How To Delete Apps On Samsung Phone In 4 Easy Steps, With Photos

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How To Delete Apps On Samsung Phone In 4 Easy Steps, With Photos

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.

Find and open Settings.


Step 2: Tap Apps

Now, scroll down the list and tap Apps.

Go to Apps on your device.


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.

Click on the app you want to remove.


Step 4: Tap Uninstall

Finally, tap Uninstall.

Scroll down, then click 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.

App Drawer houses 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.

Tap and hold the app you want to remove.


Step 3: Tap Uninstall

Tap Uninstall in the pop-up menu.

Click uninstall to remove the app.


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.

Click the Google Playstore profile icon.


Step 2: Tap Manage Apps & Devices

Select the first option, Manage Apps & Devices. Then, tap Manage again.

Navigate to Manage apps & devices under your account.


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.

Select all apps you want to uninstall.


Step 4: Tap the Trashcan

Now, tap the trashcan icon at the top of the screen.

Tap Uninstall to remove the selected apps.


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.

Go to Settings on your phone.


Step 2: Tap Apps

Tap Apps or Applications, whichever option you see.

Locate Apps under Settings.


Step 3: Tap the Pre-loaded App

Now, select the app that you don’t want.

Select the app to uninstall.


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.

Scroll down and click Disable.


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.

Go to Settings on your phone.


Step 2: Tap the Search Icon

There’s a search icon in the top right corner. Select it and type the app’s name.

Use the search tool to locate the app you want to remove from your phone.


Step 3: Tap Uninstall

Now, tap Uninstall at the bottom of the page to delete the app on your Samsung.

Scroll down and tap uninstall to remove the specific app.


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.

Open Settings on your Samsung phone.


Step 2: Tap the App

Scroll through the list of apps and tap the one you want.

Locate the app you want to remove.


Step 3: Tap Storage

Scroll down the page and tap Storage.

Go to the Storage section.


Step 4: Tap Clear Cache

Tap Clear Cache at the bottom of the page.

Clearing cache removes temporary data on your Samsung device.


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:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reinstall apps from the Google Play Store?

If you decide that you want an app back but can’t remember the name of it, or can’t find it in the Google Play Store, open the Google Play Store app and tap on your profile picture in the top right corner. Then, select Manage apps & device.

Tap the Installed drop-down menu and tap Not Installed. Then, located the app you want to re-download. Tap the checkbox to the right to highlight it. Then, tap the Download icon in the upper right corner.

How do I delete apps that I downloaded in the Galaxy Store?

You can delete (or disable) any apps on your Samsung using the steps above. Even if they came from the Galaxy Store.

Where do I find which apps I got from the Galaxy Store?

If you want to see which apps you installed in the Galaxy Store, open the app and tap Menu in the lower right corner. Then, select My Apps. You’ll see all of your Galaxy Store apps on this page.

Why are my apps taking up so much memory?

If an app seems to take more memory than it should, it’s likely because of cached data. Updates, especially app updates on Samsung, tend to keep all data. Follow the steps above to clear the cache. If the app doesn’t shrink, choose the Clear Data option (but beware, this may wipe out information that you don’t want to lose).

Where do I find disabled apps?

You can find all your disabled apps in the Apps Settings on your Samsung.

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