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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 S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S22
  • Samsung Galaxy S23
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip series
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold series
  • 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 S23 Ultra had 426 pre-installed apps out-of-the-box. 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. The list of the pre-installed apps might differ depending on the CSC of your Samsung device.

You can easily remove bloatware on your Samsung device but there’s a catch. Even if you 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 of 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 commands

  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 is for the list of all apps, and the second one is 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 broadcastingpm list | 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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101 thoughts on “How to Remove Samsung Bloatware without Root (ADB)”

  1. Hi, I just got a new galaxy tab tablet with android 10 and it sucks. The radio app i use keeps going off when I try using other apps too, and I’ve diagnosed it being down to it running out of RAM. Seems that when it runs out, the radio stream is killed, sometimes the whole radio app is killed. This happens no matter each radio app I use, too.
    The paltry 2gb RAM is clearly not enough.
    I have begun a mission to free up memory being used by other apps unnecessarily.
    Your site is going to be invaluable, thank you . I have a question that you can maybe help me with – can I disable SAMSUNG KEYBOARD as it uses a bit of RAM on top of the OS, which is curious..,can’t I use the android OS keyboard?
    Any help you can offer is much appreciated.

    1. Hi Paulios, you can certainly uninstall or disable the Samsung Keyboard and other stock apps. However, before you get rid of the keyboard, please uninstall a third-party keyboard app first. If you need any other help, please let me know.

      1. “However, before you get rid of the keyboard, please uninstall a third-party keyboard app first.”
        Did you mean to type INSTALL instead of uninstall?

        Your post is very valuable.

  2. Hi there,
    I’ve followed all the directions under the “Removing Samsung Bloatware via ADB” through step 7, but when I type “adb devices” in the command prompt (I’m using cmd, because my Windows 10×64 doesn’t show the option for PowerShell in the right-click menu), it shows a blank line under “list of devices attached” instead of identifying my Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0, running Android 9.0 Pie (bought a week ago). I have done all of the following things:
    -installed the Samsung USB drivers
    -downloaded/unzipped the SDK platform tools
    -turned on developer mode on my tablet
    -restarted my computer (many times)
    -connected device via USB (first time I tried, cable was loose, but new cable shows solid connection)
    – run cmd prompt in platform tools folder location

    Any insights on why my device isn’t showing up? I appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks for this very detailed tutorial. I’m hoping it will work for me and speed up my tablet.

    1. Hi Eric, looks like you have already done everything you should have. Can you access your Galaxy Tab’s storage on your PC after connecting it via a USB cable? If you can’t you should try another cable.

      Also, please tell me what error do you get in the command prompt window when you execute “adb devices”?

      To verify that you have set up ADB properly, execute just “adb” in the command window. If you don’t get information about ADB in the CMD, it means your device is not getting recognized due to the USB cable or port.

      You can also try setting up system wide ADB as a system variable.

      Let me know.

      1. Thanks for your fast response! I tried another cable and it showed my tablet on the PC, so I thought that fixed it, but when I go into cmd, and run adb devices, it still shows nothing and doesn’t trigger the “Allow USB Debugging?” pop up on my tablet.

        I ran “adb” in the cmd prompt and gave me several pages worth program information. The first does say “Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.41”, the second lists the version, the third line says it is installed, and then there are probably 100 other lines of information.

        When I run “adb devices” it says “List of devices attached” and then there is a blank line under that and then the cmd prompt again. No error code.

        Thanks again for your help!

        1. Try disabling USB debugging and restarting your Tab A. Then enable it again. If you get a response after running “adb” command, it means things are okay on your PC. Are you using the same USB cable as provided by Samsung?

          1. I’m an idiot. I missed in the directions that you have to turn on USB debugging from the developer options list on the device. Of course, that fixed it.

