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Bloatware doesn't sound pleasant, but it's a fairly mild condition: It's those apps that come preinstalled on your smartphone that you definitely didn't ask for and probably don't want. They're often used by manufacturers to push their own apps and services on top of (or instead of) what the smartphone offers by default.

The term was originally used to refer to Windows computers, which could come with a long list of third-party utilities and software suites on top of Windows itself, depending on who you bought the computer from. The situation has improved in recent years, but even today you can open up a brand-new Windows laptop and find yourself running trial versions of a half-dozen different apps, utilities, antivirus, and office tools.

While the vast majority of bloatware won't actually do anything harmful, these unwanted apps take up storage space and system resources that could be used by apps that you actually do want to use. They can also be confusing, leaving you with multiple apps on your phone that all do the same job.

From a security and privacy standpoint, it's a good idea to remove bloatware apps that you're not using. How you go about this will depend on the phone you're using.

How to Remove Bloatware on Android

Bloatware is a much more common problem on Android phones because there are so many more phonemakers putting out Android devices. In some cases, you can find yourself with a dozen apps or more that you don't really want or need (though the manufacturers themselves will be keen for you to give them a try).

To get rid of any app from your Android phone, bloatware or otherwise, open up Settings and choose Apps and notifications, then See all apps. If you're sure you can do without something, select the app then choose Uninstall to have it removed.

In some cases, you won't be able to completely remove an app because of the way the manufacturer has integrated it into its own version of Android. If this is the case, look for an option labeled Disable instead of Uninstall—this will at least prevent the app from running, using up vital system resources, and getting in your way.

The process may differ slightly depending on the make and model of your phone and the version of Android that you're running, but if you head to the main Settings app you should be able to remove or disable apps easily enough, leaving you with a phone that's a little less weighed down by unwanted junk.

As we've said, some Android phone makers will preinstall apps that can't be removed through the usual method. If you want to completely remove apps rather than disabling them, or you come across bloatware that can't even be disabled, then a couple of more advanced and involved options are open to you.

The first is to install the Android Studio developer tool on a Windows or macOS computer—you'll find the downloads on this page. Your phone also needs to be put into developer mode, which you can do by going to About Phone in Settings and tapping Build Number seven times: This will reveal a new Developer Options menu in the System section of Settings, in which you need to enable USB debugging. (There's no harm in doing this, but it does open up a number of new options you should take care using, if you experiment with them.)

You're now ready to connect your phone up to your computer via USB and get to work. Once the connection is physically in place, you need to open a PowerShell (Windows) or Terminal (macOS) window from the Android Studio folder where the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is installed—on Windows you would head to C:\ Users\ <user>\ AppData\ Local\ Android\ Sdk\ platform-tools (where "<user>" is your Windows user account name), Shift+right-click inside the folder and choose Open PowerShell window here.

With the PowerShell or terminal window open, run the command ".\adb devices" to initiate the link and then "adb shell" to get control of the connected Android device (on a Mac you don't need the preceding ".\"). The final command you need is "pm uninstall -k --user 0 <appname>", with "<appname> the package name of the app you want to get rid of: You can use the free App Inspector on your phone to find these package names.

That's a brief, whistle-stop tour of what is quite a complicated and technical process. If you're serious enough about removing bloatware in this way, we'd recommend researching details for your particular phone model and reading more about ADB first, as well as consulting the excellent XDA Developers guide to the process (you might also find guides customized to your specific phone).

The second way to comprehensively pull out bloatware is to root your phone. As with ADB, this requires a little bit of technical know-how, but it'll also void your handset's warranty and introduce a (small) risk of bricking your device. It's a lot of trouble to go to to remove some unwanted apps, but the option is there if you need it.

If you think rooting is for you, it will give you full control over your phone and it's software. Again, XDA Developers has a detailed and comprehensive guide for all kinds of Android phones, and once you've modified your phone in this way you'll be able to make use of apps like Root App Deleter or System App Remover to get rid of unwanted apps.

How to Remove Bloatware on iPhones

iPhones have much less of a problem with bloatware, because it's only Apple that makes it (Yes, the iPhone, and all the pre-installed apps that come with one.) You could argue that some of Apple's less necessary apps match the definition of bloatware, but you definitely don't get any third-party, largely useless apps that you weren't expecting in advance.

