What is bloatware?

When you buy a new electronic device, such as a computer or smartphone, you expect an operating system to be installed on it. This macOS, iOS, Windows or Android may already have some apps installed. Many of these are useful, such as Mail, Notes, Calendar, Maps, and more. However, some manufacturers add additional software to the basic package of system and apps created for it before they are sold. This bloats the pre-installed content, takes up storage space, reduces performance and reduces clarity. That's exactly what bloatware is. More information about bloatware and how to remove it can be found here.

Bloatware is superfluous software that puts an unnecessary load on the device. Removing them means more storage space, more performance and more memory.
Bloatware is superfluous software that puts an unnecessary load on the device. Removing them means more storage space, more performance and more memory.

What does the term "bloatware" mean?

The English word "bloat" can be translated as to inflate or inflate. The description "bloated" can also be translated as "bloated". All of this describes the first part of the word bloatware, the second comes from the term "software". So bloatware describes software (apps, trial versions, system extensions, plugins, tools, games, etc.) that inflates a system. It's surplus that doesn't have to be, but was installed anyway. It is a subcategory of crapware, i.e. unwanted and / or useless software. It is not necessarily harmful, but it can negatively impact performance and disk space.

How does bloatware get on the (new) device?

It can be observed from time to time, especially with some manufacturers of Android smartphones, that their devices are offered quite cheaply in comparison, despite relatively good hardware. This is not only due to mass production and possible savings elsewhere, but also to deals with software providers. Because if the manufacturers deliver their Android version with their apps as pre-installed bloatware, that's good advertising, which is also well paid for. In addition to device manufacturers, mobile phone providers or points of sale can also feed in software. Vendors for finished gaming PCs can e.g. B. Pre-install service software.

In addition to the apps and tools installed in addition to the core offering from the manufacturer and operating system, other pre-installed content can also be subjectively perceived as bloatware. For example, Apple provides information on its product websites and in its data sheets which apps are preinstalled on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, etc. However, some people are still bothered by the fact that the devices do not only come with their operating system (macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, etc.) and nothing else. Opinions differ here, and at least it is becoming possible for more and more pre-installed Apple apps to remove them.

Is bloatware dangerous for the device it's installed on?

While bloatware is not usually a direct threat, it can still have negative effects. Bloatware takes up valuable disk space, consumes resources such as CPU power and memory, and can slow down device boot time by starting automatically. Additionally, some bloatware apps can display annoying ads or collect personal information, which of course raises privacy concerns. While not all pre-installed applications are malicious, it is still advisable to remove third-party bloatware for optimal performance and security. Pre-installed Apple apps are harmless in this regard.

How to get rid of bloatware?

If the unwanted additional software is an app that appears in the program overview of the operating system or in app managers, then that is a great advantage. Because from there they can usually be easily uninstalled. On the Mac, software can be removed from the Applications folder, the Launchpad, Terminal commands, and cleaning software such as CleanMyMac X removed. For Windows or Android devices, where bloatware is sometimes more difficult to remove, a factory reset or full OS reinstall may help. Finally, devices can also be taken to independent shops and repair shops that offer software services.

Summary of bloatware

While Apple devices do have pre-installed apps that don't necessarily count as bloatware, devices with more open operating systems are more likely to have unnecessary apps and tools. I've seen a lot of nonsense on Android smartphones and tablets. Depending on the manufacturer and retailer, Windows PCs and laptops are not always free of them either. While bloatware is not necessarily dangerous, it is still advisable to remove it to ensure optimal functionality and security of your device. There are several ways to do this.

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