            I was able to remove a few things from your bloatware list, but I think my Galaxy Tab A didn’t have much to begin with. No Bixby, for instance (command resulted in “Failure [not installed for 0]”).
            I did have a little scare. When I removed “” it made all apps disappear and I got a “Tablet Starting” spinning wheel. But I reinstalled the package and it restored everything. That package might not be bloatware after all. I stayed away from most of the other “general system” packages after that.

            For third-party apps that only have a “disable” option and not “delete”, I had to manually search to remove Audible ( and OneDrive (, and couldn’t ever figure out what the package name for Google Duo is. Most people might not consider any of those bloatware, but I am just using this tablet for Clash of Clans, so I am trying to free up as much processing power as possible.

            Thanks again for all your help! This is a super helpful website and I appreciate your expertise and friendliness. Have a great week!

    2. Hi Eric, I am glad that you were able to fix the connectivity issue. As for the bloatware list, I just updated them by adding 2 new sections listing Android and Google apps separately.

      I also took the time to make some other changes to the tutorial to make things clearer.

  3. THANK YOU. I hate Bixby so much lmao. Just got a new Samsung phone and this Bixby button my God! I’ve spent the past hour or 2 trying to purge it. This method worked. Now I can push the Bixby button once, twice or hold it and nothing happens. Sweet relief. If I want to map it to something else down the line I’ll look into it, but I just don’t want to accidentally start up some BS bloatware app when I’m trying to change the volume!

    1. Hi Travis, I am glad that this tutorial worked for you! There are several apps on the Play Store that you can use to re-map the Bixby button. Which Samsung phone do you have?

      1. DefangingNotePhones

        I have Note 4s, Note 8s and Note 20 Ultras. I discovered ADB and got rid of Bixby (saw one extra component on your list I didn’t get). Overwhelmed with lists of apps. Not using the Play Store, no Google or Samsung account signed in on my phone. I would love a way to re-map Bixby button. Using F-droid and Aurora store, sometimes direct from developers or via GitHub (open source).

  4. Hey how would you uninstall the application from the phone entirely, rather than just from the user, would I just remove the –user0 from the command? Thanks

    1. Hi,

      I have tested them on my Note 10+. They are safe to remove. However, if you install some essential app like the stock launcher, clock, file manager, gallery, etc, you must install an alternative app first.

  5. Wow! What a great article! Thank you!! I’ve been using ADB to uninstall system apps on my galaxy phones for a couple of years now, but a reliable list of safe to remove apps is hard to find. This is great! Would it be possible to get a list of those apps that need to be replaced BEFORE you uninstall the system apps (Samsung keyboard)? What about bloatware specific to Verizon?

    I’ve had to do many factory resets along this journey and would rather avoid another one if possible.

    Again, thanks!

    1. Just don’t touch essential apps like stock Phone, Contacts, Camera, Gallery, My Files, One UI launcher, Keyboard, etc. If you uninstall the Samsung keyboard, make sure to install Gboard beforehand. As for Verizon bloatware, they are fully safe to remove. You can use the following command to get the list of all Verizon-specific apps:
      ‘adb shell’ (press enter key)
      Then execute this command: adb shell pm list packages | grep ‘verizon’

      You can find the detailed steps above.
      If you provide me the list here, It’ll be a great help as I’ll list them in the tutorial for other users.


    1. Hi Jeff, another S10 user reported the same issue last year but his phone booted up on its own after 15 minutes. Anyway, I have started checking some sensitive apps by deleting on my wife’s S10 and will remove the apps from the light that might cause a boot loop. Sorry for the inconvenience. 🙁

  6. Be very careful removing “ANT” related services. I gave it a try and then restarted my phone. Removing the `com.dsi.ant.server` package will throw the phone into a reboot loop. Attached is the log with the exception. I’ve (minimally) tested it and it seems it is safe to remove the other ant related services but com.dsi.ant.server is required.

