ConfigAPK is a preinstalled system application that is present in every Android device. A lot of users are concerned that ConfigAPK consumes a lot of system resources while running in the background. They are not sure what it is and whether it’s safe to delete it.
In this article, I’ll explain what is the ConfigAPK app, what is its purpose, is it safe to delete this app, and if so then how you can uninstall/disable this app.
- 1 What is ConfigAPK?
- 2 Advantages of ConfigAPK
- 3 Is ConfigAPK a Virus, Spyware, Malware or Bloatware?
- 4 Is ConfigAPK Safe?
- 5 Does ConfigAPK Require Any Android App Permissions?
- 6 ConfigAPK Causing Battery Draining Issues and How to fix it?
- 7 Should You Uninstall ConfigAPK?
- 8 Can you Uninstall ConfigAPK?
- 9 How to Uninstall ConfigAPK?
- 10 Conclusion
What is ConfigAPK?
Before I explain what is ConfigAPK you need to understand what is an APK file?
APK or Android Package Kit is the file format used to install and distribute applications on devices running on the Android Operating System. APK is a type of software extension that represents Android files. Examples of other extension types are .jpg or .png(Images), .mp3(Audio), .mp4(video), etc.
ConfigAPK is a system application that is used for system configuration and automatic app installation on Android devices during the initial device setup process. ConfigAPK is a preinstalled system application that runs in the background and is only present in Android devices like Samsung, OnePlus, etc.
ConfigAPK was first introduced in Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and since then it is being used in all future Android versions.
Every Android app has a unique application ID that is represented with a package name. This ID uniquely identifies your app on the device and in Google Play Store. The application ID of ConfigAPK is android.autoinstalls.config.
Advantages of ConfigAPK
ConfigAPK is an extremely useful application and it has the following advantages:
Contains Local Libraries
Libraries are like Android app modules that include everything needed to build an app like source code, resource files, Android manifest, etc. ConfigAPK contains local libraries that are useful for installing the native system applications during the first device setup.
Computes Android OS Architecture
The ConfigAPK consists of a collection of local libraries that is exposed through an application framework and provides automatic app installation, configuration services, and management of the applications.
Assets and Language Choice
ConfigAPK consists of Android Assets that provide a way to include arbitrary files like text, XML, fonts, music, and video in your application. ConfigAPK is also responsible for the Language Selection option during the initial device setup process.
Is ConfigAPK a Virus, Spyware, Malware or Bloatware?
No, ConfigAPK is not a virus, spyware, malware, or bloatware. It is a highly useful system app on Android devices that provides configuration and automatic app installation services.
A lot of people complain that some preinstalled apps especially the ones you find in Samsung devices are just bloatware. Well, it’s true that some preinstalled apps are not needed and they consume your system resources but ConfigAPK is not that. It is a system app that is essential for Android devices, especially during the initial device setup.
Is ConfigAPK Safe?
Yes, ConfigAPK is totally safe. It is a system application that is required by all Android devices for various purposes. It doesn’t spy or sell your data. It doesn’t cause any harm to your device.
Does ConfigAPK Require Any Android App Permissions?
No, ConfigAPK does not require any app permissions. If you’re not sure about this then you can check if it’s using any permissions using the steps mentioned below.
How to see all permissions for ConfigAPK?
Step 1 – Open the Settings app on your Android device.
Step 2 – Tap on Apps.
Step 3 – Tap on the Ellipsis icon (three vertical dots) in the top right corner.
Step 4 – Tap on System apps.
Step 5 – Search for ConfigAPK in the search bar and tap on it.
Step 6 – Scroll down and tap on Permissions.
In the Permissions section, you’ll find all the permissions used by ConfigAPK. You can also use these steps to find the permissions used by other system apps.
ConfigAPK Causing Battery Draining Issues and How to fix it?
The ConfigAPK(android.autoinstalls.config) is a system app that has a file size of 20 KB. Such a small-sized app doesn’t use a lot of storage space and most importantly it doesn’t use a lot of system resources like CPU and RAM.
ConfigAPK is present on every Android device so it is potentially present in billions of Android devices. Most people don’t face any battery draining issues with ConfigAPK because it doesn’t use a lot of system resources. If there were any such issues then the Android developers would have solved those issues by providing system updates.
However, some people complain that ConfigAPK causes battery draining issues and uses a lot of system resources like CPU. I can assure you that it’s not the case. Config APK doesn’t cause any battery draining issue and it doesn’t use a lot of system resources.
If you’re getting those issues then it may be caused by other pre-installed bloatware. Samsung smartphones have a lot of preinstalled software like KLMS agent, KNOX app, etc. that has a lot of CPU usage. So, please check the apps running in the background and their CPU usage before criticizing the ConfigAPK.
Should You Uninstall ConfigAPK?
No, you should not uninstall ConfigAPK because it is a very important system app that’s required for a lot of different purposes like system configuration, automatic app installation, language choice selection during the first device setup.
If you uninstall ConfigAPK then it might cause issues with your Android device. You may get problems while installing new apps and there are chances of system configuration problems also.
You should never remove a system app that’s not causing any issue with your device. If you believe that the system app is causing issues then contact your device manufacturer first before uninstalling the app.
Can you Uninstall ConfigAPK?
The ConfigAPK app comes preinstalled on all Android devices and does not offer an option to uninstall the app directly, but you can uninstall this system app using either the System App Remover application or using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB).
How to Uninstall ConfigAPK?
You can uninstall the ConfigAPK App using two methods. The first method is using Android Debug Bridge (ADB) which doesn’t require root access and the second method is using the System App Remover application which requires root access.
Uninstall ConfigAPK using ADB
ADB is a command line tool that is used to communicate with a device running on the Android OS. ADB allows you to bring up a Unix shell so you can issue commands directly on the Android device. You can use it to uninstall the ConfigAPK app permanently. You’ll need a Windows PC to use ADB.
Here are the steps to uninstall ConfigAPK using ADB.
Step 1 – Go to Settings > System > About phone.
Step 2 – Tap on the Build number 7 times to activate Developer Options.
Step 3 – Go back to the main Settings menu and tap on Developer Options to open it.
Step 4 – Enable USB debugging by tapping on it.
Step 5 – Download ADB on your PC.
Step 6 – Extract the ZIP file into a folder.
Step 7 – After extracting the ZIP file, open that folder.
Step 8 – Press and hold the shift button and right-click in a blank area.
Step 9 – Click on “Open Powershell window here.”
Step 10 – Enter the command adb devices
Step 11 – Connect your Android device to the PC using a USB data cable.
Step 12 – Type the command adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 android.autoinstalls.config and press Enter to run this command. Wait for a few seconds and you’ll notice the app has been uninstalled from your device.
If you want to disable the app instead of uninstalling it, you need to replace “uninstall” with “disable” in Step 12 of the adb command shown above.
Uninstall ConfigAPK Using System App Remover
This method requires you to gain root access to your device. If you don’t know how to root your Android device then check our Android Root guide. After gaining root access follow the steps below to uninstall ConfigAPK.
Step 1 – Download and install the System App Remover application.
Step 2 – Launch the System App Remover application, type ConfigAPK in the Search bar, and select it by tapping on it.
Step 3 – Tap on the Uninstall button to completely uninstall the app and delete its data.
ConfigAPK is a pre-installed system application present in all Android devices. It is used for configuration and automatic app installation during the initial device bootup. It is not a virus, spyware, or bloatware. Config APK is a very important app and you should not uninstall it. However, if you want to uninstall this app then you can do it using the System App Remover application or the Android Debug Bridge.