One of the problems Android users face is that they are unable to uninstall some particular apps from their devices. When you try to uninstall Android app from the Settings, it says “Uninstall not Successful” like in the Screen-shot below where I am trying to get rid of AirDroid.
I faced the same problem a little while ago and I almost believed that I can’t uninstall android app because of this nasty Android uninstall not successful error. I was like I have to see these unwanted apps in my drawer and they’ll consume my mobile’s memory forever. But fortunately while I was just trying to find any way to uninstall these apps, luckily I figured it out.
Why you’re unable to uninstall some apps?
The reason is that those apps are running as Device Administrator. Some apps ask for permission to run as the Administrator of your Android device when you launch them. So, there’s no way to uninstall such apps until you disable them as Administrator.
Uninstall Apps which says “Uninstall not Successful”:
It’s very easy to Uninstall Android Apps which say “Uninstall not Successful”. All you have to do is just unselect them from Device Administrators.
Step 1: Unselect the app from Device Administrators:
Go to “Settings” of your android device and the tap on “Location and Security” options from the list. There you’ll find an option “Select device administrators” under “Device administration”, open it. You’ll see a list of apps which are running as Device Administrator. Now unselect the app which you want to uninstall but unable to do so.
Step 2: Try Uninstalling the App:
Now use the normal method of uninstalling the app from Settings> Applications> Manage Applications. You’ll be able to uninstall the app which you un-selected in the First Step.
That’s it! It was easy. Now you don’t have to worry seeing uninstall not successful error any more. Like, you don’t have to worry about unwanted and not delete-able Picasa Photos in the Gallery of your Android device. You can remove them easily.