Carrier-branded Galaxy S9 models come with a ton of bloatware that you usually can't get rid of without rooting. With a little digital elbow grease, however, there is a way to disable bloatware on your S9 or S9+, and it's a lot safer that attempting to root and modify you precious device.
Package disablers are a great way to disable useless bloatware and free up RAM on your smartphone. Unfortunately, they can be a little dangerous to use, as carelessly disabling the wrong package can cause your S9 to act erratically or even freeze up entirely. Thankfully, there's a safe and painless way to disable over 120 bloatware apps and packages thanks to XDA user BAYmustafa96.
First up, you'll need to download an XML file which automatically disables bloatware apps by way of BK Package Disabler for Samsung. The file was originally created by BAYmustafa96, but we've edited it to clean things up a bit and make it even safer. So to start, tap the following link from your Galaxy S9 or S9+.
Now it's time to download BK Package Disabler (Samsung) by WakaSoftware. You can either go to the Play Store and do a search, or simply tap on the link below to purchase the app. Please note that BK Package Disabler needs a companion app to function, so don't open it just yet and proceed to the next step.
Because of some changes by Samsung, BK Package Disabler for Samsung requires a separate add-on app to fully function. Don't worry, however, as its sister app, BK Plugin 2, is totally free to download. Once again, feel free to either do a search on the Play Store, or head to the link below.
Before opening BK Package Disabler for Samsung, you'll need to grant its sister app administrator privileges. Open BK Plugin 2 to get the ball rolling, then simply tap on "Activate It" within the initial setup prompt. You'll now be taken to a Device Administrator page, so tap on "Activate" to finish setting up. You can now open BK Package Disabler and proceed with de-bloating your S9
Now that you've got both BK Package Disabler and BK Plugin 2 installed and enabled, go ahead and open the former, then tap on the three-dot menu icon on the upper-right corner of the screen. From there, select "Import from XML."
A popup window will now appear, so tap on "Import from XML," then tap on "Select Path" on the prompt that appears. Next, head to the Download folder to retrieve the XML file you downloaded earlier.
Within the "Download" folder, tap on the XML file and select "Import" in the prompt box. The XML file will now proceed to automatically disable more than 120 bloatware apps for you. You'll be taken to the app's main page when it's done, so scroll down and verify by looking for bloatware that's been checked off and disabled. You're now free to exit the app after, and go on with the rest of your day.
Please bear in mind that this process is automated, so be sure to carefully check for frequently used apps —like Bixby, Adapt Sound, and Photo Editor — that might've gotten disabled. If that turns out to be the case, just open the BK Package Disabler app, scroll through the list and find the app you're missing, then simply tap on the box next to it re-enable it.
Has this made your S9 or S9+ noticeably snappier? Let us know in the comment section below.