Samsung users might have seen an activity running on the Google My Activity report as “used com.sec.unifiedwfc.” This might be a cause for concern because users aren’t about this app package.
com.sec.unifiedwfc is the Android package file of the Wi-Fi Calling app on Samsung Galaxy devices that allows users to make and receive phone calls over a Wi-Fi connection without using the mobile carrier network.
In this article, we’ll understand more about this package, what is its main purpose and is it safe to uninstall this package from your device.
What is com.sec.unifiedwfc Used For?
com.sec.unifiedwfc is used for making and receiving phone calls over a Wi-Fi connection so the main purpose of this app package is Wi-Fi Calling.
It doesn’t matter whether you don’t have a mobile carrier network or you have a very weak carrier network signal, you can easily make phone calls by connecting your device to a Wi-Fi network and then using the Wi-Fi Calling feature.
All preinstalled, as well as third-party apps, are written in the format com.developername.appname, so in this example, the “sec” stands for Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and “unifiedwfc” stands for unified Wi-Fi Calling.
This package is also represented as com.sec.android.unifiedwfc on some Samsung devices.
What is Wi-Fi Calling?
Wi-Fi Calling is a telecommunication technology that allows users to make voice calls over a Wi-Fi connection instead of a cellular network using Internet Protocol(IP). If you’re getting a weak cellular network connection but you are around a strong Wi-Fi signal then you can easily make calls via Wi-Fi using the WiFi Calling feature.
To turn on Wi-Fi Calling on Samsung devices follow these steps:
- Open the Phone app.
- Tap three vertical dots icon(More options) then tap Settings.
- Tap Wi-Fi Calling and then tap the switch to enable or disable Wi-Fi calling.
- Some devices might get a popup asking them to enter their Emergency contact information. If you get this popup then enter the required information and tap Save.
com.sec.unifiedwfc Has Stopped?
Sometimes, com.sec.unifiedwfc stops working suddenly and an error message pops up that reads “Unfortunately com.sec.unifiedwfc has stopped” or “com.sec.unifiedwfc has stopped.”
Here are the reasons why this app might stop working:
1. Corrupted or Overloaded Cache Files – If the app cache isn’t cleared for a long time the cache files become corrupted. The cache file storage folder can store a limited number of files so when the size of the cache files becomes more than what could be stored, the cache files become overloaded which leads to these error messages.
2. No Cellular or Wi-Fi network – These error messages could also occur if a cellular network or Wi-Fi network is unavailable in your area.
3. Firmware issue – The app could also stop working if you’re using outdated Firmware or there are issues with your device’s Firmware. It may also happen if you’re using a Custom Firmware instead of the Stock Firmware.
How to Fix com.sec.unifiedwfc Has Stopped Error?
You can fix the “com.sec.unifiedwfc has stopped” issue by using the methods mentioned below:
(1) Clear com.sec.unifiedwfc App Cache and Force Stop App
To clear the com.sec.unifiedwfc app cache and force stop the app, follow these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Tap Apps.
- Tap three vertical dots icon(More options) in the upper right corner.
- Tap Show system apps.
- Tap com.sec.unifiedwfc.
- Tap Storage.
- Tap Clear Cache
- Tap Clear Data.
- Tap the back button and then tap Force Stop.
(2) Cellular Network or Wi-Fi Available
Check if you have a strong cellular network connection or a strong Wi-Fi connection available. If you’re getting a weak connection or no connection at all then this could be solved by moving to an area where there is better network coverage.
(3) Factory Reset Your Samsung Device
A Factory Reset erases all the data from your phone and restores your phone to its original state. Before factory resetting your device, you should backup your data on Samsung Cloud or Google Drive. Once the backup is complete, follow the steps below to Factory Reset your Samsung device.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Reset.
- Tap Factory Data Reset.
- Tap Reset and you may need to enter your PIN or password.
- Tap Delete all and your phone will be reset.
(4) Flash Stock ROM(Firmware)
Flashing the Stock ROM(Firmware) reinstalls the system software on your device which can get rid of the app has stopped error messages.
You can flash the Stock Firmware using these two steps:
- Download the Stock Firmware files for your Samsung Android device from a Firmware file downloading website.
- Flash the downloaded Firmware files using a Firmware Flashing tool.
Samsung users can flash Stock ROM using the Samsung Odin flashing tool. Once the stock Firmware is flashed your phone will have the old firmware installed and this will surely get rid of the error messages.
(5) Diable com.sec.unifiedwfc using Titanium Backup
Titanium Backup is a package disabler and backup app that can disable built-in system apps which cannot be disabled normally. To use this app you’ll have to root your device and once the device is rooted, follow these steps to disable this app.
- Download and Install the Titanium Backup app on your Android device.
- Search for “com.sec.unifiedwfc” using the Search button in the top bar.
- Select this package and tap Freeze.
- Confirm your decision by selecting “Yes.”
Can You Uninstall com.sec.unifiedwfc?
You can uninstall com.sec.unifiedwfc using Android Debug Bridge(ADB), or the System App Remover application but it is not recommended.
com.sec.unifiedwfc is required for Wi-Fi Calling and if you remove this app then you won’t be able to make or receive Wi-Fi calls on your phone. So, if there is a network outage you won’t be able to call anybody via the Wi-Fi Calling feature.
However, if you are sure that you want to remove this app then use the following two methods.
1. Uninstall Using Android Debug Bridge(ADB)
ADB allows you to bring up a Unix shell so you can issue commands directly on the Android device. You’ll need a Windows PC to use ADB.
Step 1 – Go to Settings > System > About phone.
Step 2 – Tap on the Build number 7 times to activate Developer Options.
Step 3 – Go back to the main Settings menu and tap on Developer Options to open it.
Step 4 – Enable USB debugging by tapping on it.
Step 5 – Download ADB on your PC.
Step 6 – Extract the ZIP file into a folder.
Step 7 – After extracting the ZIP file, open that folder.
Step 8 – Press and hold the shift button and right-click in a blank area.
Step 9 – Click on “Open Powershell window here.”
Step 10 – Enter the command adb devices
Step 11 – Connect your Android device to the PC using a USB data cable.
Step 12 – Run the command adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 com.sec.unifiedwfc and wait for a few seconds till you notice the app has been uninstalled from your device.
2. Uninstall Using System App Remover
This method requires you to gain root access to your device. If you don’t know how to root your Android device then check our Android Rooting guide. After gaining root access follow the steps below to uninstall this system app.
- Download and install the System App Remover application.
- Launch the application, search for com.sec.unifiedwfc app and select this app by tapping on it.
- Tap the “Uninstall” button to completely remove the app from your device.