The Verizon Galaxy S4 is chock-full of carrier bloatware — clogging up the app drawer and eating up system resources. Unfortunately, Verizon prevents removal of these apps. Once rooted, you can take matters into your own hands and remove at will.
I've compiled a list of apps that I've safely removed from the System App folder, preventing them from starting and/or displaying in the app drawer.
At the bottom of this list, you'll also find additional files and folders that can safely be removed, and in some cases doing so results in significant savings.
You will need a file management application, capable of accessing system folders. Samsung's built in My Files app doesn't provide access to system folders. However, there are apps in the Play Store that do. My favorite is Root Explorer, but there are many to choose from. Check out our detailed Removing Carrier Bloatware tutorial for more info.
Note: With the exception of Verizon's SSO and Remote Diagnostics apps, all apps are available in the Play Store, should you decide you want to reinstall them. Backup Assistant is called Verizon Cloud in the Play Store.
|Verizon Single Sign On||VzwSilentSSOEngine.apk|
|Match3 vs. Animals||Match3VS.apk|
|Verizon Remote Diagnostics (used by Verizon Support staff)||Aetherpal.apk|
|VMS Video Messenger||VMS.apk|
|Samsung S Cloud||
|Peel Remote Control||Peel.apk|
|S Health||S Health2.apk|
|Samsung Mobile Print||
Additional Space Saving Opportunities:
The list below includes additional files/folders that can be removed.
- The entire contents of /HowToVideos:
- The entire contents of /system/media/video:
- Sounds you don't plan on using in the following folders:
- Foreign language files:
- /system/app/pak: I deleted everything except chrome.pak, en-US.pak, and resources.pak
- /system/VODB: I deleted all folders except en_US, lib, and mul. You should also keep resources.txt
- Unneeded fonts in /system/fonts. I deleted those that are clearly foreign languages. I wouldn't touch Roboto or Droid Sans files.
- The contents of /data/clipboard. However, keep the knox folder if using it.
- Once you've removed all the bloatware, you can delete the contents of /data/dalvik-cache. The next time you reboot your phone, it will rebuild cache files for those apps that still exist.
- If you removed the Amazon suite of apps, you can delete the following files in /etc:
Now that you've deleted half your phone, it should run smooth as silk
Related Articles & Tutorials:
- Returning a Verizon Galaxy S4 build VRUAMDK Back To Stock
- Rooting a Verizon Galaxy S4 Build VRUAMDK
- Android Hackery: How To Remove Bloatware Once Rooted
- Removing Carrier Bloatware
- Rooting a Verizon Galaxy S4 of Build VRUAME7 or ATT Galaxy S4 on MF3
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