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Here are 5 apps you should remove right now

Update: Two new additions!

Smartphones quickly become consumed by unnecessary apps that not only take up storage space, but can also affect your handset's performance and battery life. Well, enough is enough – it's time to clean up your smartphone. Here are five apps you should remove immediately. 

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Clean up your Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Facebook

The Facebook app allows you to keep connected to your friends and acquaintances at all times. Birthdays, notifications, and messages, Facebook keeps you abreast of almost everything. Alas, this constant connection to others comes at a cost. The Facebook for Android app is not only intrusive, but it consumes a lot of battery too.

As an alternative, why not set up a shortcut to the Facebook website on your homepage? This will require less of your smartphone's resources, but means you can still quickly and easily access content when you want to. If you want to learn how to set up a homescreen shortcut, check out our how to become a smartphone expert guide. 

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The Facebook app demands a lot from you and your phone. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Clean Master (or any cleaning app)

Cleaning apps promise to clean up your phone to boost performance. While it's true that deleted applications sometimes leave behind some cached data, it's not necessary to download a dedicated cleaner. Just go to Settings > Storage > and tap Cached data. At the Clear cached data prompt, hit OK.

Alternatively, you can clear the cache of individual apps by going to Settings > Apps > Downloaded and tapping on an app. On the next page, tap Clear Cache

Clean Master and similar apps often require a lot of battery power, and their in-app advertising has the potential to take a chunk out of your monthly data allowance. Remove such apps at your earliest convenience. 

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Why download an app when you can clean your phone yourself? / © ANDROIDPIT

3. So-called antivirus apps

Your Android device and the Play Store can already do everything that antivirus apps can. For theft protection, Android Device Manager works securely without an additional app. And whether an app is actually hiding malware, Google checks with the Play Store automatically.

So-called Android antivirus apps are only useful if you are often downloading and installing APK files found outside the Play Store. Then, anti-malware apps can examine these apps during installation and offer warnings before you open them. However, you can't disinfect your smartphone. The best method to do this is – ironically – without an app.

4. Battery savers

Similar to RAM boosters, battery-saving apps are often a load of rubbish. These apps offer a solution to one of the most-loathed smartphone problems in the world and promise miracles. There are only a few exceptions to the truth that battery-saving apps are merely billboards disguised as useful apps.

To really increase battery life, you have to reduce energy demand from the operating system and all running services and apps. So to be effective, energy-saving apps would need to take control of running Android. But since Android doesn't can't be controlled without root privileges, apps available in the Play Store can't simply step in and take control. At best, apps can advise or warn you when you're chewing through too many Energon cubes, but that's about it. If it closes power-hungry apps, those apps will likely automatically reopen anyway. Thus, the effect is reversed and energy consumption could actually increase.

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Typing on these apps will empty their caches. / © ANDROIDPIT

The alternative? Open your Battery settings. Find the app with the highest consumption in the list and forcing close it. Some app errors can also be resolved this way, which might have caused increased energy demand to begin with.

5. The default browser

There are so many better, and more secure, alternatives to the default Android internet app (assuming your device doesn't come with Chrome as the default).

Download your favorite browser from our best Android browsers list and, once your choice is made, go to Settings > Apps and tap the browser that you no longer use. Tap Disable on the following page. If you're using Chrome, check out our list of Chrome for Android tips to find out how you can reduce your data consumption.

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Replace the default Android internet app with Chrome or similar for a better Googling experience. / © ANDROIDPIT

What other Android apps should I uninstall?

You should consider removing any app you don't use, seems to cause a particularly big battery drain, or consumes excessive data. You can check which apps have the largest impact on the last two things by going to your battery settings page or data usage page in your Settings menu.

There are often alternatives to power-hungry apps that you regularly use, so give one of those a try and you might grow to love it as much as the original. 

Which Android apps do you think should be uninstalled? Let us know in the comments below. 

This article has been rewritten since first publication. Comments below may not reflect current content.


