In recent chapters I've shown you how to set up your new persona on Apple and how to make a Mac more privacy-friendly. When it comes to mobile, the best approach to 'degoogling' is a Pixel phone with GrapheneOS on it. Fullstop!

Yet, privacy is likely not going to be an 'all or nothing' approach. You need to figure out for yourself what works best for you and, at the same time, attempt to find ways to make your device trustable but usable.

Samsung has some stunning devices and fantastic hardware. If you like the s-pen (I totally dig it!) then Samsung has the best offering, previously with the Note series and now with the newly introduced s22 Ultra.

Additionally, if you are up for a tablet, you've previously been stuck with an iPad, which is pretty much the best, but now try out the new Samsung Tablets which not only run on Android (customization) but match, if not outperform, the iPads of 2022.

Before I go into what you can do to make your Galaxy work for you privacy wise, let me point out that Samsung is one of the worst companies around when it comes to privacy. Nothing to freak out about as you can modify your Galaxy to the exact combination of privacy, comfort and productivity that you want.

This guide will work with most (all that I've tried so far work fine) Galaxy phones. However, use at your own risk and read over all the commands to make sure you don't take out something you do or might need.

We'll start by removing apps from Google and Samsung System Apps, while this will not harm your device if you remove the wrong thing you could get stuck in a boot-loop.

This out of the way, the comments I post should not get you into any boot-loop trouble.

First update your phone/tablet to the newest version of Android, after doing so factory reset your device. After restarting the phone, skip everything in the initial set up and do not log into either Google or Samsung's cloud or services.

Next jump to Settings → About Phone → Software Information → tab on Build number seven (7) times

This unlocks Developer Options, where when you click the back key you will now see Developer Options as your last entry of the menu.

In Developer Options, turn on 'USB Debugging'

On your computer, you need Android SDK Platform-Tools

Now connect your phone/tablet and use the terminal typing

adb devices

The phone or tablet will prompt you to "Allow USB Debugging"

You should now see a device (yours listed in the terminal).

Now enter:

adb shell

You can now start to remove apps, and system apps from Google and Samsung.

Now execute  pm uninstall -k --user 0  (this will keep the app data and cache), or pm uninstall --user 0  (delete app data as well) followed by the package name of the system app to uninstall and remove it from your phone.

Before doing so, you need a new browser, download via your existing browser app F-Droid, and from there use Mull as your new browser, and/or Bromite:

Bromite
Bromite is a Chromium fork with ad blocking and enhanced privacy; take back your browser

Safe Debloat list!

pm uninstall --user 0 android.autoinstalls.config.samsung
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.bips
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.carrierconfig
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.carrierdefaultapp
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.chrome
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.dreams.basic
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.dreams.phototable
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.egg
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.emergency
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.hotwordenrollment.okgoogle
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.hotwordenrollment.xgoogle
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.providers.calendar
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.sharedstoragebackup
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.simappdialog
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.traceur
pm uninstall --user 0 com.diotek.sec.lookup.dictionary
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.maps
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.restore
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.tachyon
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.turbo
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.as
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.configupdater
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.ext.shared
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.feedback
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.onetimeinitializer
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.partnersetup
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.printservice.recommendation
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.setupwizard
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.syncadapters.calendar
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.syncadapters.contacts
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.youtube
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.ar.core
pm uninstall --user 0 com.hiya.star
pm uninstall --user 0 com.knox.vpn.proxyhandler
pm uninstall --user 0 com.microsoft.skydrive
pm uninstall --user 0 com.monotype.android.font.samsungone
pm uninstall --user 0 com.netflix.mediaclient
pm uninstall --user 0 com.netflix.partner.activation
pm uninstall --user 0 com.osp.app.signin
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.aasaservice
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.advp.imssettings
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.allshare.service.mediashare
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.camera.sticker.facearavatar.preload
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.clipboardedge
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.contacts
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.omcagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.reminder
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.routines
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.settings.bixby
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.simplesharing
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.spage
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.taskedge
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.telephonyui
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.tips
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.watchmanagerstub
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.appseparation
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.ardrawing
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.aremoji
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.aremojieditor
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.arzone
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.authfw
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.aware.service
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.bbc.bbcagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.beaconmanager
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.agent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.agent.dummy
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.service
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.wakeup
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixbyvision.framework
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.calendar
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.cidmanager
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.cmfa.framework
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.container
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.dialer
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.dqagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.dsms
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.dynamiclock
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.easysetup
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.fmm
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.game.gamehome
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.game.gametools
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.hdmapp
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.homemode
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.icecone
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.incall.contentprovider
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.incallui
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.kidsinstaller
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.knox.analytics.uploader
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.knox.attestation
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.knox.containeragent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.knox.containercore
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.knox.pushmanager
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.livestickers
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.location
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.lool
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.mapsagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.mcfds
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.mcfserver
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.mdecservice
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.mdm
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.mdx.kit
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.mdx.quickboard
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.messaging
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.mobileservice
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.networkdiagnostic
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.providers.carrier
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.providers.contacts
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.rubin.app
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.samsungpass
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.samsungpassautofill
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.scloud
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.scs
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.sdm.config
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.securitylogagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.server.wifi.mobilewips
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.service.livedrawing
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.service.peoplestripe
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.service.stplatform
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.service.tagservice
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.shortcutbackupservice
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.sm.devicesecurity
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.smartcallprovider
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.smartsuggestions
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.smartswitchassistant
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.spdfnote
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.stickercenter
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.svcagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.svoiceime
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.visionintelligence
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.clipboardsaveservice
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.ipservice
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.klmsagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.knox.keychain
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.knox.securefolder
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.mlp
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.safetyinformation
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.sec.android.application.csc
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.SMT
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.systemui.bixby2
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.applinker
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.billing
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.bluetoothtest
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.chromecustomizations
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.clockpackage
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.DataCreate
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.factorykeystring
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.hwmoduletest
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.parser
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.quicktool
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.ringtoneBR
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.samsungapps
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.SecSetupWizard
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.servicemodeapp
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.setupwizardlegalprovider
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.wlantest
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.daemonapp
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.diagmonagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.easyMover.Agent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.emergencylauncher
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.emergencymode.service
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.mimage.avatarstickers
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.preloadinstaller
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.provider.emergencymode
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.RilServiceModeApp
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.widgetapp.webmanual
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.bcservice
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.enterprise.knox.attestation
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.enterprise.knox.cloudmdm.smdms
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.enterprise.mdm.services.simpin
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.factory
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.factory.camera
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.imslogger
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.location.nsflp2
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.modem.settings
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.spp.push
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.usbsettings
pm uninstall --user 0 com.skms.android.agent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.easyonehand
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.sbrowser
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.mateagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.social
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.ecomm.global
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.voicenote
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.oneconnect
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.voc
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.popupcalculator
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.visioncloudagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.widgetapp.yahooedge.finance
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.widgetapp.yahooedge.sport
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.storyservice
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.email.provider
pm uninstall --user 0 com.wsomacp
pm uninstall --user 0 flipboard.boxer.app
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.wellbeing
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.da.daagent
pm uninstall --user 0 com.facebook.katana
pm uninstall --user 0 com.facebook.system
pm uninstall --user 0 com.facebook.appmanager
pm uninstall --user 0 com.facebook.services
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.youtube.music
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.tts
pm uninstall --user 0 com.hancom.office.editor.hidden
pm uninstall --user 0 com.hancom.office.editor.hidden

