Windows Phone 'glitch' allows you to uninstall OEM apps

If you have a Windows Phone and there is an OEM app that you want to remove but you can’t seem to figure out how to do it, there is a simple trick that allows you to remove any application.

If you take a look at the video below, by setting the year on your phone to 2115 and changing the time zone to Amsterdam, you can then uninstall any application on the device, including the calendar.

We should warn you that this should only be done if you really dislike an application from an OEM as there is only one known way to get the application back, that’s using SysApp Pusher.  If you hit the buy link in the image shown above, it takes you to the Windows Phone store to re-download the application but if you remove the app, you won't be able to access the 'buy' link.

This is certainly an odd bug, glitch, feature, or whatever you want to call it but seeing that it requires a certain set of parameters to be aligned to allow for the uninstall,  it would seem intentional.

We have confirmed that this works on Windows Phone 8.1 devices and it is said to work on Windows Phone 8 devices as well. So there you go, want to uninstall an OEM app? Follow the direction in this post and you can do so. 

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This is not a glitch by any mean. I had been used this trick for years to remove Beats audio... from HTC's Windows Phone.

The reason is time was changed to the point DRM of the installed application expired. So the os won't start the app and provide the option to uninstall it.

This is quite misleading. It is only for native OS apps that come with WP only. OEM apps by Nokia, HTC, and Samsung as well as Carrier Apps are all uninstallable. I uninstalled most of them already.

Another reason, that it should be the USER's choice to uninstall apps. Heck, most people probably don't care, but it should be the choice of the user to install/uninstall an app.
Nothing against WP, but hey, if you are on a contract, I guess you should be bound by the contract, but I buy full price off contract, it's darn near impossible to buy full price off contract that isn't branded to a usa carrier without the bloat.

Isn't the category of apps we're talking about here better described as "System Apps"? 90% of OEM apps can be uninstalled just the same as any other app...

I wanna uninstall the new music app aka the crap app that reminds me of lagdroid.

The old music app is still in wp8.1 and it runs so damn smooth!

The "Calendar" is not an 'OEM' application. That's a native OS application. Not sure why anyone would want to uninstall the OEM system apps though. They barely take any space and you simply don't have to user them. Not worth crippling your phone.

j2006 said,
The "Calendar" is not an 'OEM' application. That's a native OS application. Not sure why anyone would want to uninstall the OEM system apps though. They barely take any space and you simply don't have to user them. Not worth crippling your phone.

Actually in WP8.1 it's an updatable app, so no native OS app.

Uninstall my behind. Considering that the Glance feature requires firmware modification in addition to restarting the OS multiple times, it certainly does NOT uninstall the "app".

siah1214 said,
Man how did they figure this out?

I always question that, who seriously sets their phones 101 year in the future.... :p

Austin P said,

I always question that, who seriously sets their phones 101 year in the future.... :p

The Dutch perhaps? Weird guys. :p

Austin P said,

I always question that, who seriously sets their phones 101 year in the future.... :p

A lot of certificates expire after 100 years - probably got something to do with it

siah1214 said,
Man how did they figure this out?

Whitehat/security researcher? If they're going after bug bounties and that sort of thing, they're likely thinking of weird things somewhat regularly in an attempt to find exploits and stuff.

OEM/firmware and even OS apps? Jeez, they need to fix that. Imaging someone uninstalling a bunch of those apps, including the Store app! You'd have to restore to factory settings (assuming they didn't uninstall Settings).

bro you can't un- install store ..... it's only for OEM apps means nokia apps !

not in built like store , IE etc.

i have tried since 3 days ago and this is perfectly workes .

aakash006sharma said,
bro you can't un- install store ..... it's only for OEM apps means nokia apps !

not in built like store , IE etc.

i have tried since 3 days ago and this is perfectly workes .


The picture shows them uninstalling Calendar.

You can always do a hard reset via the hardware buttons. Restores to factory defaults without needing to go into settings.