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We are sure you are reading this article for either of the two reasons:
- The notification ‘Processing Request’ by Mobile Installer seemed cryptic to you, so you wanted to know what Mobile Installer really is.
- Mobile Installer is downloading unnecessary bloatware apps on your device, and you want to get rid of it.
In the specifics of the article, we will give you insight into the two pointers mentioned above and a lot more.
Let’s start with what exactly Mobile Installer is.
What is Mobile Installer?
Mobile Installer is pre-installed bloatware on the Sprint model of Samsung Galaxy devices that is used by the android device to install myriad apps in the background that may or may not be useful to the user.
When it comes to notifications, all Mobile Installer says is ‘Processing Request.’ This may sound cryptic in the starting, but if you have used your Samsung device long enough, you know that the notification ‘Processing Request’ by Mobile Installer means that an app is being downloaded on your device.
The downloading of ‘this’ app does not necessarily have to be prompted by the user of the Samsung device. However, it never is about the user anyway. Mobile Installer downloads unwanted and sometimes unknown apps for the reason that they were supposed to be downloaded on the device anyway, given the deal between the device manufacturer and certain app developers.
All in all, Mobile Installer is less of an App Manager and more of a bloatware installer (which in itself is bloatware) installed on Samsung devices. The main goal served by Mobile Installer is to download apps, some or all of which you may not really need. Most of these apps are junk and do nothing but eat up your storage space and thus, affect the functionality of your Samsung device.
Is Mobile Installer Safe?
For the most part, Mobile Installer is safe. Since it is pre-installed bloatware, it is obvious that Samsung would not say really pre-install something unsafe and potentially harmful on your device.
Yes, it is bloatware. However, it is not unsafe. A huge segment of people think bloatware usually contains a virus or is harmful to the device. However, as long as the bloatware has a clean background, implied by the fact that it comes from the manufacturer itself, it is safe to keep on your device. Besides, most bloatware does nothing but cram up the storage in your Samsung device, and It is the same for Mobile Installer. There are very few bloatware, mostly those that come from unknown and unreliable sources that can potentially contain a virus and seriously harm your device.
How did Mobile Installer get installed on my phone?
We know what you are thinking: You downloaded some application or software, and Mobile Installer came as a hidden part of the installation process, which got sideloaded on your device.
Well, that is not the case. Mobile Installer, as mentioned before, is a pre-installed application and comes as a part of your Samsung Sprint phone.
This means that it had always been there, ever since you unboxed your phone and set it up. Unlike App Stack, Mobile Installer is not automatically installed post-installation or downloading some ‘suspicious’ application or software.
Is Mobile Installer any good?
Well, as mentioned, Mobile Installer is bloatware, so you could self-analyze how good it can be for your android device. The catch is that Mobile Installer might be bloatware, but it does not consume a lot of storage space – this can get you thinking whether it is worth uninstalling the app or not.
However, when you look at the list of applications installed via Mobile Installer, check their weight, as well as scrutinize whether you really need them or not, you will know that Mobile Installer does very little good to your device. The software bloat will slow down your android device, clutter your storage space, and drain your battery since Mobile Installer keeps running in the background. This is why you constantly get a ‘Processing request’ notification from it.
Now, let us focus on the little good that Mobile Installer does on your device. When Mobile Installer downloads a new application to the device, chances are (thin) that it is useful and better than some of its much more popular alternatives on the PlayStore or Samsung Store.
This can lead you to explore a wide range of apps, knowing what features are provided by what app, and can help you find a few hidden gems that were previously overshadowed by their popular alternatives.
Another thing worth mentioning is that some of these apps downloaded by Mobile Installer may be necessary for the proper functioning of your phone. Thus Mobile Installer may not act as bloatware in this case.
Should you keep Mobile Installer on your phone?
The answer to whether you should keep Mobile Installer on your phone directly relates to whether you ‘really need it or not. Oftentimes, you would not need the application on your phone. Why? Most of the apps that are installed on the Samsung device by Mobile Installer are nothing but bloatware in themselves – weighing more than they should, wasting resources, and hogging on valuable space in the device’s storage.
However, some of the applications installed by Mobile Installer can be helpful, such as a third-party Calendar or third-party filer camera, when they come off as better than the pre-built or existing applications on your device.
Though this is one silver lining to keeping Mobile Installer on your phone, it is evident that the negative far outweighs the positive.
Therefore, on a general note, Mobile Installer should not be on your phone, but it is a pre-installed application, so you are practically stuck with it (we’ll learn about getting rid of Mobile Installer from your device further in the article).
Which devices is Mobile Installer available on?
Mobile Installer is available on only Samsung devices, so if you are reading this as a non-Samsung user, do not fret; you do not have to go through the hassle of getting rid of Mobile Installer.
Even when it comes to Samsung, Mobile Installer is not pre-installed on all versions of the phones manufactured by Samsung. As far as our research goes, Mobile Installer comes with the Sprint carrier of Samsung Galaxy, which means it is unavailable on other Samsung Galaxy devices – new or old.
Note: There is an application named Mobile Installer on some models on OnePlus android phones. This app should not be confused with the pre-built Mobile Installer that is available on only Samsung devices. The former is developed by SoftBank Corp. and is not the same as Mobile Installer for Samsung.
Is it safe to delete Mobile Installer from your phone?
Unlike most applications that come baked into the system, some of the pre-installed apps are worth getting rid of. Mobile Installer is one of them. With that said, when it comes to whether it is safe for you to delete Mobile Installer from your phone or not – yes, it is absolutely safe.
If you are worried that deleting Mobile Installer from your Samsung device might cause it to stop functioning properly or impact the working of your phone negatively, it likely won’t,
The reason behind this is that Mobile Installer acts more like bloatware with the only function to download apps (which, again, are bloatware) that are unnecessary and often unneeded by the end-user.
