Xiaomi is notorious for shipping its smartphones with tons of useless apps known as bloatware. Since a majority of bloatware is installed on the device as system apps, one can’t uninstall them from the app settings screen. While it’s easy to remove bloatware on Xiaomi and Redmi devices via ADB without root, there’s a utility called Xiaomi ADB/Fastboot Tools that can easily uninstall, re-install, enable and disable bloatware. Below is a complete list safe to remove bloatware on MIUI 10, MIUI 11, and MIUI 12.
Recently, I shared the list of safe to remove Samsung bloatware and the steps to uninstall them without root. Today, we’ll see how we can uninstall the pre-installed apps on Xiaomi smartphones.
Xiaomi Bloatware List for MIUI 12/11/10
Here is the full list of system apps installed on my Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro running MIUI 12. I have highlighted the package names of 100+ safe to remove Xiaomi bloatware with bold letters so that you can uninstall or disable them without worrying about any adverse effect on your smartphone.
com.miui.android.fashiongallery | Wallpaper Carousel
com.miui.msa.global | MIUI Ad Services
com.xiaomi.glgm | Games
com.xiaomi.mipicks | GetApps(Xiaomi app store)
You can download the full list of safe to remove bloatware on MIUI 10, 11, and 12 with
pm uninstall command from Google Drive.
ADB Command to List System Apps
There are some handy ADB shell commands using which you can get the list of all installed apps regardless of Xiaomi or Redmi phone model and MIUI version. By executing the following command, you can print the list of all system apps on your device.
pm list packages -s
To learn how to run set up ADB and run the
pm list command on your Windows, Mac, or Linux machine, head to my Android bloatware removal tutorial.
Remove Bloatware on Xiaomi MIUI
You can uninstall bloatware on Xiaomi and Redmi devices running MIUI 12, MIUI 11, and MIUI 10 in four ways.
- ADB Shell
pm uninstallcommand (without root)
- Xiaomi ADB Fastboot Tools (without root)
- System App Remover (root required)
- Using Debloater Magisk module (root required)
1. Remove Bloatware on MIUI via ADB
- Extract the downloaded ‘platform-tools-latest-windows.zip‘ and open the folder.
- Launch the Command Prompt via the Windows context menu by pressing the Shift key + Right-click button on the mouse.
- Now type the following command in the cmd window and Allow USB debugging to authorize ADB when prompted.
- If you see the ‘list of attached devices’ message, it means your Xiaomi or Redmi phone is successfully connected.
- Now, execute the command given below.
- When you get your phone’s codename on the cmd screen, run the ADB app uninstallation command mentioned below. Don’t forget to replace <package name> with the package name of the system app you want to uninstall as shown in the screenshot.
pm uninstall -k --user 0 <package name>
- You can delete as many system apps as you want by running the above command one after another.
Using Xiaomi ADB/Fastboot Tools
If you find the ADB way to uninstall system apps a bit complicated, you’ll feel a bit relieved by the next method which is much easier and doesn’t require root.
Xiaomi ADB/Fastboot Tools is a Java-based multi-purpose and a must-have utility for the users of Xiaomi and Redmi devices. It runs in the ADB and Fastboot modes. In the ADB mode, it can enable, disable, uninstall, and re-install multiple system apps on MIUI 10, 11, and 12. Xiaomi ADB/Fastboot Tools runs on all major operating systems including Windows, macOS, and Linux.
As soon as you switch to the Fastboot mode, Xiaomi ADB/Fastboot Tools reveals its true power. It can download and install stock firmware on Xiaomi devices, wipe device data, enable OEM unlocking, and flash factory images. Moreover, it can also reboot your phone into the Fastboot, Recovery, and EDL (emergency download) modes. The only missing thing is the option to reboot Xiaomi devices into the Safe Mode.
Anyway, let’s see how we can safely remove bloatware on Xiaomi devices running MIUI ROM.
- Download the latest XiaomiADBFastbootTools.jar from Github.
- Make sure you have the latest version of the Java SE Development Kit (JDK) installed on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer.
- Also, you must turn on the USB debugging from Settings> Additional settings > Developer options on your Xiaomi smartphone.
- Double-click XiaomiADBFastbootTools.jar to launch Xiaomi ADB/Fastboot Tools.
- Now, connect your phone to the computer via a USB cable and wait for the tool to detect your device.
- You’ll see a list of Xiaomi bloatware with their package names that can be uninstalled. Just select the bloatware you want to remove and click on the Uninstall button.
- Click on the Yes button to confirm app uninstallation.
Done! In case you decide to reinstall the uninstalled bloatware later, just click on the Reinstaller tab in Xiaomi ADB/Fastboot Tools and restore the deleted apps.
Using System App Remover & Bloatware Remover
If you have rooted your Xiaomi phone, you can find some great apps that would help you get rid of bloatware on MIUI 10, 11, or 12. Below are 3 bloatware removal tools for Android devices that you can try.
Debloater Magisk Module
Finally, there is a command-based tool available for rooted Android devices. You can download and install Debloater (for Terminal Emulator) via Magisk Manager. Just grant root access to this module and follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall system apps on your Xiaomi or Redmi phone. I have described the steps to use Debloater for Magisk in another tutorial.