Is it really possible to uninstall Google Play Services and Play Store? Yes. But it involves tricky work that could have consequences. So the next best option is to disable them, rather than remove them completely from your mobile device.
Both Google Play Services and Play Store are preinstalled apps that have data associated with other apps. This means uninstalling them would likely cause other apps to misbehave or stop working entirely.
Google Play Services is not an app in the very sense of the world, but it works closely with the Android OS, providing core functionality, such as access to user privacy settings and authentication requirements of Google services. It influences a user’s app experience and ensures more immersive gaming.
As a core component, uninstalling is not really a great idea. But if you really want to, you can.
How to Uninstall Google Play Services
- Make sure your mobile device is fully charged.
- Backup your device, including your current ROM before starting anything.
- Enable Developer Options so you can turn on USB debugging and OEM Unlocking. Go to Settings > About Phone > and find the Build Number.
- Tap Build Number 7 times for the Developer Options to appear on the Settings’ main page.
- Go back to Settings > Developer Options > and then check or toggle the switch next to USB debugging and OEM Unlocking to enable them.
- Install Android SDK tools – ADB and Fastboot, when required.
- Unlock your phone’s bootloader to customize your device and specify which apps will run at the startup process.
- Enable Unknown Sources to download and install apps outside of Google Play Store, including the rooting program you want to use. Go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
- Root your phone using any of the rooting programs available. Three of the most recommended are KingRoot, Towelroot and Kingo Root.
Note: These are compatible with devices running Android 5.1 Lollipop and higher.
- To root your device using Kingo Root without a computer, install the root program’s APK on your mobile device.
- Open the app and tap on One Click Root. Wait for a large check mark to appear, along with the words Root successfully.
This is your cue to start uninstalling Google Play Services and other system apps you want to remove.
It is important to note that rooting has potential disadvantages. It will void your warranty, especially if you forget to unroot it when you send your mobile device for repairs. But if you manage to unroot it, then the manufacturer doesn’t have to know.
You are also exposed to security risks. This spells bad news if you use the Google Wallet service because Google won’t provide support.
Rooting will also brick your phone, which is the worst thing that can happen. Your mobile device will no longer power up or boot up. It’s as good as another brick in the wall.
Are you ready to take the risk? If not, you might want to settle with simply disabling Google Play Services and uninstalling rarely used applications to improve device performance.
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