How to Remove Bloatware from the Samsung Galaxy S4 (Video)

Samsung’s new flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S4, is sold with a certain amount of storage advertised. Issue is, with all the bloatware Samsung put on the device before shipping it out, it seems that the amount you can actually use is much less than the advertised amount. Unfortunately, all of those apps Samsung added to the device are in the system folder and cannot be removed by simply uninstalling them like normal apps so it seems you are stuck with them. Pssh, behold the power of rooting. Once you’ve rooted the device, you can easily remove those programs (and even back them up in case you want to reinstall them just as easily) with a simple program. Here’s how to remove all that bloatware from the Samsung Galaxy S4.

I. Before You Begin

1. You MUST be rooted in order to do this procedure. If you are not, please head to our How To Root the Samsung Galaxy S4 procedure, finish it, then come back to this one to continue.

II. Remove the Bloatware from the Samsung Galaxy S4

1. Open the Play Store on your device.

2. Search for and install No Bloat (Free).

3. Open No Bloat.

4. Always allow Superuser permissions when prompted.

5. Tap on System Apps.

6. Tap on any app you want to remove and click backup and delete then click Okay.

7. Repeat step 6 until all the apps you want removed are gone.

III. Permanently Remove the Apps to Increase Storage Space (Optional)

1. Test out the phone for a while to make sure you didn’t delete anything you might have needed.

2. Open No Bloat.

3. Click on Backed Up Apps.

4. Tap on any app you want to remove entirely and click Delete Backup then click Okay (Once this is removed it is difficult to reinstall this app without scouring the internet for the apk replacement so just make sure it’s an app that you don’t use and doesn’t control anything you might use i.e. AirView, or other Samsung features you want to keep).

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  • Justme

    How do you know which apps are inherent to the phone that need to remain and which are “fru-fru” that can be automatically deleted?

    • Best way to know is to Google the com.whatever name if you are unsure, but truthfully it’d only delete things you know are things you won’t ever use (I.e. ATT’s tv app, Yellow Pages, etc.)

  • Justme

    Thank you, David. I appreciate your response.

  • kmapjr

    That sounds great, buy a new supposedly one of the top smartphones get it home & have to start googling on how to get it right, yeah not for me or the average person, that’s the problem with Droids, so many hands in the cookie jar to garble things up, what a huge joke!