Manage apps on your Galaxy phone

Last Update date : Dec 17. 2020
Manage apps on your Galaxy phone

Your Galaxy phone is an app machine! You can browse and download all kinds of apps to fit your needs. You can also uninstall or disable apps you really don't need or use. Once you learn how to manage your apps, you'll be able to maximize your device's potential.

Information provided applies to devices sold in Canada. Available screens and settings may vary for smartphones sold in other countries.

Download apps

There are two app stores available on Galaxy phones: the Google Play Store and the Galaxy Store.

The Google Play Store can be found on the Apps screen or inside the Google folder. On the other hand, the Galaxy Store can be found in the Samsung folder or on the Apps screen.

Download apps

Pick an app store, and browse through the available apps by using the sort and search options. When you find the app you want to download, tap it, and then tap Install.

Note: Only apps that are compatible with your device are available for download.

Uninstall apps

If you don't need an app anymore, just get rid of it.

From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access your Apps screen. Touch and hold the app you want to uninstall, and then tap Uninstall.

Uninstall apps

Note: Some preloaded apps cannot be uninstalled.

Disable preloaded apps

Do you have preloaded apps that you don't really use? You can't completely uninstall some preloaded apps, but you can disable them.

From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access your Apps screen. Touch and hold the app you want to disable, and then tap Disable.

Disable preloaded apps

Note: Not all preinstalled apps can be disabled.

Reinstall paid apps and themes

If you've already purchased an app or a theme, you don't have to purchase it again. Simply reinstall it using the same account you purchased it with.

If you made a purchase using the Play Store, open the Play Store, and tap the Menu icon (the three horizontal lines). Tap My apps & games, and then tap Library. Find the app you want, and then tap Install.

Reinstall paid apps and themes

If you originally installed the app using the Galaxy Store, open the Galaxy Store, and then tap the Menu icon (the three horizontal lines) in the upper right corner. Tap My apps; from the Apps tab, find the missing app and tap the Download icon. If you want to reinstall a purchased theme, tap the Themes tab at the top, and then tap the Download icon.

Note: Galaxy Themes is only available on Galaxy phones.

Manage app permissions

To use certain features, an app may ask you permission to access some of your information. For example, Email may ask for permission to see your Contacts, so it can import your friends' contact info. If you've allowed a permission by accident, you can always change the settings.

Manage app permissions

From Settings, tap Apps. Tap the desired app, and then swipe to and tap Permissions. Tap the permission you wish to change, and then select Allow or Deny.

Change the default apps

Some options are always performed by the same app. For example, if you open a link, the Internet app will automatically open if it's set as the default browser. If you'd like, you can change certain default apps.

Change the default apps

Navigate to and open Settings on your phone. Tap Apps, and then tap the More options icon (the three vertical dots). Tap Default apps, choose the category you want to adjust (i.e. Browser app), and then select the app you want to make the default.

Move apps to a microSD card

If all of your apps are taking up a lot of room on your phone, but you don't want to delete any of them, you can try moving apps to a microSD card.

Move apps to a microSD card

You'll still be able to use the app, but it won't be taking up any more of your precious storage space.

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