It was recently reported that you can’t uninstall Facebook on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Several users complained that they can’t completely remove the app and they are worried that Facebook can still track their every move.
If you’re using a Samsung device, you will find a “Disable” option rather than the usual “Uninstall” button for Facebook. Should you be worried about this? Not really, and here are three things you need to know.
Pre-installed apps is not a new thing
Samsung and other smartphone makers would usually pre-install some apps on their smartphones out of the box. Apart from Facebook, Samsung has also included Microsoft Word, OneDrive, PowerPoint, Linkedin and Excel on their latest devices. These are often included so that you can get started on the device immediately without having to download each app individually.It is not unusual for smartphone brands to include 3rd party apps as part of a distribution deal. This could even include local services like ride-hailing, hotel booking and video on demand providers. Sometimes such partnership deals can help to bring the cost of smartphones down especially in the budget segment.
While it can be useful, these apps are also seen as bloatware and that’s the reason why some would prefer to get an Android One device. Not only it’s free of unnecessary apps, but it is also guaranteed to get faster updates compared to typical custom skins.
Disabling Facebook is as good as uninstall
If you want to delete Facebook completely from your phone and your life, you can still disable it on your Samsung smartphone. Just long press on the Facebook icon and you should see a disable button.
By doing this, you’re removing most of the core files that are required for Facebook to work. After disabling Facebook, it only takes up 53.25KB on our Galaxy Note9. Basically it’s just an empty shell.
Facebook can’t collect information if the app is disabled
On concerns that Facebook can continue to track you, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. What’s left is basically a placeholder or a shortcut for you to install Facebook.
All Facebook functions will be disabled until you reactivate it again under settings or through the Google Play Store. If you try to open the app, it will prompt you to update Facebook which requires a 63MB download. On top of that, the app will still need your login details and you have to grant it permission to access your location and camera.
According to Facebook, a disabled version of the app acts like it’s been deleted and it won’t collect data or send information back to Facebook.