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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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  • Alisa 9 months ago

    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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  • How to save mobile battery life is my favorite search in google with thousand of comments...

    Following are helpful for me:-
    1. Data sync OFF
    2. lower screen brightness low
    3. Lock screen time out 15 secs
    4. Battery saver On inbuilt (normal saving or ultra saving - h/s dependent)
    5. No sreen saver
    6. Dont keep background activities(Under developer option)
    7.Limit background process to any no. of your choice(Under developer option)
    8.GPS /Location off.
    9. Phone in flight mode where you know that no mobile network/Too weak to make call and data.
    10. On mobile data only when you needed.
    11. Limit -Tethering and Hotspot (your mobile is not dongle)
    12. Good hahit :- Switch off when battery percent is low- dont allow auto switch off!!
    ....

    Googling and rooting your device would nt help much.!!!!

    example : Google services will search and try it nomal process untill it find single missing components(disabled/deleted music, vio, youtube, email, gmail, drive, chrome, calender...........

    Check your battery capacity::
    Suppose your battry is 2000mAH expecting will work for 24 hrs with 3g /4g network.. it s will be in your dream!

    Those who have high capacity battery(3800mAh-5000mAh) phone can work around process shared by exper.

    Below are Mother(Google Services) searching and crying for missing son/daighter(mising services- which i deleted from system)!!!!!!!?


