What is Mobile Installer: Everything you need to know

If you own a Samsung phone, you’ve likely seen that mysterious Mobile Installer notification. All it says is “Processing Requests,” which may sound a bit sinister. If you are concerned, we are here to clear up any misconceptions you may have. In this guide, we will teach you everything you need to know about Mobile Installer.

What is Mobile Installer and what is it for?

Mobile Installer is a Samsung built-in application that manages bloatware. The pre-installed applications come from the Sprint provider. You will see that it automatically downloads bloatware applications to your phone. There is some controversy regarding these automated downloads. The apps that are downloaded are not something you necessarily need. However, they take up space in your device’s memory.

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What is Mobile Installer and what is it for?

Phones will often have special functionality. The added functionality will require third party applications for sustenance. Be careful about removing applications built into the phone system. Deleting these applications could affect the standard processes of your phone.

What is bloatware?

We know that Mobile installer has bloatware pre-installed on certain devices. We also know that this happens because of the manufacturers. These are often the result of associations between phone brands and application providers. They can be installed when you open the phone. Or they are downloaded in the background as time goes by. Some reviewers even claim that when they update their phones, a new app is installed without permission.

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What is bloatware?

Bloatware vs adware

Bloatware and adware may sound a bit similar. There is a common denominator. But they are different from each other. Adware is a form of bloatware. However, Adware belongs to a specific type of bloatware that deals with ads. These usually appear in the pop-ups that you will get when visiting websites. This could also mean that the software can be automatically downloaded to your device on click. 

For the purposes of this article, we will talk about pre-installed bloatware. The mobile installer in particular is a form of bloatware that comes with your device already. You will need to complete an action like clicking before you can activate Adware.

Dangers of bloatware

Bloatware can take up a lot of storage space on your phone. Pre-installed bloatware can also be difficult to remove. You may need to root your Android phone or jailbreak iOS to remove it. Some manufacturers weave bloatware into ROM. This means that you cannot or can remove it, but with consequences. You can choose to Force stop applications to prevent them from running in the background. But this could affect the performance of your phone.

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What is bloatware?

Some bloatware tends to run in the background. The mobile installer, in particular, often downloads apps while using your phone. Therefore, you receive the notification “Application Processing”. Apps running in the background can drain your phone’s battery while you don’t realize it. You may have to rely on battery saver apps. Or, if you’re lucky, you have a phone with the best battery life.

Benefits of bloatware

Believe it or not, bloatware has some advantages. Including pre-installed applications on your device can lead you to discover new types of applications. The main goal of the manufacturers is to help people to get to know lesser-known applications. You will never know what kind of hidden extras you are missing. Especially if these apps are overshadowed by much more popular apps on the app store.

As mentioned above, bloatware is often needed for your phone’s additional features as well. Think of bloatware as tools that will improve your phone’s processes and activity. Another positive side would be that it reduces the price of a smartphone.

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How to remove bloatware on Android

Removing bloatware like Mobile Installer with Root

You can open your phone to many possibilities if you learn how to root your Android phone. Rooting your phone can be a bit tricky. But once this is done, you will get more customization options. There are many software tools that you can use to make rooting easier. Once you have rooted your phone, removing apps is easier. You can remove apps from the system with ease, reducing bloatware on your device.

Here’s a quick guide on how to do it:

Once you have rooted your phone, you can install NoBloat Free. To install, simply download the application. It should be available on the Google Play Store for Free under the development of TVK. 

Once installed, be sure to review all the permissions granted. If you agree to these permissions, you can Accept and finish the installation. The app should appear on the home screen or in the app drawer for easy access.

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To use NoBloat Free, follow these steps:

  1. Open the app.
  2. Your rooting tool will ask you to grant access to the “Super User Request”. Click Grant. 
  3. It will take you to the home screen of the application. From there, you will see 4 options. These are: System Applications, Disabled Applications, Backup Applications, and an option to upgrade to the full version.
  4. Go to System Applications. A list of your phone’s system applications will appear on the screen. You can review these apps to find what you want to remove.
  5. If you upgrade to the full version, NoBloat Free allows you to choose multiple applications. However, for the Free version you will have to do it one by one. This may take a little time. But it will give you more time to decide which apps to keep or remove.
  6. To remove the app, just tap on it. A pop-up message will appear on the page. You have 4 options; Disable, backup, backup and delete, delete without backup. You can choose between the last two.
  7. If you choose Backup and delete, you will be able to recover the application again after you have deleted it.