    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: !@*** FATAL EXCEPTION IN SYSTEM PROCESS: main
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to create service com.dsi.ant.server.AntService: java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to instantiate application java.lang.IllegalStateException: Unable to get package info for com.dsi.ant.server; is package not installed?
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at$1800(
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at$H.handleMessage(
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at android.os.Looper.loop(
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Native Method)
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at$
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: Caused by: java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to instantiate application java.lang.IllegalStateException: Unable to get package info for com.dsi.ant.server; is package not installed?
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: … 9 more
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: Caused by: java.lang.IllegalStateException: Unable to get package info for com.dsi.ant.server; is package not installed?
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: at
    12-20 20:34:26.861 6766 6766 E AndroidRuntime: … 10 more
    12-20 20:34:34.867 7502 7502 E AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: main
    12-20 20:34:34.867 7502 7502 E AndroidRuntime: Process:, PID: 7502
    12-20 20:34:34.867 7502 7502 E AndroidRuntime: DeadSystemException: The system died; earlier logs will point to the root cause
    12-20 20:34:34.869 25399 25399 E AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: main
    12-20 20:34:34.869 25399 25399 E AndroidRuntime: Process:, PID: 25399
    12-20 20:34:34.869 25399 25399 E AndroidRuntime: DeadSystemException: The system died; earlier logs will point to the root cause
    12-20 20:34:34.873 10961 12178 E AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: highpool[2]
    12-20 20:34:34.873 10961 12178 E AndroidRuntime: Process:, PID: 10961
    12-20 20:34:34.873 10961 12178 E AndroidRuntime: DeadSystemException: The system died; earlier logs will point to the root cause
    12-20 20:34:34.879 24282 26700 E AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: [$ChimeraService-Executor] idle
    12-20 20:34:34.879 24282 26700 E AndroidRuntime: Process:, PID: 24282
    12-20 20:34:34.879 24282 26700 E AndroidRuntime: DeadSystemException: The system died; earlier logs will point to the root cause
    12-20 20:34:34.882 26434 26434 E AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: main
    12-20 20:34:34.882 26434 26434 E AndroidRuntime: Process:, PID: 26434
    12-20 20:34:34.882 26434 26434 E AndroidRuntime: DeadSystemException: The system died; earlier logs will point to the root cause
    12-20 20:34:34.885 24282 26802 E AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: highpool[3]
    12-20 20:34:34.885 24282 26802 E AndroidRuntime: Process:, PID: 24282
    12-20 20:34:34.885 24282 26802 E AndroidRuntime: DeadSystemException: The system died; earlier logs will point to the root cause
    12-20 20:34:34.886 26434 26471 E AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: GoogleApiHandler
    12-20 20:34:34.886 26434 26471 E AndroidRuntime: Process:, PID: 26434
    12-20 20:34:34.886 26434 26471 E AndroidRuntime: DeadSystemException: The system died; earlier logs will point to the root cause

    1. Hi Mike, which Samsung phone do you have and with what Android version?

      P.S. I have mentioned the risk in the article. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. For Google duo app users, the preloaded Samsung Duo app is flawed in a way that it does not receive incoming calls. You’d get lots of missed calls intermittently. Please uninstall the preloaded Duo app and install the official Google duo app to avoid such bugs. I hate the fact that Samsung preloaded so many buggy apps.

  8. Rakesh, thank you for this article. I am SO close, and have worked through getting the list of what’s on my phone and deciding what I want to remove. However, I get to the adb shell command, get the >> root, but no version of the uninstall command I try gives me a “success” message, nor does it remove the app (went back to list all apps and samsung email provider still appeared.)

    I noticed that when I was initially trying to connect to the device, I had to modify the adb devices command to include quotes and the exe, per a previous forum thread I read, so it looked like this within the platform-tools directory ./adb.exe devices

    The closest I’ve come to success is this command syntax:
    PS C:\ADB\platform-tools> “\adb.exe uninstall”

    When I used that, command in the platform-tools directory, I at least got this returned:
    \adb.exe uninstall

    However, the app is still there. Can you tell me what I’m not doing right? Thanks so much for this. Once I get the right command syntax, I’ll be removing many sill things, Bixby included!!

