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Support Tired of Rogers' Bloatware, my S5 is full of junk.....

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  1. AndroidNewb58

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    Is there any way to factory reset my S5 and NOT have all the bloatware? Just today CHATON suddenly appeared, and I am sort of tired of Samsung and Rogers deciding what's on my phone? I guess my question is, is rooting the only way? What are the ramifications of rooting down the road (if any) do I need to get Rogers to do anything after I reset? Is it complicated to clean out the phone? Are there any benefits, other than removing stuff? Is the process reversible? And how long does it take?

    Thanks a lot in advance for any help you can provide....
     

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    You don't need to root your device.

    Bring up the app drawer and find all of the crap apps, do a long press and then drop them on the trash can, or Uninstall icon. Depends on how your's is labeled. If it is an app that was preloaded, you can just Turn it OFF. That way, it will be just as if it was never loaded on the ROM and totally out of your way.

    My phone is very clean even though it is box stock and loaded with Verizon crap ware.... I just turned it all OFF.

    However, if later on, you do decide to root the phone, it can be done successfully and if you find a ROM you like, you can load only the apps on it you want.


    Alternatively, you can use Settings/apps/app mgr/ALL to find and turn off anything you don't want. This method though is very frustrating, as the list always resets back to the top after each app is turned OFF. The list is extremely long as it contains every file on the phone.

    You can't hurt the phone, anything turned OFF, can be turned back ON.
     
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    I was a bit disappointed in the bloatware also. After I got a Sandisk 64GB micro SDXC, I realized how awesome Samsung devices are for having the option for expandable storage that can be used for anything. It is great for apps to be stored there as well as music, docs, apk files, etc.

    For the bloatware, I just turned it off, as mentioned above.
     
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    Hey, thanks for the replies folks. I am going to Try what AZgl1500 recommended after a wipe, and if I am still not satisfied, I will look at rooting.

    Thanks again!
     
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    The storage space saved by "deleting" the bloatware is NOT enough to worry about rooting, IF that is the only reason you are wanting to root the phone. The apps just don't take up that much memory space.

    Once they are turned OFF, it is as if they were never installed.
    Back on my old Galaxy S Fascinate, the bloatware was a horrible intrusion on memory storage space, as that phone only has about 267 mB of free RAM. But, the phone does work within its' limits and is still in service today as a backup for my wife (her's broke, ordered a new one).

    The S5 has about 5.5 gB of free storage space in stock form, so a few mB of bloatware apps is not even worth worrying about. If you can turn them OFF and the phone will do what you want, why risk bricking it while rooting it?

    I have a 64 gB SD card in my S5, and the phone has about 5.5 gB of free space... I don't see the need to root the phone. It will do everything that I need it to do.
     
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    I sent you a PM JohnDave, when you get a sec, have a look, thanks!
     
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    Here's my problem...... I look at the "all" list, and I scroll to the bottom, and the first one I want to get rid of is "WEATHER" and of course I can force stop, but not turn off, and when I restart the phone it's started again. Why is that? Why don't i get to decide what runs on my phone and what doesn't? This is why I think rooting may be the answer. There doesn't seem to be a way to turn off permanently the stuff I don't want........Or.......Am I missing something here?

    Thanks again!
     
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    Ok there is a Yes and No
    Yes if there is a Stock firmware available for your phone, Now were not talking about a custom rom
    You need to register on sammobile this will show any roms avalable for your model
    Here in the UK we have a Stock Model and models with Bloated junk from Networks.
    To un brand is easy and Samsung strangely will help, First get the right rom is a Must if its available
    if there is no rom then i'm afraid its a Big NO
     
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    I'm a bit confused here (easily done). Can these apps be turned OFF on the standard Samsung ROM? Or are we talking about custom ROMs?

    Thanks.
     
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    Well, I rooted the other day, and I am pretty pleased with the results. I have only the software running that I want to run, and I am free of bloatware and processes running that I don't need running. However..... And I hope this is coincidence, or a one off, but I was in a friend's basement last night and my LTE signal went out repeatedly. I restarted the phone twice and it reconnected, but others in his basement were not having any issues with their phones. Now I suppose it could be my carrier, but it's hard to imagine I was the only one on Rogers. And whatever you want to say about Rogers, I have not had signal issues in literally years. They have an excellent network. I guess I should say I did not remove or stop any service I didn't specifically know was OK to stop, so I don't think that's an issue. I will continue to keep an eye on it and see if it is a real issue.

    A question. I hear people talk about custom ROMs. I assume this is individual to the model, but is it also carrier specific? And where can you get these ROMs from? Finally, how difficult is it to apply them?

    Oh, one more thing. What has been the biggest benefit to YOU in rooting your phone, and what are some of the enhancements or fun things you have been able to do?

    Thanks for everyone's input as always.
     

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