No, you won't be able to delete the stock Galaxy S6 apps


Despite some rumors to the contrary, Samsung's new TouchWiz edition that ships with the Galaxy S6 looks almost as bloated (sorry, feature and freebies-laden) as before. There was speculation that Samsung apps like S Note, S Voice and so on, will be provided as separate downloads, though, in order to avoid gumming up the interface works.

This didn't really happen, as those apps still come preinstalled on the new S6 and S6 edge phones, but they are a bit redesigned now, with a few new features added. Still, yesterday it was reported that, thanks to some obscure South Korean new law, you will be able to completely uninstall some of Samsung's app bloat, which would be a nice wind of change for the Galaxy S6 and its ilk. 

Well, that doesn't seem to be the case, but you'd rather be able to just disable the stock apps - a feature we had before, too. When you reset the phone, those apps will still be active, and even when you disable them, they will keep taking up space, just won't show in the app drawer, you know the drill. Bummer.

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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37 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Stock no, bloat yes.Although there isnt any bloat according to reviewers.

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1671; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

well i wouldnt call this bloat but facebook, whatsapp, skype, one drive etc can be called minor bloat. i only use skype for social media. never the less, compared to before, this is nothing.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, there's a blurry definition for bloat I consider many Google/Apple apps as bloat since I don't use them E.g. Play Games/Game Center, Play Movies & TV/Videos, Weather, Google Newsstand/Newsstand, Fit/Fitness, Stocks, Podcasts, ...

28. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

yeah but those can be uninstalled...right? lol idk i haven't had a stock phone since like 2009...

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

On Android you can disable them, which only hides them You need to root or jailbreak to actually uninstall them

26. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

All apps should be removable! Why not let people decide for themselves what they want?

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1671; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

install the korean firmware =D

4. Max_Boost

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Rooting will solve that

7. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If a root exploit can be found. Six months later and my Note 4 has no root.

16. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

31. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

My Note 4 has Root. Sprint version. Check and see if your model can be rooted. http://forum.xda-developers.com/note-4/orig-development/sm-n910-cf-auto-root-t2897428

34. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It can't. Verizon.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well, a leopard with never lose its spot. No big surprise here.

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I'm pretty sure the spots come from the fur coloring so if you keep the leopard shaved it should lose the spots. Now if we could only shave "this" leopard that would be great.

25. DaftPunk

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

a shaved leopard, Hmmm...

30. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

HEHE, HEHE! EVERYONE LIKES A SHAVED KITTY.....HEHE, HEHE!

33. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

If it's a cat, you should shave it.

6. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

The majority of people use Facebook, whatsapp and skype so it isn't really bloat ware. And before you pipe up saying that you don't use them remember I said majority. There are literally hundreds of millions of people using those apps

10. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

They are referring to the Samsung Apps that most people don't use/want, like the "Samsung Store" and the like.

13. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Galaxy Apps is used by almost every Galaxy phone owner, it's an essential part of TW, not just because you will only find and update Samsung apps there, but also because Samsung always offer free apps as part of their gifts policy through their store.

18. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Let's agree we don't agree. Many users consider some of the Samsung apps as "bloatware" and would love to delete them or change them for others of their preference. That's why most of the people considrer that it should be trimmed down:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Would-you-like-Samsung-to-trim-down-TouchWiz-UI_id64822

22. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am not saying that Samsung shouldn't give us the ability to uninstall 3rd part apps that we might not need(btw, Sony and HTC are as faulty as Samsung when it comes to flooding the app drawer with unwanted apps). But saying that most people don't use Galaxy Apps is a bit of a bold statement, since it is a very important part of the TW UI. Especially now, with all the extra features that Samsung eliminated, and the addition of the theme engine, people who might want to add them back will need to go to Galaxy Apps to do so.

24. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I'm just saying that because that's what the survey tells (quite clearly). But you say that most of the people use those applications while providing no data about it. Personally I think they have too many and they are too big/feature rich for most of the users. They need to simplify TW a lot (which they are doing, I'm not critizising the current status, but more the old TW).

32. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I'm kind of agreeing with Maherk on this one about Samsung Store. I have a Note 4 and without the Samsung Store, can't get the updates for the Note-specific apps like S-Note (which I use a lot) for example. Sure there are 3rd party apps for S-Note, but honestly S-Note is optimized for the S-Pen and probably the best app to use to utilize the pen's functions.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Stats please.

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL......just go to playstore and sort the apps according to most downloaded and you'll see all those he mentioned are on top.

19. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

LOL.....That's not a stat. I'm asking for proof that the majority of people use those apps.

21. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Well you can check Apple's app store as well where these apps are not pre-installed. And obviously, downloaded apps are used much more then pre-installed ones.

12. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

You didn't get the point. They were referring to those pre-installed apps from Samsung itself, not Facebook, Whatsapp and Skype.

8. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Disabling them also make they don't run in the background, improving performance. So they "don't be active" any more. But yes, they will still take space in the phone.

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