    1. Hi Karen, you used the command in a wrong manner.
      C:\ADB\platform-tools> “\adb.exe uninstall”

      Just type CMD in the ‘platform-tools’ folder address bar to launch the PowerShell window. After that, connect your phone and allow USB debugging. Make sure your phone’s screen is not locked while you use the commands as it won’t let ADB daemon communicate with the phone.

      Next, type “adb shell” and hit the enter key. You’ll get a $ sign. You can then start using “pm uninstall -k –user 0” without the inverted commas to uninstall system apps.

      If you still have any problem, you should try my Web ADB tutorial and follow step number 8 under “Using ADB Commands in Web Browser” head given here:

      Let me know if you need further help.

  9. Hi Rakesh. Very nice article. I would love to clean up my Samsung S7 phone which was the first one released but I am worried about messing something up and bricking the device. Can you give me some simple tips that a lay person can work with? Appreciation in advance!

    1. Hi John,
      The safest way to clean bloat apps is to remove the apps you are familiar with. I have already tested the above bloatware list on my Galaxy Note 10+.

  10. Hello, I would like to delete the contacts app and use one that does not display images or the hideous colored orbs next to names. There are some dialer apps (like true phone) with their own separate contacts app, but the question is, will other apps (like signal) that rely on reading contacts be able to reference another app rather than the default one?

  11. Hello: When I issue this command on my S10+

    pm uninstall –user 0

    it spits out this error code:

    /system/bin/sh: syntax error: unexpected ‘newline’

    Did I do something wrong here?

  12. I see still 4 other app are:

    Android Auto
    ANT + DUT
    ANT Radio Service
    ANT+ Plugins Service

    (The last 3 are not listed in App Inspector). Are they safe to remove?

    1. ANT is really just used with a lot of fitness (heart rate monitors, etc). If you don’t use these features, you can remove them. I am keeping them on my S21 Ultra though.

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    Please mail me back if you see this comment.
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  14. Great guide thanks. I removed Chrome but i noticed there’s another package called (or something like it). It’s not in your list so I was wondering if it’s safe to remove. What does it do exactly?

      1. Great, thanks. A tangential question that’s better suited to the ADB commands article, but does a PC think it’s in ADB shell when you simply close the cmd window by clicking “x” without entering “exit” in the shell command line? I only ask because the next time i plugged in the phone, it immediately asked me to allow debugging without having to enter “adb devices” in the cmd prompt.

        One of those programming etiquette things, I guess.

        1. When you click the ‘X’ or use the ‘EXIT’ command, the ADB Shell interface shuts off completely. As for the ‘allow debugging’ thing, the PC and your device recognize each other if they were connected previously. If you select ‘Always allow this computer’ on your device, you won’t be even prompted to allow debugging ever.

  15. Hello Rakesh many thanks for your awesome work. I received yesterday my Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (the 1st Samsung in my live) with the bunch of Samsung bloatware on it. I tried to uninstall them and failed, because a lot of them cannot be realy deinstalled. Especially Bixby is a anoying piece of s.oftware. I came to the conclusion to send the phone back to the store to get my money back.
    During the night I was lucky enough to found your description. So today decidecd to give the phone another try. I tried to remove/disable a lot of the bloatware with the help of your description and I succeded. 🙂 🙂
    May thanks for your work.
    So in my opinion Samsung should pay you some money for your work, because otherwise they would have lost me as customer for ever.

    1. Hi Robert, I am glad to learn that you were able o get rid of unwanted apps on your Note 10 Lite with the help of my guide. Thanks for the appreciation! Keep visiting!

