Xiaomi is notorious for its bloated phones thanks to suggested contents (read: ads) and stock apps that you may not actually use it (read: bloatware). We can still argue that about “useless apps or features” because “useful” is subjective per se.
Instead of talking about the definition of useless apps, we will show you easiest way on how to automatically remove bloatware from your Xiaomi Mi, Redmi, or Redmi Note phones.
This works on any devices running MIUI Global ROM variants including the latest MIUI 11.
You can now debloat Redmi Note 8, 8 Pro, Mi 9, 9T, 9T Pro, Redmi K20, K20 Pro, and even the newly coming Poco X2/Redmi K30 4G, Mi Note 10, and Mi 10.
Can I employ it to debloat Redmi phones in the budget lineup such as Redmi 7/7A, Redmi 8/8A, or the upcoming Redmi 9? Obviously!
Just make sure the device runs MIUI Global Stable ROM.
What is Bloatware?
Bloatware is basically all apps that you think them useless. In short, the apps are useless if you don’t actually need them.
Because the bloating apps are installed and they eat up some space and perhaps CPU and RAM if they are currently running, keeping them while you don’t really need them is useless.
This could be any apps. However, those come by default are usually the best candidate to be called as “bloatware”. Why? Simply because not all users really need all the stock apps.
MIUI is a skinned version of Android ROM by Xiaomi. Like any other OEM-created ROMs, MIUI also comes with default stock apps.
How to Remove Bloatware?
Commonly, default stock apps are not easily removable. You can’t simply go to Settings and remove the stock app you want. That usual method simply won’t work.
Instead, you need to remove it when the phone is on bootloader mode (aka Fastboot mode).
There is a specific command to execute.
Instead of learning the command, there is a ready-to-use tool you can use.
Download MIUI Debloater
A simple command-line tool created by TomHenson can help you debloat your Xiaomi phones effortlessly.
This tool needs no installation neither specific requirements.
Simply download it, extract the zip file, then run the tool.
The original file is a single BAT file sized around 4KB.
We packed the file along with the Android Platform Tools. Therefore, you don’t have to download it separately.
Grab the MIUI Debloater from below direct link. Please note, this tool is designed for MIUI Global ROM either Stable or Beta.
Do not use it on MIUI Russian or China.
How to Debloat MIUI Phones?
Follow these simple steps:
- Download MIUI Debloater Tool above.
- Extract the zip file and you’ll get a folder named “platform-tools”.
- Enable USB Debugging on your phone through Settings then Developer Options.
- Connect the phone to your computer.
- Double-click the “MIUI Global Debloater” file to run it.
- Wait till the process finish.
Voila! All the bloatware apps have been removed.
The tool will remove all the stock apps by default. All the apps that the developer of the tool thinks them useless.
Again, useless apps are subjective. One may be useless for one person but is useful for another.
That said, you can selectively remove only apps you think them useless while keeping the one(s) you like.
How? Simply edit the script using your favourite text editor (e.g: Notepad, Sublime, VSCode, etc.).
- Right-click on the “MIUI Global Debloater” file.
- Choose Edit.
- Delete entries of apps you want to keep.
- Save and exit the editor.
- Run the tool.
For instance, we want to keep Gmail app. Hence, we have to remove two lines of command.
In some cases, you’ll see a failure message. This is normal.
The error occurs because the app(s) which are going to be removed does not exist (not installed).
Try it and enjoy a bloatware-free experience using your Xiaomi phone!
Have any questions? Please do not hesitate to write a comment below.