Some of those pre-installed, stock apps—like Safari and Messages—can't be removed, but since iOS 10 launched in 2016, Apple has allowed users to remove a lot of the stock apps if they don't need them. The apps you can get rid of include Calculator, Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, Home, iBooks, iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, Music, News, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Stocks, Tips, Videos, Voice Memos, Watch and Weather.

To remove any of these apps, do the same as you would with a third-party app: Long press on the icon, then choose Delete App from the menu that appears. You'll then be shown a confirmation window, so hit Delete to finish the process. If you need any of these apps again in the future, you can find them in the App Store.

In some cases removing the app won't remove the associated functionality, which is actually built into iOS itself. Delete FaceTime, for example, and you can still make and receive FaceTime calls through the Phone app. The Phone app also keeps hold of your contact list even if you delete the actual Contacts app.

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How to remove Android bloatware

Whether it's an unwanted NFL app preloaded on your Verizon phone or AT&T pushing DirecTV on you, every Android phone sold by a carrier comes festooned with bloatware. Some of it can be uninstalled, some of it can't, and in the worst cases, these apps run in the background and devour system resources even if you've never opened them before.

Unless you've rooted your phone — a risky process that voids your warranty — you cannot always delete these apps from your device's storage. However, with a few simple steps, on any handset running Android 4.0 or newer, you can at least make offending software disappear from the apps menu and prevent it from running in the background. Disabled apps will still take up space, but at least they won't get in the way.

Read on for a guide on how to remove Android bloatware easily. Note that we're using a Samsung Galaxy A51 as our example, though the process is similar on most Android phones regardless of a manufacturer's front-end interface.

1. Navigate to your device's settings. You can get to the settings menu either through the app drawer or home screen, or by pulling down the notification shade and tapping a button there which is typically shaped like a gear.

2. Scroll down and select the Apps submenu. On some phones this menu will have a slightly different name, such as Application Manager.

3. Search for the app you want to disable or delete, and tap on it. You can either do this using the search function up top and typing in the name of the software, or scrolling down the alphabetized list. Some Android phones separate this list of apps by what's been downloaded versus what originally shipped on the device, but this will largely depend on make and model.

In this example, we're deleting Yahoo! Finance, which came preinstalled on this Verizon-sold Galaxy A51.

4. Tap Uninstall or Disable to remove the app. Some software that is preinstalled onto Android phones can be uninstalled, while other software can't. In the example on the left, Yahoo! Finance can be removed entirely, so you'd press uninstall. If you see a prompt asking if you'd like to uninstall updates, confirm that too.

Notice, however, what happens when you attempt to remove an app like Verizon Cloud. You'll see no option to totally wipe this software from your device, so your only option is to disable it. Disabling an app means it still exists within your device's storage, but is not active, cannot be opened and cannot run in the background.

Right before you disable an app, you'll usually get a warning that doing so could have an adverse effect on the device, because the software in question could be a core system service that your phone relies upon to function normally. That could be true of, say, the clock or calendar, though in many cases, the same language is extended to less critical apps, like those from your carrier. Feel free to disable these non-essential apps at your will, and remember you can always reactivate them later if need be.

The offending app will now disappear from your phone's home screen and drawer, and will no longer launch in the background. If you want to re-enable a disabled app, simply retrace your steps and return to the apps list in your device's settings, look for the software in question, select it and tap Enable. If the app was uninstalled completely, you'll be able to re-download it from the Google Play Store.

Adam Ismail is a staff writer at Jalopnik and previously worked on Tom's Guide covering smartphones, car tech and gaming. His love for all things mobile began with the original Motorola Droid; since then he’s owned a variety of Android and iOS-powered handsets, refusing to stay loyal to one platform. His work has also appeared on Digital Trends and GTPlanet. When he’s not fiddling with the latest devices, he’s at an indie pop show, recording a podcast or playing Sega Dreamcast.

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@tim horton

Thank you both for your comments!

I'm not sure if I should start another thread, but this is related to this thread... I don't want to root my phone (a Samsung S7 Edge). 

I want space!!

I am having a horrible time, because AT&T bloatware has left me with only 4GB of space on a 32GB hd. That is unbelievable to me. And the apps are really not useful at all. I see no meaning in half of them. The only thing they do is irritate people, so I don't see why companies which should be worrying about customer satisfaction still do this kind of thing. 

Anyway, back to the point.

I am getting the infamous "Storage space running out" message, and am unable to install apps. I don't know what to do. 

