How to remove bloatware from Samsung Galaxy S22

Having to deal with bloatware is never a pleasant experience. The sad thing is that even the best android phones come with pre-installed apps that you didn’t ask for. They are often shipped by the OEMs as a result of their monetization partnerships with other brands and companies. The Samsung Galaxy S22 also comes with some apps that cannot be uninstalled. This includes the usual suspects like the Galaxy Store and My Galaxy, along with duplicate apps like Calendar, Messages, and more. In this article, we will show you how to remove bloatware from Samsung Galaxy S22.

While these pre-installed apps don’t interfere with your daily usage or do anything harmful, they tend to take up storage space — and sometimes even system resources — that can be used by other apps. Even if they don’t, some people just find them annoying and hard to ignore. So let’s take a look at some simple steps that will help you free your shiny new $800 smartphone from the preloaded and “uninstallable” bloatware.

Remark: You can follow the same instructions to remove bloatware on other Android smartphones as well.

All you need is your smartphone, a PC/Mac with ADBand a USB cable to connect your phone to your computer.

Remove Bloatware from Samsung Galaxy S22 without Root Access

We’ll show you how to remove bloatware with both ADB and ADB App Removal GUIs like the “Universal Android Debloater”. None of these methods require root access to your phone so you should be able to do this easily as long as you follow the steps carefully.

Caution: Uninstalling some system apps can be dangerous and can lead to forced shutdowns and malfunctions, or even a bricked device. We recommend that you only remove the apps that you think are absolutely unnecessary.

Step 1: Enable USB debugging on your Galaxy S22

Step 2: Using ADB to Remove Installed Packages

  • It is important to make sure that ADB is installed on your computer before we start with this step. You can use our How To Install ADB Guide if this is new to you.
  • After enabling USB debugging, connect your Galaxy S22 to your computer and change the USB settings from Phone only charging mode until File transfer mode if requested.
  • On a Windows computer, browse to the folder where ADB is installed, hold down the Shift key and right click on the name of the folder and select Open Command/PowerShell window here.
  • If you are using a Mac, launch a Terminal window and navigate to the ADB directory with cd <path to the directory>.For example, on my Mac it was cd /Users/karthiksmac/Desktop/platform-tool
    Mac Terminal Galaxy S22
  • When you’re in, just type adb devices and press enter to see the serial number of your device. You may see a prompt on your phone asking you to authorize a connection to the computer the first time you do this. If so, admit it.
    Allow USB Debugging Galaxy S22
  • Then run the again adb devices command to see the serial number.

Step 3: Remove App Packages

Step 4: Time to get rid of the bloatware

  • Once you have the package name of the app you want to remove, use the following command to remove it from your phone:

    pm uninstall -k --user 0 NameOfPackage

  • Note that you must replace “NameOfPackage” from the command with the full package name, without any ” or <>.

If you followed the steps correctly, you have successfully removed the bloatware from your Galaxy S22. Since it’s not possible to uninstall all apps together using the ADB, you’ll have to manually run the command for each app you want to uninstall.

If this sounds like a lot of work to you or if you’re not comfortable executing ADB codes, you might also consider using an app uninstaller GUI to get rid of the bloatware. One of the best things about using a GUI like the “Universal Android Debloater” is that you can also select a number of packages together and delete them in a single batch.

Universal Android Debloater

You can go to our “Universal Android Debloater” thread from XDA Forums to download and learn more about it. It’s worth pointing out that you can also reinstall the apps you accidentally deleted. You can go to our bloatware removal guide to find the steps required to reinstall the apps.

Closing Thoughts

Well, that brings us to the end of this tutorial. Removing bloatware from your Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone, as you can see, is quite an easy task if you know your way around the ADB tool. That said, we hope OEMs allow us to more easily uninstall these apps, just like you would uninstall a regular app from your smartphone.

If you came across this article while looking for a way to remove bloatware from another Android phone, you would be pleased to know that this method can be used on any smartphone regardless of OEM or carrier. Good luck with the process and we hope you enjoy your bloatware-free Galaxy S22 as much as we did putting together the review.

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