Uninstalling Android apps

Apps downloaded from Google Play can be easily uninstalled from your device. If an app was purchased, you can always reinstall it at a later date.

Uninstalling an app you downloaded

Using your device's settings menu

If you’ve installed an app on your phone or tablet using Google Play that you no longer want, you can uninstall it by following these steps:

  1. Visit your device's Settings menu > Apps or Application manager (this may differ depending on your device).
  2. Touch the app you’d like to uninstall.
  3. Select Uninstall.
If you don’t see the Uninstall button, or if you only see the option to “Uninstall updates,” then the selected app cannot be permanently removed from your device. The app is likely a system app that can't be uninstalled.

Using the Google Play Store app

  1. Open the Google Play Store Google Play Store app.
  2. Touch the Google Play Store Play Store icon > My Apps.
  3. Touch any application labeled "Installed," then select Uninstall on the app's detail page.
Uninstall

If you want to remove an app from showing on My Apps, touch the "X" to remove apps that you don't want displayed on the All category.

Uninstalling an app that you did not download

Apps that come pre-installed on your phone or tablet are known as system apps. System apps cannot be uninstalled because they are part of the version of the Android operating system running on your device.

On most devices, system apps include native Google apps such as Google Maps. For questions about other system apps that you may have installed on your device, please contact your mobile carrier.

Reinstalling apps

You’re able to return to the My Apps section of the Google Play Store app on your phone or tablet at any time to reinstall a purchased app that you’ve previously removed. To access My Apps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store Google Play Store app
  2. Touch the Google Play Store Play Store icon > My Apps.
  3. Touch All
  4. Select the app you'd like to install.

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