Thus, deleting Mobile Installer will possibly only affect the apps downloaded by Mobile Installer and not the core system itself. This is because, although Mobile Installer is a pre-installed app, it is not necessary for the sound functioning of the system and does not seem to serve towards anything but installing bloatware apps on the device.
How to get rid of Mobile Installer?
Below we have enlisted two ways you can get rid of Mobile Installer from your Samsung device.
Using root on your device
If you learn how to root your phone, you’ll be able to open it to a lot of possibilities. Although rooting can be a bit of a hassle if you are new, once you are done with it, you get a lot of freedom on how you can use your phone. This freedom of being able to tweak permissions on your phone also allows you to be able to uninstall Mobile Installer from your device.
Rooting can be made much easier with the use of software tools. It is easier to uninstall apps once you have root access on your phone, the Mobile Installer in this context. The bloatware on your device can be mitigated by rooting your device.
NoBloat Free is a free application that you can install after you have installed root on your phone in order to delete Mobile Installer. Simply download the app from under TVK’s development; it should be available on the Play Store for free.
All the Permissions granted should be reviewed after installation. You can accept and finish the installation if you agree with the permissions given. The app should be found on your home screen or app drawer.
Getting rid of Mobile Installer using NoBloat Free
Once you have installed the NoBloat app on your rooted Samsung device, follow the steps below to use it to get rid of Mobile Installer:
- Go to the NoBloat Free app.
- Grant access to the tool. You can grant access to the ‘Super User’ request by clicking on the Grant button in your rooting tool.
- It will lead you to the home screen. You will see four options from there. There is a choice of System apps, Disabled apps, Backed up apps, and the option to upgrade to the full version.
- Go to the System Apps. The screen will show a list of your phone’s System apps. Scroll down until you see Mobile Installer in the list.
- Note: NoBloat Free allows you to choose multiple apps if you upgrade to the full version. The free version requires you to do it one by one. This can take quite a bit of time; however, the more time you have, the better you will be able to decide what to keep and what to remove.
- Once you have located the Mobile Installer, tap on it to uninstall it. A pop-up prompt will be displayed on the page. You can choose from disabling, backup, backup and deletion, and backup and deletion without backups. Pick one from amongst the last two options.
- When you delete the app, you need to choose Backup and Deletion to retrieve it again. However, if you want it gone for good, choose Delete without Backup.
- If you have a lot of files on your device, using NoBloat Free can be significantly helpful. Using the tool, you can also delete the applications that have been downloaded by Mobile Installer so far.
Without using root on your device
If you do not wish to root your device to just delete one application, i.e., Mobile Installer, below is a step-by-step guide on how you can get rid of the app without rooting:
- Keep the necessary USB drivers for your device installed and updated on your PC.
- Download ADB according to the current OS on your PC like Windows, Mac, Linux.
- Extract the ADB zip file on your PC for easy access.
- On your phone, go to Settings > About phone, then tap seven times on the Build Number; it will enable the Developer Options.
- Now go to Developer Options, and then tap on the USB Debugging option to enable it.
- Connect your phone to PC via USB cable, and select the “File Transfer (MTP)” mode on your phone.
- Go to the extracted ADB Zip Folder on your PC, hold Shift and right-click, and choose the “open command prompt here.”
- In the command prompt, type in: adb devices to start the ADB daemon on your PC. Allow if your system apps for authorization.
- On running the command, you will get to see your device’s serial number on your screen. Now type in: adb shell
- Find the pm list packages | grep ‘<OEM/Carrier/App Name>’ option and run it to get the package names of the system apps on your phone.
- Now you can use the package names to uninstall particular system apps. You can even use a third-party application to get the package; it is necessary so that you don’t end up uninstalling something wrong.
- Type in the following command to delete the app: pm uninstall -k –user 0 <name of package>
Note: Replace the “name of package” with the actual package name of an application, i.e., Mobile Installer in this case.
1. How to remove bloatware apps from Windows?
In order to remove bloatware apps from Windows, you need to use Windows PowerShell.
Here are the steps to be followed :
- Go to Cortana Search, type in ‘PowerShell,’ and then click Enter.
- Now right-click on the Windows PowerShell, and choose the “Run as Administrator” option. Click Yes when you get a prompt from your PC.
- Now in the command section, you need to enter the command given below to uninstall a particular bloatware app.
Here is a list of Commands to uninstall different software on Windows:
- Calculator: Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Photos: Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Calendar and Mail: Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Office: Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Skype: Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Maps: Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
- OneNote: Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Phone Companion: Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Store: Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Weather: Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Xbox: Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
- After entering the command, just click Enter. If you want to uninstall more than one application, then you will have to again enter a command for an application and press Enter to uninstall it.
2. How to remove bloatware apps from MacOS?
To remove bloatware apps from your MacOS without using third-party apps, follow the steps given below:
- Launch the Applications Folder on your MacOS device.
- Go to the app which you want to uninstall, right-click on it and choose Get Info.
- In the new window scroll down, and click on the lock icon. Now you can edit access, just go to Sharing and Permissions and change it to “Read & Write for everyone.”
- After this, you can easily uninstall or remove a bloatware application from your macOS.
Another simple way to remove bloatware from Mac is to use a third-party app. The apps can help you identify the system apps you want to take away. These apps will give you the option to clean up other system junk that may take up too much space on your Mac.
Fortunately, there are many bloatware apps that have a simple interface. Thus, removing them is easier with the help of third-party tools. Once you have downloaded the software, you only need to find the apps or junk that you want to remove and remove them as per the simple and straightforward instructions provided by the third-party app.