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For those of us who don't know, 'bloatware' refers to all that extra stuff that's been pre-loaded on your device, before you even got to your neighborly carrier's outlet. These often come in considerable numbers, are sometimes downright irritating and take up space, and worst of all -- can't be removed by normal means. The situation is so bad, really, that countries like South Korea are targeting the practice with upcoming legislation that will see it discontinued by law.

What's making matters worse is the fact that if you want to get truly rid of the extra fat, you'll need to be rooted, a simple operation that still scares a whole lot of people (that's probably for the better, though). Now, there are some scripts that will work without root, but they require some basic understanding of Android recoveries, which tend to freak out people even more, and they still require quite some manual work.

Obviously, to thoroughly clean your system of bloat, you'll need root, but you're not completely powerless if you're unwilling to. Said otherwise, this is a quick guide suitable for Android beginners.

Step 1.

Navigate to Settings > Apps > slide to All. Hunt down the offending app that you want put to rest and press the Disable button.


Step 2.

You'll get prompted whether you're sure that you want to disable the given app. This can't hurt your phone permanently, as you can always revert the change, not to mention that essential processes are protected against this. Just go ahead and click 'OK'. You may be prompted to uninstall any updates made to the app, just okay that too -- should you wish to enable the app again, it'll automatically find its update off the Play Store after a while. Lastly, you need to click 'Force Stop' to actually kill the app's background process. Alternatively, you can simply reboot your phone.


Step 3.

Now that you've successfully disabled an offending app, you should probably bar it from using your notification bar as a toy by removing the check from the 'Show notifications' box. Furthermore, if you're not planning on using the app any time soon, you can go ahead and delete app data, which will free up some space by deleting the sometimes obscene amounts of data they keep handy.

Step 4.

Once you've disabled your first app, another column will be created in the Settings > Apps menu, which will show you all the disabled apps in one centralized place. This arrangement will not necessarily look this exact same way on your device -- some versions of Android list disabled apps at the very bottom of the 'All' column. As you can see, Google+, when disabled, no longer shows up on your homescreen/app drawer. Voila!



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