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How to Uninstall Android TV Apps in 2 Easy Steps (No Root)

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  1. Charles says:

    After ” mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system” i learn ‘No such file exists’ and when i ask for a list of connected devices (‘adb devices’) I’m told that my Android TV is ‘offline’ even though i’m watching it.

    1. Chris Wambugu says:

      Sorry, you need to run the command below first:

      adb shell

  2. Saif says:

    Hi Chris, I am sure you must have tried and tested this. I was trying to perform the operation on a TCL tv.

    1. I can connect to the TV
    2. but when I try to run
    adb mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    I get this message adb: usage: unknown command mount
    I checked the help command. there is no such command name “mount” remount is there but access is denied when I perform

    adb remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    Let me know if something is missing. thank you for the GIT contribution

    1. Chris Wambugu says:

      Sorry, you need to run the command below first:

      adb shell

  3. Chris Wambugu says:

    I have updated the post with the missing step.

    1. scott says:

      iam trying this on a nvidia shield and when i try and mount i get “system not in proc/mounts” what is wrong ?

      1. Chris Wambugu says:

        This procedure is only tested on the TCL 32D2910S Android Smart TV. It works with most of the Chinese Android TTV brands including Android TV boxes. The procedure for nVidia Shield devices is differs. Check back soon for that and many more instructables.

  4. saif says:

    Hi Chris, Thanks for the update. But unfortunately its still not working.
    This command : mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    says : mount: Operation not permitted

    Not sure whats the issue. May be doesn’t work for all the Tcl TV

    1. Chris Wambugu says:

      Try the procedure below:

      adb shell
      mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

      1. PRABHAT RANJAN says:

        I have mitashi 55inch tv, i followed ur steps. It says mount: operation not permitted.

        When i enter su after adb shell, it says su not found.

        What to do…


    2. Chris Wambugu says:

      Hi Saif,. Have you tried running g the commands in an elevated shell? To run them as the super user, type su after adb shell. I will be able to assist you better if I had your TV’s model information.

  5. Carlos says:


    Don’t need to edit additional files? And about packages and manifest files?

    adb shell
    mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    rm /system/app/your_app
    rm /data/data/your_app
    remove any entries in /data/system/packages.xml
    remove any entries in /data/system/packages.list
    edit AndroidManifest.xml and get rid of android:sharedUserId=”android.uid.shared”

    1. Chris Wambugu says:

      Hi Carlos. In my case, this wasn’t nnescessary. I tried to make sure that the chances of bricking the TV are as little as possible.

  6. Nick says:

    when I run the mount command I get:
    mount: Permission denied

    any ideas?

    1. Chris Wambugu says:

      Hi Nicholas, perhaps you missed a step? Share your exact model details for better assistance.

  7. NICHOLAS says:

    Hello, I am trying to run this process on a leeco tv however when I run the command for mount I get:
    mount: permission denied.

    Can anyone help?

    1. Chris Wambugu says:

      Hi Nicholas. Please share the model details of your Android Smart TV.

  8. Nick says:

    I have a leeco tv, any way to remove the preinstalled DirecTV app so that I can side load the new one? Upgrade in place does not seem to work.

  9. jxnsdad says:

    I am trying to remove the direct tv now app from my letv and it is installed as a system app. The process above does not appear to work for me, I get permission denied when trying to mount the directory in rw.

    1. Chris Wambugu says:

      Hi jxnsdad. Please share the command as typed for better assistance.

  10. Scott Mccay says:

    “system not in proc/mounts” is what i get when i follow procedure what am i doing wrong

  11. Scott says:

    iam trying this on a nvidia shield and when i try and mount i get “system not in proc/mounts” am i ding something wrong

  12. Kabuye says:

    Hi. Have you tested this on the Hotpoint TVs? I need to.figure out how to install Google play store and Google play services.


    1. Chris Wambugu says:

      Hi Kabuye. I’d advise you not to install GooglePlay or GooglePlay Services if your TV did not ship with them pre-installed. It’s a space-saving technique by the manufacturers since they ship their TVs with very limited internal storage space. You’re way better off with Aptiode for TV or Filelinked. I’d advise you to install Aptiode since it gives you a similar experience to PlayStore. You also risk bricking your Smart TV since GooglePlay Services has a few other dependencies you need to consider, and that should be installed as system apps as well unless you intend to root and grant them the permissions they need as user-installed apps. I’ll post an article about the alternative app stores soon so keep checking back. Thanks!

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