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How to remove Touchwiz/Samsung Experience from your phone

Android is an open source system meaning that Google builds it, shares it and then manufacturers can pretty much do whatever they want with it. An example of this is Samsung’s customized UI layer TouchWiz (or Samsung Experience), which often finds itself the subject of heated debates—not everyone is a fan. If you want to remove TouchWiz from your phone, we have several different solutions to help you out, whether you're the average user or an Android expert.

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What is TouchWiz/Samsung Experience?

All Samsung smartphones come with Samsung's unique home interface, TouchWiz. Starting with the recalled Galaxy Note 7, a new interface design called Grace UX was introduced. With the Korean manufacturer's device update to Android Nougat, this new design was expanded. The interface has changed a bit, along with the name, from TouchWiz to Samsung Experience, which is what we can see on newer devices such as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9.

However, not everyone likes this new user experience. If you have a Samsung smartphone but you’re just not feeling the interface, we can give you a hand with changing it.

Disable Samsung apps (non-root)

Obviously, this won’t completely erase TouchWiz from your Samsung device, but it will get rid of those annoying updates that the pre-installed apps (bloatware) constantly ask for and which continuously eat up your internal memory. We can get rid of the notifications and the apps that Samsung pre-installs.

You can begin by getting rid of the shortcut and widget, but to actually stop the app, you'll need to go to Settings > Applications > Application manager, look for the offending app and select it.

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Disable annoying apps on your Samsung smartphone / © AndroidPIT

Once you’re in the app information:

  • Deselect the option Show notifications
  • Erase the cache
  • Erase data
  • Lastly, tap on Disable.

This way, the app will stay in a kind of hibernation mode, it won’t update, and it will only take up the initial space it came with. If you want to turn it back on, all you need to do is go to the application manager again and under ‘disabled’, you’ll see all the apps you’ve turned off.

Install a different launcher so you don’t have to look at TouchWiz/Samsung Experience

This is the most drastic change you can make without rooting your phone. If the icons or the high-contrast background of Touchwiz aren't to your liking, you can always modify the look to make your Android experience a bit more bearable.

With a customized launcher, you can change the appearance of the desktop and icons. It simply requires you going to the Google Play Store and downloading one of the many available launchers. The most popular ones are Nova, Apex, and Microsoft Launcher. You can find a selection of the best launchers here.

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Set the new launcher as the default on your Samsung device. / © AndroidPIT

Head to the Google Play Store and install whichever launcher you like most. The first time you open it, it will ask you which launcher you’d like to use. Choose the launcher you just installed and click on ‘always.' If for some reason you want to go back to TouchWiz, you can change this in Settings > Default Apps > Home screen, choose your launcher and click on the home button.

Erase TouchWiz/Samsung Experience: root and install an AOSP ROM

If you want to completely remove Samsung's UI from your device, your only option is to flash your device with a new ROM that doesn’t have a shred of TouchWiz in it. This will void your warranty though as the Knox counter will be set to zero. To flash your Samsung, the first thing you’ll need is Odin.

To erase Touchwiz from your phone, you’ll need a few things: first, install a custom recovery and then install the new ROM from the custom recovery. Some ROMs come pre-rooted by default, but for others it’s optional.

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Modifying the software on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. / © AndroidPIT

The most common custom recovery for Samsung is TWRP. To install it, you’ll need the exact file for your phone model. You can download it from its official page: devices supported by TWRP. To install the recovery with Odin, you’ll need the file with the .tar extension.

When the custom recovery is ready, you can start looking for a ROM without TouchWiz. In the XDA forum, you’ll find a lot of ROMS based on pure Android (AOSP) that you can try out. The main thing to keep an eye on is how often it updates and user comments. If you’re not sure where to start, Lineage OS might be a good place.

Do you like TouchWiz/Samsung Experience? If not, what modifications did you do to make the UI more bearable? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Mark G. May 14, 2017

    I can understand that some may not be happy with touchwiz, personally I like it. It is the main reason I buy a Samsung device. Sure in the early days it was a bit heavy, and yes I would like more control over which Samsung apps that I wish to keep on uninstall (not disable), but it's now a minor issue with increased internal storage and RAM. Certainly if I was still using my old faithful S3 then bloatware would be a concern.

    TouchWiz though is great, it's provided an enhanced UI and experience, I'm especially happy that with 7.0 and the latest version of touchwiz Samsung has brought back Air wake (though its now called "Easy Screen Turn On" settings - Accessibility - dexterity).

    This is just one of many great features (S planner / S Health / Gallery /customizable app drawer etc name just a few more).

    If you are buying a Smartphone but don't like TouchWiz then don't buy a Samsung, though I would highly recommend that you give it a try as it does provide a enhanced experience over Stock Android & other manufacturers UI's.

    Peace 🖖

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  • What I don't get is why but a great phone like the Sammy S series then kill it with a crap AOSP.


  • The question is why? There are many other choices out there.


  • But i still don't see anything wrong with touchwiz and the new Samsung experience ui. i even see them as great ui that gives you more feature and more power to customize your device in a way that Android doesn't want you to


  • One thing to note about Samsung phones and installing Custom ROMS, on top end Samsungs it degrades the quality of the camera and pictures taken. Most of the work in terms of picture quality is done by Samsungs own software so if you remove that and just rely on Androids native camera the results are worse.


  • I use a Galaxy Note 4,rooted with a custom recovery,custom kernel,and Xposed..along with Nova Launcher.I want to be able to use the S pen with all functions so the dear AOSP ROM ain't an option. BUT..the only problem I have discovered is because the ROM is 6.0.1, It's almost impossible to get Viper4Android working..apart from that..perfect device..!!


  • It's a shame, you pay THAT amount of money for a high end device, and, most of the time you can't set it up the way YOU want without having to root, flash custom roms etc. I prefer to buy another brand, that has an almost stock Android, put in Nova Launcher and call it good.


  • Why? Just buy a different device!


  • I CANNOT STAND IT!

    I HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS THING CALLED TOUCHWIZ WOULD TAKE OVER MY PHONE LIKE THIS!

    SAMSUNG SHOULD BE ASHAMED AT PRODUCING SUCH A THING.

    TOUCHWIZ HAS COMPLETELY MESSED UP MY PHONE.


  • hey, i am building a custom rom for brazilian j1 2016 and i want to replace touchwiz(removing, instead of disabling) and put the Zeam Launcher for more RAM, is that possible?


  • I think i'm the only one who needs to uninstall Touchwiz just to update it to a newer version..


  • Ugh, touchwiz launcher is terrible, on my “old” galaxy S8 i always installed Nova launcher, icons and everything else and it was much faster then Samsung experience launcher.


  • I can understand that some may not be happy with touchwiz, personally I like it. It is the main reason I buy a Samsung device. Sure in the early days it was a bit heavy, and yes I would like more control over which Samsung apps that I wish to keep on uninstall (not disable), but it's now a minor issue with increased internal storage and RAM. Certainly if I was still using my old faithful S3 then bloatware would be a concern.

    TouchWiz though is great, it's provided an enhanced UI and experience, I'm especially happy that with 7.0 and the latest version of touchwiz Samsung has brought back Air wake (though its now called "Easy Screen Turn On" settings - Accessibility - dexterity).

    This is just one of many great features (S planner / S Health / Gallery /customizable app drawer etc name just a few more).

    If you are buying a Smartphone but don't like TouchWiz then don't buy a Samsung, though I would highly recommend that you give it a try as it does provide a enhanced experience over Stock Android & other manufacturers UI's.

    Peace 🖖

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