Sometimes, we delete apps on our Samsung devices because the memory is full. Other times, we want to clean up our home screen or remove a buggy app. No matter your reasons for joining us here, we’ll show you how to delete apps on a Samsung. Keep reading to learn the different methods.
How to Delete Apps on Samsung in the Settings
You can quickly delete apps in the settings on your Samsung. This method works best if you can’t find the app on your home screen, or you have a small handful of apps to delete at once. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Tap Settings
Naturally, you’ll need to open Settings. You can tap on the settings app on your home screen or pull down from the top and tap the Settings cog.
Step 2: Tap Apps
Now, scroll down the list and tap Apps.
Note: Some Android versions have this option listed as Applications.
Step 3: Tap the App You Want to Delete
Scroll to the app that’s causing problems and tap it.
Step 4: Tap Uninstall
Finally, tap Uninstall.
Note: If you don’t see the problematic app, we’ll show you how to delete launchers and hidden apps on Samsung below.
How to Delete Apps on Samsung in the App Drawer
This route is a bit easier than the method above. But it isn’t great for deleting sleeping apps, or many at one time. Follow these steps to delete the apps from your home screen:
Step 1: Open the App Drawer
The Android app drawer houses all your apps. If your app is on the home screen, skip to step two. But if you don’t see it, swipe on the screen to access all your apps.
Note: Older Android versions had an app drawer button. It looked like nine dots in an app icon. Tap that if it’s what you see.
Step 2: Long-Press the App
Press your finger gently over the app you want to delete. A pop-up menu will appear.
Step 3: Tap Uninstall
Tap Uninstall in the pop-up menu.
Then, confirm that you’d like to remove the app.
How to Mass Delete Apps on Samsung
Maybe you want to get rid of many apps all at once. You don’t have to factory reset your device and start over. You can use the Google Play Store to delete apps. Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Tap Your Profile Icon
Open the Google Play Store and tap your profile icon at the top right.
Step 2: Tap Manage Apps & Devices
Select the first option, Manage Apps & Devices. Then, tap Manage again.
Step 3: Tap the Apps to Delete from Your Samsung
Select the checkboxes to the right of each app you want to delete from your Samsung.
Step 4: Tap the Trashcan
Now, tap the trashcan icon at the top of the screen.
How to Delete Bloatware Apps on a Samsung
If you recently got a new Samsung, you’ve surely noticed many irrelevant apps. Bloatware is pre-loaded applications that Samsung or your cellphone carrier installs before you get the device, but you can’t delete them.
They take up space, get in the way of the apps you want, and are just plain annoying. However, you can get rid of pre-loaded apps.
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Open Settings
Open your Samsung Settings app as we did above to delete apps.
Step 2: Tap Apps
Tap Apps or Applications, whichever option you see.
Step 3: Tap the Pre-loaded App
Now, select the app that you don’t want.
Step 4: Tap Disable
You won’t see an Uninstall option, as we showed above. Instead, you’ll see a Disable option. Select Disable and confirm you’d like to get rid of the app.
Now, the app can’t run in the background. It will disappear from the home screen and won’t take up battery life. If you want to re-enable the app, follow the same steps in reverse.
How to Delete Apps & Launchers on Samsung
Sometimes, we download apps and launchers that cause serious problems. They’re memory hogs, spamming our phones and draining our battery life. The steps above will only work if the problematic app isn’t assigned as a default somewhere. This makes launchers especially difficult to find.
Follow these steps to delete the hard-to-find apps on your Samsung:
Step 1: Go to Apps in Settings
Open Settings and tap on Apps.
Step 2: Tap the Search Icon
There’s a search icon in the top right corner. Select it and type the app’s name.
Step 3: Tap Uninstall
Now, tap Uninstall at the bottom of the page to delete the app on your Samsung.
How to Clear an App’s Cache Instead of Deleting on Samsung
If you have a Samsung phone, knowing how to clear the cache is vital. Cache memory is data stored over time that doesn’t really add value to the app.
Cached data becomes problematic when it takes up too much memory, or your app stops working properly (even after updating). The next section will be especially helpful for those with excessive data stored in the Other section of your device’s memory. Over time, app updates store unnecessary information, which can lead to dozens of gigabytes of storage lost for no reason.
Fortunately, following these steps to clear the cache will solve a lot of problems:
Step 1: Go to the App Settings
Open Settings on your Samsung and tap Apps.
Step 2: Tap the App
Scroll through the list of apps and tap the one you want.
Step 3: Tap Storage
Scroll down the page and tap Storage.
Step 4: Tap Clear Cache
Tap Clear Cache at the bottom of the page.
Note: If you tap Clear Data, you may clear out your login information, drafts, etc.
Deleting Samsung Apps Made Easy
We’ve covered a lot in this article. There are so many ways to delete apps on your Samsung. Some methods are simple; others make removing stubborn and pesky applications possible. No matter your needs, the sections above should help you better moderate apps on your Samsung. And if you’d like a video walkthrough, simply check out the one below:
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