4 ways to uninstall Android apps from your smartphone or tablet

Do you need to know how to “delete” or uninstall apps from your Android smartphone or tablet? Do you need to know how to uninstall all apps, including sideloaded ones? In this guide, we share four methods for removing apps from Android, which were tested in all modern versions of this operating system: Android 6 Marshmallow, Android 7 Nougat, and Android 8 Oreo. Let’s get started:

1. How to remove Android apps from the App Drawer or the Home screen (Android 6 Marshmallow, Android 7 Nougat, and Android 8 Oreo)

This method works in all the latest versions of Android: Marshmallow, Nougat, and Oreo. First, find the shortcut to the app that you want to remove. You can find it in the App Drawer or the Home screen. Tap and hold on the app’s icon. While you do this, you see two options on the top side of the screen. One of them is Uninstall.

Drag the app’s shortcut over the Uninstall option and release it there.

You are asked to confirm that you want to uninstall the app. Tap OK.

Android quickly displays a message saying that the app was uninstalled successfully.

IMPORTANT: For some apps, you do not see an Uninstall option, only the Remove option. This means that the app is part of the Android operating system, and it is bundled with your smartphone or tablet, so you cannot uninstall it.

2. How to remove Android apps from the Play Store (Android 6 Marshmallow, Android 7 Nougat, and Android 8 Oreo)

This method works in all modern version of Android, and it starts by opening the Play Store. Then, tap the hamburger button on the top-left corner. It looks like three parallel lines, and it is highlighted in the screenshot below.

In the menu that opens, tap My apps & games.

Tap the Installed tab, and a list is shown with all the apps that are installed on your Android smartphone or tablet. Find the app that you want to remove and tap the Open button near its name.

The app’s Play Store page is opened. Here you can find an Uninstall button. Tap on it.

You are asked to confirm that you want to uninstall the app. Choose OK, and you are done.

The selected app is removed from your Android device.

3. How to remove Android apps from Settings (Android 6 Marshmallow and Android 7 Nougat)

Go to your smartphone’s Settings app. Tap on the Apps section of settings.

A list is shown with all the apps found on your Android smartphone or tablet. Find the app that you want to remove, and tap on its name.

You are shown information about the app. You also get an Uninstall button.

Tap on it, and you are asked to confirm that you want to uninstall the app. Press OK and Android removes the app.

IMPORTANT: For some apps, you do not see an Uninstall button. This means that the app is part of the Android operating system, it is bundled with your device, and you cannot remove it. However, you can choose Disable, and the app’s shortcuts disappear from your device. Note that the app will continue to occupy storage space on your devices, as it cannot be removed.

4. How to uninstall an Android app from the Home screen (Android 8 Oreo only)

If you have the latest version of Android: 8.0 Oreo, there is a new and easy way to uninstall apps. Go to the Home screen and tap and hold the shortcut of the app that you want to remove. A contextual menu is shown, like a right-click menu in Windows. One of the options that you see is Uninstall. Tap on it.

You are asked to confirm that you want to uninstall the app. Choose OK, and the app is removed from Android 8 Oreo. When the app is uninstalled, you see a message saying so, for a couple of seconds.

IMPORTANT: For some apps, you do not see an Uninstall option, only the Remove option. This means that the app is part of the Android operating system, it is bundled with your smartphone or tablet, and you cannot uninstall it.

Which method do you prefer for removing Android apps?

Now you know several methods for uninstalling apps from Android devices. When removing the apps you no longer use, you increase the storage space available because their files are deleted from your device, and you also improve the performance and security of your device. The fewer apps you use, the faster your smartphone works and the least data leaks from it. Before closing this tutorial, do not hesitate to share which method you prefer. Also, if you know other ways for removing apps, share them in a comment below.