All Xiaomi and Redmi devices come pre-installed with a cleaner app. The latter is known as MIUI Cleaner App. As we know, the cleaner apps promise to clear the junk files on the device and boost performance. In this sense, the Cleaner app is an Android smartphone cache cleaner, speed booster and memory booster.
Why You Should Remove MIUI Cleaner App
In fact, the Cleaner app has many problems. The bigger problem is that the MIUI Cleaner app is owned by Cheetah Mobile. Cheetah Mobile has been under the radar of privacy experts long before India noticed suspicious activity around its apps. The Chinese company has previously been caught in ad fraud and user data theft. The Cleaner App has been removed from the Google Play Store and App Store in India. However it still comes pre-installed in Xiaomi phones as a default cleaner app.
Unfortunately, you can’t uninstall the app – it will always sit on your smartphone and eat resources and making your phone run slow. When registering the app, it will get all the permissions like location, call history, read SMS, storage access, etc. However, when the app runs, you won’t notice any problem related to the storage. But what cleaner app is doing with your location, call history, and SMS is mystery (except selling your data to 3rd party without your consent). Interestingly, you can’t deny the permissions after you register the app and, also, without the permission the app wouldn’t be registered. There are many more suspicious things the app is doing in the background such as using battery and internet.
As you see, the MIUI Cleaner app has a hacker-like behavior. That’s why many users want to get rid of this app asap. As you already understand, it wouldn’t be easy to uninstall it. But it is possible.
How To Remove Xiaomi’s MIUI Cleaner App?
As we mentioned above, Xiaomi doesn’t allow users to uninstall or even disable several default apps (also known as Bloatware). And one of them is the MIUI Cleaner app. But here is a workaround to remove the MIUI Cleaner app.
- A Windows PC.
- USB cable to connect the device to the PC.
- Turn the USB debugging on the Xiaomi device: Settings>Additional Settings>Developer Options.
- Connect your Xiaomi device to the PC using the USB cable.
- Allow the USB debugging prompt on your device.
- First and foremost, you need to set up ADB on your computer. You need to Download and extract ADB tools.
- Go to the extracted folder. Right-Click and choose “Open PowerShell Window here”.
- Type in the command “adb devices” and hit Enter.
- You will now see a number and “device” under the list of devices attached.
- To uninstall the Cleaner app from MIUI, enter the following command “adb shell” and press Enter, then type, “pm uninstall –k —user 0 com.miui.cleanmaster” and hit Enter.
- Remove the USB cable and restart your Xiaomi device.
And that’s it! This process will remove the MIUI Cleaner app. You also can follow the same method if you have a Oppo, Realme, or any other Chinese smartphone. In other words, it is a universal process to remove pre-installed apps on any Android device.
Previously, Mi browser was accused of collecting data from users. You can use this method to remove the Mi browser or any default app as well. What you need is the app’s package name and insert it in the “pm uninstall –k —user 0 <app package>” command. Use App Inspector to find out the exact name of the app.
Alternatives to Xiaomi MIUI Clearer
Over the years, Android has become extremely efficient in handling apps and background services. It intelligently allocates resources to apps and pauses apps that are not being used frequently. Most cleaner apps offer a performance boost which is simply force-quitting all background apps. While it may give a performance jump, it can create problems with Android’s way of doing things.
Cleaner app is allowing users to delete unwanted apps and data under one roof. And it is the only useful feature of it. However, in return, it may collect user data.
In conclusion , if you still want a cleaner app, you can start with SDMaid, which does a pretty good job and keeps your data secure.