Most people who praise the famous TouchWiz technology from Samsung are well aware that it takes up to 8.2 GB of a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus’s internal storage. Unobtrusive and rather slim, it still isn’t enough for many users to accept using the TouchWiz, which is why they keep looking after the vanilla Android look.
The bad news is that you cannot remove this feature from your smartphone. The good news, however, is that you can find a way around it, as in disabling particular functions.
If you want to disable the TouchWiz from Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus
You have to know that you need to perform a factory reset. That’s why it is ideal to do it the first time when you buy your smartphone. If you do it later, you will first have to back up all your data, so you won’t lose anything during the process.
With no important data remaining on your phone, you are free to:
- Access the general Settings
- Tap on the Backup and Reset
- Tap on the Reset option
- Wait for it to finish and you will see your phone rebooting.
This was just the first step of the process because as soon as you have cleared your device, you will have to disable all those Samsung apps that would normally rely on the TouchWiz technology:
- Go back to Settings
- Select the Apps menu
- Tap on Force stop
- Disable all the apps that you’re not planning to use
- Make sure you manually disable whatever carrier app you can.
Last but not least, you will have to bring on the TouchWiz alternative, nothing else but the famous Google Now Launcher. Download and install this app (while staying away from the temptation of trying other third-party launchers):
- Launch the Play Store
- Search for the Google Now Launcher
- Download and install it
- Check the option that asks you to set it as default
- Repeat these steps to install the Google Camera and the Google Messenger apps – only if you want.
And only now you can say you have moved on and let the TouchWiz aside without even having to root your Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphone.