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How to Remove Bloatware without Rooting

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28th April 2013, 04:56 AM   |  #1  
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There's a simple little method in newer versions of Android (not sure when it started but I first noticed it in 4.2 with my Google Nexus 7) called "disable."

A lot of people don't seem to know about it, and think they HAVE to root in order to remove bloatware, and considering the Galaxy S4 is on AT&T and made by Samsung, there's bloatware GALORE on this thing.

A quick run through...

Open up "Settings" from your "Apps" menu, hit the "More" tab in the top right hand corner, and select "Applications manager." From here, you'll find 3 sections, "DOWNLOADED" "RUNNING" and "ALL" (you may have to tap running in order to have the selector move to where all is visible). Select "ALL" and find the program you want gone, select it, and in place of the "uninstall" button you'll see a button saying "disable." Click this button (if it asks to uninstall updates, do so, and press the disable button again) and enjoy that one annoying program showing up in your apps list no longer being there. As added good measure, I also force stop the program.

Keep in mind, there are system level processes listed here, that if you disable, your phone may freak out. ONLY DO THIS WITH ITEMS YOU KNOW YOUR PHONE CAN DO WITHOUT.

I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU DISABLING SOMETHING THAT RENDERS YOUR PHONE INOPPERABLE.


*edit* This is not a COMPLETE removal. It DOES remove the application icon from your apps list, and I have not had any update notifications or any push messages from a disabled app. They will still show up in the "ALL" listing of the Application manager at the very bottom saying "Disabled." You can also uncheck the "Show Notifications" box to ensure that no notifications are sent from that application as an extra annoyance-killing measure.

A poster had a question about background services:
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Originally Posted by datura77

This thread seem to focus on applications. what about background services that can be safely removed with autostats?

Could anyone with a more extensive knowledge on services shed some light on this? The original quote can be found at the bottom of page 6.
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28th April 2013, 05:15 AM   |  #2  
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*EDIT* While I DO have my phone rooted, it's easier for me to go through my list of everything using Titanium Backup. Here's my list of currently disabled apps that I have frozen using TiBa. You may not be able to disable near everything I have disabled because there are a couple of applications that cannot be disabled using the built in controls. I DO NOT use a lot of certain features on my phone (NFC, Swype, Talkback, S Voice, Group Play, etc) so my list may differ from yours a bit. Keep in mind if you disable something, that program will fail to function. You can NOT disable NFC services and go to starbucks and still expect NFC to function. If you have a question about what a particular service or app does, it'll be best to google it and see what it does. If no information is provided, we can try and figure out what it does.

I will try and mark the ones I KNOW that cannot be disabled through the applications manager in the list. There are only a couple I know of since going through TiBa was so much faster for me.

IF YOU DISABLE YOUR LAUNCHER VIA ROOT MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ANOTHER ONE INSTALLED BEFORE DOING SO. LAUNCHER IS WHAT CONTROLS YOUR HOME SCREEN. IT'S A PAIN TO FIX SOMETIMES WITH NO ACCESS TO YOUR HOME SCREEN.

My list of disabled apps:

AllShare ControlShare Service
AllShare FileShare Service
AT&T Family Map
AT&T Hot Spots
AT&T Locker
AT&T Messages
AT&T Navigator
BlurbCheckout
Briefing 1.0
Bubbles 1.0
ChatON
ChatOn V (cannot be disabled using apps manager)
Com2uSPoker
DirectConnectManager
DirectShareManager
Exchange Services
Flipboard
Google Play Magazines
Google Play Movies & TV
Google Play Music
Google Search (there are 2. One has an icon of a search bar and another has the G symbol on the icon. Both were re-enabled when I had trouble using voice-to-text and this seems to have corrected my issue)
Google+
Group Play
HP Print Service
Kies via Wifi
Match3VS
Mobile TV
Multimedia UI Service Layer 1.8
Music 6.0.1
Nearby devices
Nearby Service
Nfc Service
NFC Test
PageBuddyNotiSvc
Phase beam
S Health
S Memo
S Note Provider
S Translator
S Voice
Samsung account
Samsung Apps
Samsung Apps Widget
Samsung Books
Samsung Calendar SyncAdapter
Samsung Cloud Data Relay
Samsung Cloud Quota
Samsung Contact SyncAdapter
Samsung Games
Samsung Hub
Samsung Link
Samsung Music
Samsung Push Service
Samsung SBrowser Bookmark SyncAdapter
Samsung SBrowser Tab SyncAdapter
Samsung SNote SyncAdapter
Samsung SyncAdapter
Samsung WatchON (both listings, one can only be disabled via TiBa)
SamsungHubUpdater
Share music
SNS 1.1.0
Story Album
Story Album Widget
Swype
Talk
Talkback
Travel 1.0
Travel wallpaper
TripAdvisor
Yahoo! Finance
Yahoo! News
YouTube
YPmobile

