Have you ever wondered how to delete apps on your Android TV/Box? You have multiple ways to delete whatever application, including system apps on Android TV. For typical apps, you can easily uninstall them using three different methods, such as via launcher, through settings, and from the Play Store. On the other hand, you should perform the ADB Debugging technique in order to uninstall or delete the system apps.
By uninstalling/deleting unwanted apps, you can free up system storage to speed up the performance of your TV. So, it is an indispensable procedure when encountering issues like lack of storage, risk of third-party tracking, and a lot more. The following section might be of great use to you as we are about to discuss the same in detail. Remember, the discussed instructions below are applicable to all Android TV brands like Hisense, LG, Vizio, TCL, Sharp, etc.
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How to Uninstall or Delete Apps on Android TV
You have three different methods to delete unwanted apps from your Android TV if you’ve installed them through Play Store or Sideloading. Based on your convenience, you can choose any one of the methods to perform the deleting process of any app on Android TV.
- Delete Apps From Android TV Box From the Launcher
- Delete Apps on Android TV Box Using Settings
- Remove Apps From the Google Play Store
From the Launcher
1. Turn on your Android TV and launch the home screen.
2. Using the remote, locate and highlight the app you wish to delete from your Android TV.
3. Next, long-press the Select button on your remote control.
4. From the drop-down menu, scroll down and click on the Uninstall option.
5. Select the OK button for confirmation.
1. Turn on your Android TV, and launch the Settings menu.
2. Scroll down and select the Apps option.
3. Look for the app you want to uninstall and select it. If you can’t find the app, click See All Apps to view all installed apps.
4. For instance, we’ve selected and used the Kodi app to uninstall.
5. From the list of options, click on the Uninstall button.
6. Hit the OK button to confirm the process.
From the Google Play Store
1. Turn on your Android TV and connect to a stable Wi-Fi network.
2. From the home screen, launch the Google Play Store.
3. From the Play Store, choose any app you want to delete.
4. On the next page, click on Uninstall.
How to Delete Preinstalled Apps on Android TV
As you know, Android TV comes with a lot of pre-installed apps for marketing and some other purposes. But, most of the users don’t like to have them on their devices to maintain healthy storage. In that situation, they can disable any preinstalled app through settings or uninstall it using ADB Debugging.
Disable Preinstalled Apps on Android TV
1. Switch on your Android TV and navigate to the home section.
2. Head over and go to the Settings menu.
3. Scroll down and click on the Apps section.
4. Select See All Apps to visit all installed applications.
5. Locate and select the app that you want to disable it. (Here we choose the Netflix app to demonstrate)
6. From the list of options, tap Uninstall updates to clear all storage of recently updated data. (if required)
7. Click on the Disable option.
8. Hit the OK button to confirm the disabling process.
Delete Preinstalled Apps on Android TV
By using ADB on Android TV, you can uninstall apps that are pre-installed on your Android TV. For that, you must do as following
- Enable USB Debugging Mode
- Find IP Address
- Connect Android TV to PC
Once you successfully set up ADB on Android TV, you need to use the command prompt to enter the following code one by one to delete any preinstalled app on your TV.
1. abd shell – It will create a shell with your Android TV.
2. adb shell list packages – It will show you the list of packages containing all the applications
3. adb pm uninstall -k –user 0 <package name> – enter your package name, and the app will be removed.
You can reinstall the deleted app directly from the Google Play Store or use the sideloading method on your Android TV.
To free up space on the Android TV Box, you should clear the cache files or uninstall the least used apps.