Now that you removed the app, you can save more space on your Android phone. This is especially useful if you have a lot of files on your device. If Mobile Installer downloads a new application to your phone, you can check again from this application. So whether you decided to keep it or not, at least you now have a choice.

Reinstall deleted apps with NoBloatware Free

To reinstall the removed apps, you can do the following:

  1. Return to the NoBloat Free home screen. Once again, you will see the options. System apps, disabled apps, and backed up apps. Now we know that the system apps will take you to the previous screen. Deactivate applications is where you find the applications that you have deactivated. So, go to Supported Applications.
  2. It will show you a list of all the apps that you have backed up and deleted. Find the application you want to reinstall.
  3. You will receive a message from the application to confirm the restoration. Click Restore. Then click OK.

NoBloatware Free is a simple and easy to use application. It is a great tool to help with a rooted Android phone.

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Removing bloatware like Mobile Installer without Root

If you are afraid to root your Android phone, there are a few things you can try. To do this, you will have to use a computer and make use of code.

  1. On your computer, install the necessary USB drivers for your device. You can find a specific one from Google.
  2. Make a note of your computer’s operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) and download the corresponding ADB binary. It will download as a zip file. 
  3. Once downloaded, extract the zip file for easy access.
  4. Go to your phone and settings. Find About phone and tap on it. Find the build number and click on it about 7 times. This will enable Developer Options.
  5. Once you’ve entered the Developer Options, look for the USB debugging option. Click on it and then hit Activate.
  6. Now you can connect your device to your computer. Make sure your phone is set to “File Transfer (MTP)” mode.
  7. On your computer, go back to the folder extracted from the ADB binary.
  8. Go to command prompt and run it in your ADB folder. To do this, hold down the Shift key and right-click and choose “open command prompt here.”
  9. At the command prompt, type the following: adb devices . It will start the ADB daemon on the system. If this is the first time you do this, the computer will ask for your authorization. You can allow it.
  10. After running the command, you will see the serial number of your device on the screen. From there you can write this: adb shell
  11. Then find the packages in the pm | grep ‘<OEM / Carrier / App Name>’ and run it. This will help you find the package names for your phone’s system applications. 
  12. To uninstall these applications, simply search for the package you want to remove. You can also choose to use a third party application on your phone. This is so you can see which apps you are about to uninstall. So you don’t make the mistake of uninstalling the wrong thing.
  13. To remove it, run this command: pm uninstall -k –user 0 <package name>

Uninstalling applications on your phone

Now you can uninstall the system apps on your phone. This is a bit of a tricky process, especially if Mobile Installer continually installs new apps on your phone. This will take a long time if you have to do it continuously. 

The method in question is even more difficult because you will have to go through your packages one by one. If you don’t have a third-party app to guide you, you’ll have to do some research to find out which app to remove and keep. If you spend time with it, you will finally get the hang of it. We recommend spending an entire day managing system applications.

How to remove bloatware on a Windows PC

On your Windows PC, there are several ways to remove bloatware. Some make use of code, and here, you may have to dabble in it a bit. 

PCs can generally take more hits on ROM than phones, but it’s still useful for freeing up space. You never know what can affect the performance of your PC. In the long run, these tips could help you run your software better. Who knows, you can even play the best PC games much faster if you do.

Using Windows PowerShell

During this process, you will need to use Windows PowerShell. For this to work, close all applications in addition to Windows PowerShell. Make sure Windows PowerShell is the only application running. To check, you can right-click on the taskbar and click on Task Manager. It should give you a brief summary of the running programs. 

Once you have confirmed that there are no other applications running, you can begin removing bloatware. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. On the taskbar, go to the Cortana search field. Search for ‘PowerShell’ and click Enter.
  2. Once you find Windows PowerShell, right click on it. It will give you several options to work with. Choose “Run as administrator”.
  3. Your PC will ask for confirmation. Click Yes.
  4. It will take you to a box where you can enter commands. Once you enter a command here, it will uninstall the programs you have chosen. We will provide you with a list of commands below.
  5. Once you’ve typed the command, click Enter. Again, you will need to enter these commands one by one. Repeat the steps above until you are satisfied with the apps you removed.

