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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. 

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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. 

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  • 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

    • Have you tried looking up your phone on YouTube?

    • learn how to root your phone and you can 'freeze'(disable) about 1/3 of the crap programs on your device.
      everything you need to know is on the web...

    • Alisa 3 months ago Link to comment

      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.

    • John E. 2 months ago Link to comment

      Just go to your phone's settings menu, select "Battery," then scroll down and tap on the app that is consuming the most battery, then click "Force Stop" (or the like), that should free up your memory and battery usage.

  • I can't get Purify off my phone. Every time I hit delete, Settings force closes.
    It deletes other things ok.

  • Kate K 4 months 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!

  • Kellie R 4 months ago Link to comment

    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 ;-)

    • "who" wants.. Not "whom". 😁

      • I agree; it's "who does what to whom".

        I have a Farcebook account, as sadly it's the only way to communicate in some circumstances (for instance, one user group of which I am a member is a closed Farcebook group), but because of the oft-expressed privacy concerns, it deliberately has the bare minimum of information (just my name, my email address, and an avatar picture which is of a tiger quoll).

  • (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.

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