How to remove and uninstall apps completely on Android

Sometimes when an app is not in use, you may want to uninstall it to make room for new ones. Removing apps is pretty simple – just go to the apps list, find the app and press the Uninstall button. But it’s not that easy to remove apps completely from Android.

Unfortunately for those who like a clean file system, some apps leave “orphaned files” on Android devices after deletion. The application created these files so that it could do its job if they were not deleted correctly after removing the application. It can be annoying when your device system is slowly full of unused files and folders. The solution is then to find a way to reliably delete the remaining application data.

Manual cleaning

To reduce the amount of data remaining after installation, clear the data. It’s not always perfect, but it’s a good solution if you don’t want to install additional applications. It is also important to note that this task is performed before the application is removed.

To do this, go to device settings. (This may vary by device, but you can usually access it from Settings or by dragging down the notification bar and clicking the gear icon.) From there, select “Applications and Notifications.”

Tap “Application info”.

Select the application you want to delete and tap Save.

Select “Clear data” and / or “Clear cache”. Depending on the application, there may also be an “Manage Data” option to clear advanced settings and data. For example, a browser application may have this option to delete saved bookmarks and passwords.

This removes additional information installed by the application, which may lead to a cleaner uninstall.

Deleting folders

When you tried to figure out how to completely remove the application, you may have noticed some folders in the file manager. This is another manual way to completely remove apps from Android.

You can either connect the device to a computer or use a file management application. The app pre-installed on your Android device works well in most cases.

File manager is my default application. Whatever application you are using, use the search function to find the name of the application you want to remove. Even one word helps.

Only delete files and folders that are certain to be associated only with the application you are deleting. It is a good idea to back up your device before doing so anyway.

SD housekeeper

If you want to do a good cleaning (or just want a simple application solution), SD housekeeper is a great way to remove remaining app data from Android phones. This is a general cleaning app with some options locked behind a premium payment wall. However, the ability to clean dead files is not locked.

As soon as you use SD Maid, you have several options. What you want is the sickly name “CorpseFinder”. Tap the name to see what it does, or tap the round arrow on the right to get started.

It searches for files left by deleted applications. After the search, it tells you if you found the files. You can press the “CorpseFinder” button to view orphaned files, or tap the trash can icon on the right to discard them.

On the file results screen, you can delete individual files by tapping them or hold them down to select the batches of files to delete. This is especially useful if you want to target specific files detected by CorpseFinder.

To exclude a file, make sure no other files are selected, then press the file you want to keep and select the pin at the top.

ES File Explorer

ES File Explorer is a little more versatile than SD Maid. It was removed from the Google Play store due to legal issues with the parent company. However, the app itself is still amazing and is being actively updated. All you have to do is download it from a third party store like APKPure. However, you must allow applications to be installed from unknown sources.

Basically, it allows you to organize files on your device as well as devices that are on the same network as you. It also comes with a robust cleaning tool to help clean up missing files. It can restore APK files that are no longer needed, unwanted ads and thumbnail files. However, what we’re trying to do is focus on how to completely remove the app from Android with this tool.

After installing ES File Explorer, use it with the Cleaner tool.

The application scans your device for unnecessary files. All files left installed by installed applications will appear in the Residual Scrap section of the search results page. You are also free to browse what ES File Explorer has found to clean your file system.

You can tap a result to see its details and tap the checkboxes on the right to select / delete the files you want to delete. When you’re done, click “Clean Now” and it will remove these annoying files for you.


Using redundant files around the system can be very annoying. Use these tips to completely uninstall apps from your Android devices to make room for new ones. Of course, you can also block certain apps from running in the background or block certain apps from connecting to the Internet instead of deleting it. If you have problems removing the preinstalled bloatware from your phone, we also have these fixes.

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