How to Remove Samsung Bloatware without Root

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.

  • 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 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 you can 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 below.app 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

com.android.bips | Default Printing Service
com.android.bookmarkprovider | Bookmark Provider
com.android.browser | Web Browser
com.android.calendar | Calendar app
com.android.cellbroadcastreceiver | Cell broadcasting
com.android.cellbroadcastreceiver.overlay.common
com.android.chrome | Chrome Browser
com.android.deskclock | Stock Clock app
com.android.dreams.basic | Screensaver app
com.android.dreams.phototable | Screensaver app
com.android.egg | Android Easter Egg
com.android.emergency | SOS Calling
com.android.hotwordenrollment.okgoogle | OK Google
com.android.mms | MMS app
com.android.mms.service | MMS
com.android.printspooler | Printing service
com.android.statementservice | Checks APK files
com.android.stk | SIM Tool-kit
com.android.thememanager
com.android.thememanager.module
com.android.wallpaper.livepicker | Live wallpaper
com.android.wallpaperbackup | Wallpaper backup feature
com.android.wallpapercropper | Wallpaper cropping feature
com.android.providers.downloads.ui
com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks
com.android.sharedstoragebackup
com.android.vpndialogs

Google Bloatware on Samsung Devices

com.google.android.apps.docs | Google Docs
com.google.android.apps.maps | Google Maps
com.google.android.apps.photos | Google Photos
com.google.android.apps.tachyon | Google Duo
com.google.android.apps.wellbeing | Digital Wellbeing
com.google.android.feedback | Feedback app
com.google.android.gm | Gmail
com.google.android.gms | Gmail service
com.google.android.gms.location.history | Gmail location service
com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox | Google Quick Search
com.google.android.inputmethod.latin | Gboard
com.google.android.marvin.talkback | Talkback feature
com.google.android.music | Google Play Music
com.google.android.printservice.recommendation | Mobile Printing
com.google.android.syncadapters.calendar | Calendar Sync
com.google.android.tts | Text-to-speech
com.google.android.videos | Google Play Movies & TV
com.google.android.youtube | Youtube
com.google.ar.lens | 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.

com.samsung.android.bixby.wakeup
com.samsung.android.app.spage | Bixby homepage launcher
com.samsung.android.app.routines | Bixby Routines
com.samsung.android.bixby.service | Bixby features
com.samsung.android.visionintelligence | Bixby Vision
com.samsung.android.bixby.agent | Bixby Voice
com.samsung.android.bixby.agent.dummy | Bixby debug app
com.samsung.android.bixbyvision.framework | Bixby Vision

ANT+ Service Apps

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

com.dsi.ant.sample.acquirechannels
com.dsi.ant.service.socket
com.dsi.ant.server
com.dsi.ant.plugins.antplus

General System Bloatware on Samsung

com.sec.android.easyonehand | One hand mode
com.samsung.android.drivelink.stub | Samsung Car Mode
com.sec.android.widgetapp.samsungapps | Homescreen widget
com.sec.android.app.launcher | OneUI Launcher
com.sec.android.app.sbrowser | Samsung Internet
com.samsung.android.mateagent | Galaxy Friends
com.sec.android.easyMover.Agent | Samsung Smart Switch
com.samsung.android.app.watchmanagerstub | Galaxy Watch
com.sec.android.daemonapp | Samsung Weather
com.samsung.android.app.social | What's New
com.samsung.ecomm.global | Samsung Shop
com.sec.android.app.voicenote | Voice Recorder
com.samsung.android.oneconnect | Smart Things
com.samsung.android.voc | Samsung Members
com.sec.android.app.popupcalculator | Samsung Calculator
com.sec.android.splitsound
com.mobeam.barcodeService | Barcode scanner
com.samsung.android.app.dressroom | Samsung Wallpapers
com.samsung.android.scloud | Samsung Cloud
com.samsung.android.sdk.handwriting
com.samsung.android.sdk.professionalaudio.utility.jammonitor
com.samsung.android.universalswitch
com.samsung.android.visioncloudagent
com.samsung.android.visionintelligence
com.samsung.android.widgetapp.yahooedge.finance | Finance widget
com.samsung.android.widgetapp.yahooedge.sport | Sports widget
com.samsung.app.highlightplayer
com.samsung.hiddennetworksetting
com.samsung.safetyinformation
com.samsung.storyservice
com.samsung.android.service.aircommand | Air command
com.samsung.android.app.aodservice | Always on Display
com.sec.android.app.dexonpc | Samsung Dex
com.samsung.android.ardrawing | AR Doodle
com.samsung.android.svoiceime
com.samsung.android.beaconmanager
com.samsung.android.email.provider | Samsung Email
com.wsomacp | Samsung Email

