Samsung does great things when it comes to smartphones. It pushes innovation when it comes to hardware, cameras, displays, and even software. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are both great examples of how great Samsung phones are. If you picked up a Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ and got it from a carrier like AT&T or Verizon, there’s a high chance there’s software on the phone you do not want. I have an AT&T S9 and it came with preinstalled software from AT&T that I consider junk. Facebook, the dictionary app, and a handful of AT&T apps serve up ads and screen space that I want back. You’d think Samsung wouldn’t let carriers junk up its phones, but it has allowed this behavior for quite some time now. If you want to remove these apps from your phone, you’re out of luck. The best you can do is disable the apps and this will prevent them from updating and sending you unwanted notifications.
Here’s how to disable bloatware on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
- Open Settings
- Click on Applications
- Select an app you want to disable
- Click on Disable and the app will be removed from your app drawer and will no longer function
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you disable all of the bloatware you don’t want
Unfortunately, these apps will still show up on your phone when you factory reset it. But disabled they will not update or send notifications. If you want a bloat free S9 or S9+, we recommend you pick up the unlocked version direct from Samsung and Amazon.