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Here are 5 apps you should remove right now

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. So-called antivirus apps are unnecessary for most

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. 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.

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.

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.

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? Which ones are you having trouble removing? 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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  • Kate K 1 week ago Link to comment

    I'm trying to find out what DDS application is and how to stop it from running in the background. It's preventing me from updating my PRL and profile which is making it impossible to get on mobile data which neither of my crap Samsung phones w sprint service seem able to do anyway! I just wanted to use smart switch to backup this off contract phone so I can use it again but I can't get anywhere bc it also says screen overlay detected when everything has been turned off so I can't give anything permission so it can be accessed and saved to my pc! Is there any hope for me? There was never anything wrong with the phone except that it's almost out of storage. And this screen overlay biz just started. No one at sprint or Samsung cud help either. I can't do a factory reset without backing up the data to my pc!!! Please help!

  • I think ALL apps should be able to work independently of each other and be able to be, if not removed, then turned off. I think you should also be able to set apps to only run when accessed or to run minimally until accessed.
    And I think the settings menu should be easier to understand and navigate on all Androids.

  • "BLOW ME" technically is that better guys, just playing lol

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    Facebook have publicly admitted that they want to 'take over your phone' with their app/s. I personally don't trust any company that puts their own vision of total global domination above your needs, or believes your right to privacy to be of secondary importance to their own game-plan. Since discovering that a large no of the executive board-members of FB are active or past CIA workers (in many different capacities), I have left Facebook and not returned. I was also disappointed to discover that my bank had 'data-matched' my email address and was now swapping data with FB - without my knowledge (until I discovered it buried deep in some privacy settings page). Yeah, they do that!!

    Life is so much better without a daily torrent of lies and unhealthy egos desperate for somebody to take notice of them, paraded in front of me constantly. I would advise most people to dump Facebook app/s from their phone - many of the younger generation are doing exactly that.

    I'd also advise removing it for anybody whom wants their phone to use less battery ;-)

  • (PS., Huawei dont let you uninstall shit!) If your phone is right out of the box, or even if it's not, you may not know how to make Developer Options appear. Here's how to do it:

    Go to the settings menu on your S5.
    Scroll down to the "System section and tap "About Device."
    Now scroll down to "Build number."
    Tap the "Build number" section seven times. ...
    Now back out to the main settings menu, and you'll see "Developer options" listed.

  • Useful Tips in short, thanks. I disabled / uninstalled the apps now which are not essential.

  • It is all right, I uninstalled those craps. Now phone has rocket speed. Fantastic.

  • What I've discovered with clearing space from unwanted Apps is to uninstall the updates and reset the App to its factory settings, which clears out all its data from storage; then stop the automatic updates so you can ignore that App when updates appear.

  • I have a rough job and break a lot of phones so i usually use a cheap one without much space. Facebook, messenger, and many other apps ,i simply load to my sd card. For limited space it does require a battery saver to identify the problems to manually disable them and even though i dont go outside most normal download sites i.e. playstore, my antivirus app has saved me a xouple of times. I guess if your in a top tier phone you wouldn't have to do this, but with limited space these apps are helpful. I will add that i specifically have learned to search for apps that can be moved to an sd card.

  • As William Blake wrote, "One Law for the Lion & Ox is Oppression." For users with newer, more expensive devices it's right to note they have plenty of leftover horsepower and don't need cleaners, etc. and if they use the Play Store for every app they're probably as safe as with third party download scanners.

    I don't need anything on my L phone or a new M tablet. But I kept my old, inexpensive Android G phone and still use an Android J tablet years beyond the lives that Google wanted them to live, by using a) CCleaner and b) BitDefender to permit safe side-loading APKs of older versions of apps that are now bloated beyond the device's comfort zone. Users should use what they need for what they have and what they want do with it.

  • Eleo 3 months ago Link to comment

    Guys you should change the photo of this news. It shows adobe acrobat, microsoft word and chrome as apps to be deleted

  • Facebook and Messenger are two big monsters that eats your battery life
    I got rid of them since the first day they seperated the messages from the Facebook app to create a messeger app. I use Facebook lite and it's so good at.

  • Rakesh 3 months ago Link to comment

    use Facebook lite its really good even u can chat with this app and not occupies much space like main Facebook app and messenger

  • GET RID OF FACEBOOK, THE WORLD'S LARGEST GPS TRACKER.

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