Clear out the trash and keep it clean, you know it makes sense!

If you are lucky enough to have Android 6 Marshmallow on your Phone or tablet, there is a new feature that enables apps to be uninstalled without going through settings. It is quick and easy.

There are more than a million apps in the Google Play Store and it is great fun to try new ones. Some you will love straight away, but others might not suit you for various reasons.

Don’t leave apps on your phone or tablet that you don’t use, the consume storage and might run in the background using the phone or tablet’s battery and memory. Remove them and keep the system clean and clutter free. Your Android device will be better for it.

Standard method for uninstalling apps

The usual way to uninstall apps in Android is to pull down from the top and tap the gear icon to open the Settings app. You then have to hunt around for the application manager, then scroll through a long list of apps to find the one your want. Tap it, and then tap the Uninstall button.

iPhone and iPad users have a much simpler process and you just find the app on the home screens, log press on the icon until it wiggles, and then press the cross to remove it.

Uninstall apps the easy way

Android Marshmallow adds an uninstall feature that is very similar to the iOS method.

The feature may vary slightly from phone to phone because device manufacturers can add their own interface to Android that has different functions. Here is what happens on a Samsung Galaxy S6. Your phone will be similar providing it is running Android 6, but it might not be exactly the same. Try it and see.

Icons can appear in two places and there are the customisable home screens where you can place your favourite apps, and the A-Z list of all apps.

Long press on an app on the home screens and a trash can appears at the top of the screen. Drag the icon to Remove and the icon is removed from the home screen. It does not delete the app, at least not on the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Long press and then drag icons to the trash in Android to remove them from the home screen

Go to the A-Z all apps listing and log press an app icon. This is the way to add your favourite icons to the home screen and the home screen appears so you can do this.

However, notice that there is also an Uninstall icon at the top of the screen. You can long press on an app and then drag it to this Uninstall icon.

Long press an app on the A-Z apps screen in Android and there is the option to uninstall it

Drop it on the trash can and the system asks if you want to uninstall the app. Press OK and the app is uninstalled from the device.

Uninstall an app without going through Settings in Android

This is a potentially a very useful shortcut and it means that you don’t have to go through several screens looking for the app and the uninstall button. Just long press, drag and drop. It is almost as easy as on the iPhone and iPad.

This is clearly a feature that, if not directly copied from iOS, is certainly inspired by it. Hopefully it is different enough not to anger Apple.



-1 # Denise 2016-05-02 19:59
Thanks for the this tip. I am loving the new updates.
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-1 # Roland Waddilove 2016-05-02 20:42
I came across another way to uninstall apps on Samsung phones and tablets. Go to the A-Z apps listing and press Edit at the top of the screen. A minus symbol app appears next to each app. Tap it and you can uninstall the app. No need to go to settings.
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