I've searched to forums, and they say to:

1. Transfer apps to an SD card ( I have, but as you probably know, apps leave a lot of data on the HD for functional purposes).

2. Clean out the cache for each app (I did).

3. Do the three-button restart (Volume down, Power and Home) and then do a Cache wipe.

I have about 50mbs left over. 

I am wondering whether I am going to have to do a Factory Reset to get rid of unknown cache taking up valuable space. 

If possible, I just want to get rid of a bunch of apps I don't need that I didn't download myself taking up 28gbs of space that were so sweetly gifted to me by AT&T and Samsung.

Debloat your Android phone - No Root!

Samsung phones and Galaxy Tabs come with lots of preinstalled apps many of which are useless to the end-user. Such apps are called bloatware and because they are installed as system apps, the uninstall option for them remains unavailable. Below is a big list of Samsung bloatware that is safe to remove. Since there’s no bloat removal tool available out there, we’ll also see how we can disable and uninstall system apps without root using ADB commands. There used to be an Android Debloater tool but it doesn’t work with Android 10.

It doesn’t matter which of the following Samsung devices you own, it must be stuffed with bloatware. If you own a rooted Samsung phone, you can try apps like System App Remover and Bloatware Remover to get rid of useless system apps without using a PC. Below is a list of Samsung devices on which you can find the apps listed below.

  • Samsung Galaxy A30
  • Samsung Galaxy A50
  • Samsung Galaxy M21
  • Samsung Galaxy M31
  • Samsung Galaxy M51
  • Samsung Galaxy 80
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2019)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2020) LTE
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 LTE

Why Debloat your Samsung Device?

Well, there is more than one answer to that question.

  • Bloat apps unnecessarily clutter the app drawer.
  • Pre-installed apps occupy lots of space on your phone’s internal storage
  • Bloatware consumes data and battery juice in the background.
  • Many pre-installed apps may be a threat to your privacy.
  • Bloat apps also devour system resources in the background and make your device slower.

My Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and Galaxy S20 had 127 and 132 pre-installed apps out-of-the-box respectively. The majority of those apps are mere junk that deserves to be cleaned. By uninstalling such apps, you can have a cleaner app drawer, save data and space, and have a faster experience.

You can easily remove bloatware on your Samsung device but there’s a catch. Even if know the way to uninstall them, you must be aware of 2 things.

  1. The package name of the apps you want to uninstall.
  2. Is the bloatware safe to remove?

I’ll be addressing both these concerns below.

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Finding App Package Name

To be able to remove bloatware on your Samsung device without root via ADB, you must have the package name of the app to be deleted. There are 3 ways to find the Android app package name.

1. Using ADB command

  1. Launch the Command prompt or PowerShell window.
  2. Enable USB Debugging on your Samsung Galaxy phone or Tab.
  3. Connect your device to the computer.
  4. Execute the following ADB shell commands. The first for the list of all apps, and the second one for the list of all system apps.
    #1 Get the list of all apps
    adb shell pm list packages
    #2 Get the list of system apps only

    #3 Get the list of all Samsung apps

    (‘pm’ in the above commands stands for “package manager”
  5. You’ll now have the list of package names of all Samsung apps and other Android apps installed on your device.
    adb shell app package list command

You can copy the list of apps from the command windows and copy it to a text file.

2. Using an Android App

You can find some good apps in the Google Play Store that can help you with finding the app package names. App Inspector, Package Browser, Package Name Viewer 2.0, and Apps Inspector are some worthy options that you should try.

3. Via Play Store URL

You can find out the APK package name for any app by opening the app page in the Play Store in a desktop browser as shown package name in play store url

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Samsung Bloatware List

To make your job easier, I have prepared a list of safe-to-remove apps on your Samsung device. The pre-installed apps listed below are found on the Galaxy S9, S10, S20, Note 10, and Galaxy Note 20. Most of them are common Samsung apps found on all Galaxy phones and Tabs by the Korean giant.

Warning: Please note that the list of safe-to-remove pre-installed apps mentioned below is complete in itself. Therefore, they also include some essential system apps that must be disabled or uninstalled very carefully. For example, if you delete apps like Samsung One UI launcher or Samsung Keyboard, you must install 3rd-party alternatives to those apps first.

