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5 types of apps you need to delete today
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5 types of apps you need to delete today

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. 

Whether it is by killing your battery life, using too much mobile data or shoving ads in your face: apps can be annoying in many ways. Sometimes we end up with too many apps on our phones, and the time arrives to tidy up. Delete these apps today and enjoy your smartphone more.

1. Apps that claim to save RAM

Apps running in the background eat up your RAM and use battery life, even if they're on standby. The idea behind apps that claim to boost your memory is to close these background apps systematically. Unfortunately, this exacerbates the problem.

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Apps take up RAM to function smoothly. / © AndroidPIT

Apps running in the background have to restart after you close them. Memory and battery life is used to restart the apps, and this constant closing and restarting of apps can make your phone unstable. So, these memory saving apps don't make any sense. Furthermore, Android manages RAM usage automatically and knows when to run an app or not, so third-party apps aren't necessary.

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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Just say no to cleaning apps. / © AndroidPIT

3. Facebook

Facebook is in trouble. Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg's company may be experiencing its first real crisis. This adds to other problems encountered by the social network in recent years. It seems like the time is right to remove the application from your smartphone.

Uninstalling Facebook will speed up your smartphone, and improve your device's performance no matter how powerful it is, but this is no secret. The Facebook app for Android has become monstrous in recent years: high memory consumption, staying active in the background, demanding permissions, and worst of all, hungrily consuming of mobile data. 

If you really want to continue using Facebook, you can use the mobile site and add a shortcut on the home screen. Thus, when you close the web tab of Facebook, the site will no longer use the resources of your phone (battery, data plan etc.).

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Will you be deleting Facebook? / © shutterstock, AndroidPIT

4. Difficult to delete manufacturer bloatware 

Many smartphones have a lot of apps pre-installed. Whether it's apps for hotel booking, games, or functionally questionable office apps: many manufacturers install their own useless apps alongside the compulsory set of apps from Google. Ideally, it's just storage space wasted, but in the worst case, they take up battery life, screen real estate and can't even be uninstalled.

It is therefore worthwhile to look through your app list and delete the pre-installed apps. The easiest way to do this is by grabbing the respective app in the app drawer and then pulling it onto the app info icon. Then you will see if the app is uninstallable or only deactivatable. The latter option simply means the app is no longer launched upon restart and disappears from the app drawer, but it continues to occupy space anyway - these deactivated apps can only be completely removed after rooting your phone.

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Samsung is notorious for bloatware. / © AndroidPIT

Some vendors won't let you uninstall Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks on your smartphone. This is annoying for users who don't care about social media, or those who don't need the app taking up space on their device. After all, in many cases, the mobile site is sufficient enough.

One remedy is to buy smartphones from manufacturers which allow the uninstallation of bloatware - for example, Huawei and Honor. Or buy smartphones which only come with a few third-party apps, like Google or Lenovo.

5. 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.

What other Android apps should I uninstall?

Consider removing any app you don't use, or any that seem to cause a particularly big battery drain, or consume 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? Which ones are you having trouble removing? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • Alisa May 21, 2017

    Go to your phone settings scroll down until you see About Phone. Open that, a few lines down you should see Software Information. You'll press that and when it opens, couple of lines down, you will see I believe it's Build number. You have to click on that.... probably 5 to 7 times and that will open up another option in your settings called developers option. When developers options have been enabled and you will know that because the phone will warn you that you're about to enable it, don't be frightened, keep pressing it until it is finally unlocked. You can back up into the settings and most likely by scrolling down once more you will find developers options. You are almost there now, open the developers options and scroll down to the very end where you'll see the options for background applications. You could choose strict mode amongst other things. There you can choos or customize it to your liking. I hope that helps good luck.

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  • Best way to remove any bloatware run on Android is Android Rooting.

    Edit by Admin: Link to external site removed.


  • AppCloud! I have an LG Stylo 4 with Boost Mobile. I didn't even know what Appcloud was. Suddenly my phone starts downloading/installing (Without my permission, or without my instruction) various apps I don't need, by itself! Like Wish. And others! what now. I could only Deactivate AppCloud, though it let me Uninstall those it tried to install!

    I don't need no app deciding what and when it should install for me!! I just hope I don't have malware or something!


  • F.Alam 4 months ago Link to comment

    Thanks


  • Anata 4 months ago Link to comment

    I don't have them all, and how about instagram?


  • I have an S8 and.i love it.. it came with ms office n various apps (Samsung) pre installed. Removed some. I always stay away from clean n battery saver crapps as that's all they r. I can do everything they do in the device management system. Good article .. happy Christmas


  • One kind of app you missed:
    anti-virus apps. Android don't need that. Google android+antivirus and learn...


  • Hi this information helped me a lot nice article


  • Cicvia 7 months ago Link to comment

    I believe the coins and rewards earningvia coins is actually a scam. I actually made 70.00 via the app after playing their coin games. I have still yet to receive anything, so no 7-10 is not accurate. I have attempted to contact them 7 times via different contact emails provided after extensive research and not one response. Don't was waste your time playing or even downloading because it does nothing to protect your phone. Your Android hàs its own functions to protect itself. Its a scam and definitely very deceitful. I reported them to BBB after nothing from them and being misleading.


  • neal 8 months ago Link to comment

    Thanks for your suggestion I hope it works.


  • Call me stupid, but I do not see the 5 apps not to iinsrall


  • Hi,
    My phone is giving notification to update whats app. But there isn't enough memory. All apps are preinstalled and there isn't uninstall option. Now my whats can no longer open unless i free up space. Option available are Disable and Force stop. This is frustrating, i need to use my whats app. Phone is Samsung J2. 8GB internal storage. Any suggestion. Thanks


    • You might want to clean Chrome
      and make sure you don't have a bunch of open sites. I am no
      expert! I. just like to help.
      Sorry, I just noticed that you wrote in 2 months ago. Hope you figured out your dilemma.


  • Samy May 20, 2018 Link to comment

    Change the title to Use the One Plus device instead of deleting app.. Lol


  • That has to be redone each time you restart your phone.


  • Everybody Likes to try things On there phones,but when your seeing stupid adverts,you just want to uninstall the annoying adverts,why as Google allowed this is just spoiling android,but the only thing they are bothered about,is the money they make from the companies paying to show the adverts


  • Great article. I have often wondered why Google even allows these apps in the google store?


  • Get rid of your cancer giving radiation emitting device altogether. Declassified docs show that we are all getting brain cancer from these.


  • Why dont phone companys just stop with all the bloatware.. and help us save on battery life..


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    Deactivated Account Apr 9, 2018 Link to comment

    great article! useful information that is factually correct. thanks!

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