RetroArch: How to remove cores from RetroArch for Android

  • This tutorial detailed the steps to remove RetroArch cores that you are no longer using.
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RetroArch is one of the best multiple retro console games emulator out there. There’s no doubt about it, however at the same time, RetroArch is also known for its complex and difficult to navigate menus and interface – especially if you are new to RetroArch. That’s the main reason I’m writing this article (and future article related to RetroArch), to share the step by step setup and configuration as well as tips and tricks that do not exist on RetroArch documentations so that you can maximize your RetroArch experience.

This time, in this article, I’m going to share detail step by step on how to remove RetroArch cores on Android. Because installing a new core is easy, but when it comes to removing any of them, there’s no such options seen from Android.


Here’s how to delete cores from RetroArch for Android without uninstalling

The steps below are based on Android 11 running on Google Pixel, if you are using different Android version and phone, the steps may slightly differs from yours, so please adjust accordingly. The steps involves you to take note of your existing RetroArch core that you want to keep.

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1) Open and run RetroArch.

2) Go to “Load Core”, then take note of existing RetroArch cores that you want to keep.

3) Exit RetroArch.

4) On your Android home screen, go to Settings > Apps & Notifications > App info > RetroArch > Storage & cache.

5) Under Storage, tap on “Clear storage”.

6) Now go back to Android home screen and run RetroArch, then go to “Load Core”. You should see now all cores have been removed – including those that you want to keep.

7) Reinstall the cores on your keeping list by tapping on “Download a core” and download them one by one.


Once you have done the steps above, all the unwanted RetroArch cores is now gone and left with all the cores that you want to keep and use only.


Bring it all together

The steps provided above isn’t ideal, but they get the work done, those RetroArch cores you don’t want to see them anymore will be gone once you perform the steps.

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