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Support S4 bloatware: Can i disable the following

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  1. Seks

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    No I don't want to root my phone. Just want to know if I can just disable the following

    KNOX
    Music
    My Files
    Optical Reader
    Play Books
    Play Games
    Play Newsstand
    Play Movies
    Play Music
    POLARIS Office 5
    S Health
    S Translator
    S Voice
    Samsung Hub
    Samsung Link
    Story Album
    Voice Recorder
    Voice Search
    WatchON
    Google Settings
    ChatON
    Downloads
    Dropbox
    Photos
    Gmail
    Group Play
    Hangouts
    Internet
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    If you're not rooted, how are you going to disable anything without uninstalling it?

    Once you're rooted, use Titanium backup to freeze any app you don't want to be able to run. If that causes a problem you can unfreeze the app.

    If you disable My Files, you should install another file manager. You'll probably need one from time to time. Settings is definitely a no-no. You always need to have access to the phone's settings.
     
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    Most of those items can be, "Disabled", in Settings > More > Application Manager > ALL, without the need for rooting.

    For a list of apps that can be disabled safely, see, Bloatware removal - Dummies Guide
     
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    Please notice this guide is for rooted phones, whilst OP stated he doesn't wish to root his device. ;)
     
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    Cheers Kaat72. Whilst the guide is primarily for rooted users, some apps can be disabled, as mentioned in my previous post, without rooting and the guide contains a spreadsheet of the various apps and their uses. ;)

     
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    most of those apps can be "turned off" if you go into developer mode. So yes, they can't be deleted but they can be shut down and not use up your memory or speed. **edit** this can be done without rooting
     
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    From a quick scan, I think everything on ops' list can be disabled without root except Knox, which is a security program and a special case that's gotten a lot of attention on various forums. Some people got a little bit lost after launching the program in attempt to uninstall and disable and ended up temporarily locked out of portions of their phone. Even if rooted, getting rid of Knox was tricky for some. Luckily for rooters, the "safe root" process on xda disables Knox in the process of running the root script.
     

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