Q&A: How do I uninstall the YouTube app from my Motorola Droid?

youtube-logoQuestion from Jimmy A.:  I was looking at the list of installed apps on my Droid and I saw that there’s a YouTube app on there. I never installed it, and I don’t want it, but I can’t figure out how to remove it.

Can you tell me what I need to do to uninstall this stubborn app from my Droid? Thanks in advance for your help.

Rick’s answer:  Jimmy, the YouTube app on your phone is a pre-installed app that’s been there all along. You likely just didn’t notice it until now.

When the mobile phone manufacturers install the Android operating system on their phones they typically pre-install a number of apps for various Google services along with it.

Unfortunately, those pre-installed apps are locked to the phone in a way that prevents the end users (i.e. you and me) from removing them. I don’t like it any more than you do, but that’s just the way it is.

There’s really no safe way to remove a pre-installed app from your Droid or any other Android phone without rooting it, and that’s something that I really don’t feel comfortable recommending, for several reasons. I know you probably don’t want to hear this, but in my opinion it’s best to simply ignore YouTube and all the other pre-installed apps.

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