How to disable My Magazine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

We love features - and the ability to turn them off

Samsung's My Magazine feature on the Galaxy S5 is similar to HTC's BlinkFeed feature. It can filter in news stories and social updates from various networks for easy access in just a swipe. However, if you don't like My Magazine you can easily disable it altogether. Here's how:

How to disable 'My Magazine' the simple way

Home screen settings

  1. On any home screen page, long-press the task-switching button (to the left of the home key), or long-press on any blank
  2. Click the Home Screen Settings button in the menu that appears.
  3. From the Home Screen Settings menu, uncheck *My Magazine**.
  4. Press the home key to go back and enjoy the TouchWiz home screen launcher without Samsung's magazine add-on!

How to kill 'My Magazine' entirely

  1. Launch the Settings app on your Galaxy S5.
  2. Scroll all the way down and under the Applications section, tap on Application Manager.
  3. Swipe over to the All section and then scroll down to the M's and tap on My Magazine.
  4. Now tap on Turn Off.
  5. Confirm you'd really like to turn the feature off in the warning popup by tapping OK.

That's it. My Magazine now won't be accessible from the Home screen of your Galaxy S5. If you ever decide you want it back again, just follow the same steps over again.

How do you feel about add ons like My Magazine and BlinkFeed? Are they services you use or just another stock service you end up disabling right away? Let me know in the comments!

 
There are 53 comments

Allyson, I always enjoy the way you layout your how-tos. Specifically your graphics.

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Thanks! Good to know they're helpful that way.

DWR_31 says:

The best thing about this post is it reminds us to pay attention to the features of your perspective device and gain knowledge into disabling unwanted features in advance.

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pilotnh says:

Or, to just turn off that page in your home screens:

From any home screen page tap and hold the soft key to the left of the home button.
Press Home Screen Settings.
Uncheck My Magazine.

lafountain says:

Was just about to say this.
Can also long press on any home screen page to bring up the home screen settings option.

Omar Diaz says:

Exactly! This guy went all over the world to turn off this feature. .when it was just maybe 3 clicks away lol

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Doesn't this just hide it though? Doesn't actually stop it from running? Like many pre-installed apps.

lafountain says:

Just checked, even rebooted and it was still shown in the running apps, so you are correct, it is still running just not shown.

I thought this just hid it. Mine still showed in running apps, that's why I went with disabling it altogether. If I'm mistaken though let me know and I'll add it!

bhatech says:

No pinching the home screen, home screen settings and disabling my magazine from there is enough to turn it off completely.

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vicw926a4 says:

Nice job providing a clear and detailed procedure for disabling My Magazine on the S5. More important to me, since I'm evaluating the pros and cons of the S5 vs. the M8, is that I now know that it can be disabled.

Earlier tonight, I watched a review of the S5 by one of my favorite tech reviewers, in which he stated that it couldn't be disabled, so I had put that item on my Con list for the S5. With your help, I can now disregard it.

ukchemist1 says:

Are you referring to the review by MKBHD?

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vicw926a4 says:

Yes. I watched it while walking my dog tonight, so I might have been distracted. If you think I misunderstood his comment, please let me know, and I'll go back and listen to it again.

He does a great job, and I didn't mean it as a criticism. I figure he might have just missed the ability to disable the feature.

ukchemist1 says:

No, I heard/watched him say the same as you. I also realized that was a mistake.

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SachinBahal says:

He did put an annotation later on saying that he knows that you can disable My Magazine

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Is there any way to select an app to swipe to? I like how the sideswipe to magazine is gone but it would be super useful if we were able to select something to replace it.

barondebxl says:

That's the first thing I'll do when I get my S5, turn off that obnoxious laggy my magazine and hope for HTC to release blinkfeed for the other phones.
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A2theC says:

Soon enough you'll be able to get it on your other devices. Only time to wait now.
Article on it:
http://tinyurl.com/mclkqad
Google Play link:
http://tinyurl.com/k5jum2x

Blinkfeed is nice. I enjoyed it back when I had the M7 (She specifically asked about blinkfeed)
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A2theC says:

Soon enough you'll be able to get it on your other devices.
Article on it:
http://tinyurl.com/mclkqad
Google Play link:
http://tinyurl.com/k5jum2x

vpblaze says:

Damn, I wish this option was available on the Note 3.