You can choose from this list of commands to find the specific system program you want to uninstall.

Once you have removed the applications, Windows will remove them from the Start menu.

Reinstall deleted apps in Windows PowerShell

If there are apps you want to reinstall, you can also use PowerShell to reinstall the removed apps. Again, you will need to make sure that no other applications are running besides Windows PowerShell.

Then follow these steps:

  1. Once you find Windows PowerShell, right click on it. It will give you several options to work with. Choose “Run as administrator”.
  2. Your PC will ask for confirmation. Click Yes.
  3. When the box appears, you will once again need to enter a command to execute. Instead of the text above, type the following and hit enter.
    • Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$ ($ _. InstallLocation) \ AppXManifest.xml”}

The command should restore the apps you have removed. You can find them again in the Start menu.

How to remove bloatware on Mac

Remove bloatware through third-party apps

If you want to remove bloatware on Mac, there are several ways to do it. An easy way to do this would be to install a third-party app. These apps can help you easily identify the system apps that you want to remove. Some cleaning apps will allow you to remove bloatware. They will also allow you to clean up other system junk that could take up space on your Mac. 

Fortunately, many bloatware applications have a simple interface. Once you’ve downloaded the software, all you need to do is find the apps or junk that you want to remove and click the button.

Remove bloatware manually on Mac

If you don’t want to download third-party apps, you can choose to do it manually. Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to the applications folder.
  2. Find the application you want to remove and then right-click. It will give you several options to choose from.
  3. Choose Get Info. It will show you all the details of the application. 
  4. Scroll to the bottom and look for the lock icon. Click on it. It will ask for your password, you can simply enter it in the box.
  5. You will now have access to edit. Go to Sharing and permissions and change it to “Read and write for everyone.”

You should now be able to remove any applications from the system that you want to uninstall.

How to avoid bloatware

The devices most likely came pre-installed with bloatware. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of uninstalling, there are alternatives. You can reduce the risk of running into these annoying apps with these tips.

Buy a familiar device with less bloatware.

The Google Pixel 4 is a good example of this. The Nokia 9 Pureview also has less bloatware. Or you can get an unlocked device that is not tied to a carrier. Carriers are very likely to associate themselves with apps that eventually end up as bloatware on your phone.

Root your Android or jailbreak iOS

This will make it easier for you to remove bloatware in the long run. You can also choose to use application removal programs. If you are having difficulty rooting or jailbreak your device, use these programs. There are a number available in app stores to help you remove them for Free.

Download the software from the original source.

Some apps end up bundled into other bloatware apps. To avoid this, find the original source and download it from there. Of course, this will take a little longer. However, it also reduces the risks of having bloatware on your device.

Applications you should consider uninstalling

For samsung

  • Game launcher
  • Samsung browser
  • Email
  • VR
  • LED cover
  • DEX
  • Samsung TV

For google

  • Quicks
  • Music
  • Docs
  • Maps
  • Chrome
  • Photos
  • VR
  • Youtube
  •  Books

For Mac / iOS

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Compass
  • Contacts2
  • FaceTime3
  • Find my friends 
  • Home
  • iBooks4
  • iCloud Drive
  • Itunes store
  • Mail
  • Apple Maps
  • Apple Music
  • News
  • Notes
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders 
  • Stocks
  • Advice
  • Videos or TV
  • Voice memos
  • View application
  • Weather

For windows

  • Get Office / Skype / Get Started
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • Money
  • News
  • Phone companion
  • sports
  • Candy crush
  • Farm
  • TripAdvisor
  • Netflix
  • Pandora

For microsoft

  • Microsoft Skydrive
  • Skype
  • Standing out
  • Word
  • Powerpoint

How do i disable mobile installer

Unfortunately, you can not uninstall Mobile Installer from your device. When you go to Settings and then navigate to Applications > All Apps  > Mobile Installer, you will see that the ‘Uninstall’ button is greyed out.

