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Manage apps on your Galaxy phone

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Your 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 phone's potential. 

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model. 

Download apps

There are two app stores available on your phone: 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.

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.

Samsung Music in search bar and is displayed below with INSTALL to right side

Note: Only apps that are compatible with your phone 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. Touch and hold the app you want to uninstall, and then tap Uninstall.

Note: You can't uninstall or disable some of the preloaded apps.

App with text bubble filled with options including Uninstall

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 Apps. Touch and hold the app you want to disable, and then tap Disable.

App with text bubble filled with options including Disable

Reinstall paid apps

If you've already purchased an app, you don't have to purchase it again. Just reinstall it. If you purchased it using the Play Store, open the Play Store, and tap Menu. Tap My apps & games, and then tap LIBRARY. Find the app you want, and then tap INSTALL.  

If you originally installed the app using the Galaxy Store, open the Galaxy Store, and then tap More Options. Tap My page, and then tap All. From the Apps tab, find the missing app and tap the Download icon. 

The LIBRARY tab in Play Store

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. From Settings, tap Apps. Tap the desired app, and then swipe to and tap Permissions. Tap the switch next to the permission you want to deny.

List of App settings including Permissions

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