Uninstall and Delete Apps from Firestick

This guide will teach you how to uninstall and delete apps from your Firestick, Fire Cube or Fire TV. You can follow one of three methods, plus bonus material at the end of the guide, to dive deeper into the system files to ensure nothing remains of an uninstalled app.

The Amazon Firestick is a popular streaming device that offers excellent value for money and can be jailbroken with minimal effort. It is a perfect choice for anyone looking to cut the cord, regardless of their experience with streaming devices.

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Why Uninstall and Delete Apps from Firestick?

The Amazon Firestick and other Fire TV devices don’t come with a massive amount of storage. Installing and trying out many apps can quickly fill the storage space and affect device performance. Therefore, there are plenty of reasons why you would want to uninstall and delete apps.

Free Up Space

If you have too many apps installed and try to install a new one, you may get a low storage warning. If this happens to you, you won’t be able to install any new apps until you create some space. Uninstalling and deleting apps can help to free up space to install other apps.

However, if you want to keep all the apps you currently have and install more, it is possible to expand your Firestick or Fire TV storage and install more apps to an external USB drive. Take a look at the following guide to find out how.

How to Increase Firestick Storage.

Fix App Crashes

On occasion, technical issues may occur with an app. For example, the app crashes, runs slow or buffers. If this happens, deleting and reinstalling an app may help restore it to its original working state.

Speed Up Firestick

If your Firestick is low on storage, this can degrade experiences such as video streaming. You shouldn’t overload your Firestick with too many apps; it will run and stream much more smoothly if you keep around 500MB of storage space free. To keep your Firestick running at its optimum, consider deleting any unwanted and unused apps.

Get Rid of Bloatware

The Amazon Firestick comes pre-installed with many apps you may not want, also known as bloatware. You may want to delete these apps to create more space for the ones you want.

How to Uninstall and Delete Apps from Firestick

Method 1

This method uninstalls the app and clears all application data and cache. This helps clear unwanted or unnecessary files left behind after the app has been removed. 

  1. From the Home screen, select Settings (cog icon).
  2. Then choose Applications.
  1. Select Manage Installed Applications.
  2. Find the app within the list you want to delete or uninstall and select it.
  3. Select Clear Cache.
  4. Then select Clear data and select Clear data again to confirm.
  5. Lastly, select Uninstall and select Uninstall again to confirm.

Method 2

This method quickly uninstalls the app without clearing any cache or data.

  1. From the Home screen, select the Apps button.
  1. Highlight the app you want to delete (don’t select it).
  2. Press the Menu (or options button) on your remote.
  3. You’ll see a menu on the screen’s right side. Select Uninstall.
  4. Select OK.

Method 3

This method quickly removes all apps that you have installed on the Firestick. If you’d prefer to remove everything and start again, you can revert your Firestick to the state it was when you first took it out of the box.

This method also erases all personal data, as well as uninstalling and deleting apps. You’ll no longer have any passwords or settings saved. 

  1. From the Home screen, select Settings (cog icon).
  2. Then choose My Fire TV.
  1. Tap down the list and select Reset to Factory Defaults.
  2. Then choose Reset to confirm.
  3. It will take a few minutes to wipe everything from the Firestick and return it to its original factory settings. All sign-in information and personal data will be lost when performing a factory reset.
  4. Once completed, you’ll be back at the sign-in screen to log back in with your Amazon account.

How to Uninstall and Delete Apps from Firestick - Bonus

Even though you may have followed the complete method of clearing the cache and data before uninstalling an app, some files may still be left behind. Use a file explorer application to dive deeper into your Firestick storage to check if there’s anything else you can also delete.

In this guide, I use X-plore to explore and manage my Firestick internal storage files. If you do not have X-plore installed, find out how by following the steps below.

Part 1 - Install X-plore

  1. Open the Downloader app, then select the Search box.
  2. Enter 28907, then select Go.
  3. Wait for my Downloads page to load fully, then press the Menu (or Options) button on your remote 2x to enter full-screen mode.
  4. Select the Tools category from the list at the top of the page. Or move down the page to view the Tools category.
  5. Find X-plore in the list, then select it.
  6. Move down the next page until you see the blue Download button.
  7. Select the Download button, then select Install.
  8. When the app has finished installing, select Delete 2x to remove the installation file, as it’s no longer required.

Part 2 - Remove Unwanted and Junk Files

  1. Open a file explorer app such as X-plore.
  2. Navigate to the left-hand pane and select the Internal shared storage.
  1. Look through the files and folders to check if anything is related to the app you uninstalled.
  2. If you find anything left over that can be removed, highlight it in the list, then press and hold the select button on your remote.
  3. Tap down the list to find and select Delete.
  4. Select OK to confirm.

Wrapping Up

This guide showed you several ways to uninstall and delete apps from your Firestick and other Fire TV devices. You also learnt with bonus material that not all associated files and folders are removed when an app gets uninstalled. Using a file explorer to look at your files and eliminate unwanted junk is an excellent idea.

For further help, guides and tutorials for your Firestick, select from one of the following options.

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