App won’t uninstall? These are the possible causes

The smartphone era is now full of series of apps either found in Apps store, MoboGenie or other sources.

Sometimes when you install an app, the same app may decide to cling on the phone software and fail to uninstall.

This could be due to the fact that the app has either assumed any of the two forms; system app or administrator app.

To uninstall the app may prove difficult, however, a simple process can see the app out of the phone memory.

Possible cause one; the app is set as administrator

Some apps require administrator access – apps that do can set passwords, lock/unlock the phone, track its location, and lots of other neat stuff. In the latter case, you won’t be able to uninstall an app without revoking its administrator access first.

To uninstall an app that has been set as a device administrator follow the following steps;

  • Open settings menu in your phone
  • Go to security and choose administrator (check if the app is listed there)
  • Uncheck the app that you want to uninstall and deactivate it.
  • Go back to app manager and uninstall now
You see, not all apps are made equal. Some require little to no special privileges, while others need access to certain functions and databases on your phone in order to work properly.

Possible cause 2; The app is bloatware or part of the Android system

Bloatware is an issue that millions of phones are affected by. That’s the collective name for the (usually superfluous) software that carriers and manufacturers like to pre-load on their devices.

In most cases, these apps can’t be uninstalled as they’re labeled as part of the operating system.

You do have several options, however. One of them is to disable the app in question. This turns it off and prevents it from wasting system resources other than storage space.

This is done from the app manager in the Settings menu – see if the app gives you a “Disable” or “Turn off” option. To enable the app at a later time, swipe to the right-most tab in your app manager.


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