How to Remove Advertising Apps from Your Android Phone

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In this article, we will discuss two system applications that come pre-installed on Android phones, but actually serve as advertising agents for the browser. These applications are com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks and com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks. We will provide step-by-step instructions on how to remove these applications and eliminate the unwanted ads.

Overview

Many Android phones come with default system applications that may not always be useful. In the case of com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks and com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks, these applications are responsible for adding advertising bookmarks to your browser. When you open your bookmarks, you may notice additional bookmarks that contain advertisements from Google’s partners. These system applications are the culprits behind these unwanted ads.

Step 1: Accessing the Secret Menu

To begin the process of removing these applications, you need to access a secret menu on your Android phone. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Play Store app.
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines (menu) in the top-left corner.
  3. Go to “Settings.”

Step 2: Disabling the Applications

Once you are in the Play Store settings, follow these steps to disable the applications:

  1. Tap on “Apps & notifications” or a similar option.
  2. Select “See all apps” or similar wording to view all installed applications.
  3. Tap on the three vertical dots (menu) in the top-right corner and choose “Show system” to display system applications.
  4. Scroll through the list until you find “com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks” and “com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks”.
  5. Tap on each application and select “Disable” to prevent them from running in the background.

Step 3: Clearing Cache and Storage

To ensure that the applications are completely disabled, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Chrome browser on your Android phone.
  2. Tap on the three vertical dots (menu) in the top-right corner.
  3. Go to “Settings” and select “Privacy.”
  4. Tap on “Clear browsing data” and choose “Cached images and files” and “Site data.”
  5. Confirm the clearing of the cache and storage.

Step 4: Verifying the Changes

To confirm that the applications have been successfully disabled, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Chrome browser on your Android phone.
  2. Check your bookmarks and ensure that the unwanted advertising bookmarks are no longer present.
  3. If necessary, restart the Chrome browser to ensure the changes are applied.

Step 5: Removing the Applications (Optional)

If you want to completely remove the applications from your Android phone, follow these steps:

  1. Go back to the list of applications from Step 2.
  2. Tap on each application and select “Delete” to remove them permanently from your phone.
  3. Confirm the removal when prompted.

Alternative Method: Using ADB Control

If you prefer a more advanced method, you can use a program called ADB Control. This program allows you to delete any system application on your Android phone. However, this method requires some technical knowledge and may not be suitable for everyone. Follow these steps:

  1. Install ADB Control on your computer.
  2. Connect your Android phone to the computer using a USB cable.
  3. Open ADB Control and enter the command to list all system applications: “adb shell pm list packages”.
  4. Look for the keywords “com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks” and “com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks” in the list.
  5. Use the command “adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 [package name]” to uninstall each application.
  6. Confirm the uninstallation when prompted.

Please note that using ADB Control to uninstall system applications can have consequences if not done correctly. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully or seek assistance from someone knowledgeable in using ADB Control.

In conclusion, removing the advertising apps from your Android phone is a straightforward process that involves disabling or uninstalling the system applications responsible for adding unwanted bookmarks. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can enjoy a cleaner browsing experience without the intrusive advertisements.