Several smartphone users that don’t know how or don’t want to go looking for themselves rely on content discovery services to stay updated and entertained.
That said, most Galaxy devices these days come with Samsung Free, an app that promises to deliver this service to users. Here’s what it does!
What Is Samsung Free in [currentyear]?
Samsung Free is an app to grant Galaxy phone users access to different content, grouped into articles, live channels, podcasts, and games in [currentyear]. It’s completely free and doesn’t contain in-app purchases. What content is actually available varies between users, depending on factors such as where they’re based, which version of Android they’re running, and their device model.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about Samsung Free, including how to get rid of it, the kind of content it provides, and more!
How Do I Access Samsung Free?
You can access the Samsung Free app by looking for the icon in the app drawer and starting it from there.
A different method would be to keep swiping right while you’re on the home screen until you get to the page, assuming it’s still enabled and not set to display Google Discover.
What Is Available on Samsung Free?
Samsung Free has live TV channels, podcasts, articles, and games, but, depending on where you are, you might only get the last two.
Under the section with articles, the content is supplied by Taboola News, a service that aggregates stories from partner networks.
You can choose the kinds of topics you want to appear in this section, and which ones you don’t want to see, from the following:
Under podcasts, most of them will be from regular people that submitted them and got approved for inclusion in the app.
As for the watchable content, you’ll get most of the same content that’s available on the live TV section of Samsung TV Plus, grouped into the following sections:
- News and opinion
- Local news
- Game shows
- Food, home and travel
- Science and nature
- Sci-fi and horror
As well, there’s a channel guide, complete with programming, that you can use to browse what you’re watching.
Most games will be very simple genres, like word puzzles and tile matching, that are light enough to play without downloading.
Do I Need Samsung Free?
You likely don’t need Samsung Free if you already have alternative content delivery options or you don’t have access to podcasts and live TV.
Additionally, if you use Google Discover or are active on social media, you may have already used the apps enough for them to have gotten better at suggesting more relevant content.
So, if the only categories you have in Free are games and articles, there’s little reason to keep using the app.
Even for people that do have those options, there are arguably stronger content offerings, most with on-demand functionality, on other services like Samsung TV Plus.
Where Did My Samsung Free Go?
If you can’t find your Samsung Free app, it’s likely because you disabled the section of the home screen where it’s supposed to show up.
To get it back, here’s what you need to do:
- Pinch or long-press a blank area of the home screen
- Swipe right until you get to the last panel on the left
- Select “Samsung Free”
- Toggle the switch at the top right of the panel to “On”
Why Isn’t My Samsung Free App Working?
If your Samsung Free app isn’t working, it’s either because it’s been removed from the home screen or because something’s changed, and it doesn’t work the same.
For the first issue, you can re-enable it using the process described in the section above.
The second one comes down to the three factors that determine availability: region, OS version, and device model.
For example, if you traveled to a country where Free doesn’t have TV and podcasts, it’s going to take a while before it updates to reflect the changes.
Can I Replace Samsung Free With Something Else?
You can replace Samsung Free with Google Discover, previously called Google Feed, in the home screen, as we’ll discuss below.
How Do I Replace Samsung Free With Google Feed?
To replace Samsung Free with Google Feed/ Discover on the home screen, here’s what you should do:
- Long press or pinch a blank area of the home screen
- Scroll until you reach the last panel on the left
- Select “Google Discover” then toggle the switch to “On” if it was off
- Go back to the home screen
Can I Uninstall Samsung Free?
Unfortunately, you can’t uninstall Samsung Free or disable it because it’s a system app.
Instead, your best bet would be to either turn it off from showing up on the home screen or switch to Google Discover.
To know more, you can also read our posts on Samsung Flow, Samsung FE, and Samsung fast charging.
Samsung Free is a content delivery service that allows users to browse through articles, live TV channels, podcasts, and games. Most users will only have the games and articles depending on where they’re based, their device model, and OS version.
Its live TV section provides most of the same content from Samsung TV Plus, whereas the games will be light ones that you can play without downloading. Unfortunately, you can’t uninstall it, but you can remove it from the home screen or replace it with Google Discover.