Dealing 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 OEMs due to their monetization partnerships with other brands and companies. The Samsung Galaxy S22 also comes with a bunch of apps that cannot be uninstalled. This includes the usual suspects like Galaxy Store and My Galaxy, as well as duplicate apps like Calendar, Messages, and more. In this article, we are going to show you how to remove bloatware from Samsung Galaxy S22.
While these pre-installed apps won’t intersect with your daily use or do anything harmful, they tend to take up storage space – and sometimes even system resources – that could be used by other apps. Even when they’re not, some people find them annoying and hard to ignore. So let’s take a look at some simple steps using which you can free your shiny new $800 smartphone from preloaded and “uninstallable” bloatware.
The only things you will need for this are your smartphone, a PC/Mac with ADB, and a USB cable to connect your phone to your computer.
How to Uninstall Bloatware from Samsung Galaxy S22 without Root Access
We’ll show you how to remove bloatware using both ADB and ADB App Removal GUIs such as 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.
Step 1: Enable USB debugging on your Galaxy S22
Step 2: Use ADB to remove installed packages
- It is important to ensure that ADB is installed on your computer before starting this step. You can check out our How To Install ADB guide if you are new to this.
- After enabling USB debugging, plug your Galaxy S22 into your computer and change the USB settings from Phone charging mode only at File transfer mode when prompted.
- On a Windows machine, navigate to the directory where ADB is installed and hold down the Shift key and right-click the directory name and select Open command window/PowerShell here.
- If you’re using a Mac, launch a terminal window and navigate to the ADB directory using
cdOn my Mac, for example, it was
- Once you are there, just type
adb devicesand press enter to see the serial number of your device. You may see a prompt on your phone asking you to allow a connection with the computer if you are doing this for the first time. If so, then grant it.
- After that, restart the
adb devicesorder to see the serial number.
Step 3: Remove application packages
Step 4: It’s time to get rid of the bloatware
- Once you have the package name of the app you want to uninstall, use the following command to remove it from your phone:
- Note that you will need to replace “NameOfPackage” in the command with the full package name, without ” or <>.
If you followed the steps correctly, you have successfully uninstalled the bloatware from your Galaxy S22. Since there is no way to uninstall all apps together using ADB, you will have to manually run the command for each app you want to uninstall.
If that sounds like a lot of work or you’re not comfortable with ADB codes, you might also consider using an application removal GUI to remove bloatware. One of the best things about using a GUI like the “Universal Android Debloater” is that you can also select a group of packages together and remove them in one batch.
You can head to our XDA forums “Universal Android Debloater” thread to download and learn more about it. It’s worth pointing out that you can also reinstall apps that you may have deleted by mistake. You can head to our bloatware removal guide to find out the steps involved in reinstalling apps.
Well, that brings us to the end of this tutorial. Removing bloatware from your Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone, as you can see, is quite a simple task if you are familiar with the ADB tool. That being said, we hope OEMs will make it easier for us to get rid of these apps, just like you would uninstall a standard app from your smartphone.
If you came across this article while looking for a way to remove bloatware from any other Android phone, you would be happy 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 while preparing for its review.