Motorola Droid: Uninstall Apps

You’ll want to regularly take inventory of the apps you have installed on your Verizon Motorola Droid and remove the ones you don’t intend to use in the future. It seems every week, I discover more items that I can easily remove without missing a beat. Getting rid of the clutter provides more internal memory for the Droid to use for other things.

There are a couple of ways you can remove apps from Motorola Droid. I know some owners of the device think that an app is deleted once they remove the icon from the Home screen. While that is the way it works for the Apple iOS, the Android OS works differently. You have to uninstall apps just as you would on a computer, by accessing the proper menus. Here is how to uninstall Market installed and pre-installed apps from your Droid.

Pre-installed apps

Pre-installed apps won’t provide you with an uninstall option using either of the above methods. They are built into the firmware. In some cases, you are able to uninstall updates to the app, but if you want to completely rid your Droid of pre-installed apps such as Facebook and Amazon MP3, you will need to root your Droid. It’s the only way to gain the proper access to remove items that are pre-installed on the phone. You can then remove the pre-installed apps using the Android SDK or a third-party app like Titanium Backup.

Normal menu method

1. From the main screen, press the Menu button.

2. Tap Settings.

3. Tap Applications.

4. Tap Manage applications.

5. Select the application you wish to remove.

6. Tap Uninstall.

7. Tap OK to confirm the app removal.

Droid Uninstall option

From the Market

Market installed apps can also be removed from within the Market app.

1. Open the Market app.

2. Tap Menu and select Downloads. Newer versions will have an option for My Apps instead.

3. Select the app in the list.

4. Select Uninstall.

5. Choose OK to confirm the removal of the app.

That’s everything there is to know about removing apps from the Motorola Droid. Use these steps regularly and keep the device free of useless clutter.

Comments

  1. sanford simmons says

    i am no longer a verizon wireless customer but still use my droid 3. i have heard about rooting a phone to remove unwanted apps but how do i find easy instruction to do this? and is there an easier method of clearing unwanted apps without rooting a phone?

  2. Breanna Renee says

    my android isnt showing textplus when I try to search for it in the market now, what should I do,?

  3. d-shade says

    The only apps you can delete are the apps you downloaded (with the exception of the original Droid). Any apps that came pre-installed can only be deleted if you “root” you phone. The down side to doing this is that you will void your warranty through your carrier.

    The alternative is to use your windows off to the sides of the main page, and ignore the pop up menu all together.

  4. Lori says

    I’m having the same problem. Otherwise, thank you to whoever posted how to remove unwanted apps. :-)

  5. Ernie says

    Will not let me uninstall apps that came preloaded on the phone. specifically Madden football.

  6. ken p says

    The blockbuster app and the like cannot be removed because they are installed in the rom. Well, that’s what other sites say.

  7. Mario says

    Wouldn’t let me delete the Block Buster icon (app). I followed the instructions but when it came to the screen to delete it, it didn’t give me the option. The delete button was not high lighted, so I didn’t have the option to do anything. Oh well, just maybe something they didn’t want me to remove.

  8. Mitch says

    You’ve come across an app that is part of the ROM of the phone then. Buily in apps can’t be uninstalled.

  9. Betty says

    Beautiful! I expected a huge rigamarole. Instead, I got precise and direct instructions that worked like a charm the first time.

  10. Arnie says

    Thanks for the help. It was quick and easy and helpful! Now if you can just tell me how to extend my battery life and clear contact history!

  11. seth says

    In my market place when i go to the downloads it still has an app there that i already uninstalled and it just
    stays there is there any way to get rid of that

  12. vegastrix says

    I think you bootup while holding the x button to reset to factory settings. i saw a post on this a minute ago. then i think you hold the volumeup and volumedown buttons at the same time for the next step

  13. Karin says

    I can get to step #4, but the applications I want to uninstall don’t have an uninstall option.

    Specifically, for example,
    Sprint NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile
    and
    Sprint Football Live

    ANy ideas?

  14. Jay Butch says

    My phone took a turn for the worst. It will not even turn on now. I tryed booting it up in safe mode and that doesnt work either. When turning it on it gets stuck on the screen with the red glowing eye and keeps replaying that. Any suggestion on what I can do, or should I just take it back to Verzion??

  15. Jay Butch says

    It doesn’t not allowing me to uninstall any of my apps. My memory is very low. How can I remove apps and free up memory if the phone won’t let me do anything??

  16. admin says

    Visual Voice Mail is a part of the ROM. You can’t remove it. You aren’t charged just for it being there, you have to finish setting it up to be billed.

  17. Bob says

    I downloaded a free app Visual VM and got the icon clicked on it and was told it would be $2.99 a month if I completed the install. I did not install and cannot remove the icon, now what?

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