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Uninstall, disable & delete apps

You can remove apps installed on your device if you no longer want them or need to free up storage space. If you uninstall an app you paid for, you can reinstall it later without buying it again. You can also clear the data for an instant app, or opt out of Instant Apps altogether. Manage instant apps on your device

Uninstall or disable apps

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Apps or Application manager.
  3. Tap the app you want to uninstall. You may need to scroll to find the app.
  4. Tap Uninstall or Disable.

Uninstall vs. disable

There are 2 ways to remove apps, depending on whether you downloaded the app or it came preinstalled on your device:

  • Uninstall downloaded apps
    If you downloaded an app from Google Play, you can completely remove it from your device.
  • Disable preinstalled apps
    Some apps come preinstalled on your device. You can disable these apps, but you can't remove them completely. After an app has been disabled, it will be hidden on your device.

Note: If you disable a preinstalled app it may delete the data associated with that app, and can cause other apps to not work correctly.

Reinstall apps

If you uninstall or disable an app, you can add it back to your device. If you bought an app, you can reinstall it without buying it again. Learn how to reinstall and re-enable apps.

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