AT&T Safe to disable bloatwareSupport

Last Updated:

  1. trparky

    trparky Well-Known Member

    • Swype (if you don't use it, disable it)
    • Story Album
    • Story Album Widget
    • Samsung Link
    • Mobile TV
    • CoolEUKor
    • RoseEUKor
    • Com2uSPoker
    • ChocoEUKor
    • ChatON
    • AT&T Navigator
    • AT&T Locker
    • AT&T FamilyMap
    • AT&T Messages
    • AT&T DriveMode (Seriously, do we really need an app for this? Just put the damn phone in your pocket when you’re driving and LEAVE IT THERE!)
    • FlipBoard
    So that's my list of apps that you can safely disable via the Android OS without root and most importantly without crippling your phone.

    Feel free to add more if you would like as a reply.

  2. rkkeller

    rkkeller Well-Known Member

    Can they be removed to free up space????? I plan to try to disable, remove and delete anything I can when mine comes today but I am on Sprint.
  3. trparky

    trparky Well-Known Member

    I'm sure that they can, if and when you have root. But as for myself, I don't plan on rooting it.
  4. SAL8116

    SAL8116 Well-Known Member

    Good list.
  5. marcus304j

    marcus304j Member

    I disable everything I don't use. I even disable Google+, other Google services I don't use, all the Samsung apps it will allow, widgets I don't use...pretty much anything it will allow. I like how Jelly Bean even lets you hide icons from the application list that you don't use.

    If you have root, you probably can disable system functions. With the stock AT&T OS, it's not going to let you disable something vital to the system.

    Long story short, disable it unless you find a reason to turn it back on :)
  6. Pappy35

    Pappy35 Well-Known Member

    5.00M Swype (if you don't use it, disable it)
    4.00M Story Album *
    0.02M Story Album Widget*
    3.50M Samsung Link*
    6.67M Mobile TV*
    0.27M CoolEUKor*
    0.27M RoseEUKor*
    1.34M Com2uSPoker*
    0.27M ChocoEUKor*
    5.40M ChatON*
    26.88M ChatOn V*
    4.00M AT&T Navigator*
    1.60M AT&T Locker*
    0.01M AT&T FamilyMap*
    7.67M AT&T Messages
    0.77M AT&T DriveMode*
    52.00M FlipBoard
    1.30M Group Play*
    ~121M saved

    That's not really that much compared to the total storage and I use Flipboard anyway. The ones I marked I just disabled to clear up the app listing.

    I glad i did this. I was going to root the phone just to delete the bloatware but I see now that there's not much on there in terms of size which is the only real reason to delete them. The new OS allows you to hide the apps and icons so it's kind of a "see no evil, hear no evil" thing. Why bother?
  7. trparky

    trparky Well-Known Member

    Plus those disabled apps don't run as well. It's like freezing the apps like when you're rooted but does it via an internal Android API.
  8. bennylava

    bennylava Well-Known Member

    Can we get an update to this list? I'm uninstalling, but its the same principle.
  9. Mr. Lucky

    Mr. Lucky Well-Known Member Contributor

    Disabling (or "Turning off" as it is now referred to since Android 4.3) is a good first step before deleting. Sometimes removal can have unexpected side effects. For example, I have no use for S Voice, but I found that disabling or removing it caused S Translate to stop working (which I do use).
  10. speedlever

    speedlever Well-Known Member


    I have turned off:

    Amazon Kindle
    AT&T FamilyMap
    AT&T Hot Spots
    AT&T Locker
    AT&T Messages
    AT&T Navigator
    AT&T Smart Wi-Fi
    Beats music
    Google Play Books
    Google Play games
    Google play movies & tv
    Google play music
    Google play newsstand
    Lookout Security
    Mobile TV
    S Health
    S memo
    S note provider
    Samsung apps
    Samsung books
    Samsung calendar syncadapter
    Samsung cloud data relay
    Samsung cloud quota
    Samsung Contact Syncadapter
    Samsung games
    Samsung link
    Samsung music
    Samsung push service
    Samsung SNote Syncadapter
    Samsung syncadapters
    Story album
    Story album widget

    Hope that helps.
    Marc_G likes this.
  11. james_uk

    james_uk Well-Known Member

    I would be interested in doing this with my phone, mines a UK, Orange i9505 though, is this limited at at&t phones only or would it work with mine?

    Am i not right in assuming that its fine disabling these but as soon as you restart your phone, they just activate and start again?

  12. speedlever

    speedlever Well-Known Member

    No, once turned off, they stay off until turned back on again. (Not rooted, Nova Prime launcher).

Share This Page