Ranging from potentially useful apps like Facebook, to apps from the manufacturer’s marketing partners, to obscure apps that users have no idea what to do with, bloatware takes up precious storage space, fills up app drawers, and some say, even affects the performance of the device. And the worst part is that, unless you root the device, you can’t even uninstall the offending applications.
That’s true for Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S4 – bloatware is an especially pressing issue for users of the 16GB version of the device, who only get 9GB of free space out of the box.
Enter TrulyClean, a script developed by XDA-Developers user schoolsux, that removes almost 100 pieces of bloatware and frees up 600MB of storage in the process.
Warning – before you read any further, know that using TrulyClean requires a rooted device and a minimum of knowledge about flashing in recovery mode and running scripts. The script is compatible with both the GT-I9500 (Exynos 5 Octa) and GT-I9505 (Snapdragon 600) versions of the device. Proceed with caution, only if you want a basic, devoid of cruft version of TouchWiz.
The TrulyClean script removes a lot of apps and features, including some that you may find useful. These include apps like Samsung Hub, ChatOn, Google Plus, Polaris Viewer, TripAdvisor, and features such as Samsung Text to Speech or S Translator.
Most apps on the list can be reinstalled from the Play Store, but before you go ahead and run the script, we recommend that you carefully read schoolsux’ instructions, as well as the comments to the original XDA thread. If you want to keep some of the apps on the blacklist, you can edit the script relatively easily, so it may be a good idea to go through the list before you use it.