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Most of us have dealt with a glut of unwanted, pre-installed apps on our phones, but thankfully there is a solution to rid ourselves of most of them. Whether its a duplicate Samsung app or carrier bloatware, you can remove most of the offending apps by disabling or uninstalling them. Here's how to get started.

How to remove unwanted apps from the app drawer

  1. From your home screen, swipe up to enter the app drawer.
  2. Locate the pre-installed bloatware app that you want to get rid of and press down on it to bring up a quick action menu.

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  3. Tap on Uninstall.
  4. Read the disclaimer, and tap OK.

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Just about every Android phone includes pre-installed apps or bloatware from the OEM and the carrier, and Samsung is certainly no different here. Thankfully you can uninstall a lot of these apps right off the bat!

How to disable pre-installed apps from settings

  1. From the app drawer, tap on the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Apps.

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  3. Find the pre-installed app you want to disable, and tap on it (here I'm going to disable Facebook).
  4. At the bottom of the screen, tap on Disable.
  5. Read the disclaimer, and tap Disable app.

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Note that disabling an unwanted app will prevent it from appearing in your app drawer, and prevent it from updating via Google Play services and drawing resources from your phone. Keep in mind that disabling some apps may have adverse effects on other apps or system functions, so be sure to read any disclaimers that pop up before you confirm that you want to disable an app.

How to disable Samsung apps from the app drawer

  1. Find the Samsung app you wish to disable in your app drawer.
  2. Press down on the app to bring up a quick action menu.
  3. Tap on Disable.
  4. Read the disclaimer and tap Disable.

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Note that not all Samsung apps can be uninstalled or disabled. Apps that are integral to the OneUI experience, like Messages, Samsung Pay, or Reminder can only be moved around or hidden in sub-folders. Still, that's better than nothing if you don't want to use them.

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