How to Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy Phones

How to Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy Phones

Samsung is adding Google app alternatives to Galaxy smartphones. We now have Samsung apps like Dialer, Samsung Internet, Contacts, Gallery, Samsung Notes, and other apps that directly rival built-in Google apps. Samsung Free is another addition, aiming to replace the default Google Discover experience on Galaxy devices. If you’re not a fan of Samsung’s recent add-on, you can easily disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy phones.

How to Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy Phones

Android manufacturers often customize the Google Feed UI and promote their own services. Samsung is doing the same with its One UI by including Samsung Free on the left home screen of millions of Android phones. But before you decide to disable it, let’s explore what Samsung Free is, its features, and alternative options.

What Is Samsung Free

Samsung Free is Samsung’s response to Google Discover’s popularity. The company used Flipboard in the TouchWiz days but now it’s using Samsung Free.

How to Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy Phones How to Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy Phones

Samsung Free offers Live TV channels, News integration, and Samsung Play for installing Games directly from the home screen. Swipe right from the home screen to access all three from a single menu.

Why You Should Disable Samsung Free

There are several reasons why Samsung Free might annoy you and lead to disabling the function on your phone.

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– The Live TV function is only effective in specific countries, so it may not be useful depending on your location.

– Samsung Free’s News section is not as good as Google Discover’s news algorithms.

– Samsung Play is just another attempt to get users to download partner apps and games.

– Samsung Free’s current performance leaves much to be desired, with longer loading times than preferred.

– Samsung does not seem to use AI for news article recommendations, which can result in irrelevant suggestions.

Samsung Free is most useful when your region has good live TV channel support and you are using a Samsung TV to stream content. It’s flawless to cast from a Samsung phone to a Samsung Television.

Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Phones

Now that you have enough reasons to disable Samsung Free, here are the steps to do it.

Step 1: Unlock your Samsung phone and go to the One UI home screen.

Step 2: Long-press on the home screen and swipe right.

How to Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy Phones How to Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy Phones

Toggle off Samsung Free in Step 3 to enjoy your One UI experience.

Replace Samsung Free with Google Discover

With the One UI 3.1 update, Samsung allows users to switch from Samsung Free to Google Discover.

Step 1: Unlock your Samsung phone and go to the Samsung One UI home screen.

Step 2: Long-press on the home screen and swipe right.

How to Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy Phones How to Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy Phones

Step 3: Choose Google Discover and return to the main screen.

That’s it. You will now see the Google Discover menu on your Samsung Galaxy phone. However, there is a catch.

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The option to switch from Samsung Free to Google Discover is only available on Galaxy phones with One UI 3.1 or higher. So, if your current Galaxy phone was updated from an older One UI version to One UI 3.1 software, you won’t have the same option as shown in the screenshots above.

For phones running older One UI software, we have an alternative solution for you.

Use Third-Party Android Launchers

Popular launcher names include Nova launcher and Action launcher. Using them, you can remove Samsung Free and replace it with the Google Discover menu.

We chose Nova launcher because it’s more popular.

To begin, download and install Nova Launcher from the Play Store.

Next, go to APKMirror and download the Nova Google Now Companion app. This app is required to enable the Google Discover menu in the Nova launcher. Enable the Google Discover toggle from the Nova launcher Settings menu.

How to Disable Samsung Free on Samsung Galaxy Phones

You can now enjoy Google Discover with Nova features on your Galaxy phone.

Remove Samsung Free from Samsung Phones

There is no way to remove Samsung Free from Galaxy phones. You can only disable it or replace it with Google Discover. Whether you prefer Samsung Free or not, the fact that you can disable it should put you at ease.

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