April 24, 2014

Remove Bloatware from your Samsung Captivate

So you just bought yourself a brand new Samsung Captivate.  You are finding that you love just about everything except for say, fifteen preloaded AT&T titles.  Yeah.  There are a slew of apps that come installed on your phone, including AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, AT&T Maps, AT&T Music,  and AT&T Mobile Hotspots.  The first thing many of us want to do is remove the stuff we don’t want or expect to use.  Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as uninstalling an application. Thankfully, the XDA-developers have found a workaround that helps to remove all the junk you don’t want.

Before running off to do this, I should warn you.  The process involves rooting your Captivate as well as some sideloading of apps.  If you don’t feel entirely comfortable with the process, you may want to hold off.  Bricking a brand new phone always sucks and I’d hate to see you sitting with a Super AMOLED paperweight.  However, if you are brave enough, here’s what you do.  Head to this post at BriefMobile and follow the steps.  They are plenty detailed and should make sense if you follow them properly.

To be completely fair, AT&T is not the only carrier doing this.  Pretty much everyone across the board is loading something on the phone that was selected by the carrier.  Be it a game or branded utility app, Android phones are showing up with bloatware.  The Captivate from Samsung and AT&T just happened to be a recent example of a carrier stepping over the line.  As time goes, I fully expect to see more tutorials on removing other preloaded apps and utilities for phones.

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