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How to Disable Administrator Privileges on Android

Learn how to deactivate administrator privileges for apps on your Android, so that you can control or remove any unwanted apps.

With the release of Nougat 7.0, Androids became easier to manipulate and customize according to personal needs. However, you can disable administrator rights on almost any Android device. Keep reading to learn how to disable or control apps through device administration.

What is Device Administration?

Device Administration is a security measure that can protect a lost or stolen device by locking or erasing the device. Generally, device administrator privileges can prevent a user from installing or deleting apps. It can also block or warn you of apps from unknown sources. Often, these apps can be harmless, but it is still a necessary security measure.

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Why You May Want to Disable Administrator Privileges

There are many reasons you may want to disable these rights for certain apps. The apps may take up too much space or power on your phone, or you may not use them. In order to remove, stop, or control an app, you must first disable administrator privileges. However, you may not be able to deactivate the bloatware that comes preinstalled on your device. To remove those apps you may need to root your phone.

How to Disable Administrator Privileges

  1. Go to your phone’s settings and then click on “Security.”
  2. You’ll see “Device Administration” as a security category. Click on it to see a list of apps that have been given administrator privileges.
  3. Click the app you want to remove and confirm that you want to deactivate administrator privileges.
  4. Go back to settings to view all of your apps. Locate the app that you disabled. You should now be able to uninstall or control the app.

Protect Your Device with PSafe

While disabling administrator rights on your Android is often an easy process, the process can become a lot harder if you have malware installed on your device. It’s possible that malware or spyware can be installed on your Android when you download a fake app from the Play store. Fake apps are often designed to mimic popular, well-known apps, and can range from harmless (but annoying) to malicious. The malicious apps might steal your personal information or corrupt your device by requesting certain permissions from your phone. Download antivirus software, such as PSafe Total, to scan your device for malicious apps that have been granted administrator privileges. PSafe Total will remove any malicious content found on your device, and work to protect your device against security threats 24/7.