How to uninstall and disable applications on a BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android

As you know, the BlackBerry Priv comes pre-installed with a handful of BlackBerry apps, to help ease existing users into the Android world. Some people are loving the apps, such as the Hub while others would rather not use it. If you're part of the latter group, then you'll be happy to know that you can disable the apps. You can disable the use of any of the pre-loaded apps. What about the apps you download from the Google Play store and no longer want? You can delete those, quickly and easily too.

How to disable a pre-installed app on the BlackBerry Priv

There are some apps that cannot be uninstalled, but you can disable them if you won't be making use of them. Follow the steps below to disable those apps. The BlackBerry Hub app is being disabled in this example.

  1. From the Home screen open the app drawer. It's the white circle with a 3x2 grid of dots in it near the bottom center of the display.
  2. Tap and hold on the icon for the app you would like to disable
  3. You'll then see two options are the top of the screen: App Info or Disable
  4. Drag the app icon to Disable
  5. A prompt will appear verifying you would like to disable the application. Tap OK

Disable Apps on Priv Method 1

Here is an alternative process to disabling apps.

  1. Open up Settings by swiping down from the top and tapping the gear icon or by selecting Settings from the app drawer
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. In the Downloaded pane, select the app you want to disable
  4. Tap Disable

Disable Apps on Priv Method 2

If you want to re-enable any of those apps, you can do that by following the instructions below. The Google Photos app is being enabled in this example.

  1. Swipe down to reveal the Settings (the gear icon), or select Settings from the app drawer
  2. Select Apps
  3. Swipe all the way to the left to the Disabled pane
  4. Tap the app and then select Enable

Enable apps on Priv

How to delete an application on your BlackBerry Priv

If you find that you no longer want to keep an app you previously downloaded, you can uninstall it from your phone so that you can reclaim storage space it occupies. Follow the steps below in order to uninstall apps from your phone. The File Manager app is being uninstalled in this example.

  1. From the Home screen open the app drawer. It's the white circle with a 3x2 grid of dots in it near the bottom center of the display.
  2. Tap and hold the icon for the app you would like to delete
  3. You'll then see two options are the top of the screen: App Info or Uninstall
  4. Drag the app icon to Uninstall
  5. A pop-up notification will appear asking you to confirm that you want to uninstall the app, tap OK

Delete apps on Priv Method 1

Here is an alternative process to uninstalling apps.

  1. Open up Settings by swiping down from the top and tapping the gear icon or by selecting Settings from the app drawer
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. In the Downloaded pane, select the app you want to uninstall
  4. Tap Uninstall
  5. A pop-up notification will appear asking you to confirm that you want to uninstall the app, tap OK

Delete apps on Priv Method 2

There you have it, not a very painful process. You can have a look at all our BlackBerry Priv help articles using the link below.

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