How to Delete Apps on Samsung Smartphones

Uninstall unwanted apps and disable the ones you don't use

While the process for deleting apps, or uninstalling them rather, across Android devices is relatively similar, each handset might have unique steps specific to the brand. Removing apps from a Motorola or LG phone is going to be different from doing so on a Samsung device, for example.

So, it’s helpful to know precisely how to delete apps from your Samsung phone. This guide will walk you through doing that, using whichever method you prefer.

Older Samsung models may have one or two menu items that differ, but the process should essentially remain the same. Therefore, you should be able to follow this guide regardless of the Android version installed on your device.

How to Delete Samsung Apps From the Home Screen

On newer handsets, the fastest way to get rid of apps on a device is to simply interact with the application icon on your home screen.

If the app shortcut is not on one of your home screens, you can also do this from the application tray. You'll find the instructions for doing that, below.

  1. Tap and hold (long press) on the icon of the app you wish to remove.

  2. From the popup menu, choose the Uninstall option. Select OK from the prompt that appears.

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If it’s a system app — not one you installed yourself — the uninstall option will not appear. Instead, you’ll need to disable the app which basically hides it from view. To do this, open the same popup menu but choose the “App Info” option instead, denoted by an icon with the letter i inside. On the screen that appears choose Disable and select OK from the prompt.

How to Delete Samsung Apps From the Application Tray

Another quick way to remove apps from your device, especially if they don’t appear on your home screen, is to follow the same process as above, except you'll be interacting with the app icon in the application tray.

  1. From your home screen, swipe up from the bottom of the display or tap on the app tray icon—if you have a theme that displays it.

  2. Find the icon for the app you wish to remove permanently and then long-press (tap and hold) to bring up the contextual menu.

  3. Choose the Uninstall option. Select OK from the prompt that appears.

    how to uninstall samsung apps from the application tray

If it’s a system app (not one you installed yourself) the uninstall option will not appear. Instead, you’ll need to disable the app which basically hides it from view. To do this, open the same popup menu but choose the “App Info” option instead, denoted by an icon with the letter i inside. On the screen that appears choose Disable and select OK from the prompt.

How to Get Rid of Apps Using the Samsung Settings Menu

A more conventional way to remove apps permanently from your Samsung phone is to use the system settings menu. 

For the most part, the Samsung settings are nearly identical to stock Android settings. What this means is that the process for removing apps should be similar to how it's done on any other Android device. One or two steps may differ, but the overall procedure should be easy to follow regardless of which brand of handset you have.

  1. From an unlocked phone, swipe down from the top of the display to open the notifications tray.

  2. Select the settings option, represented by a gear icon in the top right of the notifications tray.

  3. Scroll down until you see the Apps menu option and then tap on it to select it.

    getting to app info page to remove samsung apps from settings menu
  4. Next, you will see a list of all the apps installed on your device. Scroll through the list until you find the app that you wish to delete. When you find it, tap on the name of the app to open the information page.

    By default, the apps will be listed in alphabetical order. In the top left you can filter the apps list based on whether they’re enabled or disabled. This makes it easier to locate a certain app when you have a lot installed.

  5. At the top of the next page, you should see two buttons: Uninstall and Force Stop. Select the Uninstall option to permanently remove the app from your device and choose OK from the prompt that appears.

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If it’s a system app (not one you installed yourself) the uninstall option will not appear. Instead, you’ll see a Disable button which basically hides it from view. Select Disable and choose OK from any prompts that appear.

How to Delete Apps On Your Phone Using the Google Play Store

Alternatively, you can delete apps that are installed on your device directly from the Google Play store.

This only applies to applications that you have installed yourself, not system apps that were pre-installed on the phone.

  1. Open the Google Play application.

  2. Tap the menu button in the top left, represented by three horizontal lines.

  3. Select the My Apps & Games option right at the top.

  4. Tap on the Installed tab to see a list of the apps currently on your device.

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  5. Find the app you wish to remove by scrolling through the list. When you find it, tap on the app name or icon to open its Play store page.

    By default, the application list will be sorted by the apps that were most recently updated. If the app you wish to remove hasn’t been updated in some time you’ll have to scroll further down the list.

  6. Select the Uninstall option in white (on the left) and choose OK from the prompt that appears.

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How to Remove Apps Installed via Samsung's Galaxy Store

Samsung offers a dedicated application store as an alternative to the Google Play store, called the Galaxy Store.

While you can remove any apps installed via Samsung’s marketplace the same way you uninstall any other app, via settings or the home screen, you can also do so directly through the mobile store.

The Galaxy Store is not like the Play Store. There is no accessible page to see the apps you have installed. So, keep in mind that this method is not ideal.

  1. Open the Galaxy Store application.

  2. Tap the search icon in the top right denoted by an hourglass. Begin typing the name of the app you wish to delete, and tap the blue hourglass that appears on your keyboard in place of Enter.

  3. Find the game you wish to remove in the list of search results and tap on it to open the store page.

    finding app page while removing samsung apps from galaxy store
  4. On the page that appears, select the white Uninstall option on the left. Choose OK from the prompt that appears.

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