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How to Remove Samsung Bloatware without Root (ADB)

Samsung phones and Galaxy Tabs come with lots of preinstalled apps many of which are useless to the end-user. Such apps are called bloatware and because they are installed as system apps, the uninstall option for them remains unavailable. Below is a big list of Samsung bloatware that is safe to remove. Since there’s no bloat removal tool available out there, we’ll also see how we can disable and uninstall system apps without root using ADB commands. There used to be an Android Debloater tool but it doesn’t work with Android 10.

It doesn’t matter which of the following Samsung devices you own, it must be stuffed with bloatware. If you own a rooted Samsung phone, you can try apps like System App Remover and Bloatware Remover to get rid of useless system apps without using a PC. Below is a list of Samsung devices on which you can find the apps listed below.

  • Samsung Galaxy A30
  • Samsung Galaxy A50
  • Samsung Galaxy M21
  • Samsung Galaxy M31
  • Samsung Galaxy M51
  • Samsung Galaxy 80
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2019)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2020) LTE
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 LTE

Why Debloat your Samsung Device?

Well, there is more than one answer to that question.

  • Bloat apps unnecessarily clutter the app drawer.
  • Pre-installed apps occupy lots of space on your phone’s internal storage
  • Bloatware consumes data and battery juice in the background.
  • Many pre-installed apps may be a threat to your privacy.
  • Bloat apps also devour system resources in the background and make your device slower.

My Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and Galaxy S20 had 127 and 132 pre-installed apps out-of-the-box respectively. The majority of those apps are mere junk that deserves to be cleaned. By uninstalling such apps, you can have a cleaner app drawer, save data and space, and have a faster experience.

You can easily remove bloatware on your Samsung device but there’s a catch. Even if know the way to uninstall them, you must be aware of 2 things.

  1. The package name of the apps you want to uninstall.
  2. Is the bloatware safe to remove?

I’ll be addressing both these concerns below.

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Finding App Package Name

To be able to remove bloatware on your Samsung device without root via ADB, you must have the package name of the app to be deleted. There are 3 ways to find the Android app package name.

1. Using ADB command

  1. Launch the Command prompt or PowerShell window.
  2. Enable USB Debugging on your Samsung Galaxy phone or Tab.
  3. Connect your device to the computer.
  4. Execute the following ADB shell commands. The first for the list of all apps, and the second one for the list of all system apps.
    #1 Get the list of all apps
    adb shell pm list packages
    #2 Get the list of system apps only
    adb shell pm list packages -s
    #3 Get the list of all Samsung apps
    adb shell pm list packages | grep 'samsung'
    (‘pm’ in the above commands stands for “package manager”
  5. You’ll now have the list of package names of all Samsung apps and other Android apps installed on your device.

    adb shell app package list command

    ADB shell pm list packages command

You can copy the list of apps from the command windows and copy it to a text file.

2. Using an Android App

You can find some good apps in the Google Play Store that can help you with finding the app package names. App Inspector, Package Browser, Package Name Viewer 2.0, and Apps Inspector are some worthy options that you should try.

3. Via Play Store URL

You can find out the APK package name for any app by opening the app page in the Play Store in a desktop browser as shown package name in play store url

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Samsung Bloatware List

To make your job easier, I have prepared a list of safe-to-remove apps on your Samsung device. The pre-installed apps listed below are found on the Galaxy S9, S10, S20, Note 10, and Galaxy Note 20. Most of them are common Samsung apps found on all Galaxy phones and Tabs by the Korean giant.

Warning: Please note that the list of safe-to-remove pre-installed apps mentioned below is complete in itself. Therefore, they also include some essential system apps that must be disabled or uninstalled very carefully. For example, if you delete apps like Samsung One UI launcher or Samsung Keyboard, you must install 3rd-party alternatives to those apps first.

Android Bloatware on Samsung Devices | Default Printing Service | Bookmark Provider | Web Browser | Calendar app | Cell broadcasting | Chrome Browser | Stock Clock app | Screensaver app | Screensaver app | Android Easter Egg | SOS Calling | OK Google | MMS app | MMS | Checks APK files | SIM Tool-kit | Live wallpaper | Wallpaper backup feature | Wallpaper cropping feature | VPN Dialog

Google Bloatware on Samsung Devices | Google Docs | Google Maps | Google Photos | Google Duo | Digital Wellbeing | Feedback app | Gmail | Google Quick Search | Gboard | Talkback feature | Mobile Printing | Calendar Sync | Text-to-speech | Google Play Movies & TV | Youtube | AR Lens

Samsung Bixby Bloatware

After disabling Samsung Bixby, you can easily remap the power-cum-Bixby button on your Samsung using a button remapper app from the Play Store. | Bixby homepage launcher | Bixby Routines | Bixby features | Bixby Vision | Bixby Voice | Bixby debug app | Bixby Vision

ANT+ Service Apps

The following apps are related to Bluetooth services and accessories like watches, fitness tracking, etc.

com.dsi.ant.server (sensitive: may cause bootloop on some devices)

General System Bloatware on Samsung | Message app | One hand mode | Samsung Car Mode | Homescreen widget | Samsung Internet | Galaxy Friends | Samsung Smart Switch | Galaxy Watch | Samsung Weather | What's New | Samsung Shop | Voice Recorder | Smart Things | Samsung Members | Samsung Calculator | Samsung Split Sound Service
com.mobeam.barcodeService | Barcode scanner | Samsung Wallpapers | Samsung Cloud | Galaxy Note series bloat | Mobile Universal Switch |  VisionCloudAgent | Finance widget | Sports widget | Samsung Story Video Editor | Saftey Information | Samsung StoryService (Tracks device activity) | Air command (Note series bloat) | Always on Display | Samsung Dex | AR Doodle | Samsung Voice Input | User tracking app (sensitive) | Samsung Email | China Hidden Menu (Chinese Spyware)
com.wsomacp | Samsung Email

Samsung Pay & Samsung Pass | Samsung Auto fill | Samsung Authentication | Samsung Pass | Samsung Pay (sensitive) | Samsung Pay Framework (sensitive)

Recreational Apps | Flipboard app | Digital wellbeing | Dual Messenger | Live Message (Note series bloat)

Samsung AR Emoji | AR Emoji | Stickers for AR Emoji app | Emoji updater

Samsung Sticker Center

Deleting the following apps might throw a force close error while using the device camera, so be careful.

