Manage apps on your Galaxy phone or tablet

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Your Galaxy phone or tablet 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.

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Download apps

There are two app stores available on Galaxy phones or tablets: 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.

Google folder, Play Store, Galaxy Store, and Samsung folder displayed on a Galaxy phone

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.

Note: Some preloaded apps cannot be uninstalled.

Popup menu over app with Uninstall highlighted on a Galaxy phone

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.

Note: Not all preinstalled apps can be disabled.

Popup menu over app with Disable highlighted on a Galaxy phone

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.

Reinstall Play Store apps

  1. If you made a purchase using the Play Store, open the Play Store, and tap Menu (the three horizontal lines).

  2. Tap My apps & games, and then tap Library.

  3. Find the app you want, and then tap Install.

The Library tab in Play Store with a list of apps on a Galaxy phone

Reinstall Galaxy Store apps

  1. If you originally installed the app using the Galaxy Store, open the Galaxy Store, and then tap Menu (the three horizontal lines) in the upper right corner.

  2. Tap My apps; from the Apps tab, find the missing app and tap the Download icon.

  3. 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 not available on Galaxy tablets, only phones.

Manage app permissions

To use certain features, an app may ask your 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 tap Permissions. Tap the permission you wish to change, and then select Allow or Deny. Some apps may have additional options to choose from.

App Camera Permissions on a Galaxy phone

Note: Android will reset permissions for any unused apps and then notify you. You can grant permissions again when opening the app.

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.

Navigate to and open Settings on your phone or tablet. Tap Apps, and then tap Choose default apps. From here, you can choose the category you want to adjust (i.e. Browser app), and then select the app you want to make the default.

A list of Default apps on a Galaxy phone

Move apps to a microSD card

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

App Storage options with Change highlighted on a Galaxy phone

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