    com.google.android.gms
    02-12 10:30:25.481: W/ActivityManager(794): Unable to start service Intent { act=com.google.android.gms.clearcut.service.START pkg=com.google.android.gms } U=0: not found
    02-12 10:30:25.482: W/ActivityManager(794): Unbind failed: could not find connection for android.os.BinderProxy@2aebe51c
    02-12 10:30:25.482: E/GmsClient(25194): unable to connect to service: com.google.android.gms.clearcut.service.START on com.google.android.gms
    02-12 10:30:25.485: W/ActivityManager(794): Unable to start service Intent { act=com.google.android.gms.location.reporting.service.START pkg=com.google.android.gms } U=0: not found
    02-12 10:30:25.487: W/ActivityManager(794): Unbind failed: could not find connection for android.os.BinderProxy@35e74525
    02-12 10:30:25.488: E/GmsClient(25194): unable to connect to service: com.google.android.gms.location.reporting.service.START on com.google.android.gms
    02-12 10:30:25.500: W/DropBoxEntryAddedChimeraService(25194): Could not connect to Google API Client, giving up...
    02-12 10:30:25.501: I/MultiDex(10585): VM with version 2.1.0 has multidex support
    02-12 10:30:25.502: I/MultiDex(10585): install
    02-12 10:30:25.502: I/MultiDex(10585): VM has multidex support, MultiDex support library is disabled.
    02-12 10:30:25.519: W/ActivityManager(794): Unable to start service Intent { act=com.google.android.gms.clearcut.service.START pkg=com.google.android.gms } U=0: not found
    02-12 10:30:25.522: W/ActivityManager(794): Unbind failed: could not find connection for android.os.BinderProxy@2aec0ea1
    02-12 10:30:25.524: E/GmsClient(25194): unable to connect to service: com.google.android.gms.clearcut.service.START on com.google.android.gms
    02-12 10:30:25.565: W/art (10585): Suspending all threads took: 5.475ms
    02-12 10:30:25.572: I/art (10585): Background sticky concurrent mark sweep GC freed 1565(79KB) AllocSpace objects, 0(0B) LOS objects, 0% free, 1232KB/1232KB, paused 10.346ms total 32.563ms
    02-12 10:30:25.601: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): onSignalStrengthsChanged signalStrength=SignalStrength: 99 0 -120 -160 -120 -1 -1 20 -102 -12 0 2147483647 2147483647 gsm|lte level=1
    02-12 10:30:25.601: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): updateIconSet, voice network type is: 13/LTE, data network type is: 13/LTE
    02-12 10:30:25.602: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): chosenNetworkType=13 hspaDataDistinguishable=false hspapDistinguishable=false showAtLeastThreeGees=false
    02-12 10:30:25.602: D/TelephonyIcons(2425): updateDataType sub=0, type=13, inetCondition=1 showAtLeast3G=false show4GforLte=true hspaDistinguishable=false
    02-12 10:30:25.602: D/TelephonyIcons(2425): data type item name: array/telephony_data_type_sim1
    02-12 10:30:25.602: D/TelephonyIcons(2425): data type item id: 2131165188
    02-12 10:30:25.603: D/TelephonyIcons(2425): updateDataType mSelectedDataTypeIcon[0]=2130837829, mSelectedDataActivityIndex=5
    02-12 10:30:25.604: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): hasService: mServiceState=0 0 home Vodafone IN Vodafone IN 405755 LTE LTE CSS not supported -1 -1 RoamInd=-1 DefRoamInd=-1 EmergOnly=false retVal=true
    02-12 10:30:25.604: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): updateTelephonySignalStrength: hasService=true ss=SignalStrength: 99 0 -120 -160 -120 -1 -1 20 -102 -12 0 2147483647 2147483647 gsm|lte
    02-12 10:30:25.604: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): hasService: mServiceState=0 0 home Vodafone IN Vodafone IN 405755 LTE LTE CSS not supported -1 -1 RoamInd=-1 DefRoamInd=-1 EmergOnly=false retVal=true
    02-12 10:30:25.604: D/TelephonyIcons(2425): getSignalStrengthIcon: sub=0, inetCondition=1, level=1 isRoaming=false
    02-12 10:30:25.605: D/TelephonyIcons(2425): signalStrengthArray.length = 9
    02-12 10:30:25.605: D/TelephonyIcons(2425): selectedTypeArray.length = 2
    02-12 10:30:25.606: D/TelephonyIcons(2425): inetArray.length = 5
    02-12 10:30:25.607: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): updateTelephonySignalStrength: iconLevel=1
    02-12 10:30:25.607: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): updateTelephonySignalStrength, No signal level. mPhoneSignalIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully mDataSignalIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully mQSPhoneSignalIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/ic_qs_signal_full_1 mContentDescriptionPhoneSignal = string/accessibility_phone_one_bar
    02-12 10:30:25.608: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): refreshViews connected={ data } level=1 combinedSignalIconId=0x7f020232/com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully combinedActivityIconId=0x0 mobileLabel=Vodafone IN 4G wifiLabel= emergencyOnly=false combinedLabel=Vodafone IN 4G mAirplaneMode=false mDataActivity=0 mPhoneSignalIconId=0x7f020232/com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully mQSPhoneSignalIconId=0x7f02009f/com.android.systemui:drawable/ic_qs_signal_full_1 mDataDirectionIconId=0x0/(null) mDataSignalIconId=0x7f020232/com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully mDataTypeIconId=0x7f020145/com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_data_fully_connected_4g mQSDataTypeIconId=0x7f02009b/com.android.systemui:drawable/ic_qs_signal_4g mNoSimIconId=0x0/(null) mWifiIconId=0x0/(null) mQSWifiIconId=0x0/(null) mWifiActivityIconId=0x0/(null) mBluetoothTetherIconId=0x108069c/android:drawable/stat_sys_tether_bluetooth
    02-12 10:30:25.609: D/SignalClusterView(2425): yuan setMobileDataIndicators strengthIcon = 2130838066Roaming = false
    02-12 10:30:25.609: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): refreshSignalCluster - setMobileDataIndicators: mHasMobileDataFeature = true mPhoneSignalIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully mDataSignalIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully mMobileActivityIconId = (null) mDataTypeIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_data_fully_connected_4g mNoSimIconId = (null)
    02-12 10:30:25.609: D/SignalClusterView(2425): yuan setMobileDataIndicators strengthIcon = 2130838066Roaming = false
