How Do I Uninstall an Android App That Won’t Uninstall?

Android, Android Apps

Are you tired of an Android app that just won’t uninstall no matter how many times you try? It can be frustrating, but don’t worry – there are a few steps you can take to get rid of that stubborn app. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Restart Your Phone

Sometimes an app that won’t uninstall is simply stuck in the background. Restarting your phone will close all apps, including the one you’re trying to uninstall, and may allow it to be uninstalled normally.

Step 2: Clear Cache and Data

If restarting your phone doesn’t work, the next step is to clear the cache and data for the app. To do this, go to your phone’s Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps.

Find the app you want to uninstall and tap on it. Then select Storage & cache > Clear cache (and Clear data if available). This will delete any temporary files associated with the app and reset its settings.

Step 3: Uninstall Using ADB

If clearing cache and data doesn’t work, you can try using ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to force uninstall the app. First, enable Developer Options on your phone by going to Settings > About phone > Software information > Build number. Tap on Build number seven times until Developer Options is enabled.

Next, connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable and open a command prompt or terminal window on your computer. Type “adb devices” and press Enter. Your device should appear in the list of connected devices.

Now type “adb shell pm list packages” and press Enter. This will show a list of all installed packages on your device. Find the package name for the app you want to uninstall and copy it.

Finally, type “adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 [package name]” replacing [package name] with the actual name of the app you want to uninstall. Press Enter and the app should be uninstalled.

Step 4: Factory Reset Your Phone

If all else fails, you can try a factory reset of your phone. This will erase all data on your device, including the app you’re trying to uninstall.

To do this, go to Settings > System > Reset options > Erase all data (factory reset). Note that this will delete all files, settings, accounts, databases, etc. on your device and should only be done as a last resort.

  • Important: Before doing a factory reset, make sure to backup any important data such as photos and contacts.
  • You may also want to remove any SD card or SIM card before resetting.

In Conclusion

Uninstalling an Android app that won’t uninstall can be a frustrating experience. However, by following these steps – restarting your phone, clearing cache and data, using ADB to force uninstall, or doing a factory reset – you should be able to get rid of that stubborn app. Just remember to backup your important data before doing anything drastic like a factory reset!