Disable apps and uninstall apps on Galaxy S6, what’s the difference?
When you get your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, there are some apps installed by Samsung and local distributors.
The pre-installed apps fall into one of the three categories:
- Essential apps. For example, a smartphone needs phone app, contacts app to function as a phone.
- Value-added apps. For example, your carrier may add an account manager app so that you can easily know your bills and usage.
- Bloatware apps. Some companies paid Samsung or your carrier to pre-load their apps. For example, in Galaxy S6, in most regions, some Microsoft apps are pre-installed.
For all pre-installed apps, you cannot uninstall them, including the bloatware apps. This is the major reason why these greedy companies are willing to pay Samsung or carriers or distributors to pre-install their apps on your phone.
Even if you don’t like them, you cannot uninstall these apps (unless you root Galaxy S6). This is a security setting in Android so that you will not uninstall an essential app inadvertently.
But you can disable such bloatware apps.
So, the difference between disable apps and uninstall apps on Galaxy S6 is:
- If the app is pre-installed, you can disable the app.
- If the app is installed by you, you can uninstall the app.
How to disable apps on Galaxy S6?
To disable apps on Galaxy S6, there are many methods. You need one of them.
In this guide, I will show you 3 different methods and I assume you want to disable the pre-installed OneNote app from Microsoft.
Method 1: disable apps on Galaxy S6 in Edit mode of apps screen
To disable apps on Galaxy S6 in the edit mode of Galaxy S6 apps screen, you may follow these steps.
Step 1: Enter Galaxy S6 apps screen
All the apps with UI, including pre-installed apps, are listed in Galaxy S6 apps screen.
Step 2: Enter Edit mode of Galaxy S6 apps screen
Tap EDIT in top right as shown below to enter edit mode of the apps screen.
Step 3: Disable apps
Tap the “–” sign in the top right of OneNote as shown above.
A popup window will give you detailed instructions on disable apps and enable app. The message (as shown below) will be read like:
OneNOte and all the features related to it will be disabled. To enable it again, go to Settings > Applications > Application manager
Step 4: Confirm to disable apps
Tap Disable as shown below to disable OneNote app on Galaxy S6.
Please note, this pre-installed apps is only removed from apps screen and it is not functional. But it is still stored in Galaxy S6.
Tap DONE to finish the disabling apps operation as shown below.
Method 2: disable apps by adding apps to home screen
In apps screen without entering EDIT mode, you can tap and hold the OneNote app as shown below.
This will try to add the app shortcut to home screen.
But instead of dropping the app in home screen, you can drop it in top left as shown below. The icon is named Disable.
So, drop the app to the disable icon to disable apps.
Please note, this method only works when you tap and hold an app from apps screen. If you tap and hold app shortcut in home screen, you only have the option to remove the shortcut from home screen, not to disable apps.
After you disable apps with any methods, the corresponding app shortcuts and widgets in home screen will be removed automatically.
Method 3: disable apps in application manager
You can also disable apps on Galaxy S6 in application manager.
Step 1: Go to Settings.
You can access Galaxy S6 Settings in one of two ways:
- from apps screen, tap Settings.
- from notification panel (swipe down from status bar or top of the screen with one finger), tap Settings (gear) icon.
Step 2: Go to Applications.
Tap Applications as shown below.
Step 3: Go to Application manager.
Tap Application manager as shown below.
Step 4: Switch to ALL tab.
If you cannot find OneNote app in Download tab, you can flick right to ALL tab as shown below.
Step 5: Open app details.
Tap OneNote app as shown below to open the app details page.
Step 6: Disable apps.
Tap DISABLE as shown below to disable apps.
How to enable apps after disabling apps on Galaxy S6?
After disabling apps, you can enable them whenever you want.
To enable apps on Galaxy S6, you can go to Settings—Applications—Application manger as mentioned above.
In Galaxy S6 application manager, switch to the DISABLED tab (the rightmost) as shown below.
Tap OneNote app as shown below.
Tap ENABLE as shown below to enable this app.
Once you enable apps, they are available in the apps screen. You can add shortcut to home screen.
How top uninstall apps on Galaxy S6?
To uninstall apps on Galaxy S6, you can follow the similar procedures of disabling apps mentioned above. All 3 methods of disabling apps works for disabling apps as well.
If you are in EDIT mode of apps screen, when tapping the “-” sign, you have the option to uninstall apps if the app was installed by you, instead of disable apps for pre-installed apps as shown below.
If you tap and hold such an app in apps screen (without entering EDIT mode), when you drop the app, you have the option to uninstall apps, instead of the option to disable apps, as shown below.
You can also uninstall apps on Galaxy S6 in Settings—Applications—Application manger.
How about disabling apps and uninstalling apps on Galaxy S6 edge?
The procedures to disable apps and uninstall apps on Galaxy S6 edge are identical to those on Galaxy S6 as mentioned above.
So, this guide on how to disable apps and uninstall apps applies to Galaxy S6 edge equally.
Can you disable apps and uninstall apps on your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge?
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For other features of Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 online manual page.
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