Facebook Bloatware


Printing Service Components

Samsung Game Launcher & Settings

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Kids Mode | Camera stickers | Kids Home launcher

Samsung LED Cover

Edge Display | Edge panel plugin for contacts | Edge panel plugin for Samsung Internet | App panel plugin for Edge display

Samsung Dex

Verizon Bloatware List

com.vcast.mediamanager | Verizon Cloud
com.vzw.hss.myverizon | My Verizon | Digital Secure
com.motricity.verizon.ssodownloadable | Verizon Login | Verizon Tones | Visual Voicemail
com.vznavigator.[You_Model_Here]| VZ Navigator

AT&T Bloatware List

com.att.dh | Device Help | DIRECTV Remote App | AT&T TV | Samsung AT&T Visual Voicemail
com.att.myWireless | myAT&T | AT&T ProTech | AT&T Smart Wi-Fi

Miscellaneous Samsung Bloatware List

Below are some more system apps found on the AT&T Galaxy S20. You can find most of these apps on the other US variants of the Galaxy S10, and Note 10 as well.
com.drivemode | CNN Mobile | Bleacher Report
com.foxnextgames.m3 | Audible | Microsoft OneDrive

Removing Samsung Bloatware via ADB

Android Debug Bridge or ADB is a powerful command-line tool that can perform several tasks. You can use a command to reboot your Samsung phone into the Download Mode.  Moreover, ADB also makes it easy to disable, block, uninstall, and re-install the system apps on Android devices. The method described below doesn’t just work on Samsung devices but on all Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher.

Update: Now you can use ADB commands on your Android device to uninstall the Samsung system apps without root or a computer. Alternatively, you can also use Universal Android Debloater GUI which is a cross-platform bloatware remover tool for Samsung.

Now that you have the list of Samsung bloatware, let’s see how you can remove them from your phone.

  1. Download the latest SDK Platform-tools and set it up on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Linux users can simply install the Android platform-tools by using the following command. Mac users can use my dedicated tutorial on using ADB and fastboot on macOS.
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot
  2. Make sure you have installed the Samsung USB driver on your PC.
  3. In order that ADB commands can communicate with your computer, you need to enable USB debugging on your Samsung device.
  4. Please note that the screen of your device is not locked while you execute the ADB commands. Go to Settings > Display > Screen Timeout and increase the duration to 10 minutes.
  5. Connect your Samsung phone to the PC.
  6. Now open the platform-tools folder and launch a Power Shell or Command Prompt window. To do that, just type ‘cmd‘ in the folder address bar and press the Enter key.type cmd in file explorer address bar to launch command prompt
  7. Now, type the following ADB command and hit the Enter key. Keep an eye on your phone’s screen as you do it and Allow USB debugging when prompted.
    adb devices

    allow usb debugging on computer

  8. This should return the ID of your device in the form of an alphanumeric string to show that your phone is properly connected and is ready to interact with ADB via computer.adb devices command
  9. Now, execute the following command.
    adb shell
  10. You’ll get a $ sign in the cmd window. You can now execute  pm uninstall -k --user 0  (this will keep the app data and cache), or pm uninstall --user 0  (delete app data as well) followed by the package name of the system app to uninstall to remove it from your phone. You can view the full list of safe to remove Samsung apps with the command extension on Google Drive. For example, if you want to remove Samsung Email from your device, use one of the following commands.
    pm uninstall -k --user 0
    pm uninstall --user 0
  11. After the execution of each app uninstallation command, you’ll get a “Success” message to indicate that the app package has been removed.

    adb shell pm uninstall command

    “adb shell pm uninstall” command

You can thus uninstall as many preinstalled apps on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet as you want to without root

Note: If you get “Failure [not installed for 0]” error while trying to uninstall a Samsung bloatware, it means one of these 2 things:

  1. The app package you are trying to remove is not available on your device.
  2. You have typed the app package name incorrectly.

Restore Uninstalled System Apps

If you notice the bloatware removal command we used above, it contains ‘user 0‘ parameter. It means that the apps you uninstalled using adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0, were only removed for the current user (user 0). If someone else uses your phone with a guest account, all the removed apps will still be available to him because the compressed APK packages for the apps still remain on the device.

It simply means that if you need the uninstalled system app sometime later, you can easily re-install the removed app using another ADB shell command.

cmd package install-existing

Simply execute the above command as shown below to restore an app package that you uninstalled earlier.

adb shell re-install uninstalled app package

Disable Samsung Bloatware

There is one ADB shell command that lets you just disable an app package on your Samsung or Android. Below is an example command for disabling Bixby on Samsung devices.

adb shell pm disable-user --user 0

That’s all about how we can remove bloatware on Samsung Galaxy devices and re-install the uninstalled apps without root using ADB shell commands. I’ll keep updating the Samsung bloatware list or safe to remove apps for the phones that will be launched in the future.

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