2.1 Installing or uninstalling apps on Galaxy S23

Introduction: In most regions, Galaxy S23 ships with two app stores for you to get apps from reliable sources. Galaxy Store is offered by Samsung and is only available for Samsung Galaxy phones. Play Store is the official app store for Android. It is managed by Google. If one app is available on both stores, it is better to get it from Google Play Store because app developers usually update apps on Play Store with a high priority. Also, Google did a vigorous security scan on the app store.

Managing apps on Galaxy S23 can be performed on the Application Manager, which is the “old” name. You can also manage apps directly on the Home screen and Apps screen. Some features of apps, e.g., notifications and privacy, are managed in the separate parts of the Settings.

Some pre-installed apps cannot be uninstalled. You can only disable them. These apps are normally updated automatically with new features when the phone is updated. For example, the Android 14 (One UI 6) update for Galaxy S23, S22, and S21 updated the Camera app with some new features, e.g., Auto Scan and camera widget.

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Galaxy Store

Purchase and download apps. You can download apps that are specialized for Samsung Galaxy devices.

Open the Galaxy Store app. Browse apps by category or tap Search on Galaxy S23to search for a keyword.

Note to Galaxy S23 owners:
  • This app may not be available depending on the carrier or model.
  • To change the auto update settings, tap Menu → Settings buttonAuto update apps, and then select an option.
  • Some widgets are also listed as apps in the Galaxy Store. For example, the Gallery Widget is part of the Gallery app.

Play Store

Purchase and download apps.

Open the Play Store app. Browse apps by category or search for apps by keyword.

Note to Galaxy S23 owners:To change the auto update settings, tap your account icon, tap Settings → Network preferences → Auto-update apps, and then select an option.

Managing apps

Uninstalling or disabling apps

Touch and hold an app and select an option.

  • Uninstall: Uninstall downloaded apps.
  • Disable: Disable selected default apps that cannot be uninstalled from the device.

Note to Galaxy S23 owners:Some apps may not support this feature.

Enabling apps

Open Settings, tap Apps → menuDisabled → OK, select an app, and then tap Enable.

Setting app permissions

For some apps to operate properly, they may need permission to access or use information on your device.

To access your app permission settings, open Settings and tap Apps. Select an app and tap Permissions. You can check the app’s permissions list and change its permissions.

To check or change app permission settings by permission category, open Settings and tap Apps → menu iconPermission Manager. Select an item and select an app.

Note to Galaxy S23 owners:If you do not grant permissions to apps, the basic features of the apps may not function properly.

If the Camera, microphone, or location is accessed, you will see the corresponding status icons.

Other Galaxy S23 Online User Manual pages

Pages also in this part:

List of all pages of Galaxy S23 Online User Manual:

You may check other Galaxy S23 guides organized in the following 4 sections.

Besides, you can read and download (in PDF format) the official Galaxy S23 user manual (including the updated Galaxy S23 user manual for Android 14 (One UI 6).

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