When it comes to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, sooner or later, someone will mention the TouchWiz. And while most users have heard of it, not all of them are actually aware that it is Samsung’s dedicated UI interface for Android phones and tablets.
A product in which Samsung invested a lot and which has been constantly improved over the years, TouchWiz still isn’t the best choice for everyone out there. Since there are still quite a few people who would prefer the classic Android experience any given time, we’d like to show you how to control the TouchWiz a little bit.
In this tutorial, we have put together a series of actions presented from the easy to the hard level. The goal is to help you reduce the TouchWiz intervention to a minimum, to interact as little as possible with all the blotware from your device – the preinstalled apps – and, why not, to make your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus feel more like a… Google Nexus.
Yes, the entire above is possible, with the condition that you try our suggestions in this particular order. The ultimate solution would involve rooting the device and flashing a custom ROM. It is obviously the most advanced, so don’t start from there if you’re clueless on what that means.
The 4 main options for getting rid of TouchWiz on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus
- Initiate a factory reset and reject any Samsung updates suggested during the process;
- Launch the Application Manager and clear the cache and the data of all the preinstalled Samsung apps, S Planner included;
- Use the Google Play Store to download and install the Google Now Launcher, available in there for free;
- Root the smartphone, create a custom recovery, and then, flash a new ROM for it.
A short intro to Google Now Launcher
As mentioned, the first three options are easy to moderate. Installing the Google Now Launcher is the best you can do without having to root the Galaxy S8, so here is what you should know about it.
Google Now Launcher is, obviously, a launcher app, which means that it allows you to personalize the Home screen of your Android. Since this is one of the main objectives of TouchWiz, it becomes obvious why this replacement is a good option.
As you surf for it within the Play Store, you will easily notice a couple of other launchers like Aviate, Action Launcher, Nova Launcher or Apex Launcher. Not all the suggestions in there are free, yet Google Now Launcher is.