Did you happen to get the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge last week? If you got it and have an AT&T or Verizon version, your S7 and S7 edge came preinstalled with bloatware or crapware, as some call it. AT&T has installed so much of it on my S7 it actually angers me because I paid for 32GB and they’re wasting my space.
Although you cannot fully delete the apps from your device, you can disable them which will reset them to factory settings. Disabling those pesky apps will also prevent them from updating to useless versions.
(There is a way to fully remove them but you would need to root your phone and void your warranty)
For the sake of this instructional, I am going to explain how to disable the apps without rooting your device.
- Goto ‘Settings’
- Find the tab ‘Device’ and click on it
- At the bottom you will see a folder called ‘Applications” and click on it
- Next select ‘Application Manager’ – this will bring up your entire list of downloaded apps
- Select an app, like ‘AT&T Smart Limits’
- Click Disable
- At this point also turn off notifications to prevent it for asking for updates. Click where is says ‘Allow Notifications’ and turn them off.
- Repeat this process for all of the crapware you don’t want to see on your phone and you’re done
Here is the process in through images: