Thanks for good article. I’m new to Android as i have been using iPhone4 and N900 previously. Even though N900 wasn’t totally a different platform.

    Now I have LG’s Optimus 3D P920 and have already rooted it and managed to screw it once and had to hard reset it. Now i’m bit more confident about this phone but would like to tinder around with booting process as i dont like the booting screen or awful sound of LG. Any idea the folders or files i can move around w/o bricking it again?

    Also when i change it to usb mode there is this loud notification tone which i really hate. Pls do let me know about removing this as well.

    cheers

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      as of now there is no such customization for the LG Optimus 3D phone but once it arrives, we will surely update the same !

  • Bikramjit

    hi neal
    can u please help me when i type su it comes with access denied message, can u please help what wrong i am doing it here
    i am using galaxy ace

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      where you are getting this message, have you rooted the phone, if yes then its in which version?

  • adamslast

    I think there is no need such a complex method to uninstall system appls. Titanium backup (even nopro) does it easily on rooted phones and tablets. And in addition with TB you can backup the appls for restoring them back when necessary.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      it has to be rooted and then only you can backup the apps!

  • Colpro

    Hi Neal

    Is there any way to “know for sure” which apps. are “required” system apps and should NOT be removed?

    Colpro

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      no apps are compulsory, you can remove any app if you don’t need it!

  • rmstorms

    How do I root my Samsung Droid Charge? Please help! :)

    Model Number SCH-I510
    Firmware Version 2.2.1

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      we will soon come up with the article on the Rooting of Droid Charge!

  • azman

    hi, is’t baseband will problem if we root the phone and how to get back the baseband.

    plz help me….

    thanks

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      baseband version gets changed from version to version, why do you want the baseband version to be changed?

  • mynewuser

    Hi, I think instate of remove the file. We should backup/copy the file to sdcard before remove it.
    Also any guild as to restore back the app back to original place incase we would like to perform warranty claim.

  • mudit

    hey it dose not work please help have a 9003 rooted.

  • raju

    hey neil i tried to use this command on Samsung galaxy s gt i 9000 with 3.5 xtra long battery firmware upload by you. but these commands are not working in this . plz help me regarding this issue

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      hey raju, which commands you are talking about!?

      • niaomalley

        I think I have a fair idea….this work beautifully and removed successfully one network provider eyesore already but it took me a bit to get it right myself, since as you typed it as someone who is well familiar with such commands…but some of us are not ;)

        Let’s see

        – things are case sensitive and spaces count.

        – this command mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblk3 /system looked different on the picture and this is what I had to type to make it work: mount[space]-0(zero, not aw)[space]remount,rw[space]-t[space]yaffsw(not yaffs2 as written)[space]/dev/block/mtdblk3[space]/system

        -this ls /system/app therefore is ls[space]/system/app

        -And rm /system/app/ is rm[space]/system/app (app names to be typed exactly as and being case sensitive)

        -This command mount -o remount,ro /dev/mtdblock3 /system is still a zero not an o and you’ll need to retype ls /system/app after of course

        That’d be the add-on for idiots like me :) Thanks for the tip! it’s awesome.

        • chitvan

          hey..could u plz explain the procedure in details?
          do u have to press the ‘enter’ key after the first command?
          it didn’t work with my phone..i might be doing something wrong.
          thanx :)

          • Neela Pradeep

            PLEASE FOLLOW THE PROCEDURE AS MENTIONED ABOVE!

  • Mighty

    Ouch, scary if some app should not be deleted. Thats why Titanium Backup has freeze command to test what happens without this app.