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AT&T LG V30 Bloatware – What Apps Come Pre-installed

Depending on which carrier you purchased your LG V30 from, you’ll find a different set of pre-installed apps on them commonly referred to as bloatware. Bloatware is basically any pre-installed app that wouldn’t normally come on an unlocked, carrier free version of the device. The best solution to avoid bloatware is to just buy your device unlocked, but that usually requires paying for it in full, which many people don’t want to to. Most people will just buy the phone from their carrier so they can either get it at a cheaper price or be able to pay for it month by month. If you do this, you’ll have to make due with some added bloatware.

AT&T Apps

Because this is an AT&T branded LG V30, it comes with a few AT&T apps that you can’t delete. It’s pretty much in line with what came on the LG V20 before it. If you buy the device on another carrier, you’ll have a different set of carrier installed apps. Note that these apps can not be deleted. Some can be disabled but not all of them.

  • MobileSecurity
  • Device Help
  • Setup & Transfer
  • AT&T Call Protect
  • AT&T Smart Wi-Fi
  • DirecTV Remote
  • DriveMode
  • Smart Limits
  • DirecTV
  • myAT&T
  • AT&T App Select (hidden)
  • AT&T Remote Support (hidden)

None of these apps are particularly that useful although some are kind of interesting. AT&T Call Protect for instance will automatically screen calls as fraud or spam and allow you to also temporarily bock calls. Setup & Transfer lets you move data from your old device to the new device, and MobileSecurity is supposed to protect you from unsafe apps. If you have DirecTV, you’ll probably make use of the two DirecTV apps.

Other Apps

Again, a little surprising here that there really isn’t too much pre-installed. Basically it’s just 4 apps, (some that you probably use) and 2 games. On the plus side, you can delete both games if you don’t plan on playing them. You can also delete the 4 extra apps if you don’t use them as well. That’s a bit surprising because in the past, you could only disable some of them.

  • Facebook
  • Uber
  • Amazon Shopping
  • Yelp
  • Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
  • Empire

There’s also a bunch of LG apps and Google apps installed, but I won’t count those as most likely, those also show up in the unlocked version of the devices as well.

All-in-all, not too bad really. The AT&T branded apps are a given and I already knew I would not be able to get rid of them. I am glad to see that you can delete the “other apps” from your device which helps free up a tiny bit of space. Of course in the end, it probably doesn’t matter all that much because the LG V30 does come with 64gb of memory which is a lot on top of being able to add more memory via SD Card.

How do you feel about carrier bloatware? Let us know in the comments below.

Samuel Huanghttp://www.gstylemag.com
Samuel Huang is an avid gamer and all around tech geek. When not glued to his computer or iPhone, he can be seen pwning n00bs on PSN nightly. On occasion, he has the crazy dream of owning a vintage JDM Nissan Skyline Hakosuka GT-R or a Datsun 240Z.


  1. ATT apps and LG apps fill me with hate and loathing for both companies. I can’t help it. It’s so stupid. And the fact that they don’t let you remove the apps? It triggers me. And makes me not want to do business with either company in the future. That’s why I’m only considering Pixel or Essential for my next device.

  2. Do you have AT&T’S APP Select pre-installed app? I cleared it’s cache and noticed it takes up some memory. When I looked what it’s main purpose is, it’s to Suggest/recommend apps based on what we use in other apps. I worried if I clear the memory? What will I lose in my new phone by deleting what memory its stored from lord knows what and then I lose something I really should of Kept. also if I disabled it does that make the memory of what it’s saved mess up other apps. I really haven’t given to too many permissions to a lot of apps like I used too. Any advice for a not so tech savvy mom of a college student. Thanks

    • I completely deleted it. I didn’t find it useful at all as I just use the Google Play Store for all my apps. I also deleted or disabled much of the AT&T branded apps except for maybe MobileSecutiry, Device Help, and Call Protect…for now that is.


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