How to Uninstall Packages and Applications with ADB

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It is very simple to remove applications or packages from your Android device using ADB. If you have ADB installed and have added a path to ADB in your bash profile we can do it with a simple uninstall command.

If you have not created a path to ADB in your bash profile then here is how you can do that. It will save you time in the future when you need to use ADB again.

  • Open Terminal
  • Type nano ~/.bash_profile
  • Press Return

Nano Bash Profile Window Screenshot

You should have a Terminal window that looks something ike the one above. Copy the export PATH command below into your Terminal window replacing /Users/<yourusername>/Documents/android with the correct path to ADB.

export PATH=${PATH}:/Users/<yourusername>/Documents/android

  • Press Return
  • Press CTRL+X
  • Press Y to confirm
  • Press Return
  • Quit Terminal

If you already have the path to ADB set in your bash profile then start from here.

  • Open Terminal
  • Type adb devices
  • Check your device is listed

  • Type adb uninstall <name of package/application>
  • An example of this would be adb uninstall this would uninstall the IMDB app.

  • If the app/package is removed then you will see Success if not the return will be Failure

  • If you do not know the name of the package/app you are trying to uninstall then do a search for it on the Play Store and in the URL you will see the package name at the end after id=

You can also check for your installed packages by typing the following into Terminal

adb shell 'pm list packages -f'

You can also use the -k parameter if you wish to uninstall an app but want to keep all the data and cached items.

adb uninstall -k <name of package/application>

You will get a warning message with this.