  16. Followed the so called “safe list” of removable bloat ware and it’s completely messed up my device.
    I ran the removal through the ADB shell and everything was fine. Then disabled developer mode on my device and it said “Tablet is starting” forever. Did a soft reset. Same thing. Did a hard reset and now it’s frozen on the Samsung Logo. Did another soft reset and now it’s finally fully reset.
    No idea what program being disabled/removed caused that, but I’m just gonna leave in the bloatware at this point.

  17. IF I had know how completely unfriendly the phone was in removing these unwanted apps, I would not have bought it.
    I am at the point of getting a new phone with out any bloat war, is that possible?

  18. One warning:
    DO NOT remove the OneUI launcher unless you also don’t use your app switcher. I did this because I use NovaLauncher, and didn’t want OneUI to stay in the background.

  19. Nothing worked in PowerShell wins10
    #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’
    installed abd, fastboot, exe, only thing that works sqlite3 exe run as admin but funny how it works..

    Suggestion [3,General]: The command adb was not found, but does exist in the current location. Windows PowerShell does not load commands from the current location by default. If you trust this command, instead type: “.\adb”. See “get-help about_Command_Precedence” for more details. PS C:\Users\xyz\Downloads\platform-tools_r31.0.2-windows\platform-tools>
    — Missing Cmdlet
    used it before with older wins this time no luck, unzipped r31.0.2 platform tools, properties unlocked extracted installed w/usb drivers as well. $ adb uninstall com.devdaily.fptracker $ pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.

  20. Hi, this worked great on S21 – Android 11 One UI 3.1.
    Is there a way/ command to remove system apps from Secure Folder?

    I tried “pm uninstall –user 150” but that did not work.

  21. Hi this worked in Galaxy S21 – Android 11 One UI 3.1.

    Do you have a command to delete system app from Secure Folder?

    I tried “pm uninstall –user 150” but that did not work.

  22. I mistakenly uninstalled samsung default launcher because I use Nova. It seems recent apps button doesn’t work anymore. I need to know the package name of default launcher for reinstalling it. Could anyone please provide it. Thanks in advance.

  23. Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial. One question – When disabling an app for “user 0” you state that the app is still available on the phone for a guest account. So in that case it is still using the same amount of storage space, correct? I want to use this to free up storage on the very limited galaxy S7 (these only have 32gb and 1/4 is used by the system). When removing a bloatware app for “user 0” will I free up significant storage on the phone or is there another approach required? Thanks for any help.

  24. Thanks for the detailed tutorial. I want to clear up storage on the very limited galaxy S7 which comes with only 32gb (1/4 of which is system and bloatware). You give directions for removing apps for “user 0” and state that the app is still available should a guest account use the phone. Does this mean the app is still using up the same amount of storage space on the phone? If so, how does one remove the unneeded app completely in order to salvage the storage space it takes up on the phone?
    (Apologies if this comment is a duplicate – I’m not sure if my first submittal went thru..)

    1. Hi Grethet,

      When you use the ‘pm uninstall –user 0’ command, the app is uninstalled from the phone but its compressed APK package, which is much smaller in size, remains there so that we can restore the app in case we uninstalled it by mistake and having issues. So, if you uninstall the apps, it actually frees more space. You can check it yourself by uninstalling some apps.

      1. God love you Rakish!! Have a new _Galaxy Tab S6 Lite tablet, that is driving me insane. I cant use my paid for File Manager I’ve used on other devices for years, unless I go through Samsung’s Files app. I cant add anything to my own external SD Card. I cant use the keyboard I want to use. It messes up badly, but the SS keyboard does not. l have never had such a difficult, controlling device in my life! Always bought Android Stock devices. Will NEVER buy any Samsung device again! Cant wait to try your tutorial. If I can remove just a few things_I’d find pure joy!! Thank you for you’re generosity. Thanks for sharing. You are the best!!

  25. Hi, I’ve disabled Bixby, but I want to try it again. I know it should be a simple command, but cannot figure it out and cannot seem to find it by searching for it online. Can you help me with the command to re-enable?

