How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

April 25, 2012 by: 0

The Android phones are a big hit in the market but the mobile developers keep on adding unnecessary apps in the device just to increase its value. Instead of shipping the actual Android device, companies like HTC and Samsung add more features to the device in the form of apps. This makes Android irritating and confusing.

The following image shows the Voice Command application of Samsung. You only need to press the Home button twice to launch it. So it can be launched by mistake too. As soon as it starts, your phone speaks in a computer voice that is quite annoying. It is difficult to uninstall the app by default.

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

There is no disable and uninstall button. So how will you solve such issues? You must remember that your device has to be rooted in order to fix such issues. An advantage of rooting your phone is that you can easily get rid of the annoying apps. Once you are done with this step, move on to the next one.

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

Use Titanium Backup to Freeze System Apps

Titanium Backup is an excellent application. Apart from creating a backup, Titanium Backup offers many other features. Its Pro version is available at $6. A unique feature available in the Pro version is freezing the applications.

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

The applications will not be removed by Titanium Backup. It will hide and disable them. Though the apps can also be uninstalled but it is much safer to freeze them. When an app is frozen, it will not run. But if the app was system-critical and your phone is behaving strangely, you can defrost the app. Defrosting will make the app available again.

Let us now discuss how you can freeze an app. You need to purchase the Pro version of Titanium Backup. Go to Back/Restore tab. Search for the app you require.

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

Photo Credit: Techitz.com/titanium-backup-pro-4-9-0/

A long list of apps will be displayed. It is quite tiring to scroll through it. However, you can escape from this tedious job by filtering it. Simply go to the header and tap ‘Click to edit filters‘.

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

The Voice Command app is quite annoying. You cannot locate it easily. It can be launched by mistake when you double-press the home button accidentally. Also, instead of displaying the name of the app, it displays ‘Voice talk’. However, if you filter the list, it will look like the following screenshot:

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

As you can see in the screenshot, there are a lot of apps. But the last app, voice command, seems to be promising. Now how will you ensure that this is the app you wish to freeze? Simply tap it once and you will visit the options screen:

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

There is a ‘Run app’ button. This button is located next to the caption of the app. An arrow is marked above it. Tap it to proceed further.

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]
Once you are sure that it is an annoying app, go to Titanium Backup again by tapping the Back button. There is a ‘Freeze’ button. Simply tap it and the Voice Command app will be removed.

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

You will not be asked for any confirmation because freezing is a temporary action. Though you can uninstall an app by using the ‘Un-install’ button but it is recommended to only freeze it.

Sum Up

You need to follow the above mentioned steps to get rid of an app that is annoying you. The whole process is quite simple. Are you aware of any other method of removing an annoying app from your Android phone? Share with us.

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