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Unable to uninstall Google Messages

(Topic created: 02-14-2024 09:07 AM)
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user7rRkACJ8U5
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My phone did NOT come with Google messages. I manually installed it for spam protection. However, with some of the issues lately, I have been trying to entirely remove it and reinstall it. Not just remove updates, but completely remove it from my device (S23+), whether or not I plan to reinstall. It worked the last time I had issues two weeks ago. When I went to try again today, it now refuses to let me. I can only uninstall updates and disable it. 
First of all, if my phone didn't come with it, it shouldn't be mandatory to have, regardless of Samsung updates.
Second of all, why does Samsung now mandate two messaging apps when you only use one? Both Google messages and Samsung messages are disable only apps. Both have features that the other lacks, but you can only use one at a time, making it useless for people who don't use one or the other. At least let people remove whichever they don't use so it's not wasting the limited space on the phones (since memory is no longer expandable 🙄). I just think it's pretty messed up that we already have an extremely limited amount of phone space since they took away external storage, and now they're forcing us to use even more of that phone space for useless apps. Cloud space does not equate to phone space, especially when you have to pay for it. I already paid $800+ for my phone, why should I then have to add a subscription to be able to keep things on it? 

So, does anyone know how to get the app OFF of my phone? Not disabled, GONE. REMOVED. NO LONGER PRESENT. 
Without factory resetting the phone, as I don't want to lose my settings, messages, notes (since apparently those aren't backed up anymore 🙄 just keep digging that hole deeper, Samsung), etc etc

Appreciate any attempts at help (not anything that tells me to suck it up and get over it, like the creepy emoji I've been stuck with since my phone updated, as well as the phone app making it entirely too easy to video call by mistake)
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0KM0
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It wasn't pre-installed in my 22 Ultra but was added in a later update. Very sneakily made itself the default. I understand it's better in some ways but I don't like Google.
Why does Samsung seem to admit they are offering an inferior messaging? But also why force it on Mr after the fact?
Don't force more Google o e me! Improve your product Samsung!
DeLuna13
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Ok, no problem! At least you know where to refer to if you ever want to remove it. There should also be plenty of youtube videos on it.
user7rRkACJ8U5
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Thank you!
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DeLuna13
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Your welcome!
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Robin621k
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Question: Where did you purchase your phone?
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user7rRkACJ8U5
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A t-mobile store
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Robin621k
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According to TMOBILE's website, Google Message is pre-installed on your phone. You can uninstall updates, then press the disable tab.
You can not uninstall it completely!

I am not going to try it for you, I am in Google Messages Beta. I get to try all the new features first, and report back bugs.
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user7rRkACJ8U5
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It may say that on the website now. Emphasis on NOW. (I'm not screaming, I don't know how to italicize 😂)
However, when I purchased this phone, it did NOT come with Google messages. I could install and uninstall the entire app on January 31st, which tells me that it wasn't something that came with the phone. My belief is that Tmobile pushed a new phone update since then, which is what made it a mandatory app. And as phones that haven't been sold yet can still be updated, yes, it will come on *those* phones. But I'm going to reiterate (because you aren't the only one and it's getting a bit frustrating at this point) it did NOT. Come on my phone.

Disabling does not do what I need. I understand the suggestion. But it's useless toward my request, especially since I stated in the original post that I can only disable it now.
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