Disable Bloatware on Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 8
Disable Bloatware on Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 8
 

Samsung devices have been known for a while for the amount of bloatware present on them. Over the years, Samsung, as well as other OEMs, have worked to streamline their software and remove the number of bloatware apps. Still, carrier locked devices ship with a little more bloatware than even normal Samsung Galaxy devices. Generally, you can’t really get rid of the bloatware without rooting the device. Thanks to the huge developer community behind and Samsung’s reach, that’s not the case with Samsung’s popular devices. There have been ways to disable bloatware on Samsung devices using ADB, without root. We’ve even covered a few of those such as removing bloatware from the Galaxy S8, or even other Samsung devices. Now we’re here with a way to disable bloatware on Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 8.

These methods generally use a package disabler, which disables a number of predefined app packages. This is generally still safer than rooting and removing packages manually, it is still a little risky. The package disabler can possibly disable the wrong packages which could cause your device to act erratically or even freeze up entirely. XDA user BAYmustafa96 has modified and created an XML file which can be used on any package manager app. This XML file removes about 129 apps that are safe to remove according to BAYmustafa96. We’ve previously used this package disabler XML file to get rid of bloatware on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. It was then edited by another user Xperience Z who reduced the number of apps further down to 120. This file has been edited keeping the Galaxy S9 S9 Plus and Note 8 in mind.

Method 1: Uninstall System Apps on Galaxy S9/S9 Plus Using ADB Commands

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You can easily uninstall, disable or remove the pre-installed system apps on your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus by executing the commands mentioned below. All you need is to install ADB and Fastboot tool on your computer and the name of the app’s package name you want to uninstall. This method works on all Samsung devices.

  1. Download the setup ADB and Fastboot on your computer.
  2. Enable USB debugging on your phone by going to Settings> Developer options.
  3. To know app package names for the apps installed on your Galaxy S9, install App Inspector from the Play Store. 
    App Inspector Price: Free
  4. Note down the app package names on a notepad app for future reference.
  5. Connect your phone to the computer and ‘Allow USB debugging’ if prompted.
  6. Well, now launch a command prompt window. To do so, place the mouse pointer on the Windows icon and do a right-click on the mouse. Select the Command Prompt option to launch the cmd window.
  7. Now type the following command in it and hit the Enter key.
    adb shell

  8. On hitting the Enter key, you’ll get the codename for your device (‘starlte’ for the Galaxy S9 and ‘star2lte’ for the S9 Plus).
  9. Now issue the following command (pm uninstall -k –user 0…….) followed by the app package name and press the Enter key. In the following command “com.samsung.android.messaging” is the app name for Samsung’s stock message app.
    pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.messaging
  10. Just keep executing the above command with the app package names of the system apps you want to disable until you have removed all desired apps.
  11. To enable the disabled apps, you’ll have to perform a factory reset.

List of Bloat Apps on Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus

For your convenience, we have made a list of system apps with their app package names.

Samsung Message

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.messaging

Samsung Keyboard

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.inputmethod

My Files

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.app.myfiles

Voice Service (S-Voice)

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.svoice.sync

Samsung Voice Input

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.svoiceime

Voice Service Framework (S-Voice)

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.svoice

Galaxy Apps

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.app.samsungapps

Galaxy Essentials Widget

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.widgetapp.samsungapps

Samsung Themes

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.themestore

Link Sharing

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.simplesharing

Smart Things

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.easysetup
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.beaconmanager

Carmode Stub

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.drivelink.stub

Email

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.email.provider

Configuration message

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.wsomacp

LED Cover Service

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.cover.ledcover
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.ledcoverdream

Samsung Dex Home

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.app.desktoplauncher

Samsung Dex

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.desktopmode.uiservice

Secure Folder

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.knox.securefolder

Smart Switch Agent

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.easyMover.Agent

Smart View

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.smartmirroring

withTV (Samsung TV)

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.withtv

Finance (Yahoo)

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.widgetapp.yahooedge.finance

Sports (Yahoo)

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.widgetapp.yahooedge.sport

Photo Screensavers

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.dreams.phototable

Gear VR Service

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.hmt.vrsvc

Health Service

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.service.health

Yelp Edge Panel

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.yelp.android.samsungedge

Samsung Internet Panel

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.sbrowseredge

CNN for Edge Panel

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.cnn.mobile.android.phone.edgepanel

