1. AC Question's Avatar
    Can some apps that are download on my tablet (Samsung Tab A 8 inch) be deleted. I don't use several of them and they are taking up room on my storage so I don't have enough memory. They are pre-loaded apps such as Skype, powerpoint, excel, google play books, google play newsstand etc.... When I try to disable it says that other apps might not work.Any suggestions. I read something about rooting but I don't know what that means
    02-05-2016 10:05 PM
  2. belodion's Avatar
    Yes, you would have to root the tablet before doing that. I recommend doing a good deal of reading about it before proceeding. Also, it usually voids the manufacturer's warranty.

    In the meantime, you can Clear Cache, Clear Data, Force Stop, and if the option is there, Disable, those unwanted apps, probably without any ensuing problems.

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    02-06-2016 06:30 AM
  3. Crashdamage's Avatar
    belodion is right about the need to root and doing your homework before you try.

    You will not gain any space for installing more apps by deleting pre-loaded apps because they aren't installed in the same space.

    Clearing caches is not good practice. They exist to speed up performance. So what good is an empty cache? Any space gained is only temporary anyway, since cache files will rebuild.

    However, belodion is absolutely correct about how to proceed with disabling those apps you can.
    02-06-2016 07:08 AM
  4. AlphaTango414's Avatar
    You can disable those apps you listed without no affects to other apps. That's just a generalized warning they have to put on there. Like mentioned above, force close the app then disable to app.

    I always refer people to this blog when they are wanting to root or wanting to know a little more about it.

    Also like mentioned above, simply deleting the app with root access will not give you more usable space. There are different partitions set up with the devices memory. A set amount is saved for the system files which is where the pre-installed apps are located at. Then you have the other partition which is the free space your phone reports to you that is for all other user data and apps.

    Clearing cache on an app thats going to be disabled will not be rebuilt. Also, corruption occurs after so long in cached files. That's why it's the first suggestion when you start having problems with a particular app.
    02-06-2016 08:23 AM

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