How to Remove Bloatware from Samsung Galaxy S3

When you buy a new Android phone, a bunch of apps come preloaded on it. Same is the case with the new Galaxy S3 smartphone, it comes preloaded with a large number of apps which some users do not like. So, for those users, here’s a guide on how they can remove such bloatware from their Galaxy S3 smartphone.

I. Before You Begin:

1. You must have rooted your Galaxy S3 before doing this procedure. Please head to our how to root Galaxy S3 procedure first, finish it, then return to this procedure and continue.

2. You must have ClockworkMod Recovery installed on your phone. You can head to our how to install CWM Recovery on Galaxy S3 procedure to learn how to do so.

3. You must have ADB installed on your PC, you can learn how to do so from here.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Download the Auto Bloat Remover Tool from here.

2. List of apps which will be removed (Optional)  - Link

III. Removing Bloatware from your Galaxy S3 smartphone:

1. Place the downloaded tool on the Desktop of your PC.

2. Extract files from the Tool archive onto your Desktop. You will get six files on your Desktop.

3. On your phone, enable USB debugging by going to Menu>>Settings>>Applications>>Development>>USB debugging and tick-mark the box.

4. Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable that came with it.

5. Once the phone is connected, double-click the Debloat.bat file which you extracted from the archive.

6. Follow the instructions displayed on your screen.

7. Reboot your phone when you are done with the instructions.

Congrats ! You have successfully removed bloatware from your Galaxy S3 smartphone and now you have a good amount of free memory as well as faster performance on your phone.

If this procedure helped you to remove bloatware, then please head over to the official thread over at XDA forum to thank/donate to the original developer of this Bloat Remover Tool !

If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.

Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!

For all the devices we have rooting procedures for, head here.


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  • Pascal

    The “how to install CWM ” and “List of apps which will be removed (Optional)” links are broken.

    • Mahesh Makvana

      List of Apps link is working fine. I just updated the CWM link, now it’s working. Thank you !

  • Poper@SG

    I did exactly as stated but it doesn’t work.. due to permission error.
    I even login via ADB shell and did manually; still failed.

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Have you rooted your smartphone before doing this procedure? Permission errors usually occur when you do not have access to system files on your phone. So, please make sure that your phone is correctly rooted. We’ve a guide to check whether your phone is rooted or not, please follow it once.

  • Nick

    i followed everything to the t and then when the debloat.bat booted my phone into cwm, it said that the device was not found. am i missing something? i installed adb and everything.

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Have you installed the drivers for your smartphone?

  • Ronnie

    This just removes the apk files but does not appear to uninstall the apps. When I use root explorer to look in the /system/app folder the .apk and .odex files are gone. But when I look in my app drawer the app icons are still listed. When I press the app icon the app launches. I thought maybe the apps where still contained in the cache or dalvik. So I rebooted to recovery and did a clear cache and dalvik and the apps still show in the app drawer.

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Well, the method to debloat Galaxy S3 is developed by a recognized developer over at XDA Forum. The method has worked for some of the users of the Galaxy S3 smartphone and it should work for you, too. Make sure that you have followed each step correctly.

      Thanks !

      • Ronnie

        Maybe it was my procedure. My version of Clockworkmod didn’t seem to support adb because when I booted into recovery and ran adb on my PC it couldn’t find the device. So I rebooted then used Root Explorer to put /system into read/write mode. Then I modified your script to remove the ‘reboot recovery’ and ping commands so it would run just the rm commands I guess it’s possible that the rm command acts differently while booted into recovery. But the normal way to uninstall an app with adb is;

        adb uninstall

        Maybe others can post if this procedure was successful for them?

        Thanks,
        Ronnie

  • Zebraitis

    Nope…

    This method no longer seems to work.

    I have root, verified hat I have both superuser app and verified root via root check basic”.

    I did a freash load of Samsung Kies to ensure had valid USB drivers.

    I turned USB debugging on.

    The issue (as far as I can tell) is that when debloat.bat runs and reboots the phone into CM Recovery, the USB connection is dropped (I hear an audible tripple tone indicating disconnection).

    In trying to continue the run of debloat.bat, the output on the screen is:

    error: device not found
    error: device not found
    error: device not found

    etc, etc, etc

    … ideas ?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      The method provided above works well on the Stock Samsung ROMs and it’s been confirmed by some users, too. You can visit the official thread over at XDA Forum to let the developer know about this issue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/almog.koren Almog Koren

    How do you do this on mac?

    • iHATEapple

      You don’t, macs SUCK.

      • Ray

        LOL!

    • wlmeng11

      LOL although the other guy is correct, you can use TiBu or some other app to freeze bloatware on your phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/atasmaly Tony Tasmaly

    Install window on you mac then your good to go!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fernando-Pena/1179619252 Fernando Pena

    wow… it removes a lot of stuff…
    May I install back some of them via play store after that?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Great!

      Yes, you can install back any apps that you want.

  • preston

    why does it keep saying permission denied?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Have you rooted your Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone? The message you mention above is probably caused by not having root-access on your device.

      So go and first root your device, then come back to this procedure and continue.

      Thanks!

  • Courtney

    Hi Thank you for your clear, simple, easy to understanding instructions. The best I’ve found online. Will this method remove ONLY unnecessary apps to allow smooth functionality of my Samsung S3? Will ALL OF THEM then be retrievable on the Google Store? I only have about 800MB left on my S3. I have an excellent app that I just must run, which is over 400MB in size. Like pc’s, I know that the lest programs/apps a device has, the faster/smoother it will go. Thanks for your/anyone’s help

  • Janelle

    Hey, my s3 disconnects from the PC every time it reboots during the 1st step of the debloating process & so when they ask if I want to remove the bloatware, it will say “device not found”. Please help!