I like to try out lots of apps. Often a site like Lifehacker or Droidlife will feature several that are similar in functionality and I will install them all in order to compare features.
That leaves me with lots and lots of applications that I end up not wanting to keep. Unfortunately, I can only uninstall one at a time.
Is there an app or method that would allow me to uninstall a bunch at a time?
There are tons of apps that do batch uninstalling but here's a simple free one that I know works: Uninstaller Pro
A lot of the more full featured app managers also have a batch uninstall option. I like to consolidate functions into as few apps as I can. Now I use SmartBar which has a good app manager with batch uninstall.
Scripted via adb & pm (package manager):
If the SDK is installed and you like to use the commandline, that's about the quickest way I know of:
Downside: you only get to see the package names, not the friendly application names (There's seemingly no easy cli way. For programmers: get application name from package name)
Downside 2: Be sure what you do, you might uninstall every app on your phone if you don't edit the list.
# Use android's package manager 'pm'
# list all 3rd party pkgs (using the '-3' parameter)
me@local:~$ adb shell pm list packages -3 > /tmp/pkg.list
# Use whatever editor you like (grep, vi, GUI) to edit the list
me@local:~$ vi /tmp/pkg.list
me@local:~$ cat /tmp/pkg.list | sed 's,.*:,,' | while read a; do adb uninstall $a;done
Maybe also an improvement for a limited number of apps:
Google's Play Store now offers improved per device management (since around Google I|O 2012):
Go to My Android Apps (login required) and you see "Apps installed on [Device Model]". Per app you have an:
Using this you can easily uninstall apps on specific phones or tablets using your internet browser.
See also this accepted answer: Remotely uninstall apps?
It's been awhile since I used it, but AppBrain's app will let you sync to your AppBrain account... so it should uninstall apps you remove from your AppBrain account, but I can't verify that since I don't use it anymore.
Not a batch uninstall, but in LauncherPro you can drag and drop apps to the trash can, hover for a few seconds, and then drop to uninstall it (instead of removing it from the homescreen). Works from the app drawer too. This is the method I usually use.
There are a ton, aren't there?
One I'm looking at is Apps Uninstall.
A nice feature it has is the ability to mark apps to protect them from accidentally bulk uninstalling.
The problem with his method and most other methods I have seen (at least on my CentOS 6 and Ubuntu 10 machines) is that CRLFs were at the end of each line of the
/tmp/pkg.list file, so the uninstaller instead of uninstalling
com.google.chrome, was actually attempting to uninstall 'com.google.chrome^M' ... notice the CR return character. By doing dos2unix, there is 'Success', not 'Failure'. His sed script may have originally been a substitute for dos2unix, but was mangled when posted.
[CentOS6]# adb shell pm list packages > /tmp/pkg.list.txt [CentOS6]# adb push /tmp/pkg.list.txt /tmp/ [CentOS6]# adb shell android:/root # dos2unix /tmp/pkg.list.txt android:/root # for f in \`cat /tmp/pkg.list.txt\`; do echo $f; pm uninstall $f; done;
The 'Failure' problem has more to do with the ADB shell appending a DOS line ending ^M (on CentOS Linux anyway).
Since I did everything from CentOS 6, I was surprised to be bitten yet again by 1980s technology that was never as good as the technology from 1969. I guess Google wanted to make things easier for Windows users of the ADB shell.
(I had edited (appended) to ce4's answer, but apparently that did not take.)