    1. Hi Beth,

      You can use the following commands to re-install Bixby:

      cmd package install-existing
      cmd package install-existing
      cmd package install-existing
      cmd package install-existing
      cmd package install-existing
      cmd package install-existing

      These commands will work if you used ‘pm uninstall -k –user 0’ to uninstall Bixby. In case you disabled Bixby and its components, try

      adb shell
      pm enable –user 0

      More details here:

      I hope it helps.

      1. Thank you, this worked for enabling it again. I remember why I disable it in the first place. Also, is it okay to disable the Galaxy Store? I couldn’t find it in the list. BTW thank you so much for the list. It has helped free up quite a bit of usable user storage.

  26. Put this bat file in the platform tools dir/ and add app names one by one

    @echo off
    set /p Y=”C:\PT”
    cd %Y%
    adb devices
    for %%X in (

    ) do (
    adb shell pm uninstall %%X
    adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 %%X

  27. Great writeup, thank you.
    Do you have any changes for Tab s7 Plus owners?
    Please include the enable command
    adb shell pm disable-user –user 0
    e.g. will this work?
    adb shell pm enable-user –user 0

      1. Thank you.
        Have you had a chance to check out the Tab S7 plus? It’s impressive: fast, crystal clear, low drawing latency (9 mS) really something.

      2. If I do this on my s7plus are you interested in any screengrabs or exported text files or other data that would enable you to cover that model?

        You might consider having the page remember our message text in case we try to post and forget to add the name and email, as it is they are not remembered and we have to type the message again.

              1. Apologies for the oversight, I forgot to mention I used the command line processor, on Windows 10 Pro x64 version 21H1 build 19043.1165.

                1. Is there a way to loop through all of the packages to export their name and their package name? I can see all of my apps with App Inspector, and when I click on each app I see the package, e.g.

                  3 Button Navigation Bar

                  Is there a way to automate AppInspector to export all of the installed apps, possibly their version number, and the pakage name, or can this be scripted in ADB, or some other way that you know of?

                2. This worked to remove the google quick search bar that was in the middle of my tab s7plus screen, thanks!

                  adb shell pm disable-user –user 0

        1. Hi Rakesh,

          I followed your above-mentioned guide on my Samsung A3 2017.
          When all is done, I launched all the remaining apps one by one and they work fine except for Settings.
          I shows ‘Settings keeps stopping’ What have I done wrong?

          The following is the list of the removed packages:
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
          com.sam.apps.magazines.widget – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
 – removed
          com.facebook.katana – removed
          com.facebook.system – removed
          com.facebook.appmanager – removed
 – removed
          com.diotek.sec.lookup.dictionary – removed
          com.wsomacp – removed
 – removed
          com.enhance.gameservice – removed

          I don’t know if I’ve messed up with any one or some of them.

          Your advice will be greatly appreciated.

          I can’t thank you enough for the above article.

          Best regards,

          1. Hi Renggo, if you are having issues with the Settings apps, try restoring the following apps one by one. I would suggest you to reboot your phone after each re-installation to check if the problem is solved. Once you find the app that fixes the issue keep it and then you can uninstall the other apps. Try in the same sequence as mentioned below.


            Try and let me know.

        2. Thanks for the write up. Having a problem. Long story short: verizon s9+ running android 10, oneui 2.5… After debloating (some, not all, of the apps/packages here, and a few I found listed elsewhere), my phone worked great. Until I restarted it. Now it keeps restarting itself, running fine for maybe 5 minutes, then restarting again, running for 5 min, restarting, etc.

          What I’ve tried: Tried reinstalling some of the packages I uninstalled. Tried uninstalling more bloatware packages. Tried Safe Mode. Tried wiping the cache partition. Tried Recovery Mode–>Repair Apps.

