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  1. sugarspunz

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    Just got an S6 with T-mobile and am very happy so far.

    HOWEVER!!!

    how to get rid of all BS on this phone? There are a ton of apps that I just dont want.

    Ideally I am looking for a way to delete the apps I dont want and the knowledge of what is and isnt safe to delete if that exists.

    Thank you in advance for any help.
     

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    Things that are installed to the /system partition (i.e. all pre-installed apps for most phones) can only be uninstalled if you have rooted the phone. However, since they live in a different partition from your apps you don't gain any space by deleting them. So if you clear data for them (since their data do share space with your apps) and then disable them the practical effect is the same as uninstalling them.

    If someone (Samsung or the carrier) has decided that a particular app cannot be disabled then you need to root to get rid of it.

    As for which apps can be safely removed, the list of pre-installed apps is rather long, and will vary with carrier, so I doubt anyone will produce a comprehensive list. Any that allow you to disable them can be safely disabled (or removed). For others it might be better to ask whether the specific apps you want to remove (if you go that way) are safe.
     
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    Hadron is absolutely on the mark. I went to Application Manager/ALL and then went through every single app that had the Disable option when I clicked on it and then selectively uninstalled their updates, cleared the data and then disabled them, in that order. Obviously, I focused on apps that I knew I did not want, and then later selectively played with other installations once I knew their function. A few did have the option to uninstall them but only a few.By disabling, I might not have reduced my internal storage memory, but but at least, prevented them from loading in memory in the background. I automatically uninstalled all updates to these apps and in the Play Store made sure that the would not automatically update themselves.
     
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    I will hope someone smarter than I and willing to take a few minutes to list the apps OK to disable will eventually happen (as on previous forums/phones). In the meantime... can someone advise me if the following are OK to disable (I've already made one pass... but was unsure about these)? Many thanks!

    the ANT series (DUT, HAL Service, Radio Service, + Pluggins Service)
    BBC Agent
    BeaconManager
    Briefing
    CarmodeStub
    DT Ignite
    ELM Agent
    EpdgTestApp
    Galaxy Apps Widget
    Galaxy TalkBack
    Gear VR Service
    Gear VR SetupWizardStub
    Google Play Services
    iHeartRadio
    IMS Settings
    My InfoZone
    My Interests
    PageBuddyNotiSvc
    Quick connect
    SapaMonitor
    Slow motion
    SVF
    Trim
    withTV
     
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    Quite a few of the items listed are grayed out on not in my phone (AT&T) for me in Application manager.

    The ones I've been able to disable are: –
    Briefing
    DriveMode I'm assuming it's the same as carmodestub.
    Galaxy Apps Widget
    I have a Gear Fit so I keep the gear services on, but you can uninstall updates and disable if you want.
    Google Play Services – I think you need to keep that to use the Google Play Store
    iheartRadio
     
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    Yes, do not disable Google Play Services unless you want several Google apps, including the Play Store, to stop working.
     
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    WOW thank you so much for the information.

    Few more questions....

    1) is there a way to root our phones yet? I have not been on this forum in a while and I dont see the "everything root" section anymore.
    2) when you load an app from the play store you agree to the access the app has to your phone. For apps like facebook and facebook messenger this is extremely intrusive. Facebook and facebook messenger cannot be uninstalled so by disabling these two apps do they still have the ability to capture all of my information or are they essentially dead after disabling?
     
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    ^^^ Thank you sir.
     
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    It's just called "Root" rather than "All Things Root" these days.
     
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    I should have mention this earlier – in the stickies on this forum, there is an absolutely superb* explanation on bloatware by EarlyMon. It was very enlightening though I have put an asterisk on superb because a lot of it goes well above my head. In spite of that, it is a great read for all.

    http://androidforums.com/threads/technical-question-on-bloatware-for-gurus.914115/
     
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    ^Yeah I did attempt to read that. It was way over my head as well. My intention wasn't to increase speed or room on my phone to just get rid of things I dont want and will never use like FB messenger.
     

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