Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G from AT&T Comes With So Much Bloatware

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

I just picked up an AT&T edition of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. Yes I did have an unlocked version from Samsung, but that was a review unit that needs to go back to them. Basically, I bought the phone because after using the review unit, I loved it so much that I’ve decided to use it as my new daily. I however went with the AT&T edition because that’s my carrier I use, and because they had a fantastic deal for it at Best Buy along with the AT&T $800 trade in. That means the only thing I’m really paying for is tax and a couple bucks on my bill each month. With the amount I saved, I figured I can deal with the bloat and just uninstall or disable what I don’t want on it. Let me tell you, it’s a lot.

So here’s the huge list of what comes on the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G when you start her up.

Array of AT&T branded apps

  • AT&T Cloud
  • AT&T TV
  • Call Protect
  • Device Help
  • Mobile Security
  • myAT&T
  • Setup & Transfer
  • AT&T ProTech
  • AT&T Smart WiFi
  • AT&T Games

Other 3rd party apps

  • Amazon Shopping
  • Best Fiends
  • Coin Master
  • Direct TV
  • Dream Blast
  • Facebook
  • HBO Max
  • DC Infinite
  • Merge Dragons
  • Merge Magic!
  • NBA
  • Pluto TV
  • Pop! Slots
  • SmartNews
  • Solitaire
  • Spotify
  • Star Trek Fleet Command
  • Wish
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook

With the 3rd party apps, that’s not even including the recommended apps that they try to get you to download when you’re setting up your phone, nor does it include the giant AT&T Entertainment widget on the home screen that also recommends apps. Luckily, every one of those 3rd party apps can be uninstalled.

The AT&T branded apps however can only be disabled.

So why would you buy a carrier-branded phone over an unlocked phone? Basically, like I stated above, Best Buy had a great sale on the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G and AT&T had a crazy trade-in deal. On the plus side, many of the 3rd party apps can just be deleted and you’ll have to just live with the AT&T apps or disable them. But if having a stock experience without the bloat is what you’re looking for, then definitely pick up the unlocked version of this device. Just make sure you pick the right one that will work with the carrier you’re currently on.


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