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4 Ways to Uninstall and Disable Samsung Internet Browser

Samsung Galaxy smartphones generally come with the Internet browser and Chrome out of the box. But most users prefer to stick with Chrome as their primary browser. So if you are in the same boat and want to remove the browser from your smartphone, keep reading as we discuss four ways to uninstall and disable the Samsung Internet browser.

How to Uninstall and Disable Samsung Internet Browser?

Samsung Internet browser is a feature-packed web browser that provides a lot of utility but often gets overshadowed by Chrome. We have Compared Chrome and Samsung Internet browser to see which is the better browser, and you can learn more about it here.

Below we have discussed four ways to help uninstall or disable the Samsung Internet browser from your smartphone or tablet.  You can use them if you never find yourself using the app and wish to remove the browser from your device.

Method 1- Uninstall Samsung Internet from App Drawer

Samsung devices running One UI 2 (Android 10) or above can directly uninstall the Samsung Internet browser from the app without having to go through any complicated steps. Here is how:

Step 1: Swipe up from the Home screen to open the app drawer.

Step 2: Find the Internet browser app in the app drawer.

Step 3: Press and hold the app icon to open the quick menu.

Step 4: Tap the X icon in the quick menu to uninstall the app.

Step 5: In the confirmation prompt, tap on OK.

This is the easiest way to uninstall the Samsung Internet browser from your smartphone.

Method 2- Uninstall Samsung Internet from Settings

If you cannot find the app in the app drawer, you can always go to Settings to uninstall the browser. This is how you can uninstall the browser from Settings.

Step 1: On your smartphone, open the Settings app.

Step 2: Scroll Down to Apps.

Step 3: Within Apps, find Samsung Internet from the list of apps and tap on it.

Step 4: Select the Uninstall option.

Step 5: In the confirmation prompt, select OK.

This should delete the Internet browser from your Samsung smartphone or tablet.

Method 3- Use ADB to Remove Internet Browser (No Root)

Older devices might not have the option to uninstall the browser directly. In this case, you can take the ADB route and uninstall the Samsung Internet browser without root using the ADB method.

We have already made a detailed guide on uninstalling apps using ADB that you can check out. It contains a detailed step-by-step process to install ADB drivers on your computer.

Enable USB Debugging in your Samsung Device

Once you have set up ADB on your PC, you will need to enable Developer options in your smartphone and allow USB debugging. This is a relatively easy process and takes less than a minute.

Step 1: Open Settings on your Samsung device.

Step 2: Scroll down and go to About phone.

Step 3: Next, open Software information.

Step 4: Here, tap on the Build number 7 times to turn on the Developer options.

You might be asked to enter your lock screen password.

Once enabled, Developer options will appear below the About phone section.

Step 5: Go to Developer Options.

Step 6: Scroll down to USB debugging and turn on the toggle to enable it

Step 7: Select OK in the confirmation prompt.

Uninstalling Samsung Internet using ADB

Enabling USB debugging was important to set up your device for further steps. Now you can connect your phone to the PC to uninstall the Internet browser.

Step 1: Connect your phone to the PC using a USB data cable.

Make sure File transfer is selected on your phone.

Step 2: Open the ADB command terminal.

Step 3: Type the command, adb devices, and press Enter. 

Your phone will show a prompt asking, “Allow USB debugging?” If this is your first time connecting to a PC, it might also ask, “Allow access to phone data.”

If connected successfully, the terminal will show the ADB device number.

Step 4: Next, type the command, adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0, and press Enter.

This command will remove Samsung Internet from your device, and a Sucess message will appear in a few seconds, denoting that the browser is successfully uninstalled from your device.

Method 4- Hide Samsung Internet from the App Drawer

The app drawer in One UI lets you hide apps you don’t want to be visible on the app drawer or home screen. It can be helpful if you want to keep the browser but don’t want it to clutter your home screen. Follow these steps to hide the Internet browser.

Step 1: Swipe up from the home screen to open the app drawer.

Step 2: Tap the three dots in the top right corner.

Step 3: Open the Settings option.

Step 4: Within the Home screen settings, tap on Hide apps.

Step 5: Select Internet browser and select Done.

CertainThis will remove the Internet browser from the app drawer and home screen. If you want to unhide the app, follow the steps above and untick the Internet browser.

Bonus: Prevent Internet Browser from Running in Background

Certain features within the Samsung Internet browser require it to run in the background. This takes up system resources and causes battery drainage. You can fix this by clearing all app data and force-stopping the browser.  This is how you can do that.

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Go to Apps.

Step 3: Scroll down and tap on the Internet browser.

Step 4: Tap on Force stop.

Step 5: In the same menu, go to the Storage option.

Step 6: Tap on the Clear data option.

This will clear all app data, including stored passwords, bookmarks, and browsing history.

Step 7: In the confirmation prompt, select OK.

This will prevent the app from running in the background if you don’t open it and agree to its terms and conditions.

Wrapping Up

This brings us to the end of the article. Samsung has improved its One UI skin a lot over the years, but one thing that Samsung still receives backlash for is including its alternative version of the already available Google apps. The same is the case with the Internet browser. However, the internet browser provides much more functionality than Chrome, and you should try it out if you haven’t tried it yet.