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[HowTo] The Safest Way to Disable All Bloatware on Your Galaxy S9 or S9+

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By Xperience Z, Senior Member on 15th March 2018, 06:04 PM
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Carrier-branded Galaxy S9 models come with a ton of bloatware that you usually can't get rid of without rooting. With a little digital elbow grease, however, there is a way to disable bloatware on your S9 or S9+, and it's a lot safer that attempting to root and modify you precious device.

Package disablers are a great way to disable useless bloatware and free up RAM on your smartphone. Unfortunately, they can be a little dangerous to use, as carelessly disabling the wrong package can cause your S9 to act erratically or even freeze up entirely. Thankfully, there's a safe and painless way to disable over 120 bloatware apps and packages thanks to XDA user BAYmustafa96.

Step 1Download the Bloatware Remover File
First up, you'll need to download an XML file which automatically disables bloatware apps by way of BK Package Disabler for Samsung. The file was originally created by BAYmustafa96, but we've edited it to clean things up a bit and make it even safer. So to start, tap the following link from your Galaxy S9 or S9+.

Download the modified XML file for BK Package Disabler

Step 2 Install BK Package Disabler for Samsung
Now it's time to download BK Package Disabler (Samsung) by WakaSoftware. You can either go to the Play Store and do a search, or simply tap on the link below to purchase the app. Please note that BK Package Disabler needs a companion app to function, so don't open it just yet and proceed to the next step.

Install BK Package Disabler (Samsung) for $2.49 from the Google Play Store

Step 3 Install BK Plugin 2
Because of some changes by Samsung, BK Package Disabler for Samsung requires a separate add-on app to fully function. Don't worry, however, as its sister app, BK Plugin 2, is totally free to download. Once again, feel free to either do a search on the Play Store, or head to the link below.

Download BK Plugin 2 for free from the Google Play Store

Step 4 Grant BK Plugin 2 Administrator Privileges
Before opening BK Package Disabler for Samsung, you'll need to grant its sister app administrator privileges. Open BK Plugin 2 to get the ball rolling, then simply tap on "Activate It" within the initial setup prompt. You'll now be taken to a Device Administrator page, so tap on "Activate" to finish setting up. You can now open BK Package Disabler and proceed with de-bloating your S9

Step 5 Disable Bloatware
Now that you've got both BK Package Disabler and BK Plugin 2 installed and enabled, go ahead and open the former, then tap on the three-dot menu icon on the upper-right corner of the screen. From there, select "Import from XML."

A popup window will now appear, so tap on "Import from XML," then tap on "Select Path" on the prompt that appears. Next, head to the Download folder to retrieve the XML file you downloaded earlier.

Within the "Download" folder, tap on the XML file and select "Import" in the prompt box. The XML file will now proceed to automatically disable more than 120 bloatware apps for you. You'll be taken to the app's main page when it's done, so scroll down and verify by looking for bloatware that's been checked off and disabled. You're now free to exit the app after, and go on with the rest of your day.

Please bear in mind that this process is automated, so be sure to carefully check for frequently used apps —like Bixby, Adapt Sound, and Photo Editor — that might've gotten disabled. If that turns out to be the case, just open the BK Package Disabler app, scroll through the list and find the app you're missing, then simply tap on the box next to it re-enable it.
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15th March 2018, 08:20 PM |#2  
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I had this installed on my S8+, however, with my new S9+ I am getting an activation error when both apps are downloaded from Google Play. "Version 1.1.5: Fail: Invalid package name...." Anyone else having this issue, and if so, how did you fix?
15th March 2018, 10:29 PM |#3  
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I had this installed on my S8+, however, with my new S9+ I am getting an activation error when both apps are downloaded from Google Play. "Version 1.1.5: Fail: Invalid package name...." Anyone else having this issue, and if so, how did you fix?


I'm getting the same issues.
16th March 2018, 03:19 AM |#4  
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I had this installed on my S8+, however, with my new S9+ I am getting an activation error when both apps are downloaded from Google Play. "Version 1.1.5: Fail: Invalid package name...." Anyone else having this issue, and if so, how did you fix?


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I'm getting the same issues.


Are we talking about the BK disabler ? I have it installed, working find and I don't get any of these errors as of yet .
16th March 2018, 03:20 AM |#5  
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Are we talking about the BK disabler ? I have it installed, working find and I don't get any of these errors as of yet .

Yep, with BK Disabler. I've tried it every which way, even hanging upside down and it still hasn't worked. Same error each time.
16th March 2018, 04:41 AM |#6  
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Yep, with BK Disabler. I've tried it every which way, even hanging upside down and it still hasn't worked. Same error each time.

This is very weird, i just uninstalled and re-installed and didn't get the issue. So pretty much the BK disabler, then i download the BK plugin 2, and works just fine, I enable the permissions and good to go!

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Yep, with BK Disabler. I've tried it every which way, even hanging upside down and it still hasn't worked. Same error each time.

Also just to clarify I am using the "BK Package Disabler (Samsung) by wakasoftware and it is on version 2.4.2
Then the BK plugin 2 is by MobizSystems and that's the version 1.1.5
16th March 2018, 04:41 AM |#7  
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This is very weird, i just uninstalled and re-installed and didn't get the issue. So pretty much the BK disabler, then i download the BK plugin 2, and works just fine, I enable the permissions and good to go!

Is there some way I can reset the permissions so I can accept again? (I don't know, just shooting stuff at the wall and hoping it sticks.)

Edit: I'm on the same version and with the same dev.
16th March 2018, 10:30 AM |#8  
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Maybe a difference between exynos and snapdragon?
Which one have you got?
16th March 2018, 11:22 AM |#9  
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I have the Sprint S9+ so it is the Snapdragon version. I had to do a factory reset a couple of times to activate my S9+. Using the Samsung transfer with the cable plugged into both devices caused the S9+ activation to fail so after another factory reset I reinstalled via Google cloud and Samsung cloud. Not sure if it was a related to being a S8+ Oreo beta tester or not. Never had root on the device. I am using the "BK Package Disabler (Samsung) by wakasoftware version 2.4.2, and the BK plugin 2 is by MobizSystems version 1.1.5.

WORKING: Anyway, I was able to install BK Package Disabler (Samsung) by doing the "owner" steps shown when the BK Disabler failed, and BK Disabler is WORKING. However on my lockscreen I have a "This device is managed by your Organization" message. BK is working, but i dislike the lockscreen message. I discovered that I cannot backup/restore my system from either Google Cloud or Samsung Cloud....Have not tried another factory reset.

I also tried a different disabler called "Package Disabler Pro (Samsung)" as an alternative and it too failed.

I think the issue is the Snapdaragon variant is causing the activation error on any of these disablers. Has anyone tried to reach out to the app owner to see if they know about this?
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Maybe a difference between exynos and snapdragon?
Which one have you got?

Snapdragon.
16th March 2018, 02:51 PM |#11  
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If we cannot disable, maybe we can uninstall. Yes I know we dont have root, but maybe this would work as an alternative: https://www.xda-developers.com/unins...t-root-access/.

The Reddit page the above references is located at https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/com...l_those_pesky/
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