Samsung Smart TVs come with apps pre-installed, either from Samsung or from another manufacturer. Plus, you can easily install new apps from your Smart Hub. But what if you want to remove certain apps? Can you do it?
This article will show you how to remove newly installed apps from your Samsung Smart TV. If we have your attention, keep reading.
Deleting Apps on Samsung T, Q, LS Smart TVs
Some users find it difficult to delete apps because the process depends on the model they have. That said, uninstalling apps on the latest Samsung smart TVs is quite simple. Here's what you need to do:
- Using your OneRemote, find the "Home" button. This will open the Smart Hub.
- Look for "Settings", the gear icon.
- Scroll down until you find 'Support' and under it select 'Device Care'.
- You will see a quick scan of your TV, so wait a few moments. Then click on “Manage Storage”.
- Choose the apps you want to uninstall and click on them.
- Then press "Delete".
- You will need to confirm that you want to remove these apps. Press “OK”.
Removing Apps on Samsung M/MU/NU/RU/Q/LS (2022-2022) Smart TVs
To remove apps from these particular models, you need to do the following:
- Using your OneRemote, click on “Home”.
- Next, search for "Apps".
- Click the gear icon in the upper right corner to open "Settings".
- Find the apps you want to remove from the list. Click on it, then select “Delete”.
Deleting Apps on Samsung K/KU/KS Smart TVs
To remove apps from the Smart TV 2016 series:
- Click "Home" on your remote and search for "Applications".
- Next, find "Options" in the lower right corner of the screen.
- In the menu bar, select "Delete".
- Next, tap on the apps you want to remove. Click 'Remove' to uninstall them,
- Wait to see that they have been deleted.
Removing Apps on Samsung J/JU/JS (2015) Smart TVs
Deleting apps from these templates will happen as follows:
- Hold down the color button on your remote and click "Featured."
- Choose “Apps”.
- Next, click on “Options” in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Choose "Delete my apps".
- Select the apps you want to remove and click "Remove" in the top corner of the screen.
- You'll need to confirm that you want to remove the apps, so tap "Yes".
Removing Apps from Samsung E/EH/ES (2012) and H/HU/F (2014) Smart TVs
If you have slightly older series of Samsung Smart TVs, deleting apps is still possible. Get your remote and do the following:
- Tap "Smart Hub", which will then open "Smart Hub" on your TV.
- Choose an app you want to uninstall.
- Next, hold "Tools" on your remote.
- Press "Delete", then "Enter".
- You must now confirm that you want to remove an app, so highlight "Yes" and click "Enter".
What apps can you delete?
Now that you know how to uninstall apps from older and newer series of Samsung smart TVs, you are probably wondering if it is possible to remove all apps. Maybe you don't want them cluttering up your space. However, you can only remove apps that you install. Pre-installed apps cannot be removed because the "Remove" option is disabled. These are usually Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.
That said, there are hacks to do it. But keep in mind that it won't work for all models. However, you can try the following if you want to remove a factory-installed app:
- Hold down the "Home" button on your remote.
- Click on “Apps”.
- Next, click on the “Number” button, then press “12345”.
- The 'Developer' mode will now open.
- Toggle the "On" button.
- Then click “OK”. Developer Mode will now allow you to remove pre-installed apps.
- You will see that "Developer mode is enabled", so press "Close".
After doing all this, follow these steps:
- Go to "Settings" in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Select the apps you want to remove.
- Head to "Lock/Unlock" and tap it to lock the app.
- Then you will need to type “0000”. There is now a lock icon on the app.
- Navigate to “Deep Link Test” and tap on it.
- You will get a pop-up window. Here highlight "Content ID" and write anything. On your keyboard, click “Done”.
- You will now need to enter a password. However, you will click “Cancel”.
- The "Delete" option, which was previously disabled, should now be enabled.
- Choose the pre-installed app you want to remove and tap "Remove".
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some additional answers to your most frequently asked questions:
I have a problem with an app. Should I delete it?
If an app isn't launching or working properly, you can take other steps before deleting the app completely. First, try a simple reboot on your TV. You can either turn it off, wait five seconds, and turn it back on, or unplug it, wait, and plug it back in. Either way, a system restart is a simple step to try that often works well.
If that doesn't work, make sure your Samsung Smart TV is running the latest software. You can do this by going to your TV settings and clicking on “Support” then “Software updates”. If there is one available, select "Update now". Once the update process is complete, try your app again.
If it still doesn't work, uninstall it, then reinstall it.
I don't see the 'Deep Link Test' option. What else can I do?
One of the biggest complaints about Samsung smart TVs is bloatware. Pre-installed apps take up a lot of space, which prevents you from downloading more content that suits your needs. Some TV models have the Deep Link Test option when greyed out, while others don't have it at all.
Unfortunately, we haven't yet found a workaround that works for those who don't have the ability to follow the steps listed above. If you're running out of space on your TV and can't remove the pre-installed bloatware, your only option is to use another device with more memory. A Firestick, Roku, or other device is relatively inexpensive and easy to use, but it's still not the perfect solution.
Remove unwanted applications
A Samsung Smart TV is a fantastic addition to any living room. You get various apps pre-installed and can add any new one you want. If you need to remove unwanted apps, our guide has hopefully given you all the tips and tricks you need.
Have you ever deleted an app on your Samsung Smart TV? What was the reason? Let us know in the comments section below.