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  1. StaggerLee

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    Does anyone have a list of apps that are safe to disable? I'm coming from an HTC and Samsung has a lot of bloatware I don't recognize. Don't want to screw this thing up!
     

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    I haven't disabled any on my S4 because when I disabled apps on my S3 it went ten kinds of crazy and I had to re-enable them all. I've rooted and am getting ready to go to CLEANROM 1.3 (same thing I did with S3 and it worked great).
     
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    I disabled most of the ATT apps and a bunch of others that I didn't think I would use. They go to the bottom of the ALL app list where you can re-enable them should you decide you need one.

    I recently decided to try the remote control app... but couldn't get it to start. So I had to scroll down through the list of disabled apps to find the one that was linked to WatchOn and re-enable it. The remote control works fine now. ;)
     
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    Honestly, I got so pissed with the forced updates, one night... I went thru and just started wholesale disabling EVERYTHING that looked like it might remotely piss me off further.

    Phone is still working great.
     
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    I've disabled some stock apps. Only the ones I know I'm not using like: AT&T driver, AT&T familymap, AT&T locker, AT&T messages, etc.
     
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    I saw it yesterday and bookmarked it. Today I tried to see it again. All I saw is Access Denied. I wanted to disable Voicemail to Text due to the fact it would cost $1.99 monthly. I don't want that. Please advise. Thanks!

    I just purchased my new S4 on two weeks ago and like it very much.
     
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    I disabled all of the Verizon stuff and nearly all of the Samsung stuff. No problems whatsoever.

    In a worst case scenario, disabling something might lead to a forced close, which you can easily fix. So, there is really nothing to risk here.
     
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    Here are screen shots of the disabled apps on my i337 as of this posting:
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    Is this ability to disable apps something new on the S4? Or is your S4 rooted and thus allowing this? I have a rooted S3 running JB 411, and I don't see any option to disable an app from the App Mgr, only 'uninstall'. I would normally use TIBU to freeze an app if I don't want it running. :)
     
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    Any of the apps that cannot be uninstalled have this option (but you may need to uninstall updates first). Not root related at all. :)
     
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    Ah! I see that I had been looking only in the "downloaded" apps (the default view). lol. Looking in all apps, at some of the system bloat, I do see a "disable" button. Thanks! (Learned something new today!) :)
     
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    can anybody can share the list of the apps that we need to disable? the one on the second post need to be log in in google account. any one dont need to log in? thanks
     
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    You need to be logged into a google account because it's a google based document. Completely safe. ;)

    Which version of the S4 do you have and on what carrier (as it will make a difference with what you can/can't disable).
     
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    But it always asked for permission. It won't show up for the list. Tmobile s4 version.
     
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    It's locked out on my end too. I'll see if I have the list saved anywhere else when I get home.
     
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    ok thank you.
     
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    What about the caller ID app on the VZW model?
     
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    There is a list here but it doesn't tell you what each app does and its for the i9505. I'm sure a lot of the apps are probably common for all the phones. Use at your own risk.
     
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    I disabled that within 5 minutes of activating the phone.
     
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