1. Blast away bloatware
Manufacturers and carriers love to clutter up phones with preinstalled apps, better known as bloatware. But just because it's there by default doesn't mean you have to live with it forever.
To send your bloatware packing, head into your system settings and look for the Apps option. Swipe over to the right until you're in the column labeled "All," then scroll through the list until you find the app you want to zap.
Tap the app and look for the Uninstall or Disable button. Next, pound that button while belting out your most intimidating battle cry* -- then repeat as needed.
*Battle cry optional (but strongly recommended)