By default, Android tablets really only allow you to uninstall one app at a time. There isn't a batch mode for uninstall, so it can take some time -- especially when you have numerous applications to remove. However, thanks to a handy tool called Easy Uninstaller, batch removal of apps is quite easy, as its name implies.
Here are some features of the Easy Uninstaller app:
- Batch uninstall
- Fast uninstall by one click
- List all installed apps
- Search app by name
- App share
- Launch app
- Cached app list
- Support App2SD
- Uninstall History (Recycle Bin)
- Uninstall Reminder
The application is free (ad-based) and offers to remove the ads for a fee of $1.99 (USD). Let's install this handy app on an Android tablet and see what it can do.
The installation of Easy Uninstaller is simple. Just follow these steps:
- Open the Google Play Store on the device
- Search for “easy uninstaller” (no quotes)
- Tap the entry for the application
- Tap Install
- Tap Accept
After the installation is complete, you should see the launcher for Easy Uninstaller on your home screen. If not, open up the application drawer and swipe around until you find it. Launch Easy Uninstaller to begin the process.
Using Easy Uninstaller is indeed easy. From the main window (Figure A), select the applications you want to uninstall, and then tap the Uninstall button.
Easy Uninstaller running on a Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy Note tablet.
The batch uninstall method doesn't actually automatically remove everything without user intervention. After an application is deleted from the device, Easy Uninstaller will alert you that the removal was a success. Once you've been notified, tap OK to move to the next app to be uninstalled. At this point, you will have to okay the removal of the application (Figure B).
Okay the next package removal to continue.
Having to okay a package removal should help prevent you from accidentally uninstalling an application that you actually want to keep (because it is possible to inadvertently select an application).
If the application doesn't allow you to batch uninstall, go into the settings of Easy Uninstaller (tap the menu button at the top right -- the three vertical dots -- and tap Setting) and make sure Batch Uninstall Mode is checked. If it's not, check it (Figure C).
Batch Uninstall Mode set to “On.”
You can also enable Easy Uninstaller fast access from the notification bar from the Settings window. The addition of this feature does nothing more than offer another means to launch the application from within the notification bar.
Although uninstalling applications on Android is a fairly straightforward process, having to uninstall numerous applications can take time, especially if you're managing multiple tablets. For an easier way to uninstall applications on your Android tablet, give Easy Uninstaller a try.
Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.