          Some things I think might help, but either need help with or would like another opinion before I do it:

          When I tried to reinstall com.wsomacp, it said that package doesn’t exist. I read a couple places online where it sounds like that package might be needed for other services, and found it on APKmirror but I’m not sure how to install it so I haven’t tried. If you could help there, that would be great.

          Should I try reinstalling ALL of the packages I uninstalled? Seems like a lot of work, but if you think it’ll help I’ll try it. I’ve also read that sometimes replacing the SIM card can fix a restart loop, but I’m not sure this is a legit restart loop, since it actually finishes booting and works for a bit before it restarts again.

          Also if you have any suggestions to just give me more time between restarts so I can run a backup, that would help. Trying really hard to avoid factory reset, especially if I can’t run a backup first.

          1. Hi Danny,

            Carrier-locked phones often have more restrictions than normal unbranded Android devices.

            You can install the APK file as follows: Copy the APK to your phone, or just download it using the phone. Navigate to the APK file and tap it. You’ll have to allow install unknown sources permission when prompted and then you can install it by following the on-screen instructions.

            No, you don’t need to re-install all apps. If you got a list of apps that you removed, I can help you with the apps that you should try re-installing. For instance, apps related to Bixby, Samsung Pay, Samsung Pass, and some Verizon-side apps might cause issues if removed.

            Try it and let me know.


            1. Thanks Rakesh. I tried to install the com.wsomacp APK by downloading it to my computer, moving it to my phone, and selecting it. I tried a few times and every time it starts, then says it could not install.

              I have also tried to reinstall all of the bixby, samsung pass, and samsung pay packages using the “pm install-existing” command. Most of the packages reinstalled fine, but a handful failed, either saying, “$NameNotFoundException: Package com.[xxxxxx] doesn’t exist”, or returning the following string:

              Exception occurred while executing:
              java.lang.NullPointerException: Attempt to read from field ‘$SigningDetails$Package.mSigningDetails’ on a null object reference
              at android.os.ShellCommand.exec(
              at android.os.Binder.shellCommand(
              at android.os.Binder.onTransact(
              at android.os.Binder.execTransactInternal(
              at android.os.Binder.execTransact(

              Each time that string was returned, it was, as far as I can tell, exactly identical.

              Some of the packages that didn’t reinstall were ones that gave me similar errors when I was trying to uninstall them (package not found errors), but some I remember uninstalling successfully.

              Here is a list of the packages that didn’t reinstall.
              (* = package doesn’t exist error, ** = exception occurred while executing error)


              Here is a list of everything I uninstalled, or at least tried to uninstall…

              S9+ all uninstalled pkgs
     | Bixby homepage launcher
     | Bixby Routines
     | Bixby features
     | Bixby Vision
     | Bixby Voice
     | Bixby debug app
     | Bixby Vision
              *** = not on any article-recommended package removal lists; found by searching for “bixby” in list of all app packages
              general samsung
     | Galaxy Friends
     | Galaxy Watch
     | Samsung Weather
     | Samsung Shop
     | Samsung Cloud
     | VisionCloudAgent
     | Finance widget
     | Sports widget
     | Saftey Information
     | Samsung Dex
     | Samsung Shop
     | AR Doodle
              Samsung Pay & Samsung Pass
     | Samsung Auto fill
     | Samsung Authentication
     | Samsung Pass
     | Samsung Pay
     | Samsung Pay Framework
              Recreational Apps
     | Google AR core for camera
     | Flipboard app
     | Digital wellbeing
     | Live Message
     | Hancom Office Suite
              Samsung AR Emoji
     | AR Emoji
     | Stickers for AR Emoji app
              Samsung Sticker Center
              *** = not on any article-recommended package removal lists; found by searching for “sticker” in list of all app packages
              Samsung Email
              Samsung Gear VR
              Samsung Kids Mode
     | Camera stickers
     | Kids Home launcher
              Samsung Dex

              As always, your help is greatly appreciated.