I will update the list and give any reports to any instabilities or issues I notice.
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28th April 2013, 05:34 AM   |  #3  
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Here is what I have disabled with no issues:

AT&T Drivemode
AT&T FamilyMap
AT&T Hot Spots
AT&T Locker
AT&T Messages
AT&T Navigator
AT&T Smart Wi-Fi
BlurbCheckout
Bubbles
ChatOn
Com2uSPoker
DioDictService
DirectConnectionManager
DirectShareManager
Face Unlock
Favorite Contacts
Gmail
Google Play Books
Google Play Magazines
Google Play Movies & TV
Group Play
Help
Match3VS
MobileTV
myAT&T
PageBuddyNotiSvc
Phase beam
Photo Screensavers
S Translator
S Voice
Samsung Account
Samsung Apps
Samsung Apps Widget
Samsung Books
Samsung Games
Samsung Music
Samsung SBrowser Bookmark
Samsung SBrowser Tab Sync
Samsung WatchOn
Story Album
Story Album Widget
Swipe
Talk
Talkback
TripAdvisor
Yahoo Finance
Yahoo News
YPMobile
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28th April 2013, 06:49 AM   |  #4  
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though it still in the memory of the phone right? still use some sdcard space for those junk apps unless we uninstall it with root

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28th April 2013, 07:18 AM   |  #5  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lyrad12

though it still in the memory of the phone right? still use some sdcard space for those junk apps unless we uninstall it with root

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Disabled apps won't use RAM because they won't load but they do still use storage space if that makes sense.
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Once disabled they disappear from Application Manager. How do you re-enable them?
28th April 2013, 02:50 PM   |  #7  
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The same way you disabled. Go back inti the Application Manager, scroll all the way down, and "enable"

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28th April 2013, 05:31 PM   |  #8  
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its nice to disable, but its alot of bloatware and we should be able to remove it completely.
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Originally Posted by RaptorMD

its nice to disable, but its alot of bloatware and we should be able to remove it completely.

I agree, but some people don't like rooting their devices. This is an alternative to rooting, and it's built into the device. No arguing about "voiding your warranty" should something happen and you can't un-root. Some people don't like that idea of the whole warranty thing.
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Originally Posted by raqball

Here is what I have disabled with no issues:

AT&T Drivemode
AT&T FamilyMap
AT&T Hot Spots
AT&T Locker
AT&T Messages
AT&T Navigator
AT&T Smart Wi-Fi
BlurbCheckout
Bubbles
ChatOn
Com2uSPoker
DioDictService
DirectConnectionManager
DirectShareManager
Face Unlock
Favorite Contacts
Gmail
Google Play Books
Google Play Magazines
Google Play Movies & TV
Group Play
Help
Match3VS
MobileTV
myAT&T
PageBuddyNotiSvc
Phase beam
Photo Screensavers
S Translator
S Voice
Samsung Account
Samsung Apps
Samsung Apps Widget
Samsung Books
Samsung Games
Samsung Music
Samsung SBrowser Bookmark
Samsung SBrowser Tab Sync
Samsung WatchOn
Story Album
Story Album Widget
Swipe
Talk
Talkback
TripAdvisor
Yahoo Finance
Yahoo News
YPMobile

Somewhere in the process of this, I lost my voice to text. I'm still trying to figure out exactly which processes are tied to this, and I have been unsuccessful. Glad I have the rest of the weekend to do it lol.

*edit* I believe it MAY have been linked to the google search I disabled (you didn't, I just got it along the way because it was there and I wanted to test). I re-enabled everything and rebooted my phone, then went through and left the google search related items enabled and it seems to have corrected my loss of voice to text. I did disable S Voice and S Translator as well.
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