This directly translates to the inability of the user to uninstall Mobile Installer from the Sprint carrier of the Samsung device, owing to the fact that it is a pre-installed application. As long as you are running on Stock ROM, which is unrooted devices, you will be unable to get rid of Mobile Installer from your device.

There are, of course, certain solutions which you can ‘force’ onto your device to delete the Mobile Installer from your device. We shall discuss them in detail further in the article.

Moving on to the latter part of the question, yes, it is safe to remove Mobile Installer from your device. Although you won’t be able to uninstall it, you can still remove it using certain workarounds, and these workarounds are safe and legitimate.

When you do remove Mobile Installer from your device, it should be absolutely safe. Although it is a pre-installed application, the deletion of the same would not cause any negative impact on the functionality of your Samsung device. 

All that will happen is that you will stop receiving the ‘Processing Request’ notification from Mobile Installer, and Mobile Installer will no longer be able to run in the background or install bloatware applications on your device.

When it comes to the applications that have been downloaded by Mobile Installer, they shall not be affected once Mobile Installer is removed from the device.

Can you disable Mobile Installer?

Since Mobile Installer is a pre-installed application on your Samsung’s Sprint carrier, you can not really disable it. The only option you have, without using a workaround, is to force stop Mobile Installer from the Settings.

Even when you force stop Mobile Installer, it may come back up in the notifications list again since it runs in the background almost all the time, installing applications from time to time.

Besides, as we all know, force-stopping an application can cause issues in the system and some other applications that are somehow linked to the application you are force-stopping. 

This means that force-stopping Mobile Installer on your Samsung device may affect the functioning of the device’s system (the chances of which are slim).

It is also possible that the applications installed via Mobile Installer may start misbehaving if you force stop it. Now, this should not be a problem as long as you do not use one of these applications downloaded by Mobile Installer.

Note: It is highly likely that Mobile Installer will be activated after a while again, even after force stopping, since it is a pre-installed application that keeps running in the background. This is why uninstalling and getting rid of it completely is the most viable option for you.

How to get rid of Mobile Installer?

Below we have enlisted step-by-step guides to both disabling and removing Mobile Installer from the device.

Here we go…  

Method 1: Disabling Mobile Installer using Debloater Tool

We shall discuss getting rid of Mobile Installer from the device using root on your device or alternatively using ADB commands. However, before all that, if you do not wish to go through the tedious process of removing Mobile Installer from your device, you can simply disable it using a third-party app. When disabling Mobile Installer, it won’t run in the background and will stop eating up your phone’s resources.

If the process of disabling unwanted apps on your phone is hard for you, then there is a tool that will make the process easier – the Debloater tool.

It allows blocking or removing apps on your device, as well as allowing unlocking and import of blocked listings, among other things. It is simple to use: once your device is connected, you can see a list of apps that are installed on your phone.

The catch is that root access on your phone is required in order to remove the apps. The tool won’t uninstall system apps from your phone if you don’t have root access. Thus, we shall only elucidate on how you can disable an app on your device using the tool (this does not require rooting your device). 

  • Keep the Debloater Tool installed on your PC.
  • Make sure that the USB Debugging option is enabled on your phone before moving further.
  • Connect your phone via USB cable to your PC.
  • Launch the Debloater Tool on your PC, and wait for it to detect your mobile device.
  • Once your device is detected, the “Device Connected” and “Sync” notification will turn green
  • Now go to the Activity Status, and click on Read Phone Packages.
  • Scroll down through the list of apps, select the mobile installer and click on the Apply option on the top.

Method 2: Removing Mobile Installer using root on your device

This is a two-step process wherein you will first have to root your device and then install a third-party application manager to remove the Mobile Installer from your device. 

When it comes to Samsung, you will have plenty of options to choose from in terms of rooting your device. In this method, we will discuss rooting your Samsung device using Odin3.

Step 1: Rooting your device

Before you start rooting your device, you will have to prepare it. Start with enabling Developer Options on your device. To do this, go to Settings and then tap on About Phone. Next, find the Build Number and tap on it seven times; this will enable Developer Options on your Samsung Galaxy Sprint device. 

