Why you can’t uninstall Google apps from an Android phone and what happens if you do

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Android is owned by Google, we do not discover anything new under this statement. However, it is the reasonable reason why the search giant brings all its services and applications to the operating system of the green robot. I’m already on my way to Android 15, maybe it’s not news to you.

However, not all users use them, and in the Play Store we have alternatives for everyone. The bad thing is that they come pre-installed on all smartphones that use Google services. Did you know that you can uninstall some? We tell you everything you need to know about deleting ‘Google Apps’: how to do it and what happens if we delete them.

System Apps and User Apps – The Main Difference

When opening an Android mobile, the most normal thing is to turn it on and be surprised that the internal memory is already occupied by many applications. This is what is commonly known as ‘bloatware’. Are pre-installed apps which in addition to filling the storage, can open background processes that slow down the mobile.

As a general rule, we do not classify Google apps as such, although to be fair we should. Google Drive, Maps, YouTube Music, Chrome, Podcasts, Google TV… are just some of the applications that the Mountain View firm forces manufacturers to incorporate.

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In certain models we can uninstall them – not all – like any other app, although there will be others that resist. The main technical difference that determines this behavior is that They are part of the system applications: These cannot be uninstalled normally. Therefore, it is advisable to go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Applications’ and take a look to see if our smartphone allows us to delete them.

Be careful when deleting them: you can break your Android phone

Although it may sound somewhat alarmist, it is true: Deleting apps from the system can leave your phone useless. Therefore, there is the limitation that we mentioned above, which protects the user from accidentally deleting them and being left with a nice paperweight.

As we will see later, there are methods to overcome this barrier and uninstall all Google applications that we do not use, but we must be cautious. As a general rule, removing YouTube Music or Google TV won’t break your phone. Yes, it could happen with other more sensitive ones, such as Chrome’s WebView. We must stick to deleting those ‘Google Apps’ that provide access to services, roughly the most common.

So you can uninstall them (or disable them)

As we have mentioned previously, Android protects us against erroneous deletion, although we want complete freedom to choose which ones to uninstall. Now, as a summary, we show you the most effective methods to delete Google applications from your Android mobile:

Normal uninstall (if possible)

We can say little. In case you don’t remember, you should go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Applications’ and in the list tap on the one you want to delete. If our mobile phone allows it, the ‘Uninstall’ button will be operational.

Alternative if you cannot uninstall: disable them

Disable Android Applications

As an alternative to uninstalling, there is a possibility that comes by default on Android. It is the action of ‘Disable’, ‘Deactivate’ or ‘Disable’ (depending on the manufacturer it is called one way or another) and is done from the application settings. Instead of the ‘Uninstall’ button you will see another one with the action we mentioned: press it to disable it.

It is worth mentioning that this option will not completely eliminate the ‘Google App’ that we have chosen: it will only take up less space, the user data is deleted and the icon disappears, although the installation will continue. Whenever we want, we can restore it from the same location.

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Uninstall ‘Google Apps’ like a Pro: via ADB or with root

Note: these methods give the user complete freedom so if we make a mistake we can damage our mobile. At Apps ProBox we are not responsible for the changes that the user makes to their devices.

We are not going to stop or delve into these possibilities but it is important that you know that they are always there. if you are in a hurry with internal storage of your Android. Using them, you can delete all the apps you want, although we repeat: be extremely careful with these methods.

  • How to delete pre-installed applications from your Android that do not allow themselves to be deleted or disabled: here we explain how to use ADB to delete applications.
  • Goodbye to bloatware: how to uninstall any application from an Android mobile: you must be root or obtain superuser permissions to use an app called Root Uninstaller.

What can happen to my cell phone? With care, nothing bad should happen to you.

In the event that you finally decide to uninstall Google applications and you do not have the native method available, you will choose to do it through ADB or with root from the mobile itself. We must be very careful not to touch system applications necessary for its operation. How do we know which ones can be removed? Pay special attention to she is ready.

It is a matter of trying, one by one, and it is even recommended make a backup in case something negative happens. Keep in mind that even if your Android smartphone continues to work, you may lose some functions along the way. For example, if we delete the Google Assistant app we will not have access to the “Ok, Google” that we usually like so much.

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Therefore, to answer the question that gives the article its title, we use a resounding “nothing.” Nothing will happen to your mobile, as long as let’s know how and where to play. Fortunately, the freedom that our favorite operating system gives us makes the most complex tasks possible, and this is a clear example of it.

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