            2. Oh yeah, forgot to mention.. After I tried to reinstall and got those errors on those packages, I went into the Galaxy Store and downloaded Samsung Pay and Bixby Vision Framework and the Bixby Vision App there. They installed successfully. Couldn’t find any other Bixby items to install. I also cleared the cache partition and did Recovery Mode–>Repair Apps again after all of that.

        3. Hi,

          I somehow disabled task switcher on my Tab S6. I can’t swipe up to switch or close apps. Does anyone know what package this is?

        4. There are a few services listed as “bloatware” that really aren’t. Like YouTube (more of a peristent app), Netflix does the same. But if you’re using the list, be careful touching any ANT services because it will make any radio broadcasting service null, and won’t work. Simply disabling these ANT battery draining services (even on my S7) increased my battery life by 30%+.
          I don’t suggest removing ALL of the items listed here if you’re using a phone. A tablet is a completely different story. Based on personal experience, only do one item at a time so you can troubleshoot if problems arise.

        5. Thanks for this. I’m trying to get the bloatware off my old Note 4. Some stuff on your list isn’t on my phone, but there’s also some stuff on my phone that’s not on your list. I see some items on the “all packages” list that I *think* are the apps I’m trying to remove, but I’m not sure. I’m also not sure that I’m not overlooking packages that are components of the apps I want gone. A lot has changed since 2016 (when this phone was made) so the Play Store URL method doesn’t really work. How do I make sure I’m removing the (right) app, the whole app, and nothing but the app?

        6. Excellent guide but removing apps via ADB doesn’t actually give you any extra storage. All it seems to do is remove the app icon. I uninstalled a lot of Samsung bloatware, all the FaceBook crap and Microsoft Office rubbish yet the available storage is still the same before and after.

          Uninstalling via ADB on a phone that’s not rooted seems only usefull if you can’t disable it and want to get rid of the app icon.

        7. Hello, thks for this, not just a great tutorial but amazing list of bloat.
          I just have one problem – of my own making.
          Trying to remove Samsung APP Store I also removed the updater tool, I think it was called samunsung.adrod.something s.
          Consequently the few A apps I actually want will now not update.
          Can you lead me to the name of the update agent tool please so I can reinstall it?

            1. Golly Rakesh, such a fast reply, many thanks.
              I reinstalled one by one, but still same issue.
              So, did factory reset, then tried to update.

              Haha failed!
              So I guess the Opera app will not update.

              Just out of curiosity do you know what this is please:


        8. Thank you for your contributions Rakesh.
          It was the unwelcome installation of the “Visit In” app (, that prompted me to look for a a way to remove it, and I thought; why not call the package manager directly on my phone. But I can’t seem to make that work.
          From a Win10 PC:
          C:\platform-tools>adb shell
          crownqltecs:/ $ pm get-install-location
          crownqltecs:/ $ whoami
          From a Terminal Emulator window on my Note9:
          :/ $ pm
          cmd: Failure calling service package: Failed transaction(2147483646)
          2|:/ $ whoami
          Thoughts? Interestingly, 2147483646 = 2**31 – 2
          Regards, Bill

        9. Hi…
          If we have a Samsung Galaxy phone with the Samsung Galaxy Store app and are not interested in the Google apps,
          * is it safe to remove the Google Play Store app (
          * is it safe to remove the Google Play Services app (

        10. There are a number of apps where the tutorial is saying before uninstalling you must install an alternative first? I don’t see the point of swapping one piece of bloatware for another. Also, button re-mappers no longer work on Android 13. So getting rid of Bixby now means you have a useless button.

          And, I get the “Failure [not installed for user 0]” error trying to uninstall the wellbeing app on Galaxy Tab S9, Android 13 and neither suggestions 1 or 2 is true. It is installed and I have typed it correctly.

          Nothing is ever easy. These things are meant to try us!

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