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  1. JohnJSal

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    Usually I go to my Applications option and uninstall from there, but today I tried using the Uninstall button in the Market. It asked me why I was doing it and then seemed to do whatever it does.

    But then I checked my Applications list and the app was still there, with the uninstall option active. So I uninstalled it that way and it seemed to work.

    So what does doing it in the Market accomplish? It didn't seem to actually uninstall it.

    (Also, does uninstalling an app remove your rating and comments? Mine is still there for this app, even though it no longer says "Installed", but instead says "Free", meaning I haven't installed it yet.)

    P.S. I'm pretty sure that I didn't just uninstall an update from the Market, thereby leaving the app itself still installed. The button I pressed in the Market simply said "Uninstall".
     

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    Which app??

    sounds like a system app, try uninstalling from applications, if it doesn't work it's a system app which you can't uninstall if you're running a stock rom.
     
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    The uninstall button is supposed to just call the installer service on your device (after you give it a reason why) the same way you do when you press the uninstall button under manage applications (it doesn't have an uninstaller of its own). If it doesn't, then there's definitely something wrong with your system.
     
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    Uninstalling does not remove your comment and rating in Android Market.
     
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    It was Zilch (free version). After "uninstalling" from the Market, my notifications tray said "Zilch free - successfully installed", which I found weird.

    Then I went to my Applications menu and went to All, but it wasn't listed there. Then I went to On SD Card and it was still listed there, so I uninstalled it from there.

    Perhaps what happened was that it uninstalled the app from the phone, but left whatever was still there on the SD card? Seems strange to do it that way, though. It seems to be fully gone now however.
     
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    Yeah, some apps don't bother collecting the junk they put on your SD for app data.

    Come to think of it, I don't think any do, or maybe it's that they can't.
     
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    Well, I actually had moved the whole app over to the SD card, so I don't think it was just storing data there, I think (I assume) the entire app was moved to the SD card, so I don't know why any of it would be left if the Market uninstalled it.
     
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    Maybe you had your phone connected to your PC at the time? Android can't access the SD card while you do that...
     
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    No, it wasn't plugged in. Just normal, on WiFi.
     
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    They can as of Android 2.2, but they have to put the data in a very specific place that isn't really very user friendly.

    So if an app is saving data it wants the user to see, it would never put it in the folder that gets removed upon uninstall.
     
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    Greetings, first post at this awesome android forums site.

    Got an app from android market.... decided to uninstall it... worked but the icon is still hanging around. How do I get rid of it?

    Oh... This is my first android phone... have had it for three days...

    Thanks all!
     
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    what app? If the icon is on you home screen you can long press and drag it to the trash can (which appears when you long press an icon)
     
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    As was said above, if the app is on your homescreen (or in some user defined area like a group you created) you have to delete it manually by long-pressing and dragging it down to "Remove". If it's still in the actual Apps list of icons, then we may need more information.
     
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    I'm most likely posting in the wrong place (i'm new!) But I have tried to delete my BUMP account on android by uninstalling only to find all my data still there when I reinstall :( Any advice would be appreciated. Thankyou.
     
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    Got it... thanks guyz...
     

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