How to remove bloatware from any Xiaomi or Redmi phone

Even though Xiaomi made quite a positive breakthrough with an amazing set of devices for the price, we all know that major downsides of MIUI are ads and bloatware. That’s why we made sure to explain how to, thanks to recognized developer Saki EU, safely remove bloatware from Xiaomi or Redmi devices.

As we all know, great hardware still doesn’t cut it when the software is an underwhelming experience. MIUI 11 fixed those abominations that are ads in the system apps, but there are still some unnecessary apps coming with the ROM. If you want to learn how to remove them, check out the instructions we provided for you.

How can I remove bloatware from my Xiaomi/Redmi phone?

Now, even though Global and EU versions of the ROM are not as bloatware-ridden as the Chinese version, there are some Android purists that don’t like most of them and want them gone. A clear example are users that use Google’s services and apps that all have their counterparts on MIUI.

That’s why we made sure to explain how to use a nifty tool made by a recognized XDA developer that will help you debloat your device in a matter of minutes. No unlocked bootloader or root needed.

You have a lot of different advanced options, but we suggest not meddling with them unless you are certain what are you doing. Stick to removing bloatware for now. Or reinstalling certain apps you mistakenly removed.

Follow these steps to use Xiaomi ADB/Fastboot Tools by Saki EU:

  1. Firstly, let’s enable Developer options.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Choose My device.
  4. Tap on All specs.
  5. Now, tap 7 times on the MIUI version to enable Developer Options.
  6. Get back to Settings and open Additional settings.
  7. Open Developer options.remove bloatware xiaomi
  8. Once there, enable USB debugging, Install via USB, and USB debugging (security settings).
  9. Download and extract the latest Xiaomi ADB/Fastboot Tools by Saki EU on your PC. You can find it on GitHub, here.
  10. Make sure to install the Java Runtime Environment. You can find and download setup, here.
  11. Connect your Xiaomi/Redmi phone to a PC and allow USB Debugging on your handset when prompted. Install drivers if necessary.
  12. Under the App Manager, you’ll see all installed apps, including system apps. The list is curated so don’t worry, you can uninstall (we recommend disabling over uninstalling) all and every app on the list.

Have in mind that certain features won’t function if you delete associated apps so act with caution. Those options (e.g. Quick Ball) might not be of use to some, while they are quite useful for others.

Note: If the tool can’t find ADB/Fastboot even if you are sure everything is properly set, open the folder where the XiaomiADBFastbootTools is. While holding Shift, right-click on the empty area and open Command Prompt or PowerShell. Enter this command java -jar XiaomiADBFastbootTools.jar and press Enter. It should work after that.

With that said, we can conclude this article. In case you have any questions, suggestions, or thoughts on this tool and MIUI in general, feel free to tell us in the comments section that’s just below.

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17 thoughts on “How to remove bloatware from any Xiaomi or Redmi phone”

  1. not java running error : Exception in thread “main” java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: com/baeldung/MajorMinorApp
    has been compiled by a more recent version of the Java Runtime (class file version 55.0),
    this version of the Java Runtime only recognizes class file versions up to 52.0

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    • I had the same issue even after installing the latest Java Runtime. Install the latest JDK (Java Development Kit) instead. Restart your PC and then double click the jar. That worked for me!

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    • Is there that much bloatware on Android One devices? I noticed some on the last one I had but it was pretty minor compared to what comes with brand flavoured Android…

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    • All apps that are on the list are safe to remove, based on the developer’s explanation. I personally removed all MIUI-default apps and never had an issue. You can always reinstall them or, to be certain that nothing will go awry, disable and enable them again if necessary. I hope that helps.

      Have a nice day,
      Alex.

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