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Screenshots: Conquer Android bloatware with the help of these five tools

Introduction

Most Android devices come with bloatware in some form or another. At best, nearly all of those apps do nothing but take up precious space. At worst, they get in your way of working productively and efficiently. Wouldn't it be nice if getting rid of those apps was just a matter of uninstalling them?

Problem is, there is no easy way to completely rid yourself of bloat—unless you have a rooted device, in which case, completely jettisoning that bloatware is actually possible. But even if you don't have a rooted device, all is not lost. I want to introduce you to some tools that will help you rid yourself of that bloatware—or hide it from sight on un-rooted devices.

Before I introduce you to the apps, I have to remind you to always have a full backup of your device and to use caution when deleting apps. Do not delete critical system apps—otherwise you'll wind up with a non-functioning phone. End standardized warning.

The first three apps are for a rooted device; the last two are non-root apps.

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By Jack Wallen

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 jackwallen.com.