[GUIDE] How to remove/disable bloatware apps in S8+ without root

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Kizoky

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Jun 13, 2014
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Hi, thought this might be useful to users who are new to Android, or to other users who just got a phone with a new Android
This guide not only applies to S8/S8+ but to other phones that are higher than Android 6.0+


With this method you can remove apps that are by default unremovable If you try to manual removing them in the settings, aka. the bloatware that nobody needs.
For example, you can't remove Bixby Voice because it is part of the System, but with this method you can easily remove it. (I don't know if it completely removes it, but it won't be running in the background anymore)

s0S1f2o.jpg


So what do we do?
First we need to find out the package name of this app, you can do this by downloading System app removal, that has an option to view package names, aswell as the size of an app

71SFHQ3.jpg


We just found out the package name of this app, now we need to fire up ADB
You can download ADB from this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2588979


If you installed adb systemwide, you can just bring up cmd, and enter adb
Note, that adb requires enabling USB debugging, otherwise it won't work!
in cmd type adb devices and press enter


A6hMsve.png


You should see a message in your phone, just tap ok
Your PC now should see the phone
It should show random numbers and letters, next to device If you did it right
Note: You may need to type again adb devices If your PC didn't recognized it at first

For the next step we'll finally remove the said app
Type adb shell then press enter


njCMc9u.png


You will see something like this, and now comes the removing part
If you wish to remove an app, you need to enter this:

PHP:
pm uninstall -k --user 0 <package name>
And now I will remove Bixby Voice

sdBidbE.png

Note: I already removed it, and it gives me this message, but I'll show you what happens
If you remove an app that is still installed on your phone


LL9DLLg.png

And that's it! These apps no longer exists on the phone

For proof I will show you that System app removal can't find the apps anymore:
AK2Oc91.jpg


Hope you find this useful
Note: Some system apps will reinstall themselves such as Bixby, there's no known method ATM on how to completely disable them
 
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benyou54

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Feb 25, 2016
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Nancy
Hello. By this method it's not removed but hide for the user 0 (you). If you factory reset your phone, the app will appear again [emoji6]
Hi, thought this might be useful to users who are new to Android, or to other users who just got a phone with a new Android
This guide not only applies to S8/S8+ but to other phones that are higher than Android 6.0+


With this method you can remove apps that are by default unremovable If you try to manual removing them in the settings, aka. the bloatware that nobody needs.
For example, you can't remove Bixby Voice because it is part of the System, but with this method you can easily remove it. (I don't know if it completely removes it, but it won't be running in the background anymore)

s0S1f2o.jpg


So what do we do?
First we need to find out the package name of this app, you can do this by downloading System app removal, that has an option to view package names, aswell as the size of an app

71SFHQ3.jpg


We just found out the package name of this app, now we need to fire up ADB
You can download ADB from this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2588979


If you installed adb systemwide, you can just bring up cmd, and enter adb
Note, that adb requires enabling USB debugging, otherwise it won't work!
in cmd type adb devices and press enter


A6hMsve.png


You should see a message in your phone, just tap ok
Your PC now should see the phone
It should show random numbers and letters, next to device If you did it right
Note: You may need to type again adb devices If your PC didn't recognized it at first

For the next step we'll finally remove the said app
Type adb shell then press enter


njCMc9u.png


You will see something like this, and now comes the removing part
If you wish to remove an app, you need to enter this:

PHP:
pm uninstall -k --user 0 <package name>
And now I will remove Bixby Voice

sdBidbE.png

Note: I already removed it, and it gives me this message, but I'll show you what happens
If you remove an app that is still installed on your phone


LL9DLLg.png

And that's it! These apps no longer exists on the phone

For proof I will show you that System app removal can't find the apps anymore:
AK2Oc91.jpg


Hope you find this useful

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MiMtnBiker

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Nov 28, 2014
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There is a similar guide on how to do this here.

Does this work with Oreo? I thought I read somewhere that the pm uninstall command was disabled in Oreo for the S8/+? Please correct me if I am wrong.
 

wintermute000

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Jul 13, 2010
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if you use the adb method is there a way to reinstall short of a factory reset? obviously there is no apk (or is there?).

I trashed all the bixby packages which is great, except that breaks bxactions which isn't so great lol (then again bxactions may be broken by Sammy next update anyway)
 

Kizoky

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Jun 13, 2014
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493
Between 2 Castles
Samsung Galaxy S8+
if you use the adb method is there a way to reinstall short of a factory reset? obviously there is no apk (or is there?).

I trashed all the bixby packages which is great, except that breaks bxactions which isn't so great lol (then again bxactions may be broken by Sammy next update anyway)

If you do a factory reset, they should be re-enabled
 

bovoro

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Mar 11, 2011
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Realme 7 Pro
Thanks @Kizoky I was looking for a solution for this precisely, and obviously all mods in stock ROMs are deleted when doing a hard reset, like wallpaper, font, ringtone, all back to stock......
 

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    Hi, thought this might be useful to users who are new to Android, or to other users who just got a phone with a new Android
    This guide not only applies to S8/S8+ but to other phones that are higher than Android 6.0+


    With this method you can remove apps that are by default unremovable If you try to manual removing them in the settings, aka. the bloatware that nobody needs.
    For example, you can't remove Bixby Voice because it is part of the System, but with this method you can easily remove it. (I don't know if it completely removes it, but it won't be running in the background anymore)

    s0S1f2o.jpg


    So what do we do?
    First we need to find out the package name of this app, you can do this by downloading System app removal, that has an option to view package names, aswell as the size of an app

    71SFHQ3.jpg


    We just found out the package name of this app, now we need to fire up ADB
    You can download ADB from this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2588979


    If you installed adb systemwide, you can just bring up cmd, and enter adb
    Note, that adb requires enabling USB debugging, otherwise it won't work!
    in cmd type adb devices and press enter


    A6hMsve.png


    You should see a message in your phone, just tap ok
    Your PC now should see the phone
    It should show random numbers and letters, next to device If you did it right
    Note: You may need to type again adb devices If your PC didn't recognized it at first

    For the next step we'll finally remove the said app
    Type adb shell then press enter


    njCMc9u.png


    You will see something like this, and now comes the removing part
    If you wish to remove an app, you need to enter this:

    PHP:
    pm uninstall -k --user 0 <package name>
    And now I will remove Bixby Voice

    sdBidbE.png

    Note: I already removed it, and it gives me this message, but I'll show you what happens
    If you remove an app that is still installed on your phone


    LL9DLLg.png

    And that's it! These apps no longer exists on the phone

    For proof I will show you that System app removal can't find the apps anymore:
    AK2Oc91.jpg


    Hope you find this useful
    Note: Some system apps will reinstall themselves such as Bixby, there's no known method ATM on how to completely disable them