Sony Xperia 5 II Unlocked – Does it Come With Bloat?

Xperia 5 II

When you get a brand new phone, what’s the one thing that annoys you most about it? For me, it’s finding out that the phone comes with a ton of unnecessary apps preinstalled that can not be deleted and sometimes can’t even be disabled. That’s usually the case with phones that are carrier-locked. However, when it comes to manufacturer unlocked phones, there’s very little bloat usually and what it does have can normally be uninstalled.

The Sony Xperia 5 II is a bit different. There are optional third party apps you can install at setup, which I didn’t and then there are some apps that are already preinstalled. These preinstalled apps do not allow for uninstalling, only disabling. I found that a bit strange.

Here’s a list of the third-party apps I saw after the initial phone setup:

  • Facebook (can be disabled)
  • Netflix (can be disabled)
  • LinkedIn (can be disabled)
  • Call of Duty Mobile (can be disabled)
  • Tidal (can be disabled)
  • Amazon (optional)
  • Amazon Prime Video (optional)
  • Booking.com (optional)
  • AccuWeather (optional)
  • Several Google apps (optional)

That’s the only explanation I can think of why these preinstalled apps can only be disabled is because it’s some kind of marketing deal set up with these companies. Luckily there are only a few of them and you’re still able to disable them at least.

The rest of what’s on here is a handful of Sony apps and several Google apps.

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