    02-12 10:30:25.610: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): refreshSignalCluster - setMobileDataIndicators: mHasMobileDataFeature = true mPhoneSignalIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully mDataSignalIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully mMobileActivityIconId = (null) mDataTypeIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_data_fully_connected_4g mNoSimIconId = (null)
    02-12 10:30:25.610: D/SignalClusterView(2425): yuan setMobileDataIndicators strengthIcon = 2130838066Roaming = false
    02-12 10:30:25.611: D/StatusBar.NetworkController(2425): refreshSignalCluster - setMobileDataIndicators: mHasMobileDataFeature = true mPhoneSignalIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully mDataSignalIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_signal_1_fully mMobileActivityIconId = (null) mDataTypeIconId = com.android.systemui:drawable/stat_sys_data_fully_connected_4g mNoSimIconId = (null)
    02-12 10:30:25.626: I/art (10585): Background partial concurrent mark sweep GC freed 193(24KB) AllocSpace objects, 0(0B) LOS objects, 45% free, 1243KB/2MB, paused 8.343ms total 53.966ms
    02-12 10:30:25.636: I/BaseStore(10585): ConfigStore database version: 1
    02-12 10:30:25.679: I/BaseStore(10585): Store database version: 134
    02-12 10:30:25.721: W/ActivityManager(794): Unable to start service Intent { cmp=com.google.android.music/.net.NetworkMonitor } U=0: not found
    02-12 10:30:25.848: I/GoogleURLConnFactory(10585): Using platform SSLCertificateSocketFactory
    02-12 10:30:25.850: I/GoogleHttpClient(10585): Using GMS GoogleHttpClient
    02-12 10:30:25.861: W/ActivityThread(10585): ClassLoader.loadClass: The class loader returned by Thread.getContextClassLoader() may fail for processes that host multiple applications. You should explicitly specify a context class loader. For example: Thread.setContextClassLoader(getClass().getClassLoader());
    02-12 10:30:25.884: I/art (10585): Background sticky concurrent mark sweep GC freed 4658(235KB) AllocSpace objects, 2(32KB) LOS objects, 24% free, 1722KB/2MB, paused 11.527ms total 27.116ms
    02-12 10:30:25.890: I/GHttpClientFactory(10585): Using our fixed implementation of GMSCore's GoogleHttpClient
    02-12 10:30:25.892: I/GoogleURLConnFactory(10585): Using platform SSLCertificateSocketFactory
    02-12 10:30:25.932: E/Vold (248): Failed to find mounted volume for /storage/sdcard1/Android/data/com.google.android.music/files/
    02-12 10:30:25.935: W/ContextImpl(10585): Failed to ensure directory: /storage/sdcard1/Android/data/com.google.android.music/files
    02-12 10:30:25.979: W/ActivityManager(794): Unable to start service Intent { cmp=com.google.android.music/.preferences.MusicPreferenceService$MusicPreferenceServiceBinder } U=0: not found
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): Error getting mount points using method: MOUNT_SERVICE
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): java.lang.RuntimeException: Could not connect to the preference service
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.google.android.music.preferences.MusicPreferencesServiceDatasource.bindToPreferenceService(MusicPreferencesServiceDatasource.java:77)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.google.android.music.preferences.MusicPreferences.getMusicPreferences(MusicPreferences.java:2003)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.google.android.music.download.cache.StorageProbeUtils.getLocationsWithMountService(StorageProbeUtils.java:222)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.google.android.music.download.cache.StorageProbeUtils.access$000(StorageProbeUtils.java:27)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.google.android.music.download.cache.StorageProbeUtils$ProbeMethod.getMountPoints(StorageProbeUtils.java:47)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.google.android.music.download.cache.StorageProbeUtils.findAllLocations(StorageProbeUtils.java:133)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.google.android.music.download.cache.CacheLocationManager.initialize(CacheLocationManager.java:211)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.google.android.music.download.cache.CacheLocationManager.getInstance(CacheLocationManager.java:108)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.google.android.music.store.MusicContentProvider.onCreate(MusicContentProvider.java:550)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at android.content.ContentProvider.attachInfo(ContentProvider.java:1730)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at android.content.ContentProvider.attachInfo(ContentProvider.java:1705)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread.installProvider(ActivityThread.java:4999)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread.installContentProviders(ActivityThread.java:4594)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread.handleBindApplication(ActivityThread.java:4534)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread.access$1500(ActivityThread.java:151)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread$H.handleMessage(ActivityThread.java:1364)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:102)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:135)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:5254)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Native Method)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:372)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:902)
    02-12 10:30:25.982: E/StorageProbeUtils(10585): at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:697)
    02-12 10:30:25.986: E/Vold (248): Failed to find mounted volume for /storage/sdcard1/Android/data/com.google.android.music/files/
    02-12 10:30:25.989: W/ContextImpl(10585): Failed to ensure directory: /storage/sdcard1/Android/data/com.google.android.music/files
    02-12 10:30:26.009: E/Vold (248): Failed to find mounted volume for /storage/sdcard1/Android/data/com.google.android.music/files/
    02-12 10:30:26.018: W/ContextImpl(10585): Failed to ensure directory: /storage/sdcard1/Android/data/com.google.android.music/files
    02-12 10:30:26.039: D/MusicLifecycle(10585): com.google.android.music.MusicApplication generated event: Application created
