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Bloatware removal on Android without Root and without a PC

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AI generated summary: This blog post provides an alternative method for removing bloatware from your Android phone without the need for a PC, using tools such as Obtainium, Shizuku, Hail, and aShell.

In this blog post, I want to share an alternative method for removing bloatware from your Android phone without the need for a PC. I discovered most of the apps during my recent adventure of migrating to a new phone. With the help of a few tools and some basic knowledge, you can debloat your phone and easily revert any changes if necessary.

Please be cautious and only proceed if you understand the process, as I cannot be held responsible for any damage to your device!

Bloatware can clutter your Android phone, taking up valuable resources and affecting its performance. In this blog post, I will introduce an alternative method for removing bloatware without relying on a PC. By following these steps, you can streamline the process and regain control over your phone’s functionality. However, it’s important to proceed with caution and understand the process to avoid any potential risks.

Tool 1: Obtainium - Simplifying App Installation

Instead of relying on a full alternative app store like F-Droid, I recommend using Obtainium. This tool allows you to add app sources and conveniently install apps while also checking for updates. It provides a user-friendly way to acquire the necessary tools for the debloating process.

Tool 2: Shizuku - Unlocking ADB Features Locally and Over WiFi

Shizuku is a powerful tool that takes advantage of the newly added WiFi Debugging of ADB in Android 11, providing access to ADB even without the use of a PC. It acts as a bridge between ADB and apps that require ADB access, such as granting special permissions that are only available through ADB. With Shizuku, apps can use ADB features like disabling system apps without needing to implement a workaround to gain access to them. Remember to restart the service after a reboot.

Tool 3: Hail - Freezing and Restoring Unwanted Apps

During my migration process, I discovered Hail as a valuable addition. Hail allows you to freeze apps using Shizuku, making it easier to restore specific apps if the need arises, even when a PC is not readily available. By freezing apps instead of uninstalling them with the Universal Android Debloater, you maintain flexibility while keeping your device clutter-free.

Tool 4: aShell - Direct Execution of ADB Commands

To have a contingency plan in case you ever need to execute ADB commands directly on your phone, I recommend installing aShell. This terminal app provides a convenient interface for executing ADB commands without the need for a PC. It’s a handy tool to have for advanced users or troubleshooting purposes.

By utilizing these open-source tools, you can streamline the removal of bloatware from your Android phone. Remember to exercise caution, understand the process, and proceed at your own risk. With Obtainium for app installation, Shizuku for ADB features locally, Hail for freezing apps, and aShell for direct ADB command execution, you have a powerful toolkit at your disposal. Take control of your phone’s functionality and reclaim valuable resources by removing unwanted bloatware. Rest assured that all the mentioned apps are open source, ensuring transparency and security for users.

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