What is ConfigAPK App? and How to Delete It?

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If you are here, you probably noticed ConfigAPK in the system apps list of your Android device, and now you must have some questions like what is it? And what does it do? Don’t worry; in this guide, we have explained everything you need to know, and we have also answered if you can disable/delete it or not.

Is ConfigAPK a Virus, Spyware, Or Malware?

There’s a lot of confusion among users regarding system apps. It’s true some Android devices of manufacturers like Samsung come with multiple preinstalled Bloatware, but most system apps are important and do not cause any problem.

ConfigAPK is also a system app responsible for multiple tasks related to automatic app installation. It’s not Spyware, Malware or Virus. 

ConfigAPK Meaning?

Android Package (APK) is the application format used by Android OS for distribution and installation of all Android apps. 

ConfigAPK is a system app used by Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and later versions. Its main responsibility is to handle automatic app installation during the initial device setup. The ConfigAPK app can be seen in the list of running background apps but there’s nothing to worry about.

All Android system and third-party apps have a unique package name for identification purposes, ConfigAPK’s is android.autoinstalls.config.

Does ConfigAPK Use Any Android App Permissions?

No, ConfigAPK does not require any app permissions; you can check it yourself by following the steps mentioned below:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on Apps
  3. Tap on the three vertical dots on the top right corner
  4. Tap on System apps
  5. Find and tap on ConfigAPK
  6. Scroll down and finally tap on Permissions

 

How to Fix ConfigAPK Causing Issues Like Battery Draining?

ConfigAPK is a small system app that takes less than 1MB of your system storage space. The app is found in all the latest Android operating systems that means it is installed on millions of devices. Any app bug causing battery drain would have been addressed by the developers by now, but there is no official statement, and also, we have never seen it consuming high battery. 

Some people have claimed that ConfigAPK consumes high battery and uses too much device CPU, causing the device to work slowly, these claims can be true in some rare cases, but we have never experienced this issue.

 

Should You Uninstall ConfigAPK?

No, ConfigAPK does not cause issues and should not be removed since it’s a system app. You should not disable/uninstall any system app until you have a strong reason to do it however, sometimes a strong reason is also not enough because disabling or deleting some systems apps can make a device unusable. 

 

How to Uninstall ConfigAPK?

If you still want to delete/disable ConfigAPK you can do that by using a third-party Android app (Root access required) or using Android debug bridge (ADB), a command-line tool used for communicating with Android devices. 

Method 1) System App Remover (Root Needed)

  1. Download and install the System App Remover.
  2. Launch the app, find the ConfigAPK app and select it.
  3. Finally, tap on the uninstall button.

Note: If your device is not rooted, you can read this guide to figure out how it’s done. 

Method 2) Android Debug Bridge (ADB)

  1. Go to Settings > System > About phone. 
  2. Keep tapping the build number until it activates Developer Options.
  3. Go back to the main settings menu and tap on Developer Options.
  4. Turn on USB debugging.
  5. Download ADB on your PC.
  6. Extract the ZIP file into a folder of your choice.
  7. Once the extraction process is done, open that folder.
  8. Press and hold the shift button and right-click in a blank area.
  9. Click on “Open Powershell window here.”
  10. Enter adb devices command.
  11. Connect your Android device to the PC with the data cable. 
  12. Run the command adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 android.autoinstalls.config to uninstall the app. 

Note: You can also disable the app instead of uninstalling it by replacing “Uninstall” with “disable” in the adb command. 

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