    02-12 10:30:26.044: W/ActivityManager(794): getRunningAppProcesses: caller 10068 does not hold REAL_GET_TASKS; limiting output
    02-12 10:30:26.078: W/ResourcesManager(10585): Asset path '/system/framework/com.android.media.remotedisplay.jar' does not exist or contains no resources.
    02-12 10:30:26.079: W/ResourcesManager(10585): Asset path '/system/framework/com.android.location.provider.jar' does not exist or contains no resources.
    02-12 10:30:26.130: I/SurfaceFlinger(250): FPS: 9
    02-12 10:30:26.193: W/art (10585): Suspending all threads took: 35.015ms
    02-12 10:30:26.198: I/art (10585): Background sticky concurrent mark sweep GC freed 1418(166KB) AllocSpace objects, 2(32KB) LOS objects, 0% free, 2MB/2MB, paused 38.725ms total 57.452ms
    02-12 10:30:26.237: W/linker (10585): libconscrypt_gmscore_jni.so: unused DT entry: type 0xf arg 0x1dc
    02-12 10:30:26.240: V/NativeCrypto(10585): Registering com/google/android/gms/org/conscrypt/NativeCrypto's 276 native methods...
    02-12 10:30:26.254: W/art (10585): Suspending all threads took: 10.100ms
    02-12 10:30:26.269: I/art (10585): Background partial concurrent mark sweep GC freed 906(53KB) AllocSpace objects, 0(0B) LOS objects, 39% free, 4MB/6MB, paused 15.691ms total 63.067ms
    02-12 10:30:26.297: I/art (10585): Rejecting re-init on previously-failed class java.lang.Class<com.google.android.gms.org.conscrypt.DelegatingExtendedSSLSession>
    02-12 10:30:26.298: I/art (10585): Rejecting re-init on previously-failed class java.lang.Class<com.google.android.gms.org.conscrypt.DelegatingExtendedSSLSession>
    02-12 10:30:26.300: I/art (10585): Rejecting re-init on previously-failed class java.lang.Class<com.google.android.gms.org.conscrypt.DelegatingExtendedSSLSession>
    02-12 10:30:26.357: I/ProviderInstaller(10585): Installed default security provider GmsCore_OpenSSL
    02-12 10:30:26.358: D/AndroidMusic(10585): GMSCore installation verified
    02-12 10:30:26.460: W/ActivityManager(794): Unable to start service Intent { cmp=com.google.android.music/.preferences.MusicPreferenceService$MusicPreferenceServiceBinder } U=0: not found
    02-12 10:30:26.461: D/AndroidRuntime(10585): Shutting down VM
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): FATAL EXCEPTION: main
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): Process: com.google.android.music:main, PID: 10585
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to create application com.google.android.music.MusicApplication: java.lang.RuntimeException: Could not connect to the preference service
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread.handleBindApplication(ActivityThread.java:4556)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread.access$1500(ActivityThread.java:151)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread$H.handleMessage(ActivityThread.java:1364)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:102)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:135)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:5254)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Native Method)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:372)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:902)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:697)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): Caused by: java.lang.RuntimeException: Could not connect to the preference service
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at com.google.android.music.preferences.MusicPreferencesServiceDatasource.bindToPreferenceService(MusicPreferencesServiceDatasource.java:77)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at com.google.android.music.preferences.MusicPreferences.getMusicPreferences(MusicPreferences.java:2003)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at com.google.android.music.MusicApplication.onCreate(MusicApplication.java:99)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at android.app.Instrumentation.callApplicationOnCreate(Instrumentation.java:1012)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): at android.app.ActivityThread.handleBindApplication(ActivityThread.java:4553)
    02-12 10:30:26.463: E/AndroidRuntime(10585): ... 9 more
    02-12 10:30:26.466: I/Process (10585): Sending signal. PID: 10585 SIG: 9
    02-12 10:30:26.509: W/ActivityManager(794): Unable to start service Intent { act=com.google.android.gms.clearcut.service.START pkg=com.google.android.gms } U=0: not found
    02-12 10:30:26.512: W/ActivityManager(794): Unbind failed: could not find connection for android.os.BinderProxy@a00cd4c
    02-12 10:30:26.512: E/GmsClient(25194): unable to connect to service: com.google.android.gms.clearcut.service.START on com.google.android.gms
    02-12 10:30:26.516: W/ActivityManager(794): Unable to start service Intent { act=com.google.android.gms.location.reporting.service.START pkg=com.google.android.gms } U=0: not found
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    02-12 10:30:26.520: E/GmsClient(25194): unable to connect to service: com.google.android.gms.location.reporting.service.START on com.google.android.gms
    02-12 10:30:26.522: W/ActivityManager(794): Unable to start service Intent { act=com.google.android.gms.clearcut.service.START pkg=com.google.android.gms } U=0: not found
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    02-12 10:30:26.527: E/GmsClient(25194): unable to connect to service: com.google.android.gms.clearcut.service.START on com.google.android.gms
    02-12 10:30:26.528: W/DropBoxEntryAddedChimeraService(25194): Could not connect to Google API Client, giving up...
    02-12 10:30:26.532: W/ActivityManager(794): Unable to start service Intent { act=com.google.android.gms.clearcut.service.START pkg=com.google.android.gms } U=0: not found
    02-12 10:30:26.533: W/ActivityManager(794): Unbind failed: could not find connection for android.os.BinderProxy@e751e9b
    02-12 10:30:26.534: E/GmsClient(25194): unable to connect to service: com.google.android.gms.clearcut.service.START on com.google.android.gms
    02-12 10:30:26.573: I/ActivityManager(794): Process com.google.android.music:main (pid 10585) has died
    02-12 10:30:26.614: I/ActivityManager(794): Start proc 10621:com.google.android.music:main/u0a68 for restart com.google.android.music:main