Next, you will be required to enable USB Debugging and OEM unlock. To do this, tap on the Back key to see Developer Options, then tap on Developer Options. From Developer Options, enable USB Debugging and OEM unlock.

Alongside, download the Odin3 and Root file according to your Device model, Build ID, and Android version your Samsung Galaxy Sprint device is running on. Once the root file is downloaded, extract it in a folder.

Now that your phone is ready to be rooted follow the steps below to root your device using Odin3.

Using Odin3 to root your Samsung device

  • Boot your device into Download mode. To do this, you will be required to power off your Samsung phone, press and hold the POWER + HOME + VOLUME DOWN button for a few seconds. Once there is an interface on the screen below, release the finger from the VOLUME DOWN button and press the VOLUME UP button. 
  • Once you are in the Download mode, run the downloaded Odin3 utility software on the computer. Next, you will need to connect your mobile with the computer using a USB Cable.
  • Upon successful connection, you will see a note in the log.
  • Now, click on the AP button and browse CF-Auto-Root-ospreycdma-ospreyusc-samsung3.zip. 
  • To start rooting, you will have to tap on the ‘Start’ button.
  • In a few moments, rooting will be completed on your device. When you see a note that says ‘PASS,’ you will know that rooting is finished. Upon successful rooting of the device, the device will reboot itself.

Step 2: Using NoBloat Free to remove Mobile Installer

Once you have rooted your phone, follow the steps below to install and use NoBloat Free to get rid of Mobile Installer:

Once installed, be sure to review all the permissions granted. If you agree with these permissions, you can Accept and finish the installation. The app should appear on your home screen or app drawer for easy access.

To use NoBloat Free, follow these steps:

  • Install NoBloat Free on your rooted device from Play Store. 
  • Once installed, review the permissions it asks for and grant the permissions accordingly.
  • Tap on ‘Accept’ and finish the application.
  • Once downloaded, open NoBloat Free on your rooted Samsung device.
  • Once you open the rooting tool, you will be prompted to grant a ‘Super User request.’ To grant the permission, click on ‘Grant.’
  • Once you tap on ‘Grant,’ you will be taken to the home screen of NoBloat Free. Herein you will have four options, amongst which the last two, i.e., Backup and Delete, Delete without Backup, are the only ones we shall be working with.
  • Tap on ‘System Apps’ in the NoBloat Free app and then choose Mobile Installer from the list provided to you. 
  • Tap on it and then choose from either of the two options mentioned above. The former will allow you to recover Mobile Installer at some point later if you wish to, while the latter deletes the app completely without creating any sort of backup, which means you will never be able to retrieve the app again.
  • Once you choose from the options, confirm your choice, and Mobile Installer will be deleted from your device.

Method 3: Removing Mobile Installer using ADB

Using ADB and a few command lines (more in detail below) is an alternative way to get rid of Mobile Installer from your device without rooting your device.

A lot of users do not wish to root their device, especially if the phone is still under warranty. Running on stock ROM is recommended by most companies, and rooting your device can seem overwhelming if you haven’t done it before. 

Although rooting provides immense customization and flexibility in terms of what you can do on your device, it also makes it vulnerable.

Thus, if you know the basics of using ADB on your PC, using ADB to remove Mobile Installer can provide an effective solution:

  • Keep the ADB tool file downloaded on your PC.
  • Enable the “USB Debugging” option on your mobile; you can get this option in Settings > Additional Settings > Developer Option.
  • Connect your mobile device to your PC via USB cable, and in the USB preferences on your mobile, choose “File transfer (MTP).”
  • Navigate to the folder where you have Extracted the ADB tool. Click and hold the Shift key, then right-click on the directory name, then choose “Open command/PowerShell window here.”
  • Now enter the ADB devices command, this will open the ADB daemon, and you get to see your device name on the screen. It may ask you to grant permission on your mobile device for authorization, grant it. 
  • Type in adb shell and press Enter, then again type in pm list packages | grep ‘<OEM/Carrier/App Name>’ command to get the list of OEM and Carrier apps. Copy the package name of the mobile installer, and paste it into the word pad.
  • Type in pm uninstall –k —user 0 <name of package> command, and press Enter. Replace <name of package> with the package name in the wordpad.

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