Samsung’s LED Cover (useful if you use Samsung's original LED cover)

pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.ledbackcover
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.cover.ledcover

ANT+ Service Apps

pm uninstall --user 0 com.dsi.ant.sample.acquirechannels
pm uninstall --user 0 com.dsi.ant.service.socket
pm uninstall --user 0 com.dsi.ant.server (sensitive: may cause bootloop on some devices, I never had an issue removing it!)
pm uninstall --user 0 com.dsi.ant.plugins.antplus

If you want more privacy, of course Google is a problem! So remove it!

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.gsf
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.gm
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.gms
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.gms.location.history
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.vending
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.mainline.telemetry

Remember, when you remove Google from your device, many apps will send you a push notification that you do not have Google Play installed! This is not an issue, mute these notifications. Long press the push and switch play notifications off. You will only have to deal with one Google Play reminder per app, if the app needs it, as once silenced, it stays silenced.

Microsoft should also not be on your device

pm uninstall --user 0 com.microsoft.appmanager
pm uninstall --user 0 com.microsoft.office.excel
pm uninstall --user 0 com.microsoft.office.officehubrow
pm uninstall --user 0 com.microsoft.office.outlook
pm uninstall --user 0 com.microsoft.office.powerpoint
pm uninstall --user 0 com.microsoft.office.word
pm uninstall --user 0 com.microsoft.skydrive
pm uninstall --user 0 com.linkedin.android
pm uninstall --user 0 com.nuance.swype.input

If you have a Verizon Phone or Tablet

pm uninstall --user 0 com.vcast.mediamanager
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.vmmhux
pm uninstall --user 0 com.vzw.hss.myverizon
pm uninstall --user 0 com.asurion.android.verizon.vms
pm uninstall --user 0 com.motricity.verizon.ssodownloadable
pm uninstall --user 0 com.vzw.hs.android.modlite
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.vvm
pm uninstall --user 0 com.vznavigator.[You_Model_Here]

AT&T Bloatware

pm uninstall --user 0 com.att.dh
pm uninstall --user 0 com.att.dtv.shaderemote
pm uninstall --user 0 com.att.tv
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.attvvm
pm uninstall --user 0 com.att.myWireless
pm uninstall --user 0 com.asurion.android.protech.att
pm uninstall --user 0 com.att.android.attsmartwifi

Amazon is a no go

pm uninstall --user 0 com.amazon.fv
pm uninstall --user 0 com.amazon.kindle
pm uninstall --user 0 com.amazon.mShop.android
pm uninstall --user 0 com.amazon.mp3
pm uninstall --user 0 com.amazon.venezia

You can see I've left the Note app and DEX etc… I believe if you use a Samsung tablet or phone these apps are useful, perhaps just sever the internet permission to them. I'll show you how in next week's Privacy Cookbook. In case you'd like to remove them, here is the list:

pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.notes
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.desktopmode.uiservice
pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.desktopsystemui
pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.desktoplauncher

Please note that ADB does not really remove the applications, but uninstalls them in the user's account. In other words, these applications can easy be reinstalled with a factory reset or also with this simple comment:

cmd package install-existing [package name]

This was a part 1 starting with removing system and bloatware apps on Samsung, Part 2 will cover things to block and what to replace/install for most of the apps.

Stay safe!

The Privacy Advocate

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