Android Bloatware on Samsung Devices | Default Printing | Bookmark | Web | Calendar | Cell | Chrome | Stock Clock | Screensaver | Screensaver | Android Easter | SOS | OK | MMS | | Checks APK | SIM | Live | Wallpaper backup | Wallpaper cropping | VPN Dialog

Google Bloatware on Samsung Devices | Google | Google | Google | Google | Digital | Feedback | | Google Quick | | Talkback | Mobile | Calendar | | Google Play Movies & | | AR Lens

Samsung Bixby Bloatware

After disabling Samsung Bixby, you can easily remap the power-cum-Bixby button on your Samsung using a button remapper app from the Play Store. | Bixby homepage | Bixby | Bixby | Bixby | Bixby | Bixby debug | Bixby Vision

ANT+ Service Apps

The following apps are related to Bluetooth services and accessories like watches, fitness tracking, etc.

com.dsi.ant.sample.acquirechannelscom.dsi.ant.service.socketcom.dsi.ant.server (sensitive: may cause bootloop on some devices)com.dsi.ant.plugins.antplus

General System Bloatware on Samsung | Message | One hand | Samsung Car | Homescreen | Samsung | Galaxy | Samsung Smart | Galaxy | Samsung | What's | Samsung | Voice | Smart | Samsung | Samsung | Samsung Split Sound Servicecom.mobeam.barcodeService | Barcode | Samsung | Samsung | Galaxy Note series | Mobile Universal | | Finance | Sports | Samsung Story Video | Saftey | Samsung StoryService (Tracks device activity) | Air command (Note series bloat) | Always on | Samsung | AR | Samsung Voice | User tracking app (sensitive) | Samsung Emailcom.wsomacp | Samsung Email

Samsung Pay & Samsung Pass | Samsung Auto | Samsung | Samsung | Samsung Pay (sensitive) | Samsung Pay Framework (sensitive)

Recreational Apps | Flipboard | Digital | Dual | Live Message (Note series bloat)

Samsung AR Emoji | AR | Stickers for AR Emoji | Emoji updater

Samsung Sticker Center

Deleting the following apps might throw a force close error while using the device camera, so be careful.

Facebook Bloatware

Printing Service Components

Samsung Game Launcher & Settings

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Kids Mode | Camera | Kids Home launcher

Samsung LED Cover

Edge Display | Edge panel plugin for | Edge panel plugin for Samsung | App panel plugin for Edge display

Samsung Dex

Verizon Bloatware List

com.vcast.mediamanager | Verizon | My | Digital Securecom.motricity.verizon.ssodownloadable | Verizon | Verizon | Visual Voicemailcom.vznavigator.[You_Model_Here]| VZ Navigator

AT&T Bloatware List

com.att.dh | Device Help | DIRECTV Remote App | AT&T | Samsung AT&T Visual Voicemailcom.att.myWireless | myAT& | AT&T | AT&T Smart Wi-Fi

Miscellaneous Samsung Bloatware List

Below are some more system apps found on the AT&T Galaxy S20. You can find most of these apps on the other US variants of the Galaxy S10, and Note 10 as well.

jp.gocro.smartnews.androidcom.synchronoss.dcs.att.r2g com.wavemarket.waplauncher com.sec.penup com.greatbigstory.greatbigstory com.drivemode | CNN Mobile | Bleacher Report net.aetherpal.device com.innogames.foeandroid com.playstudios.popslots com.foxnextgames.m3 | | Microsoft OneDrive

Removing Samsung Bloatware via ADB

Android Debug Bridge or ADB is a powerful command-line tool that can perform several tasks. You can use a command to reboot your Samsung phone into the Download Mode.  Moreover, ADB also makes it easy to disable, block, uninstall, and re-install the system apps on Android devices. The method described below doesn’t just work on Samsung devices but on all Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher.

Update: Now you can use ADB commands on your Android device to uninstall the Samsung system apps without root or a computer.

Now that you have the list of Samsung bloatware, let’s see how you can remove them from your phone.

