As the latest Samsung flagship Android phone, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge surely have the best-in-class specifications. It sports a Quad-core 1.5GHz Exynos CPU, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.0 Lollipop, which has better performance compared to previous OS version. Theoretically, this hardware and software could make every app running smooth like a butter. However, if you feel a considerable lag when using this smartphone, then you can consider to disable some bloatware apps on the AT&T Galaxy S6 or S6 edge.
Unlike an unlocked phone, the carrier-branded phones like the AT&T models of the S6 also come with carrier-owned apps. Some people also call it as bloatware apps, since a lot of these apps are unusable for the phone owner and only fulfill the internal storage space. In addition, the apps also cannot be removed and will remain on the phone forever, or until AT&T has made a decision to remove it from the future OTA update.
Fortunately, since the Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) OS, Google allows Android users to disable a system-level app without root access. Although we cannot completely remove it from the internal storage, at least we can reduce resource usage (CPU or RAM) used by these bloatware apps when it’s active. Although not quite significant, this will increase the phone overall performance.
If you feel that these pre-installed apps have diminished the phone’s performance and then make the app drawer cluttered. Here are the AT&T Galaxy S6 edge and S6 bloatware lists that are safe to disable (or delete when you have root access, but do not forget to backup):
- AT&T owned apps:
myAT&T, FamilyMap, Hot Spots, Live, Locker, Mail, Mobile Locate, Mobile Transfer, Navigator, Caller Name ID, Device Help, DriveMode, Smart Limits.
- Samsung apps:
Milk, Milk Video, S Voice, Keeper, Lookout, Hancom Office 2014.
- Other apps:
OneNote, Skype, Uber, YP, Hangouts, Instagram, Facebook, Amazon.
Since we do not have root access on this phone at the moment, so we can just disable it, so that every background process that initiated by these apps will be gone. To disable an app just head to Settings and find the Application Manager, tap ‘ALL’ then find those apps.
However, not every bloatware app is not useful to your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, some free apps such as AT&T DriveMode could help you to avoid distraction from calls and texts while driving.