How To: Disable bloatware on Samsung Galaxy S7

Disable bloatware on Samsung Galaxy S7

If you’re the proud owner of a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge from AT&T or Verizon, well congratulations. This was a package deal that includes a ton of preinstalled carrier apps you’ll probably never use. While you can’t completely remove it (at least not without rooting your phone), you can disable bloatware on Samsung Galaxy S7.

Since U.S. carriers are definitely not the only ones that like to throw a sizeable collection of nearly useless and mostly updated apps in new Samsung phones so I guess we could call this a universal problem.

If you choose to disable bloatware on Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, those apps will still remain on the device, but at least, they’ll be hidden and won’t receive any updates that take even more storage space.

Disable bloatware on Samsung Galaxy S7

Disable bloatware on Samsung Galaxy S7

Open the Settings app and select Device. In the Device tab, select Applications.

Disable bloatware on Samsung Galaxy S7

On the Applications screen, tap on Application Manager.

Disable bloatware on Samsung Galaxy S7

Here you can see all the downloaded apps. Tap on an app you don’t want to use.

Tap on the ‘Disable‘ option and then select ‘Notifications‘. Toggle off the ‘Allow notifications‘ option and you’re done. Disabling the last option will ensure the app won’t be able to notify you when updates become available.

Go through this process for each app you want to disable and you’re done. Maybe someday we’ll have a ‘Bulk Disable’ option available (wouldn’t that be fun?), but I’m pretty sure it won’t be anytime soon.

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