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Uninstalling appsHere at Android Central, we are always telling you about the latest and greatest apps. We even show off some new apps favorites every week. But, maybe you tried an app and just don't like it. You want it off you phone but just can't figure out how. No worries, follow the steps below and you will be all set!

  1. Launch the Market 
  2. Hit Menu > Downloads if you start out on the home screen 
  3. Apps are arranged by latest update. So, scroll through the list to find the app you want nothing more to do with and click it
  4. In the lower right, there is an "Uninstall" button. Click it and a window will pop up asking you to confirm your choice. Hit "Ok" and you are done

It's that simple. For users wanting a bit more info, you can go into Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage Applications. After clicking on the app, you will see a screen full of data about space used and permissions. Again, there is a handy "uninstall" button on this screen. For those on Froyo, you can also move apps to the SD card from here. 

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How to uninstall apps


Here's a question I've a always had... should you "clear cache/data" prior to uninstalling or will a simple "uninstall" do that for you?

I just use Go Louncher Ex, to uninstal Apps I Just hold click the Apps, After that the Apps show a little uninstal button on right up of the Apps. Click the button and your Uninstal proccess will be begin.

How do you uninstall unneeded apps from the org installation to sd card of nookie froyo? The nook doesn't need any of the phone apps etc.

The launcherpro drag/drop method works for me. Quicker than doing it from the market.

But why would you want to uninstall the hypnotoad app? ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!

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I too prefer the settings>applications.. ect. route. I use appbrain if I'm logged on my laptop and see something that has to go/be replaced.

I wondered what the hell happened with the drop/uninstall on Launcher Pro. It happened by accident once and I thought that because I was in the app launcher that that was it but tried to repeat and it did nothing. I might use this now that I know how it works.

I'm with DaRkL3AD3R, I prefer to uninstall from the Settings menu; you don't get the "third degree" of "why are you uninstalling this app"? Unless, of course, I REALLY want the Market to know it's a piece of crap. You know, I've been meaning to get around to uninstalling that silly app mysel- ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!!

How do I remove pre-installed apps like the Amazon MP3 store or Verizon Visual VM? These do not show up in the market app list or manage applications.

Using the market or the settings to uninstall makes more sense than anything else. Why install an app just to uninstall other apps? It's a waste of space and there really is no need.

I love the app "Uninstaller" by Rhythm Software. It shows a list of your installed apps, and offers a button to uninstall them. Takes about 2 seconds at most.

Using a launcher to delete something is handy, but you can't uninstall widgets, or other apps that don't show up in the drawer.

I prefer the ADW.Launcher way. Drag the icon (from anywhere, homescreen, app list etc) over the trash can, and hold it there for a sec. a toast will come up that says "drop to uninstall." This is much better imo.

Annoyingly so.

The hold time for Launcher Pro means that you will be prompted for removal on most drags to the trash. The required hold time is too short. You have to be careful.

I disagree. It is a perfectly adequate amount of time if you ask me. I've never had the problem of almost uninstalling an app by trying to remove a shortcut. Though that could be because my home screen layout hasn't changed in months.

I personally prefer to uninstall via the Settings > Applications > Manage Applications menu. Reason being, it removes the downloaded app from the market Downloads tab. If you uninstall it from the market, they sit until I reboot my phone :(