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  • John 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    "As an alternative, why not set up a shortcut to the Facebook website on your homepage? " Because the mobile web interface is complete garbage and mobile browsers have shit performance. That's a pretty good reason to keep the FB app...if that's worth it more to you than the noted downsides.

  • You just need one app-Purify, and then you can uninstall all other apps as the post mentioned. Because it can save battery power, improve device standby time, increase speed, remove bloatwares and return your device to pure state. Purify works only with ROOT access so if your device is not rooted, you must obtain it before using Purify.

  • That's great advice but without root, many cannot remove Facebook or the default browser.

    • You can delete the updates then disable the app. It's not as good as fully deleting the app, but it will save you a little space, and it won't be running in the background.

  • Julia 1 month ago Link to comment

    Every phone I get that allows me I either disable or uninstall social media apps. I never download battery saving apps. I disable most phone brand specific apps. I disable most Google apps. I did have muy email accts corrected but I have about 8 of them and that became too much because of storage. I stopped checking them like I should've. As for web apps I'll have to look into that one. I don't let most apps auto sync. I have the LG G3 and I must say it's been good to me. I need to clean it out so I'll have my storage back but for the most part it's doing well. I have a lot of shopping and coupon apps on my phone so that's three real reason everything else is shut down lol.

  • How to clear all of my storage so that I can download some games from google pky store ! I willbneed help with this so that I can play the games from googke play stoe !

  • You should also uninstall ES File Explorer, Truecaller, UC Browser and QuickPic Gallery as soon as possible! Most of these kind are bought by new companies and they sell your private information, and the apps contain intrusive adverts.

    Stay safe! Goodluck.

    • Tom FYI,
      ES File Explorer has been going downhill for a while ever since it was bought out by a third-party. It's gotten more and more bloated, but the recent addition of a useless charging lock screen with ads was the last straw for many. We've since seen that same junk feature (a version of DU Battery Saver) worm its way into other apps, but at least the developers of ES have wised up and removed it.


    • The only one I'm keeping is TrueCaller. I've managed to get on god knows what kind of junk list so I've got hundreds of numbers blocked and have had much quieter days with that app. It's a pain in the ass with the pop-ups but it's worth it just for the peace and quiet.

  • I think for most part people have allowed for all of this to become an important part of their life. But on topic I don't use any social networks app FB,Google +,Google drive. All of these I use through browser. Just to get an idea go to play store and look at install size. Now go look at size of app in your phone. If you used for any length of time you may notice it has tripled in size. Chrome install size is about 28 mb. After updating in jumps to over 60 mb. How? It's an update! And there is not 30 mb of improvement on app. So I never update chrome. It works better without.

    • Have you tried fx file manager. I been using this for years and it's still easier to use and better layout.

  • Facebook and most of the apps mentioned are rooted to my phone. Can I safely disable Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter without causing malfunctions or data deletion?

    • A Fred 3 months ago Link to comment

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      • A Fred 3 months ago Link to comment

        If you are a heavy Facebook user, then use the app.  It will save you from a lot of frustration dealing with the website on your phone.
            There is no harm in disabling bloatware. I disable almost all of it, including Google books, etc
        I cut 3 paragraphs to post this.

      • A Fred 3 months ago Link to comment

        This article is ... and i wouldn't listen to any of it. Don't use any anti virus? How about downloaded ... through email and websites? More malware, etc comes from other ... than apps.
             Cleaning apps are great. Why go through 1 app at a time to clear cache etc when you can use an app to do it all at once. CM is good, but it is getting a lot of... on the app that i don't like.
             Well that's my 2 cents.

      • A Fred 3 months ago Link to comment

        Oh, also, like registering for this website to post, it gives you an option to use Google+, I don't do that, I register using email (which is a Google account) because of the added trash that they want.

  • What good is this? This article advises removing apps but doesn't tell how to do so, when the apps are not showing up in the Application Manager list.

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