pre·​in·​stall (ˌ)prē-in-ˈstȯl How to pronounce preinstall (audio)
preinstalled; preinstalling; preinstalls

transitive verb

: to install (software) on a computer prior to sale

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And Google also under investigation in Russia over alleged abuse of its dominant market position, and is requiring phone companies to preinstall Russian apps, such as browsers and search engines, on all smartphones sold in the country. Emma Woollacott, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Blix started looking at other apps that also compete with Apple’s preinstalled apps. Reed Albergotti, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2019 Google has its own vetting process, called the Build Test Suite, that checks software for potentially harmful preinstalled apps. Wired, 15 Nov. 2019 The handful of augmented and virtual reality experiences that come preinstalled on SoftBank’s 5G phones work just as well with a basic Wi-Fi connection. Pavel Alpeyev,, 5 May 2020 Google doesn’t allow manufacturers that preinstall Google apps to sell devices that run on any unsanctioned versions of Android. Sam Schechner, WSJ, 18 July 2018 Consumers are likely to seek them out from an app store even if they weren’t preinstalled on the phone, said Tarun Pathak, an analyst at research firm Counterpoint. Sam Schechner, WSJ, 18 July 2018 Security is built in, with TP-Link and Trend Micro's HomeCare service preinstalled (free for three years, price thereafter TBD). Wired, 22 Oct. 2019 There are the usual carrier preloaded applications on the AT&T variant, and the unlocked model from Samsung gives you first-party apps preinstalled. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 19 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preinstall was in 1983

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Cite this Entry

“Preinstall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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