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Is There Bloatware on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Unlocked Edition?

This is pretty much what you get with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Unlocked Edition ( Bloatware ), albeit there are some preloaded applications. Fortunately, you can remove the majority of them.

No one wants bloatware on their brand-new phone, but it’s something you’ll have to live with if you buy a handset that is linked to a certain carrier. When you first turn on your phone, US carriers such as Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T often load a slew of carrier-branded applications and partner apps onto your device. As a result, one of the most compelling arguments for purchasing an unlocked handset is the ability to avoid all of the clutter, with the additional benefit of being able to use your phone on almost any network.

So, what does the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Unlocked Edition provide that isn’t provided by either Google or Samsung, and why is that? Netflix, Spotify, and Facebook were the first three services to arrive. Those are the three applications that I would regard to be bloatware. Netflix, on the other hand, can only be disabled. Spotify and Facebook can both be deleted. I’m not sure why this is the case.

Is There Bloatware on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Unlocked Edition?


Following that, we have a few Microsoft applications, which makes sense given that Samsung seems to be in cooperation with Microsoft at the time. This is shown by the fact that Samsung now manufactures the only smartphones capable of making full use of Microsoft’s “Your Phone” application. We’ll go into more detail about this in a later article or in our complete review of the game.

As a result of this collaboration, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Unlocked has Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Office, and LinkedIn as standard features. If you don’t use any of the Microsoft services, you may remove them completely, with the exception of OneDrive, which can only be temporarily turned off. However, I do not recommend turning off OneDrive.

Samsung then downloads a large number of Samsung applications that you may or may not use, depending on if there are Google counterparts for some of the apps. Here’s a complete list of everything that’s been installed:

  • Bixby
  • Galaxy Shop (can uninstall)
  • Galaxy Wearable (can uninstall)
  • Penup (can uninstall)
  • Samsung Health (can uninstall)
  • Samsung Members (can uninstall)
  • Samsung Pay (can uninstall)
  • Samsung TV Plus (can uninstall)
  • Smart Switch (can uninstall)
  • SmartThings (can uninstall)
  • Samsung Global Goals (can uninstall)
  • Samsung Notes
  • Samsung Free
  • Galaxy Store

That’s all there is to it. I’ve kept most of the programmes running for the time being till I can figure out which ones I actually don’t need. The majority of these applications are also available on the carrier-locked versions of the devices, with many more apps being added by the carriers as an extra bonus. Getting the unlocked version is, in essence, the lesser of two evils, and you’ll have more choice over what you want and don’t want on your phone if you go this route.