  • Tino 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Actually uninstall all these battery saver and cleaning apps and saw a drastically increase in my battery life never knew that it was using a lot of power on my phone. So just beaware that theses apps don't work and they just there to make your phone look nice.


  • I liked this article, but am very disappointed with the image of the android throwing away MS Word, Adobe PDF Reader, Crome and Hangouts. It's a good enough article on its own, so why turn it into misleading click-bait by insinuating that those particular apps need to go? I thought I would be told to toss those apps for smaller, less battery draining versions of the above, but instead was told pretty standard (but useful) info. I know it's easier to convey the term "app" with app icons people can recognize. But to use images of apps that are beneficial and less-likely in need of deletion is frustrating and misleading. But again, thank you for a good article. The types of apps you DO mention are really problematic, and more people need to be aware of them.


  • Sorin 1 month ago Link to comment

    I tested some "cleaning" applications and after a long time I found that they just "cleaned" my battery, I did not know why I had to charge the phone quite often. Now I know!
    With antivirus and battery savers, the same story. It's true I did not have the patience to uninstall bloatware applications, for each phone being another procedure.


  • Used may phone help


  • Sorin 1 month ago Link to comment

    I've uninstalled many of these management applications and now my telephon goes better. I would not have suspected that because of them, my phone actually went slower! Thanks.


  • Sorin 2 months ago Link to comment

    I've used a lot of memory management and battery rescue applications. Everyone offered all kinds of options, but in the end I found that the phone was just as tough and the battery consumed even faster. These applications are only useful for those who are curious and who want to test the battery!


  • Good article.


  • Wes White 4 months ago Link to comment

    I was actually disappointed in this article because it makes the viewer think they will be told specific apps to remove. I was googling about ace cleaner and it brought me here. And I still don't know if its a legit app after reading your article. Not all apps are bad that claim to help your phone.


  • you say "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. " Where do I find the app info icon abd what does it look like


    • Just like in the article, when you drag an app icon from the drawer, it should be at the top, and look like a "i" inside a circle (this depends on the launcher you are using, the way I described works on most like Google now launcher, pixel launcher and Nova), if you can't find it, you are better off searching for this app in the application section of the settings app


  • Sometimes a 'click bait' article takes you a total time wasting experience and then there's occasionally one like this, a real gem.


  • I came across a clickbait ad for your article and, as I do, fell for the headline. GOOD JOB. Without regard to style or level of depth, I thought it was important to note why I liked this particular little piece so much: people don't necessarily understand "all the computer stuff in their lives" yet. They just don't. They can't. It hasn't been around long enough yet. Advancements in the IT world are moving too fast and companies are taking advantage (surprise!) of this by releasing updates, upgrades, new models, etc., on release-date schedules mathematically scheduled to maximize consumer-base use (and saturation) *years* after any one particular technology/gadget/app/"thingy" has already been already developed, designed and 'marketable.' Hell, they have even gone so far as to incorporate the "leaked information" routine to motivate consumers (well, those who read things, anyway) to grab their wallets on a specific date!

