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How to: Quickly Disable Bloatware on the Galaxy S5

If you picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5 today from a carrier partner in the U.S., then you are more than likely already overwhelmed by the amount of bloatware installed on your device. For example, on the Verizon variant alone, we’re pushing 20 pre-installed apps that I will never use. From Big Red’s ever-growing list of VZW apps to the pre-loaded suite of Amazon products, it’s a bit much.

Thankfully, Samsung keeps making it easier and easier to disable these bloatware apps, since many can’t be fully uninstalled. Below, we’ll talk about the two ways you can quickly disable/hide those unattractive carrier-branded apps. 

Disabling Apps – Method 1 (Pictured Above)

1.  From within your app drawer, press and hold on a bloatware app you want disable.
2.  With the app held, your home screen should appear with 4 options up at the top of the screen.
3.  Drag the app over the “Disable” option and let go.
4.  A pop-up should appear asking if you want to disable the app.
5.  Press “Disable.”
6.  That app is now disabled and hidden from view.

Disabling Apps – Method 2 (Pictured Below)

1.  From within your app drawer, press the menu button, then “Uninstall/disable apps.”
2.  Each app that can be disabled or uninstalled will now show a minus symbol.
3.  Tap the minus symbol for all apps you wish to go away.
4.  A pop-up should appear with a confirmation to “Disable.”
5.  Press that button, then repeat those steps for all apps you want to go away.

FYI, both of these methods can be used to quickly uninstall apps as well.

If you’d like to re-enable apps, you can find them in the far right column under Settings>Applications>Application manager>Turned off.

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  • BDWilliams85

    I got the S5 with Verizon on 4/11/14. I never noticed till now but on my S3 and S4 when collected to a WiFi network for mobile data the 3g/4g would disappear. On the S5 mine is still showing it. Was wondering if anyone had noticed this as well. I already tried a factory rest and its still doing it.

    • psywalker

      Mine does it too. The 4g is always there but when on WiFi it turns gray meaning its not in use, its not a defect or anything.

      • Creighton Linza

        This is a change in the newest version of Android (KitKat). The WiFi icon no longer changes color with connectivity to Google’s servers, and no longer shows the RX/TX arrows. Not sure why they changed it since it’s much less intuitive, but just know that it is working as you would expect it.

  • UDM SoD 2015

    did they mention that download booster was disabled

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    I swear I’m not trolling here… are any of the US carriers offering a 32gb version of the S5?

    • James Briano

      Troll alert.

    • nosedive94

      No, which sucks and is a total deal breaker for me. Not everything can be moved to an SD.

  • crazed_z06

    That wallpaper though

  • DanWazz

    Damn shame, throwing in all those extra apps, and disabling ones that might actually be useful. Almost feel sorry for anyone who bought this phone.

  • Blasphemy VZ Tones for LIFE.

  • mmark27

    Unfortunately though, not all Samsung crapware can be disabled….

    • James Briano

      …which is why I choose Nexus.

  • Nicholas Ruiz

    On the AT&T version almost every single piece of bloat can be removed or disabled so that’s nice (may depend on what you consider bloat)

  • JRomeo

    Do NOT Disable Photos……… those are your backed up cloud photos.

    • Ryan Clayton

      Who uses the Verizon backup solution for photos? Dropbox and Bitcasa (among others) do the same thing.

      • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

        Photos is not a Verizon app. It’s a Google app.

  • Grizzy

    Careful, these pro-Samsung articles are gonna cause a stir.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


    • Mark

      Calling the included software bloat isn’t exactly pro-Samsung.

      • Grizzy

        Hey, can’t expect too much Samsung love. At least this article focused on the positive.

  • The Narrator

    9gb free? Well goddamn

    • Kane Desousa

      The same 9gb that the HTC One M8 takes up. Advantageous that it has 32gb to start off with but still, touchwiz lost over a gig and a half

      • The Narrator

        That’s called making 32gb the minimum

        • Kane Desousa

          The Note 3 comes with it, Samsung knows that… but you save money with 16gb and 32GB model is coming. (At least it isnt 100$ more)

          • The Narrator

            lol excuses. Memory is dirt cheap

          • Kane Desousa

            Yeah I know that, but I’m trying to say that AT LEAST they dont charge 100$ like apple does.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            I don’t think what Apple charges has any relevancy. Especially when The 32GB M8 is $50 less that the 16GB S5

          • Kane Desousa

            That’s because HTC is desperate for sales and need the money.

            Not really a good thing since the resale value ends up being terrible.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Lol, that’s nonsense. It means Samsung is over charging you for a 9GB phone. Reality Check.

          • The Narrator

            At least they have better memory percentages


  • K

    Kellen, you don’t use VZ Navigator?! How do you avoid getting lost?