Samsung Pay & Samsung Pass

com.samsung.android.samsungpassautofill | Samsung Auto fill
com.samsung.android.authfw | Samsung Authentication
com.samsung.android.samsungpass | Samsung Pass
com.samsung.android.spay | Samsung Pay
com.samsung.android.spayfw | Samsung Pay Framework

Recreational Apps

flipboard.boxer.app | Flipboard app
com.samsung.android.wellbeing | Digital wellbeing
com.samsung.android.da.daagent | Dual Messenger
com.samsung.android.service.livedrawing | Live Message

Samsung AR Emoji

com.samsung.android.aremoji | AR Emoji
com.sec.android.mimage.avatarstickers | Stickers for AR Emoji app
com.samsung.android.emojiupdater

Samsung Sticker Center

com.samsung.android.app.camera.sticker.stamp.preload
com.samsung.android.stickercenter
com.samsung.android.stickerplugin
com.samsung.android.app.camera.sticker.facearframe.preload
com.samsung.android.app.camera.sticker.facearexpression.preload
com.samsung.android.app.camera.sticker.facear.preload

Facebook Bloatware

com.facebook.katana
com.facebook.system
com.facebook.appmanager
com.facebook.services

Printing Service Components

com.android.bips
com.google.android.printservice.recommendation
com.android.printspooler

Samsung Game Launcher & Settings

com.samsung.android.game.gamehome
com.enhance.gameservice
com.samsung.android.game.gametools
com.samsung.android.game.gos
com.samsung.android.gametuner.thin

Samsung Gear VR

com.samsung.android.hmt.vrsvc
com.samsung.android.app.vrsetupwizardstub
com.samsung.android.hmt.vrshell
com.google.vr.vrcore

Samsung Kids Mode

com.samsung.android.kidsinstaller
com.samsung.android.app.camera.sticker.facearavatar.preload | Camera stickers
com.sec.android.app.kidshome | Kids Home launcher

Samsung LED Cover

com.samsung.android.app.ledbackcover
com.sec.android.cover.ledcover

Edge Display

com.cnn.mobile.android.phone.edgepanel
com.samsung.android.service.peoplestripe | Edge panel plugin for contacts
com.samsung.android.app.sbrowseredge | Edge panel plugin for Samsung Internet
com.samsung.android.app.appsedge | App panel plugin for Edge display

Samsung Dex

com.sec.android.desktopmode.uiservice
com.samsung.desktopsystemui
com.sec.android.app.desktoplauncher

Some More Samsung Bloatware

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.

jp.gocro.smartnews.android
com.synchronoss.dcs.att.r2g
com.wavemarket.waplauncher
com.pandora.android
com.sec.penup
com.samsung.android.service.livedrawing
com.linkedin.android
co.hunge.app
com.greatbigstory.greatbigstory
com.android.documentsui
com.drivemode
com.att.dh
com.att.dtv.shaderemote
com.att.tv
com.samsung.android.app.contacts
com.samsung.android.calendar
com.cnn.mobile.android.phone
com.bleacherreport.android.teamstream
com.att.android.attsmartwifi
net.aetherpal.device
com.asurion.android.protech.att
com.samsung.android.messaging
com.google.android.dialer
com.wb.goog.got.conquest
com.wb.goog.dcuniverse
com.innogames.foeandroid
com.playstudios.popslots
com.gsn.android.tripeaks
com.att.myWireless
com.foxnextgames.m3
com.samsung.attvvm
com.audible.application | Audible
com.microsoft.skydrive | 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 not just works on Samsung devices but on all Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher.

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 platform-tools by using the following command,
    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 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 com.samsung.android.email.provider
    pm uninstall --user0 com.samsung.android.email.provider
  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.

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 com.samsung.android.bixby.wakeup

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 com.samsung.android.bixby.wakeup

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 list of safe to remove Samsung bloatware for the phones that will be launched in the future.

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  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

      https://technastic.com/adb-not-recognized-found-error/

      Let me know.

      • 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!

        • 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?

          • 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 “com.sec.android.app.launcher” 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 (com.audible.application) and OneDrive (com.microsoft.skydrive), 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!

    • 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.

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