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arcadelion says:

Ditto

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SEGROUKIN says:

You can have my magazine disabled on the Note 3. Since I already had the Flipboard app, I had it disabled.

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A2theC says:

try greenify

A2theC says:

Have you tried the app greenify? it force closes apps automatically never to be reopened until you click on it.
Or as SEGROUKIN says: you can disable Flipboard as this Magazine is a licensed version of it.

Omar Diaz says:

I disabled it 2 mins after I tried it on my gs5 and went back to flip board magazine .which is a lot better!
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B Posey says:

I'm running nova prime so no need for me to disable it....

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benhaube says:

Even though you have a replacement launcher MyMagazine can be running in the background. This method frees up some ram, as and most important battery life.

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cd247 says:

This is the most important thing you can do to the S5

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A2theC says:

I wouldn't exactly say it's the MOST important thing, Turning off those damned blip noises I think or logging into a Google account or setting up Samsung account to claim some of that free stuff like Google Play $credit, but if you really hate this magazine thing then its a good first part setup process.

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A2theC says:

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El Platanero says:

How do I do this on my note 3? Just tried to turn it off this way and after Uninstaller updates the "turn off" button was grayed out.

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Hordiyevych says:

Although I understand manufacturers putting skins on Android, I really hare the touchwiz implementation. I think it really ruins the Android experience for some people and discourages then from using it again, which means they'll probably switch to iPhones. If also manufacturers had a similar skin (I mean no added S apps or stupid additions that vanilla Android doesn't have) then the experience would be more consistent throughout the ecosystem.

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davidwal83 says:

I am glad you showed me this because I just got a transfer to the cellphone department in my store. It will be great information to pass on to my co workers.

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A2theC says:

Why you spamming?

ldn_droid says:

I know this is completly off topic... but, I waited a few months for the s5 but wasnt impressed. Ended up getting note 3 , what im very happy with. What I want to know is anyone whos had a note 3 then chsnged to a s5? How do they compare? Im not intrested in fingerprint scanner or heartbeat senser, just not my kind of thing.

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SEGROUKIN says:

The Note 3 is still better only that the S5's camera is more solid and maybe the revamped TW. Other than that the Note 3 rocks.

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ldn_droid says:

Im happy with the note 3 camera :) and tbh I think ill stick to the note range now. Great phone havent seen one to match my need any better than this. Iv also converted several iphone user to the note lol
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jesse_h says:

Thank you!!! I cringe every time that i accidentally scroll over to it.

castanocj869 says:

lol the mag is really annoying. Everyone I know, who just got the S5 has disabled it. Good riddance.

frettfreak says:

My Magazine is ok, but lets not get crazy and think its anything close to blinkfeed! lol Blink feed is awesome, i miss it now that i have an s5 adn my magazine just doesnt cut it. Thanks for the tips!!

A2theC says:

Soon enough you'll be able to get it on your other devices.
Article on it
http://tinyurl.com/mclkqad
Google Play link
http://tinyurl.com/k5jum2x

dafoot2 says:

Wish the note 3 could disable, the turn off its grayed out

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FaintDeftone says:

Thank you for this. I just got my S5 today and My Magazine seems pretty useless to me. I would much rather have a left swipe to a fresh screen for something a bit more useful (like my N7 Player widget).

A2theC says:

Wow, everyone REALLY hates this magazine thing! I think it's a ok alternative but not enough for me to dislike it, then again I'm always trying new different things so I like the option that it's there.

A2theC says:

Why my comments get deleted?! I was giving useful information to some people!! >:(

K W 3 says:

Ok. My magazine has been successfully removed :)
Tnx for that ...
Is there any chance to use empty page, that's been left behind?
I like to have few of them, to disperse my icons ...
Thank you in advance :)

Good question KW3. Better yet, I'd love to run another similar app in that space like News 360.

taralyn11 says:

Great instructions. I have used My Magazine about a month, and after being forwarded to Flipboard a few times, installed Flipboard, and use it instead, like the customization much better. My Magazine seems like a diluted Flipboard and will turn it completely off.

Nice tip. Is there any way to reassign the swipe left feature to another app like Google Now?

mickydeenyc says:

Excellent column and easy-to-follow instructions. Thanks for the help!