I’m sure everyone knows how to uninstall an app from their android phone. It’s as easy as going to Application Manager in your Settings, click the uninstall tab and the app is uninstalled.  But have you every downloaded an app with the uninstall tab grayed out?  This happened to me when I added a lock screen app.  I have a few different lock screen apps on my Android phone and all work fine plus I earn a pennies each day.  When I downloaded the latest app, I had problems with it locking my screen almost constantly, I couldn’t even make a phone call without the screen locking. When I swiped it to unlock, instead of just one swipe, it would take three or four different swipes to finally get to my home screen.  I decided it wasn’t worth the aggravation so I went to my application manager to uninstall it.  BUT WAIT, the uninstall tab was GRAYED OUT!!!  There was no way to uninstall the app. Or was there? After doing some searching, I figured out how to remove android apps that have grayed out uninstall tab.

I wanted to share this information with you if you are ever in this situation.  It seems like some apps require administrator privileges and the app can not be removed until you remove the admin privilege.

These are the steps to remove the pesky app:




Go to Settings, then Security.


Click on Phone (or Device) Administrators. Once there, you will see a list of apps that have admin privileges.  You will want to uncheck the app you want to uninstall to deactivate the admin privileges.



Next go to your Application manager in Settings and pull up the app you don’t want and click Uninstall. The app will now be removed.

It’s as simple as that to remove android apps that have grayed out uninstall tab.  I was finally able to remove the app that was causing me so many problems by constantly locking my screen and now my Android phone is working great.


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14 Discussion to this post

  1. Sandy KS says:

    I will have to check and see if that is the reason i can’t remove certain apps. I did not know any of this.

  2. The Savvy Age says:

    So frustrating when some of these apps interfere w the functions – thanks for the tip!

  3. Martha says:

    When you go to delete an app, if uninstall is not highlighted, you probably have the same problem as I did. Hope this helps you Sandy!

  4. Martha says:

    Yes it is Savvy Age! I try to scope solutions out and share because I’m sure I’m not the only one that has this problem. Thanks for visiting!

  5. So, administrators may be under “general”. But, even so- most of the apps I want to kill can NEVER be removed (Google says “NO”). Moreover, I can’t divert them from using valuable device space to my more voluminous SD card storage.

  6. Martha says:

    Oh I too don’t like those that Google puts on never to be able to be removed Roy! But at least I figured out how to remove apps that I install that I wasn’t able to clear out previously. I’m learning as I go. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Tricia says:

    This is great advice, Martha! I’ll have to pass it along to my husband, since he uses an Android phone. I know he has a lot of apps on there that he never uses anymore.

  8. Neil Copping says:

    Hi Martha, Thanks for taking the time to find out how to remove these grayed out apps and sharing the solution. This is really helpful. I have quite a number of apps that I need to remove. Your step by step instructions and pictures are easy to follow. Much appreciated.

  9. Shevy says:

    I remember when I had my android phone and wanted to but couldn’t delete certain apps. It was so annoying! Too bad I didn’t have this information at the time but definitely worth referring to if ever I get another android device. Very informative!

  10. Martha says:

    Hope it’s useful to him Tricia. I was surprised when I found out I couldn’t uninstall an app and it was messing up my phone so knew I had to come up with something other than doing a factory restore. Thanks for visiting!

  11. Martha says:

    Thank you Neil, I’m glad I figured this out since the uninstall has been grayed out on a few I’ve downloaded. They only thing I don’t think it will remove are the apps that have been pre-loaded on the phone. I need to figure out how I can get rid of some of those annoying apps that I have never used since I’ve had my phone. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Martha says:

    Once I set my mind to something, I don’t stop until I can figure it out Shevy! I’m glad I was able to figure this out and hopefully help others with the pesky apps that need uninstalling. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Great tip! I found this post very useful! Keep them coming.

  14. Martha says:

    Thanks J.Shan! This certainly helped me removed apps that I was unable to just click uninstall. Thanks for visiting!

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