How To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung Phone

How To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung Phone

The new Samsung Galaxy Phones (S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Note5, etc.) are less bloaty than previous models. However, they still come with Samsung’s own Google apps (Mail, Calendar), app store, Microsoft apps, and carrier apps.

It’s commonly accepted that this is the downside of owning a Samsung phone. You get a great screen, camera, and now a metal body, but you have to deal with the bloat. Some power users root their phones and install custom ROMs, but that can be too much of a hassle for most users. And if you have a Note5, installing a custom ROM means losing important features like note-taking with the S Pen and annotated screenshots.

Now, there’s a middle ground. Package Disabler Pro allows you to disable any app or package without root access for just $1.95. Please note that Package Disabler Pro is designed for non-rooted Samsung devices and is compatible with the majority of them.

Why You Should Disable Apps

Yes, disabling apps isn’t the same as uninstalling them. They still take up space on your phone. But now they’re just stored on your phone.

The apps won’t update themselves, run in the background, use data or battery, or anything like that.

While you can disable preloaded apps like the Office suite without any additional app, you can’t disable something like the Galaxy app store.

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And once you disable all these apps, you’ll notice an improvement in battery life and performance.

How to Disable Apps

To review the provided text, let’s start with the following revised version:

“To download the Package Disabler Pro app, which costs $1.95, first, eliminate any other version than the paid one since Samsung prompted its removal. Once you’ve acquired the app, open it and grant administrator rights. These rights are necessary for the app to disable packages.”

How To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung PhoneHow To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung Phone

On the next screen, you’ll need to agree to the KLMS agreement.

Now, you’re in the app. You’ll see a list of packages and app names here. App names in magenta color are bloatware and can be disabled. Apps in black can be disabled if you are sure. Apps in red are disabled and blue are enabled. To quickly disable all bloatware, tap the three dotted menu and select Disable all bloatware.

How To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung PhoneHow To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung Phone

Start searching for apps you want to disable and tap on the checkbox to disable it. Enabling an app is as easy as tapping that box again.

Be Careful

If you only want to disable carrier or Microsoft apps, you can easily do so. However, be cautious when disabling system-level functions like the Flipboard Briefing screen, S Connect, and the Galaxy app store, as this may cause issues. If problems arise, a phone reset may be necessary. To safeguard your data, I recommend creating a backup before disabling any system-level functions.

For those determined to block as much bloatware as possible, XDA user rlsroufe has created two zip files that can simplify the process. Visit this page and scroll down to find the attachments named “disabledpackages-extreme-9-10.zip” and “disabledpackages-basic-9-10.zip.”

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How To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung Phone

The “basic” file removes superficial bloatware. Download it on your phone. It’s a zip file, so go to My Files -> Download history. Select the zip file and tap Extract.

How To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung PhoneHow To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung Phone

Open Package Disabler Pro, tap the menu, and select “Import from XML.”

How To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung PhoneHow To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung Phone

Tap the browser button, go to the Downloads folder, and select the extracted file. Then tap Import. Soon, a popup will appear showing the number of disabled apps (for me, it was 158).

How To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung PhoneHow To Disable Bloatware and Apps on Samsung Phone

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