Did you know that an app can consume your device’s storage even after being uninstalled? Yes, you heard that right. But, worry not for we have figured it out for you. In this read, we have listed different ways to completely delete and uninstall apps on an Android device. You can also learn to uninstall multiple apps at once on your Android phone.
Uninstalling apps might sound like an easy process but it leaves behind traces and residue files on your device consuming its storage. To completely uninstall and delete an app, you need to delete all the associated files to remove it entirely from your system.
Uninstalling Apps on Android
Before we discuss ways to delete the residue files, let’s have a look at the top 4 easy methods to uninstall any app on Android.
Uninstall an App via Long-Tap Method
1. Unlock your Android device and long-press the icon of the app that you wish to uninstall. You can perform this action on either your home screen or even inside your app drawer.
2. Tap on the Uninstall option to uninstall and delete the app from your device.
Use Settings App to Delete and Uninstall Apps
1. Open the Settings app and tap on the App Management option.
2. Next, tap on the App list and scroll down to locate the app that you wish to uninstall.
3. Click on the Uninstall button to delete the app from your Android device.
Access Google Play Store to Delete Desired Application
Another nifty trick to easily uninstall third-party apps installed on your device is through Google Play Store.
1. Tap on the Playstore app and type the name of the desired app in the search bar that you wish to uninstall.
2. Next, click on the Uninstall button to delete the app from your Android phone.
Try Free Third-Party Apps to Delete Installed Apps
You can also make use of free third-party apps to uninstall and delete user-installed apps on your system.
1. Open Google Play Store and search for the Uninstaller app to install it.
2. Next, check the app that you wish to uninstall from the list of installed apps.
3. Further, press the delete icon at the bottom-right corner to uninstall the chosen app.
4. You can also check multiple apps in the list to uninstall them sequentially.
Now that you’ve learned different ways to uninstall user-installed applications on your Android device, let’s have a look at 4 effective ways to remove residual and temporary app-associated files.
Clearing App Traces and Residue Files
Clear App Data Before Uninstalling Apps
One of the most effective methods to avoid unnecessary space consumption by temporary app files is to clear them before uninstalling the app.
1. Open the Settings app and tap on App Management to configure it.
2. Next, tap on the App List and scroll down to locate the installed app to clear its associated app data.
3. Tap on the Storage Used option and press the buttons for Clear Data and Clear Cache respectively. This will clear and remove all the data consumed by the installed application.
4. You can now uninstall the app by using any of the methods listed above.
Use Google Files App to Clear Temporary App Data
If you don’t wish to clear out all the temporary app files manually, then you can use the Files app from Google to instantly remove and delete all the temporary installed app files.
1. Install the Files app from Google Play Store and open it.
2. Wait for a few seconds to let the app analyze your device’s content.
3. Next, tap on the Clean tab at the bottom-left corner and locate the Junk Files section.
4. Further, tap on the Clean button to delete all the temporary app data and residual files.
Connect Your Device to PC to Clear It
Another working trick for clearing out all the residual files after uninstalling the app is to connect it to a computer.
1. Connect your Android phone to a computer and select the Transfer Files option on the phone.
2. You can now see your device name in the drive section of your computer.
3. Next, open the associated device storage and navigate to the following path:
Internal Shared Storage> Android> Data
4. Now, search the name of the app in the search bar to find its associated package.
5. Delete the installed package of the app to remove all the temporary related files.
Remove Installed App Traces from the Play Store
Apart from uninstalling apps and their linked temporary data, you can also remove the app search history from Google Play Store. Follow these steps for an easy fix.
1. Open Google Play Store and tap on the profile icon in the top-right corner.
2. Next, tap on Settings from the list of options.
3. Expand the General option to configure Account and device preferences.
4. Scroll further down to tap on the Clear device search history option to remove all your app searches from Google Play Store.
Bonus Tip: Remove Apps that won’t let you Uninstall it
Now, that you have learned to delete and uninstall user-installed apps on your Android device, it is time to remove apps that won’t let you uninstall them such as bloatware and system apps. Follow this quick guide to remove apps that the phone won’t let you uninstall.
Wrapping Up: Clear them Up
We hope that you’ve now successfully learned to completely delete and uninstall apps on your Android device. If you have learned something new in this read, then hit the Like button and share this guide with your friends to help them conserve their device’s storage. Stay tuned for more awesome reads.
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