How to remove pre-installed stock Android Apps

Pre-installed stock apps aka crap gives users a lot of headache especially to those who have little internal storage like Ace, A70 & Optimus etc.
  • They take up a lot of internal memory.
  • They clutter the app drawer.
  • They might take a lot of system resources with background services.
These apps can’t be removed. And as a result ‘Out of memory’ issue is the first problem a user runs into.
Previously we have covered a way to force install apps to SD card. But what of those unuseful apps who just sit in the app drawer and clutter it. This is the first & foremost reason an average user roots his phone.

So if you are rooted and want to remove system/stock apps, you are at the right place.


  • Titanium backup app from android market or free trial (direct link)
  • Your phone to be rooted.


    1. Launch “Titanium Backup” app in your phone.
    2. Select “backup/restore” tab on the home screen.
    3. You will be presented with a list of apps that also includes the pre-installed apps.
    4. Choose whatever apps you want to uninstall and you will see screen like this
      titanium backup app deleting
    5. Select  “uninstall” and the app will be removed from your system.

And you’re done!

An alternate way will be to freeze the app with “App Quarantine“. Check our in-depth review of the app.

Know a better way, let us know in the comments.

8 thoughts on “How to remove pre-installed stock Android Apps

  1. Well, you can use ROM Manager, go to system/bin/apps. There you’ll find all the apks to the apps that run on your phone, there are also the ones that came pre-installed. Change the folder to r/w from r/o. This lets you modify the contents of the folder (which, for all warranty purposes, you should never do). Now, choose your “favorites”, long press, delete. You will receive a popup requiring confirmation. Just say “yes”. After you’re done deleting everything you want to, before you leave the folder, switch it back to r/o. And.. That’s it. 🙂

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