  1. Download the latest SDK Platform-tools and set it up on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Linux users can simply install the Android platform-tools by using the following command. Mac users can use my dedicated tutorial on using ADB and fastboot on macOS. sudo apt update sudo apt install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot
  2. Make sure you have installed the Samsung USB driver on your PC.
  3. In order that ADB commands can communicate with your computer, you need to enable USB debugging on your Samsung device.
  4. Please note that the screen of your device is not locked while you execute the ADB commands. Go to Settings > Display > Screen Timeout and increase the duration to 10 minutes.
  5. Connect your Samsung phone to the PC.
  6. Now open the platform-tools folder and launch a Power Shell or Command Prompt window. To do that, just type ‘cmd‘ in the folder address bar and press the Enter key.type cmd in file explorer address bar to launch command prompt
  7. Now, type the following ADB command and hit the Enter key. Keep an eye on your phone’s screen as you do it and Allow USB debugging when prompted. adb devices

    allow usb debugging on computer

  8. This should return the ID of your device in the form of an alphanumeric string to show that your phone is properly connected and is ready to interact with ADB via computer.adb devices command
  9. Now, execute the following command. adb shell
  10. You’ll get a $ sign in the cmd window. You can now execute    (this will keep the app data and cache), or   (delete app data as well) followed by the package name of the system app to uninstall to remove it from your phone. You can view the full list of safe to remove Samsung apps with the command extension on Google Drive. For example, if you want to remove Samsung Email from your device, use one of the following commands. pm uninstall -k --user 0 uninstall --user 0
  11. After the execution of each app uninstallation command, you’ll get a “Success” message to indicate that the app package has been removed.
    adb shell pm uninstall command

You can thus uninstall as many preinstalled apps on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet as you want to without root

Note: If you get “Failure [not installed for 0]” error while trying to uninstall a Samsung bloatware, it means one of these 2 things:

  1. The app package you are trying to remove is not available on your device.
  2. You have typed the app package name incorrectly.

Restore Uninstalled System Apps

If you notice the bloatware removal command we used above, it contains ‘user 0‘ parameter. It means that the apps you uninstalled using , were only removed for the current user (user 0). If someone else uses your phone with a guest account, all the removed apps will still be available to him because the compressed APK packages for the apps still remain on the device.

It simply means that if you need the uninstalled system app sometime later, you can easily re-install the removed app using another ADB shell command.

cmd package install-existing

Simply execute the above command as shown below to restore an app package that you uninstalled earlier.

adb shell re-install uninstalled app package

Disable Samsung Bloatware

There is one ADB shell command that lets you just disable an app package on your Samsung or Android. Below is an example command for disabling Bixby on Samsung devices.

adb shell pm disable-user --user 0

That’s all about how we can remove bloatware on Samsung Galaxy devices and re-install the uninstalled apps without root using ADB shell commands. I’ll keep updating the Samsung bloatware list or safe to remove apps for the phones that will be launched in the future.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G from AT&T Comes With So Much Bloatware

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

I just picked up an AT&T edition of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. Yes I did have an unlocked version from Samsung, but that was a review unit that needs to go back to them. Basically, I bought the phone because after using the review unit, I loved it so much that I’ve decided to use it as my new daily. I however went with the AT&T edition because that’s my carrier I use, and because they had a fantastic deal for it at Best Buy along with the AT&T $800 trade in. That means the only thing I’m really paying for is tax and a couple bucks on my bill each month. With the amount I saved, I figured I can deal with the bloat and just uninstall or disable what I don’t want on it. Let me tell you, it’s a lot.

So here’s the huge list of what comes on the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G when you start her up.

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Array of AT&T branded apps

  • AT&T Cloud
  • AT&T TV
  • Call Protect
  • Device Help
  • Mobile Security
  • myAT&T
  • Setup & Transfer
  • AT&T ProTech
  • AT&T Smart WiFi
  • AT&T Games
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Other 3rd party apps

  • Amazon Shopping
  • Best Fiends
  • Coin Master
  • Direct TV
  • Dream Blast
  • Facebook
  • HBO Max
  • DC Infinite
  • Merge Dragons
  • Merge Magic!
  • NBA
  • Pluto TV
  • Pop! Slots
  • SmartNews
  • Solitaire
  • Spotify
  • Star Trek Fleet Command
  • Wish
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook

With the 3rd party apps, that’s not even including the recommended apps that they try to get you to download when you’re setting up your phone, nor does it include the giant AT&T Entertainment widget on the home screen that also recommends apps. Luckily, every one of those 3rd party apps can be uninstalled.

The AT&T branded apps however can only be disabled.

So why would you buy a carrier-branded phone over an unlocked phone? Basically, like I stated above, Best Buy had a great sale on the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G and AT&T had a crazy trade-in deal. On the plus side, many of the 3rd party apps can just be deleted and you’ll have to just live with the AT&T apps or disable them. But if having a stock experience without the bloat is what you’re looking for, then definitely pick up the unlocked version of this device. Just make sure you pick the right one that will work with the carrier you’re currently on.


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