How to Uninstall Apps on Your Amazon Fire Phone - dummies

How to Uninstall Apps on Your Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

On the Fire phone, you don’t uninstall apps as much as you put them away. Essentially, you exile the unwanted app to cloud storage, where it sadly sits and awaits the day when you want it again. That’s okay, and it’s an excellent system because it means you never pay twice for the same app.

To uninstall an app or, more correctly, to remove an app from the phone and banish it to the cloud, follow these steps:

  1. Display the App Grid.

    All installed apps appear on the App Grid.

  2. Long-press the app you want to remove.

    The phone vibrates a bit, and then a menu appears below the app icon.

    If the menu doesn’t appear, the app cannot be removed from the phone.

  3. Choose the command Remove from Device.

    The app icon disappears.

The app is removed from the phone, but it remains available from the cloud: Slide the master control to Cloud and you’ll see the app listed.

  • Purging apps you no longer use does free up some space on the phone. Generally speaking, however, apps aren’t the lead culprits when your phone gets low on space.

  • You can always reinstall apps you’ve removed, even apps you’ve paid for. Simply slide the master control to Cloud and tap the app icon. You aren’t charged twice for reinstalling a paid app.

  • You can’t remove apps that are preinstalled on the phone by either the phone’s manufacturer or your cellular service provider. These apps are necessary for the phone’s operation. If you don’t plan on using them, consider sticking them into a folder or collection.