All unwanted apps from your Samsung Galaxy

If you bought a Samsung Galaxy phone, you will probably be very annoyed by all the unnecessary apps that the company has already installed on your phone. And you can often not just remove these apps. Still, there are ways to get the apps off your phone.

Disable apps

01 Active apps

To see which apps are active, press in the Android settings Application management. Then swipe to the list Active. These are all apps that are currently running. If this list contains an app that you think you don’t need, it wastes your smartphone’s RAM and processor time all the time. You can easily remove apps that you have installed yourself in the Play Store. Maybe you forgot that you ever installed that app that you think is redundant now?

02 Disable apps

However, a new smartphone or tablet also has a lot of pre-installed and uninstallable apps. Fortunately, you can at least prevent them from booting. To do this, press in the list Everything on the app that doesn’t interest you. Where with an app that you can delete a button on the right remove the app info shows a button for these apps Turn of. With some apps, Android will first ask to replace the app with the factory version. Then press OK. Tick ​​too View notifications if you no longer want to see notifications about updates to the app.

03 Be careful with system apps

Do not disable or delete apps at random. An important rule of thumb is: if you don’t know what an app does, stay away from it. This certainly applies to the ‘green’ apps: the apps that have a green Android icon in the application management are system apps or system services that are crucial for the operation of Android. Often Android does not even allow you to disable them, but it is best not to just delete them (see from step 11 how this can be done safely).

04 Bloatware

You can get rid of the real bloatware without side effects. We recommend turning them off first to see if there is no unexpected effect after all. If your smartphone runs stable for a while, delete the apps permanently. Some non-crucial apps are S Voice, Samsung Push Service, Samsung GO, Samsung Apps and games, or apps like Flipboard. First check whether you really do not need the functionality provided. Luckily, switching it back on later is easy with one press To turn on in the app info.

Delete with root

05 Rooting

In order to remove irremovable apps, you have to ‘root’ your smartphone, which means that you have to get administrator access, as it were. This gives you full control over your Android device. Please note: you will lose the warranty on your device! How to root your device correctly depends on model to model. You can do that with most Samsung devices Odin unofficial Samsung software that was leaked several years ago. Via the official website you can install the Samsung USB driver for Windows.

Do not install the Samsung Kies program as it will conflict with Odin.

06 Preparing roots

After installing the usb driver and Odin, download the root file for your Android device. For our Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 we found the necessary zip file CF-Root at this website. If the root file comes with its own version of Odin, use that. In the meantime, make sure your Android device is sufficiently charged and that it is not yet connected to your computer via USB. Finally, enable the USB debugging mode on your device. On new Android versions, this is done as follows: press seven times Build number Bee Device info in the settings. Then go to Developer options and check the option USB debugging On.

07 Connection with Odin

Now fire up Odin and turn off your Android device. After that, press and hold the volume down button, home button and power button until you see a notification. Follow the instructions to proceed, usually that is by pressing the volume button to navigate and the power button to confirm. Then connect the USB cable to your computer. Once the connection has been set up correctly, Odin will show a port number under ID: COM and you will get the message at the bottom Added !!. Make sure the options Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time in Odin on and the other off.

08 Write root file

Now click the button on the right PDA and select the root file, usually with the extension .tar or .md5. Odin checks if the file is not corrupt and shows the result in the notification panel at the bottom left. If everything looks okay, click the button at the bottom Start. Odin will then start writing the root file to your Android device and show the progress in the notification panel. If it has been successfully written, you will be notified and your Android device will reboot automatically. You can only safely remove the USB cable after the restart.

09 Really root?

After the reboot, your Android device contains an app SuperSU that allows you to manage administrator rights. All apps that require root access will request permission from you through that app. The app can also disable KNOX: Samsung’s security technology that prevents root access. To make sure your smartphone is rooted, install the app Root Checker and carry it out. Press Check to start the check and confirm SuperSU’s prompt to grant root access to Root Checker. Is there Root Access the message access granted, then your device is rooted.

10 Titanium Backup

Now that your smartphone is rooted, the non-removable system apps can be removed. There are all kinds of apps for this, including the backup app Titanium Backup. We install it because it is recommended to take a backup of your system apps before removing them anyway. This way you can still easily restore them if they prove to be essential for the operation of your smartphone. To enable that recovery, first check the Unknown sources option in Android’s settings under Security. Then in Titanium Backup, press Menu in the top right, then Batch actions and then under Backup the correct backup choice.

Useful root apps

There are a lot of other interesting apps that use root access. Helium you can also use it, for example, to make backups of application data, WiFi networks, text messages and contacts. Greenify keeps your Android device fast and energy efficient by limiting background processes. Tasker is the ideal app to fully automate your Android device.

11 Delete app

To remove an ‘unremovable’ app, in Titanium Backup, press at the top Backup restore and then press the app. To be sure, press first Backup so that you have a backup of the app. Then press Uninstall to delete the app for good. Titanium Backup will warn you and ask if you are sure you want to uninstall the app. Press Yes to confirm. Now repeat this one by one for the unwanted apps.

12 Restore app

If you do notice that you have been a bit too bold and that your smartphone becomes unstable because you have removed an essential system app, you can easily solve this problem with Titanium Backup. That is, if you have followed our advice and made a backup of the app. In the list of apps, navigate to the deleted app, press it, then press To recover. You have the choice to restore only the app or the associated data.

Alternative Android version

13 LineageOS

The last and most drastic way to get rid of Samsung’s bloatware is to install an alternate Android variant (ROM) that replaces Samsung’s Android version. A well-known open source ROM has always been CyanogenMod, which was supported quite well on a lot of Samsung devices. The mobile operating system is close to the official Android version from Google, without the TouchWiz interface and other Samsung apps. In 2015, the development of CyanogenMod was discontinued. In its place cameLineageOS.

15 Recovery ROM

If your Samsung device is not supported by LineageOS, you have a little more work. First, your device needs a recovery ROM. We opted for our Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 TeamWin Recovery Project. Another popular recovery ROM is ClockworkMod Recovery. The developer of CyanogenMod usually recommends the open source tool Heimdall to write ROMs to your device, but Odin also works. We downloaded the correct tar file from TWRP and wrote it to our Android device using Odin. This is exactly the same as rooting in steps 5 to 8.

16 Preparation

On Windows, install Java first and then the Android SDK. After installation, launch the SDK Manager and select only the Android SDK Platform tools to install. Place the tool in the Windows system path. Then download the LineageOS file for your device and the Google Apps file to access Google Play and other essential apps from Google.

17 Install LineageOS files

Open the folder where the LineageOS and Google Apps zip files were downloaded and press Shift + Right mouse button and choose Open command window here. Connect your device via USB and tap the command adb push / sdcard / for each file name.

18 Bloatware-free ROM

After that, start your Android device in recovery mode (often the volume up button and the power button pressed together) until you see the screen of TWRP. Press Wipe and then swipe over the blue button for a ‘factory reset’. Attention, this will delete all your data! So make a backup with Titanium Backup first if necessary. Finally, hit Install and choose the LineageOS zip file. Then choose Add More Zips and the Google Apps zip file. Swipe the blue button to start the installation. Then press Reboot System, after which you will be welcomed by a bloatware-free LineageOS on your smartphone.

Back to the original settings

Don’t you like LineageOS (or another alternative ROM) and would you rather go back to the old situation? Via Odin you can completely reset your device to the old situation, this is also useful if you want to resell your device or want to claim a warranty in case of damage. Through this website After registration you can look up the installation files of your device and load them into Odin. This process will erase your data and close root access again.


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