Dealing with bloatware is never a pleasant experience. The sad thing is that even the best Android phones come with preinstalled apps that you didn’t ask for. They are often delivered by the OEMs as a result of 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 the Galaxy Store and My Galaxy, as well as 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 usually take up storage space — and sometimes even system resources — that other apps could be using. Even when they don’t, some people just find them annoying and difficult to ignore. So let’s take a look at a few simple steps you can take to rid your shiny new $800 smartphone of the pre-installed and “uninstallable” bloatware.
The only things you 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 will show you how to remove bloatware with both ADB and ADB App Removal GUIs like Universal Android Debloater. None of these methods require root access to your phone, so you should be able to do it without any problems as long as you follow the steps carefully.
Step 1: Enable USB Debugging on your Galaxy S22
Step 2: Using ADB to Remove Installed Packages
- It is important to ensure that you have ADB installed on your computer before we begin this step. You can read our guide on how to install ADB if you are new to it.
- After enabling USB debugging, connect your Galaxy S22 to your computer and change the USB settings of Phone only charge mode. to File transfer mode when prompted.
- On a Windows computer, navigate to the directory where ADB is installed, hold Shift and right click on the directory name and select Command/Open PowerShell Window Here.
- If you are using a Mac, launch a terminal window and use to navigate to the ADB directory
cdIt was like that on my Mac, for example
- Once you’re in, just enter
adb devicesand press Enter to view your device’s serial number. If this is your first time doing this, you may see a prompt on your phone asking you to authorize a connection to the computer. If so, then grant it.
- After that, run the again
adb devicesCommand to display 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 uninstall, use the following command to remove it from your phone:
- Note that you must replace “NameOfPackage” from the command with the full package name without “” or <>.
If you have followed the steps correctly, you have successfully uninstalled the bloatware from your Galaxy S22. Since there is no way to uninstall all apps along with 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 don’t want to run ADB codes, you can also consider using an app removal GUI to remove the bloatware. One of the best things about using a GUI like Universal Android Debloater is that you can also select multiple packages together and remove them in a single batch.
You can go to the “Universal Android Debloater” thread of our XDA forums to download it and learn more about it. It should be noted that you can also reinstall the apps that you may have accidentally removed. You can go to our bloatware removal guide for the steps to reinstall the apps.
Well, that brings us to the end of this tutorial. As you can see, removing bloatware from your Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone is a fairly easy task if you are familiar with the ADB tool. That being said, we hope OEMs will allow us to get rid of these apps more easily, 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 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 when we put his review together.