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  1. fragologist's Avatar
    I tried searching the forum but I couldn't find a list of apps safe to turn off. Anyone here know which ones are safe?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-05-2014 07:31 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    The thing about disabling an app is that you can't do any damage. If the phone starts to act funny, just re-enable the app. Just be careful with apps that are clearly system apps. Also, don't disable Google Play Services or Download Manager.
    fragologist and bembol like this.
    11-06-2014 02:58 AM
  3. hdhuntr's Avatar
    The search terms you want are bloat and bloatware and also look on XDA forum as well...
    fragologist likes this.
    11-06-2014 07:45 AM
  4. dpham00's Avatar
    The thing about disabling an app is that you can't do any damage. If the phone starts to act funny, just re-enable the app. Just be careful with apps that are clearly system apps. Also, don't disable Google Play Services or Download Manager.
    Even if you did, you can easily re enable it. System apps can't be disabled stock anyway

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    11-06-2014 07:53 AM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Even if you did, you can easily re enable it. System apps can't be disabled stock anyway

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    I was thinking of apps like Download Manager, which can be disabled, and has been the cause of problems installing other apps ...

    Posted via Android Central App.
    Please excuse any typos or autocorrect derps.
    11-06-2014 10:30 AM
  6. fragologist's Avatar
    So I guess the best way to do this is to shut one or two off at a time, wait and see how the phone reacts and move on to other apps to shut off.

    I am in the process of making my Note 4 self aware.
    11-06-2014 11:09 AM
  7. raqball's Avatar
    Here is everything I have turned off with no issues.
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    B. Diddy and fragologist like this.
    11-06-2014 11:19 AM
  8. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Wow. That is a lot of bloat.
    11-06-2014 11:59 AM
  9. raqball's Avatar
    Yeah, most is bloat and some are apps I just don't use. I don't use Gmail because of the tiny font so I stick with the stock Email app. I don't use the messaging app because I prefer Textra.

    I've not had a single issue yet and everything is smooth. I might circle back later and disable some more but for now I am happy.

    I really wish Samsung would stop including all the garbage apps. If users want it let them download it and if they don't want it then it's not there from the start. I also wish they'd flex their muscles a little like Apple does and not allow the carriers to add the bloat.
    11-06-2014 12:41 PM
  10. felloffthetruck's Avatar
    Can't you uninstall some of those?
    11-06-2014 12:46 PM
  11. comfortably nub's Avatar
    Wow the at&t version makes my t-mo look like a gpe device lol
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    11-06-2014 12:50 PM
  12. raqball's Avatar
    Can't you uninstall some of those?
    I'd be careful with uninstalling some stuff as if it creates an issue you may not be able to get the app back without doing a factory reset. Disabling works just fine. Sure they take up space but an SD card can easily solve that issue.

    Wow the at&t version makes my t-mo look like a gpe device lol
    Yeah AT&T loves to pile on the junk. It's unbelievable how much junk they put on phones. They must know that most don't use it yet they keep wasting time and money on them. It's odd to say the least.
    11-06-2014 01:01 PM
  13. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Can't you uninstall some of those?
    Apps that can be disabled are preinstalled, and not uninstallable, unless you're rooted. Conversely, an app that can be uninstalled can't be disabled--all you can do is uninstall it.
    11-06-2014 02:00 PM
  14. AlusionL's Avatar
    Tmobile only added like 3 apps, damn.

    And even those 3 are very useful.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-06-2014 06:42 PM
  15. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    Sprint not that bloated either only couple of apps... Imma dig more tho I'm sure more hidden

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    11-07-2014 04:28 AM
  16. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    How u disabled apps that u downloaded lol instgram and Facebook not pre installed lol

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    11-07-2014 04:29 AM
  17. CatLady2010's Avatar
    Forgive me, but I'm a new user. How do I disable apps as opposed to deleting them? I know how to delete apps I have added, but is it possible with pre-installed apps?
    11-07-2014 05:53 AM
  18. raqball's Avatar
    How u disabled apps that u downloaded lol instgram and Facebook not pre installed lol

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    I didn't download them, they came pre installed and can't be deleted..

    I don't use either of the services so why would I keep them active?
    11-07-2014 05:57 AM
  19. Trigati's Avatar
    Here is everything I have turned off with no issues.
    How have you disabled some of them (like Messages in particular)? I can force stop Messages, but I don't get the option to turn it off.
    11-07-2014 05:57 AM
  20. raqball's Avatar
    How have you disabled some of them (like Messages in particular)? I can force stop Messages, but I don't get the option to turn it off.
    I use Textra and selected it as my Default Application for messaging.

    Make sure you have another messaging app set as default and you should then be able to disable it.
    11-07-2014 06:05 AM
  21. raqball's Avatar
    Forgive me, but I'm a new user. How do I disable apps as opposed to deleting them? I know how to delete apps I have added, but is it possible with pre-installed apps?
    There are a few ways to disable apps but the easiest way is go to

    Settings --> Application Manager --> All

    Select an Application on the list and you will see if it can be disabled. If it can be just tap the box.
    CatLady2010 likes this.
    11-07-2014 06:21 AM
  22. Trigati's Avatar
    I use Textra and selected it as my Default Application for messaging.

    Make sure you have another messaging app set as default and you should then be able to disable it.
    Hm, not working on my Note 2 (running 4.4.2). I double checked, and ensured Textra is default on it.

    Note 4 just shut down, I'll check it later when I plug it in to charge.
    11-07-2014 06:48 AM
  23. raqball's Avatar
    Hm, not working on my Note 2 (running 4.4.2). I double checked, and ensured Textra is default on it.

    Note 4 just shut down, I'll check it later when I plug it in to charge.
    Don't know.. Maybe it's 4.4.4 and / or carrier dependent.
    11-07-2014 07:04 AM
  24. Trigati's Avatar
    Don't know.. Maybe it's 4.4.4 and / or carrier dependent.
    Could be. Both Notes are Sprint. I'll see if the 4 with 4.4.4 (that's a lot of 4s) has the same thing later after it charges and post then.
    spinalpap likes this.
    11-07-2014 07:10 AM
  25. fragologist's Avatar
    Here is everything I have turned off with no issues.
    That's a whole lotta bloat! I'm on vzw and I thought they were king of bloat but I'm thinking I'm wrong. I appreciate the post though and I will use it as a reference.

    I am in the process of making my Note 4 self aware.
    11-07-2014 07:57 AM
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