How to Uninstall Android TV Apps in 2 Easy Steps (No Root)
Last month, we promised to show you how you could uninstall Android TV apps without root in this post. Well, today is the day we get to do that. Let’s face it, most Chinese Smart TV brands ship with loads of bloatware. Unusable apps that you just can’t use either because they are meant for Chinese speaking users or perhaps they only provide paid content you’re just not ok with.
It goes without saying that most of these apps (like ZingTV on TCL Android TV Models) are installed as system apps so removing them is quite a headache. So before I show you how to uninstall Android TV apps, there are some things I should point out.
- This article will only cover popular budget Android Smart TVs.
- You do not need root access.
- This method is mostly safe (I will not be responsible if you brick your TV).
- Make sure you have installed ADB on your PC or laptop (I recommend following the instructions here).
To follow this procedure, make sure you’re connected to the same network as your TV (by sharing the same access point). You will need a Laptop running Windows or Linux for the purposes of this tutorial.
For our example, we will be using the TCL 32D2910S Android Smart TV.
STEP 1: Prepare Your Environment
Some organization is needed before you can proceed to uninstall android tv apps.
Get The IP Address of Your Android TV
Make sure your TV is powered on and connected to the network. If you know your TV’s IP address, you can skip to STEP 2 below. Otherwise, here’s how you can get your TV’s IP address.
Via Your TV’s Settings
- Navigate to your TV’s settings then go to Connectivity.
- Select Wireless or Wired depending on the mode of connection you use.
- Look for the IP field and note it down (as an example, it should be something like 192.168.0.10).
Via an Android App (Fing Network Tools)
If you have heard about an app called Fing Network Tools, you shouldn’t have trouble finding it in your favorite app store. You can grab it here from GooglePlay.
- Open up Fing.
- Wait for it to scan your network.
- Look at the list for possible matches that show the TV manufacturer info and write down the IP shown.
Via Your Router’s Configuration Page (Hard)
For most routers, you can log in to your router via the IP written on the bottom of the router or in the router’s manual. In most cases, it’s usually 192.168.0.1 . You will need your default username and password or the username or password you set.
Depending on the model of your router and in most cases, the procedure is:
- Log in to your router’s configuration page.
- Go to Wireless or LAN > Access Control or Connections.
- Look at the list of connected clients and determine which one might be the TV. It’s best to have only your TV and Laptop connected since Laptops and PCs usually have the hostname displayed.
STEP 2: Uninstall Android TV Apps
Uninstall System Apps Without Root
Its possible but not easy to uninstall system apps without root. The easiest way to get it done safely is to uninstall system apps with ADB. To do this, you will need to connect to your TV via ADB using the IP you acquired in STEP 1 as shown below:
Uninstall System Apps With ADB
Since our aim is to uninstall system apps without root, we will follow the steps below to uninstall system apps with ADB. Replace 192.168.0.13 with your own IP.
adb connect 192.168.0.13:5555
Once you’re successfully connected, you need to open up the ADB Shell by running the following command:
You will then need to remount your TV’s file system with R/W (read and write) permission like shown below:
mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
Once you have successfully mounted the system folder with ‘read and write’ access, you can proceed to uninstall Android TV apps with ADB by following the steps below:
The first line lists all the apps in the system/app folder. The second line removes the named apk. You can uninstall Android TV apps by typing ‘rm’ followed by the full name of the apps APK file e.g.
Be careful not to remove apps that are needed for your TV to operate as desired (e.g. apps like Settings.apk, TVConfig.apk etc). Only remove apps that share the name of the third-party apps you wish to remove like Zing_TV.apk for ZingTV etc.
Your warranty will remain valid if you uninstall system apps with ADB. However, ensure you have confirmed the terms of your warranty before doing this. I strongly recommend that you uninstall system apps without root because rooting not only poses the risk of bricking your Android TV, it will most likely also void your warrant.
That’s it! Now you know how to uninstall Android TV apps without voiding your TV’s warranty by rooting. It’s not impossible to uninstall system apps without root. You can uninstall system apps with ADB provided that you follow the ADB commands supported by the Android version you’re running.
Have any challenges with any part of the tutorial? Let me know in the comments. Please don’t try anything I wouldn’t while attempting this. If you’re uncertain, it’s best to stop by and drop a comment.