Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Facebook Cannot be Deleted from Certain Android Phones

Facebook Cannot be Deleted from Certain Android Phones

Samsung also said that once the app is disabled, it's no longer running. A media report notes that Facebook app that comes pre-installed on Samsung Galaxy phones can not be uninstalled. Some Samsung users will find apps like Amazon.com, Twitter, YouTube, Google Play Music and Gmail permanent features.

This is just one example of a "permanent app", as most of you probably know what it's like to have a third-party app on your phone that you can not delete, or an app that is a part of OEMs Android overlay that you really do not need, and yet you can not delete it, only disable it, if you're lucky. He also added that companies should be filing documents on these permanent apps deals, and that Facebook should turn over public documents in which it clarifies that there is not data collection involved when the app is disabled.

Instead, on some Samsung devices, users can only "disable" the app, and it's still there.

Many parents, this one included, have decided that their children should not use any form of social media, including IM apps such as Whatsapp, due to the threat they pose to their mental health.

"It just absolutely baffles me that if I wanted to completely get rid of Facebook that it essentially would still be on my phone, which brings up more questions", a Samsung customer one presumes is a friend of the Bloomberg article said in an interview.


A Facebook spokesperson told Bloomberg that a disabled version of the app acts like it's been deleted, which means it doesn't continue to collect data or send information to Facebook.

Some devices in some regions, come with Facebook pre-installed.

The study titled How Apps On Android Share Data With Facebook (Even If You Don't Have A Facebook Account) states that: "Facebook routinely tracks users, non-users and logged-out users outside its platform through Facebook Business Tools". He first tried to delete the Facebook app when he was setting up the device. There is no complete list available online, and consumers may not know if Facebook is pre-loaded unless they specifically ask a customer service representative when they purchase a phone. "Very slimy", Twitter user Gopinath Pandalai in Bangalore, who goes by @gopibella, wrote on the site in October. "If I can't delete it, this will be the last Samsung product I ever own". Manufacturers say that if you don't want to use a pre-installed app, you can go to the app manager and disable them from the system.

Samsung claims that such arrangements are made in order to provide "the best" experience to users.

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