How to Delete Apps from a Samsung Smart TV
Samsung Smart TVs come with pre-installed applications from Samsung or another manufacturer. In addition, you can easily install new apps from your Smart Hub. Regardless, what if you want to delete some apps? Can you do it?
This article shows how to delete “newly” installed apps from your Samsung Smart TV and provides suggestions for pre-installed apps you can’t remove natively. Let’s get started!
Deleting Apps on T, Q, LS Samsung Smart TVs
Deleting apps can be troublesome, depending on what model you own. That said, uninstalling apps on the newest Samsung Smart TVs is straightforward. Here’s what to do.
- Using your “OneRemote,” press the “Home” button. This will open the “Smart Hub.”
- Look for and select the “gear” icon (Settings).
- Scroll and select “Device Care” in the “Support” section.
- Wait for the quick scan to finish, then choose “Manage Storage.”
- Choose the apps you want to uninstall.
- Next, tap “Delete.”
- Confirm you want to delete these apps by selecting “OK.”
Deleting Apps on M/MU/NU/RU/Q/LS (2017-2019) Samsung Smart TVs
To delete apps from these particular models, you need to do this:
- Using your “OneRemote,” select “Home.”
- Choose “Apps.”
- Select the “gear” icon (Settings) in the top right corner.
- Select the apps you want to delete from the list and choose “Delete.”
Deleting Apps on K/KU/KS Samsung Smart TVs
To delete apps from the 2016 Smart TVs series:
- Press “Home” on your remote control and select “Apps.”
- Next, choose “Options” in the bottom right corner of the screen.
- From the menu bar, select “Delete.”
- Pick the apps you want to remove and select “Delete” to uninstall them.
- Don’t exit until you confirm the apps were removed.
Deleting Apps on J/JU/JS (2015) Samsung Smart TVs
Removing apps from these Samsung TV models will go like this:
- Hold the “colored button” on your remote control and select “Featured.”
- Choose “Apps.”
- Select “Options” in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Choose “Delete My Apps.”
- Select each app you want to remove and choose “Delete” in the upper corner of the screen.
- Confirm you want to delete the app by choosing “Yes.”
Deleting Apps on E/EH/ES (2012) and H/HU/F (2014) Samsung Smart TVs
Removing apps is still possible with older series from the Samsung Smart TV library, removing apps is still possible. Get your remote control and do the following:
- Select “Smart Hub” using the remote for your TV.
- Choose an app you want to uninstall.
- Press “Tools” on your remote control.
- Choose “Delete” and then “Enter.”
- Now, you must confirm you want to delete the selected app, so highlight “Yes,” then press “Enter” on the remote.
Which Apps Can You Delete?
Now that you know how to uninstall apps from older and newer Samsung Smart TVs, you might wonder if it’s possible to delete all apps. Sadly, you can only delete the apps you install. The pre-installed apps can’t be removed because the ‘Delete’ option is disabled. These are usually Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.
Regardless of pre-installed app limitations, hacks exist that let you uninstall them. However, they don’t work for all models. Still, you can try the following to delete a factory-installed app.
- Hold the “Home” button on your remote.
- Choose “Apps.”
- Press the “Number” button, then press “12345.”
- “Developer mode” now opens. Toggle the “On” button.
- Click on “OK” to turn on “Developer Mode.”
- Choose “Close.”
- Go to “Settings” in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Select the apps you want to remove.
- Navigate to “Lock/Unlock” and select it to lock the app.
- Next, type “0000.” A lock icon appears on the app.
- Navigate to and select “Deep Link Test.”
- In the popup window, highlight “Content id” and type anything you want, then select “Done.”
- In the password creation window, choose “Cancel.”
- The “Delete” option should now appear as enabled.
- Select the pre-installed app you want to remove and choose “Delete.”
In closing, a Samsung Smart TV is a fantastic addition to any living room. You get various pre-installed apps and can add any new ones you want. If you need to delete unwanted apps, you may only get to remove the ones you installed. Regardless, the “Developer Mode” option may work to get those pesky pre-installed apps removed.
FAQs: Removing Samsung TV Apps
I’m having trouble with an app. Do I need to delete it?
If an application isn’t launching or working, you can try other steps first before removing the app entirely. Try rebooting 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 reboot is a simple step that often works.
If rebooting the TV doesn’t solve the problem, ensure your Samsung Smart TV has the latest software.
1. Access “Settings,” select “Support,” then choose “Software Updates.”
2. If an update is available, select “Update Now.” When the process finishes, try your app again.
If it still isn’t working, uninstall the app, then re-install 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 the bloatware. The pre-installed applications consume a lot of space, hindering your ability to download more content that fits your needs. Some TV models have the “Deep Link Test” option greyed out, while others don’t.
Unfortunately, we have yet to find a workaround for those who don’t have the “Deep Link Test” option. If you’ve run out of space on your TV and can’t remove the pre-installed bloatware, your only choice is to use another device with more memory. Using a Firestick, Roku, or Chromecast with Google TV is a low-cost option, but it isn’t the perfect solution.