It might seem like a trivial thing for experienced Amazon Fire TV users, but simply uninstalling an app on the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Edition television/soundbar isn’t entirely obvious for some people. Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to remove regular Fire TV apps, as well as instructions for removing hidden apps that don’t appear in the default list of apps.
Uninstall / Remove Apps – Amazon Appstore & Sideloaded Apps
These instructions will guide you through the steps to uninstall standard apps, like those installed from the Amazon Appstore. If the app you want to uninstall is not showing up in the list on step 4 below, go to the next section of this guide for uninstalling hidden apps.
- Go to Settings using the Fire TV’s navigation bar.
- Select the Applications menu.
- Select the Manage Installed Applications option.
- Scroll to and select the app that you want to uninstall. (If the app you want to uninstall is not on this list, see the next section of this guide.)
- Select the Uninstall option.
- Select Uninstall on the confirmation message that appears.
- The app has now been removed from your device. If you’re still seeing the app icon, it’s because you have cloud apps visible. If you only want to see apps that are actually installed on your device, go back to the Application screen in step 2, select the Appstore menu, and scroll to the bottom to turn ON the Hide Cloud Apps option.
Uninstall / Remove Hidden Apps – Specialty Sideload Apps Only
Some specialty apps, such as select apps that are sideloaded, may not appear in the Fire TV’s list of installed apps. These apps must be uninstalled using ADB commands with the following steps.
- Connect to your Fire TV via ADB. If you don’t know how to do that, follow this guide.
- You need to know the package name of the app that you want to uninstall. If you already know the package name of the app that you want to uninstall, you can skip to the next step. To view a list of app package names that you’ve installed, so that you can write down the correct package name that you need, run the ADB command:
adb shell pm list packages -3
- Once you know the package name that you want to uninstall, run the ADB command:
adb uninstall PACKAGENAME
Be sure to replace “PACKAGENAME” with the package name retrieved from the previous step. For example:
adb uninstall com.netflix.ninja