Many Android phones come with some form of bloatware, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep it. Here’s how to remove bloatware on your Samsung Galaxy phone.
You probably won’t find a Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet that comes without any pre-installed apps, also known as bloatware, but you can get rid of them if you know how. Whether there’s a data-monitoring app that you never use, an e-reader app that you’ll never read with, or a note-taking app that just doesn’t cut it for you, removing those pre-installed apps is easy. In fact, many of these apps can be removed entirely from your device. If the only thing holding you back was not knowing how to do it, then this guide is for you.
How to delete pre installed apps on samsung phone
Step 1: Long-press on an app icon from your home screen or app drawer.
Step 2: Drag it up to the Uninstall option at the top of the screen.
Step 3: Tap Uninstall to confirm.
By default, you cannot uninstall system apps. However, you can uninstall updates for these apps using the instructions above. This will revert the app version back to factory settings, which may help solve some issues.
Apps that can’t be uninstalled on Samsung Galaxy devices
There are a lot of apps that you cannot uninstall on your Samsung Galaxy devices. Some of these apps are quite useful while others are just gimmicks to encourage you to use the service they offer. Each app has its own reason why it cannot be uninstalled.
Some of the pre installed apps on Samsung Galaxy devices include:
Samsung Pay (for Samsung Pay compatible devices) – This is an app used for paying via Samsung Pay. It cannot be uninstalled, but you can disable it if you don’t plan to pay using this service. The same is true for other apps such as Google Pay and Android Pay
Google Play Services – This app cannot be deleted from your device as it is needed by other Google applications like Google Maps, Google Drive, and YouTube. The same is also true with Google Play Store.
Apps that are considered core features of the phone, and they are essential to its operation. They include:
- My Files (File Manager)
- Internet (Browser)
While it can be easy to remove the majority of pre-installed apps on most Samsung Galaxy devices, it isn’t always possible to remove every one. While this is understandable from a business point of view—the manufacturer wants to make money off apps, after all—it can cause frustration for those who prefer a bit more control over their personal devices. In some cases, even the ability to disable an app isn’t available, which means that you’ll have to live with it even if you don’t want it taking up valuable space on your phone.