    My point: people are scooping up new gadgets (and apps) faster than they should ... just "because it's there." SO: this article is a good one ... "don't get this app just because it looks cool, and if you already have, here's why it's a mistake and you should delete it" ... really only scratches the surface of what gadget/app consumers should keep in mind, but it *is* a good piece. IT professionals and housebound, butt-stuck-to-a-chair, fingers-stuck-to-a-keyboard, haven't-seen-daylight-in-days technogeeks aside, there are 2 kinds of "computers and electronics and associated stuff" consumers: those who realize that there is a constant need to be continuously educated about their stuff (both before, during and after they've turned over their money for something they may not even need or even want -- and then there are those (can't find a good adjective to describe their folly) folks who have no doubt that they already *are* informed and educated about everything; not only about consumer products being churned out in the computer/gadget/app world but, usually about life in general. :) Articles like this help both of those people. More like it should be written! :)


  • Hi. I have a Tablet Lenovo Tab3 7 Essential TB3 710F 1G+16GBL-BG. The problem I have is I cannot install application on it. On the tablet a file manager is missing. I uploaded on it some applications (.apk) from a PC via USB conection. Using this I was able to see some folders and files on internal memory and on SD card. Whwn I tried to find the applications, I found them but they was innactive (grayed), and I couldn't install them. Could somebody tell me how I can install applications on this tablet.
    Thank you, in advance for the early answer at email: hmarinescu@gmail.com


  • I read your article with interest, as I just bought a Samsung S6 that has a number of proprietary apps and I'm looking for a site that lists them so I know what they are--for the purpose of keeping or deleting them. I already knew everything you said in your article. I found it ironic that of all the companies in the world, you chose Huawei to recommend. I own an Honor 5X, and while what you said is true, here is something just as true: if you ever need warranty work, they are a nightmare. They have zero integrity, are extremely unprofessional and incompetent, especially their managers and service department. They just don't care, and this is after going round and round with them the past 6 months--lies, false promises, and getting jerked around like never before with any company. I am telling everyone I know to avoid all of their products. The ultimate irony: They have no "Honor". I'll take bloatware any day over any product from Huawei.


  • Hello everyone, how the hell are you? I'm going to be upfront and honest with everyone and tell you that when it comes to "Tech Knowledge" on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 meaning I know everything there is to know in the world of Technology, I have certified proof that I rate a guaranteed -1,000,000,0000,000,000.
    My wife has an Associate's degree in Accounting, and Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's degree's in Computer management and Information Technology, and she has taught me how to use a computer fairly well, and how to learn anything I need, or want to learn, and that's by asking Mr. G., that's right I Google it.
    I have got an LG V20 and like I've always heard "you have to be smarter than the equipment you're using", and that's true because this phone is way smater than the human that it's using, to screw a humans brain up that is. My service provider is Verizon, and they have offered for me to be able to go to a workshop to learn all about my wonderful phone, but that's not an option because I suffer from chronic SEVERE pain and have been in pain management since August 2015, and I've been on high powered Narcotics and Opiates for so long that theres no way that I would even remember the person giving the workshops name by the end of it even if they came to me every 10 minutes and told me their name, and I can't sit, stand, or walk, or a combination of all 3 for more than 30 to 45 minutes at a time. I told them that, and that what I need is a video of that workshop, so I can stop it and go back and rewatch parts of it as I go through it, and so I can go back to it when I need to for reference, so they gave me a link to what they said was just what I said I need, but it only addressed a couple of things, so if anyone in here knows of where I can go online and get such a video I would be EXTREMELY GRATEFUL.
    What I'm really needing to know most of all is how I can turn off all of the apps that run in the background using memory, and using up battery power that doen't need to be running for the phone to work right, or as right as it can because I've had nothing but problems with it since I got it, and fix them so when I turn them off they won't turn back on unless I turn them on. I also need to know, if possible, which apps that I need to not turn off because they have to run for the phone to work. If anyone could help me out with that I would be EXTREMELY GRATEFUL.
    I wish there was a way to uninstall the apps that come installed on the phone that I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO USE FOR WHAT SO EVER. I know that the phone manufacturers get paid to put them on the phones, but the way I look at it is that it's my phone, I paid for it, and I should be able to have on it what I want on it.
    I'm flying blind here folks, and I can use all the help I can get, and I will be EXTREMELY GRATEFUL for the help that I get, because right now I'm all BUMFUZZLED and FOGNOZZLED and don't know if I'm coming or going, or already been there and got the T-shirt and ate it.
    Thank You,
    DeWyatt "Breadman" Smith

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