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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Hunter19877, Jan 8, 2021.

  1. Hunter19877

    Hunter19877 Lurker
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    Hey, I have a galaxy s7 (not edge) us version. (I know sooooooo last year) just joking lol I love this phone. It has served me well and continues too. Ive never had any problems with the phone at all.
    But since I've had the phone I've always wanted to get rid of certain programs that I just don't want, but can't uninstall. Ones that are just running in the background. I try to stop them with my device maintenance and it will stop them, but they just come right back. Now I'm very good with computers, not so much phones even tho I know they're very similar. I've uploaded some photos to show what I am trying to get rid of.
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    So, I know a lot of these I really don't need running. I usually hit the clean button and it will stop everything. But then 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds later they're all back, eating up unnecessary ram.
    So, can anyone either inform me as to why I need all of this running in the back? Or help me get rid of it all running in the back. Or at least get rid of the ones that I don't need. Like print spooler? Cmon man. Stickercenter? Sticker provider? Samsung cloud shouldn't be running. Google photos shouldn't be running either. Maybe this stuff is needed. But I don't see why.

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  2. girolez

    girolez Often Off Piste

    Hi , you cannot uninstall stock (factory installed) said without routing the phone. But for many of them you can go to Android settings>apps>disable which will stop them from running. (Some apps cannot be disabled and the option will be missing or greyed out.)
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  3. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.

    It is possible to remove preinstalled apps without root using ADB if your phone wont let you disable them. But be careful with system apps, removing a required one could mess up the phone.

    More info here:

    If your phone gets an Android upgrade the app will return, and can be removed again using ADB. With a Galaxy S7 that's not an issue.
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  4. Hunter19877

    Hunter19877 Lurker
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    Thanks for the info my friend.
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  5. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Just to be clear, this will not uninstall the apps.

    They will still exist.

    But they will no longer be running, and they will no longer show up when you search for them.

    If you reset your device, or as mentioned before- get an update- they will reappear and you are back to square one.

    Yes, it is annoying to think that these unwanted/unused things are always running.

    But the fact that you don't use them means that when your device actually needs more memory, the system will stop them from running before it will something that is used more often.

    The Android system controls this very well all by itself.

    Unless you have a severely memory strapped device, it is pretty unnecessary to go to the effort to kill these apps.

    Although I understand this to be the truth, I still side with you on the matter.
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  6. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    One more thing that slipped my mind until just now...

    If allvelse fails, and these unused, running apps are still annoying you, then try this.

    Goto your developers options, and near the bottom of the list there should be 'Background process limit' or similar.

    Here you can choose for yourself how many apps can run in the background.


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