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Old September 12th, 2013, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Samsung galaxy s4 and bloatware

Hello everyone as I have stated before I am fairly new to android, but loving every second of it. I tend to notice that my ram always has apps running (around 22) when I clear it.

And I was wondering if the best way to get rid of bloatware is uninstalling updates and disabling certain apps (I don't think I'm ready to root, nor understand it)

My question is which apps can I disable and uninstall updates to?
I currently have the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active.

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Old September 13th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not used RAM is wasted RAM. This is Android and not Windows. If RAM is the only reason you'd like to get rid of it then don't bother

If you would run at 100% RAM all the time then I would start uninstalling recently installed apps. Bad programming is usually the reason for memory leaks. I run all sorts of programs and I am nowhere near 100% RAM.

But to answer your question. The only way to remove the bloat would be either rooting or installing a custom ROM.

But like I say, Android is not Windows so I wouldn't worry too much.
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Gomjaba is correct. Having low levels of free RAM is not a bad thing at all on Android.

Don't close apps yourself. Android knows what it is doing and you will only make things worse by doing so. This has been discussed at length here and on XDA so a quick search should provide detailed explanations if you are interested in the techie detail.
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I see I did not know having ram wasn't a bad thing, thanks. Another reason why I want to get rid of some apps is because, there's so many is annoying going through the screens of apps.

If anyone can tel me what installing a custom rom is and if it's recommended , id appreciate that.
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I see I did not know having ram wasn't a bad thing, thanks. Another reason why I want to get rid of some apps is because, there's so many is annoying going through the screens of apps.

If anyone can tel me what installing a custom rom is and if it's recommended , id appreciate that.
If that's the case, just use the Hide function of the apps menu. Won't have to see anything you don't want to unless you specifically go into the sub menu where they're hidden.
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As Darnell mentioned, use the Hide function in the Apps Menu.

Then, in the application manager, you can disable any apps that you are not using that can't be uninstalled. This will prevent them from operating in the background and using resources.

A good rule of thumb for disabling apps: Until you are more familiar with the Android OS and what works/what doesn't, only disable apps that appear in your app drawer--that you do not plan to use or are not currently using. Apps such as the ones provided by your carrier that you don't like (Ring tone "stores", Carrier Navigation Services, etc). You're less likely to disable a "necessary" function that creates more issues than it solves.

Once you get more experience with your phone, you can decide if hiding/disabling is enough for you, or if you feel you would like to learn more about rooting.
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Ok I disabled and took off the update to many apps I wont be using like , AT&T Navigator, Google+ etc. Now I would like to point out if having my ram running at 1.4 used out of 1.78 is normal?

I understand having the ram running dry is not good, but is having it that full normal? What is the average?
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Nothing wrong with your RAM near capacity. Android is not like Windows. Just because something is in RAM doesn't mean it is consuming resources or robbing performance.
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That isn't full or even near it.

Even if it were full, it still isn't anything to worry about. Android will free up RAM by closing applications when necessary. You will not run out of RAM on an Android phone like you can on a Windows PC.

My advice is to stop worrying about how much free RAM you have. It really isn't significant.
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