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    Exclamation Galaxy S5 AT&T Rooting/Bloat Ware Removal

    I am planning on getting a Galaxy S5 in a couple of months when I am eligible for an upgrade. I am trying to find out more about what the options are for rooting the phone to remove bloat ware. I don't want to install a custom rom at all. I just want to uninstall, not disable, the AT&T apps if that is even possible. As I understand it I can do that if I root the phone. Is that correct? Also if I root the phone does that void the warranty from Samsung/AT&T? If it does is there a way to unroot the phone?
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    Default Re: Galaxy S5 AT&T Rooting/Bloat Ware Removal

    Hello,

    Many apps even some bloatware can be disabled from within stock Android itself. Sure you can turn to rooting, but it will void the warranty while the device is in the rooted state. So if something does happen while its rooted you would have to unroot to take it in for warranty/service.
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    I don't want to just disable them. I want to uninstall the apps that is why I am looking at rooting. What does it take to unroot a phone?
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    Uninstalling them, yes that would require rooting. Unrooting a phone is usually not a big deal but in case of Samsung and KNOX security, returning your phone to a factory stock look without any signs of tampering can be difficult and in danger of bricking your device. Bottom line, Samsung has put KNOX in there for a reason to make a phone secure and they have added things like a tampered/bootloader " trip " counter so they know if you have done anything related to rooting. Yes there has been ways to reset everything but there has also been a good share of folks that have bricked their devices doing so.

    Just something to keep in mind. But if your comfortable with the risks, have at it and good luck friend
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    I'm new to Samsung Galaxy S5 and pretty much new to android. Is it "safe" to disable them? since I got a warning when trying to do so. Also if not harmful is it helpful at all?

    Sent from a far, far Galaxy S5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Bumber View Post
    I'm new to Samsung Galaxy S5 and pretty much new to android. Is it "safe" to disable them? since I got a warning when trying to do so. Also if not harmful is it helpful at all?

    Sent from a far, far Galaxy S5
    Yes it's safe to disable them. Often disabling apps stops them from running in the background using battery or sometimes even data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fdmstng99 View Post
    Yes it's safe to disable them. Often disabling apps stops them from running in the background using battery or sometimes even data.
    And keeps you from being forced to see that crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diabsoule View Post
    I don't want to just disable them. I want to uninstall the apps that is why I am looking at rooting. What does it take to unroot a phone?
    Well there's no root anyway right now for AT&T or Verizon, can only disable bloat in settings. And with Knox there's really nothing you can do, root trips Knox = warranty gone. This isn't like the old days where you could "triangle away" and take your phone in for service.
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    I disabled all my Sprint and Samsung stuff, except the stuff I actually like.

    Sprint's Lumen Bar, for example, can be disabled. It's still in the App Drawer, but it's not active.

    So far as Rooting is concerned... I would not Root a brand new phone just yet. It hasn't even been out a month yet and a lot of these "Root" programs are still in "beta mode", so to speak. The developers don't offer any guarantees or warranty and you're basically a beta-tester for their software.

    If you're dead-set on Rooting, I'd wait another month to make sure those rooting programs are more fully tested by other people. Let THEM be the guinea pigs. After a few revisions, the Root will probably be a lot more stable and bug-free.

    That's the same thing I did with my iPhone whenever a new Jailbreak came out. Never jump on a new JB or Root until it's been out for at least a month and all the bugs are ironed out.

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