Workspace

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.knox.containeragent

Samsung Mirror 1.1

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.mirrorlink

Samsung Pass

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.samsungpass

Autofill with Samsung Pass

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.samsungpassautofill

Samsung PaymentFramework

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.spayfw

Samsung Billing

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.app.billing

Dual Messenger

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.da.daagent

Emergency Information

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.emergency

Emergency Manager Service

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.emergencymode.service

Chrome

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.chrome

Google VR Service

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.vr.vrcore

Samsung Cloud

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.scloud

Facebook App Installer

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.facebook.system

Facebook App Manager

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.facebook.appmanager

Briefing

pm uninstall -k --user 0 flipboard.boxer.app

Hancom Office Editor

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.hancom.office.editor.hidden

Game Launcher

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.game.gamehome

Game Optimizing Service

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.enhance.gameservice
Game Tools
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.game.gametools

ANT + DUT

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.dsi.ant.sample.acquirechannels

ANT RADIO Service

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.dsi.ant.service.socket

ANT + HAL Service

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.dsi.ant.server

ANT + Plugins Service

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.dsi.ant.plugins.antplus

EasyOneHand

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.easyonehand

Android Easter Egg

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.egg

Keyguard Wallpaper Updator

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.keyguardwallpaperupdator

T-mobile Name ID

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.tmobile.services.nameid

Visual Voicemail

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.tmovvm

Google Print Service

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.printservice.recommendation

Google Print Spooler

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.printspooler

Android Daemon

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.android.daemonapp

Provision Manager

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.managedprovisioning

Push Notification

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sec.spp.push

Method 2: Disabling System Apps on Galaxy S9 Using Package Disabler Pro

Download

Install BK Package Disabler for Samsung

BK Package Disabler for Samsung by WakaSoftware is not a free app and will cost you $2.49. Don’t launch the app as soon as you install it though.

Package Disabler Pro Price:

Install BK Plugin 2

Due to changes made by Samsung, BK Package disabler cannot work on its own anymore and requires a separate plugin. Fortunately, the plugin, called BK Plugin 2 is free to install and use.

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How to safely disable bloatware on Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

  1. Once you have the two apps installed, and the XML file downloaded, you will need to grant administrative privileges to BK Plugin 2. This needs to be done before BK Package disabler is launched.
  2. To do that, launch BK Plugin 2 and tap on ACTIVATE IT. This will take you to the device administrator page where you have to tap ACTIVATE. You can now go ahead and launch BK Package disabler.
  3. You will see all your apps listed on the main page of the BK Package Disabler. Tap on the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner in the BK Package disabler app and select Import/Export XML.
  4. A popup appears allowing you to choose between IMPORT FROM XML and EXPORT TO XML. Select IMPORT FROM XML then tap on SELECT PATH.
  5. Navigate to the downloaded XML file, which should most probably be in your Downloads folder, and tap on it to select it.
  6. Tap on IMPORT now.
  7. The XML file will now automatically disable 120 useless bloatware apps for you while you sit back and relax. It doesn’t really take that long though so you won’t be relaxing much, if at all. You’ll be taken to the BK Package Disabler’s main page once it is done.
  8. As you scroll down the list of apps you should notice a few of them, 120 exactly, have been checked off. This means these apps have been disabled.

Note

It is important that you do take a good look at which apps have been disabled. The process is automated so you’re not asked whether you would prefer to disable a certain app. The list of disabled apps could possibly contain an app that you use. In that case, you can simply check the box next to the app on the list and it will be enabled.

Alternative

If you think BK Package Disabler is a little too expensive at $2.49, you can try using Package Disabler Pro by policedeveloper which costs $1.49. It also needs a plugin of its own called PDP Plugin. We’ve linked both the apps below so you can disable bloatware at a slightly cheaper price. Using the app is very similar to using BK Package disabler albeit a little less complicated. If you still need more assistance, you can follow the instructions here under the How to disable bloatware heading.

Package Disabler Pro

Package Disabler Pro Price:

PDP Plugin

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