No wonder Samsung phones are great, but no phones can be perfect. Samsung phones have one negative point that users don’t like. It is a huge amount of pre-installed apps on Samsung phones. And this leads to a decrease in memory, speed, and battery performance. No one likes to keep apps that they don’t use. If you want to get rid of preinstalled apps, here’s how to remove Samsung bloatware with or without a PC. You don’t need to root your phone to remove bloatware.
Samsung even installs apps with incremental updates and that’s where it gets more frustrating. And as you can uninstall some bloatware directly, there will still be plenty of bloatware that you can only disable. Yes, there are many apps that have no option to uninstall. So you need a method to uninstall those apps. We have a guide for you to uninstall bloatware from your Samsung phone.
Advantages of Removing Bloatware:
Here are some of the advantages of removing Samsung bloatware. Bloatware is the culprit for many issues that a user faces on his or her phone.
- More Space
- Free RAM
- Lag Free
- Better Battery
- Performance Improvement
- Clean UI
- Safe privacy settings
- Speed Improvement
Let’s first start with methods that require a PC. But in case if you don’t have a PC with you, you can skip this method and go to the method without a PC.
How to Remove Samsung Bloatware without Root
You can stop the device from installing apps while updating the device with some tricks. But it is not enough as there are already a bunch of apps pre-installed on the phone when you buy it. So, the only and best option is to delete those pre-installed apps with available methods. Before you move to the steps to remove Samsung bloatware, you need to find out apps that are safe to remove. And once you have the list of apps you want to remove, follow one of the methods given below. Let’s start with finding package name for apps you want to remove.
How to Get Package Name for Android App
Every Android app has a unique package name defined by the developer of that app. And to remove Samsung bloatware without root, you will need the package name for all the apps you want to remove. It’s easy to find the package name, so let’s jump into the steps.
Use a Third-Party Android App
It is the preferred method as you will know which package name is for which app. Let’s see how it works.
- Download a good Android app that can show package names (I prefer App Inspector).
- Open the app on your device.
- It will show a full list of apps installed on your Samsung phone.
- Click on the app you want to know the Package Name of.
- Now it will display the app properties including the Package Name.
- Note down the package name.
Use a CMD to get Package Name
Since you will be using the adb to remove apps, this method is also easy. You can get the list of package names using adb commands. You have to confirm the package name by yourself as it will not show the app name, only the package name.
Here is the command you can use to display the package name of all apps:
adb shell pm list packages
Here is the command to display only package name of System apps:
adb shell pm list packages -s
Note: To use the adb commands you will need to enable usb debugging which you will learn next.
How to Enable USB Debugging
- Open Settings on your phone.
- Head over to About Phone > Software Information.
- Now click on Build Number 7 times to enable developer options.
- Now go back to the main Settings and open Developer Options.
- Look for USB Debugging and enable it.
How to Delete Bloatware from Samsung using ADB
Now once you have the package name and enable USB Debugging you are good to proceed.
- Download Platform tools on your PC and extract the file.
- Now open the CMD in the platform tools folder patch. To do this open the platform tools folder and write CMD in the address bar then press enter.
- Now connect your phone to your PC using the cable. And make sure that your device is unlocked throughout the process. You can set the screen off time for 10 or more minutes.
- In CMD/ Command Line enter the below command to initiate the debugging.
- You will get a pop up on your phone, click on Allow/Authorize.
- Now enter the below command to enter shell window
- Then type the below command with the package name of the app that you want to uninstall. Make sure to enter package name (eg. com.caf.fmradio) in place of packagename. First command will keep the app data. Second command will uninstall along with deleting data.
pm uninstall -k --user 0 packagename
pm uninstall --user 0 packagename
- Enter the above command one by one by changing the package name to uninstall system apps you want to remove.
How to Disable Samsung Bloatware without Package Name
In case you want to disable apps at once without visiting settings for each app, then follow this method. It is a similar guide, but we will be using a tool to disable apps without running commands.
- Enable USB Debugging on your phone and connect your phone to PC.
- Now follow the previous method up to step 6.
- Download the ADB App control application on your PC.
- Now run the ADB App Control on your PC. It will ask you to Install the ACBridge app, install it on your phone.
- In the ADB App control, you can choose all the apps you want to disable.
- And after selecting all the apps, click on Disable (You can also choose to delete apps and cache for selected apps).
In case you want to use any of these apps, you can enable using the same method.
How to Uninstall Samsung Bloatware Without PC
What if you don’t have the PC with you but want to uninstall bloatware from your Samsung phone? We got you covered. Yes, you can remove Samsung bloatware without PC and even without Root. Follow this method to know how to remove bloatware from your Samsung without using a PC. We are going to use the USB Debugging method for this method. So, if the option is not available in developer options on your phone, you can’t follow this method.
- Open Settings on your phone and enable Developer Options (You can use the same steps to enable developer options from first method).
- Connect your phone to a WiFi.
- Open Developer Options and this time enable Wireless Debugging (not Wireless ADB Debugging) in place of USB Debugging.
- You will need an App to enter local adb commands. For this method we are using LADB – Local ADB Shell App available on Play Store.
- Open the app on your phone, it will show a passcode. It depends on the Android Version, so for Android 9 and Android the option can be to allow it, so click on Allow.
- Now if there is a pairing code page you can’t close or switch to other app. So what we will do is the use of Split screen. Go to Recent Apps screen (Swipe Up gesture or Recent navigation button), don’t switch to any app, just tap on the LADB app icon (or long tap if it doesn’t work) and click on ‘Open in Split Screen View’.
- Now you will have two Window. In the second window open Settings > Developer Options.
- Scroll down to find Wireless Debugging and click on the text. Do not click on toggle.
- It will show multiple options, click on Pair device with pairing code.
- You will find pairing code and IP details. Enter the same Pairing code in the LADB app. In Port section you will have to enter numbers which are after colon in IP address (eg: if ip is 192.168.1.1:6649 then 6649 is the port number).
- After entering Port number and Pairing code, click on Okay on the LADB app window. You will get a notification that Wireless debugging connected.
- Now you can exit from the Split View screen.
- Get the package name of apps from the same steps we mentioned in starting of this guide.
- Then type the below command in LADB with the package name of the app you want to uninstall. Make sure to enter package name (eg. com.caf.fmradio) in place of packagename. First command will keep the app data. Second command will uninstall along with deleting data.
pm uninstall -k --user 0 packagename
pm uninstall --user 0 packagename
- When you enter the command, you will get success message. You need to enter same command just change the package name.
And that’s all you have to follow to remove bloatware from your Samsung device. It is a bit complex method but does the job if you don’t have a PC with you.
How to Remove Samsung Bloatware with Root
This is one of the easiest methods provided that you have already rooted your phone. You can simply remove the app without enabling debugging or the need for a PC.
All you have to find is the compatible app for your Android version which can uninstall apps and works with root privilege. You can try with apps like Titanium Backup, System App Remover, etc.
So that’s all on the definitive guide on how to remove Samsung bloatware without Root and without PC. In case if we missed any effective method, feel free to share in the comment section.