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How to turn off ads in realme smartphones and uninstall system apps without root

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Realme, a fastest growing smartphone brand mainly known for competing with Xiaomi’s Redmi brand, started to show ads in their User Interface like Xiaomi’s MIUI. They call these ads “commercial content recommendations,” and they will appear in the Phone Manager app and on the Security Check page after installing new apps. 

Unlike Redmi, realme has given an option to disable ads with just a single click for users who do not want to see these annoying ads.

As you may know, Realme is a sister brand of Oppo. Its user interface, the Realme UI, is a customized version of Oppo’s ColorOS. So this guide is the same for Oppo smartphones too.

How to turn off ads in Realme smartphones

1. Open the Setting menu, scroll down and click on the “Additional Settings” option
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2. Click on the “Get Recommendation” option
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3. Disable the “receive app and content” toggle
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Now you won’t see ads or promotional content on your system apps. We also have detailed articles on how to remove ads from Xiaomi and Samsung smartphones.

how to uninstall unwanted system apps without root

When you buy a new android smartphone, it comes with a lot of bloatware from the manufacturer, Google, and some third-party apps. Manufacturers categorize these apps as system apps, making them part of the OS. Most of them can’t be uninstalled or disabled usually, which requires administrator privileges to do so. The result? Unwanted system apps hog resources like RAM, processing power, and battery life (not to mention privacy).

Realme is not an exception to it, even though the number of bloatware apps in Realme smartphones is very low compared to others. So here we give you a step-by-step guide to uninstall any system apps without root access, including the Realme browser. Also, this method applies to any android smartphones out there.

We mentioned the realme browser as bloatware because it opens social media links in the realme browser rather than allowing them to be opened in their apps like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We also have better browsers like chrome, edge and brave out there.

Note: But always keep in mind, some system apps are needed for the proper functioning of your phone. Removing the wrong apps may make your smartphone unusable. However, if that does happen, a simple factory reset will bring all the removed apps back.

how to uninstall system apps without root

1. Enable Developer Option

First, you need to enable the developer options on your phone. To do that, go to the “About phone” page, then open “version” and tap several times on “build number”. You will see a popup that shows that the “developer option” has been enabled.

How to enable developer option in realme/oppo device
2. Turn ON USB debugging 

Go to “Additional Settings” – “Developer Option”- Turn ON “USB Debugging”

How to enable USB Debugging in Realme Device
3. Install ADB Drivers on PC

To use ADB commands, first, you need to install ADB drivers on your PC. We can use a 15-second-ADB-installer. It’s a simple installation process anyone can follow. For the Installation Files (Use the latest one), check out this link here

4. Install App Inspector on your smartphone

To uninstall apps through ADB, you need the package name of each app, which is usually contained within the app info in the app settings. This process may be difficult for some users, so we have a simple solution. Install an app called “App Inspector” from the Play Store(Link)

App inspector

This app will list all of your apps (both system and third-party), and clicking on each app gives the package name. It is easy and convenient.

5. Connect your phone to PC and select the File Transfer option
6. Launch a Command Prompt on your PC.

This can be done by holding Shift and Right-clicking then selecting the “open command prompt here” or “Open PowerShell window here” option.

How to open powershell window
7. Once you’re in the command prompt/terminal, enter the following command: adb devices

You will see that the system is starting the ADB daemon and lists your device with an unauthorized tag. (if it doesn’t show an authorized or unauthorized tag, that means ADB is not correctly installed on your PC.)

8. If this is your first time running ADB, you will see a prompt on your phone asking you to authorize a connection with the computer. Grant it.
USB Debugging
9. Now, if you re-run the adb devices command, the terminal will list the serial number of your device under the “List of devices” section. If so, your device is connected.
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10. Now enter the following command: adb shell
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11. Now execute the command “pm uninstall -k –user 0 <name of package>” (without quotes) to uninstall a specific system application.

As we previously mentioned (Step 4), you can use the App inspector app to get the package name of any apps.

how to remove system apps through ADB
Here we are uninstalling Mi Video app from a Xiaomi device

(As you can see from the screenshots, here we uninstalled the Mi Video app from a Xiaomi smartphone. Because these steps apply to every android smartphones)

12. you should see the word “Success” if the uninstallation is successful.
how to remove system apps through ADB

Recommended Apps to remove/uninstalled from realme smartphones:

App market ➡ com.heytap.market
Browser ➡ com.heytap.browser
Music ➡ com. Oppo.music
Video ➡ com.coloros.video
Search box ➡ com. Oppo.quicksearchbox
Browser ➡ com.heytap.browser

Now when it comes to Realme smartphones, uninstalling the realme browser will solve the link redirecting issue, So definitely do it.

Note: You can’t do anything (uninstall or disable) with the “Game Center app” as it’s protected.

As we previously mentioned, some system apps are needed for the proper functioning of your phone. Removing the wrong apps may make your smartphone unusable. However, if that does happen, a simple factory reset will bring all the removed apps back. However, there’s an even easier way to bring back an app you uninstalled

How to Reinstall an Uninstalled App

Open the command prompt window, and enter the following command: adb shell cmd package install-existing <name of package>

This works because applications aren’t fully being uninstalled from the device, they are just being uninstalled for the current user (user 0). If you don’t include “–user 0” and “-k ,” the command won’t work. These two flags respectively specify that the system app will only be uninstalled for the current user and that the cache/data of the system application will be preserved (which cannot be removed without root-access). Therefore, even if you “uninstall” a system application using this method, you can still receive official OTA updates.


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