Here's the fastest way for Android users to find and uninstall apps they don't need

Here's the fastest way for Android users to find and uninstall apps they don't need
How many apps do you have on your phone? Do you use them all, or is that percentage closer to 50%? 40%? 20%? Let's say someone has 211 apps on their Android phone. Wouldn't you say that there are some that surely wouldn't be missed if they were uninstalled? According to Android World (via Android Police), some Android users are now receiving a notification from the Google Play Store that reminds them to remove unwanted apps from their devices.

The notification, with the heading "Clean up your device anytime," reminds you that unused apps can be removed for extra storage. Tapping on the notification takes you to the Play Store where another tap will bring up a list of the apps that haven't been recently used. Each listing shows you the last time that you used a particular app, and how much space you will free up if you delete it. A box next to each of these apps can be clicked on, creating a running total on the bottom of the screen that shows exactly how much total storage space will be created when you delete the selected apps. Tap on that green field and those apps will be uninstalled.


You don't have to wait to receive the reminder from Google, because this feature can be found by opening the Google Play Store app. Tap the hamburger menu found on the left side of the search bar. Go to My apps & games and scroll to the left one time to the Installed page. Touch the three bar menu to the left of the Storage bar, and there is the aforementioned page. Scroll through each app and you're bound to find some titles that you no longer need.

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7 Comments

1. liteon163

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Remove Engadget... Hilarious!

2. ChrisLaarman

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

Yes, a user can free up space (rather than gain extra space) by uninstalling apps. But some users might do better shifting certain data (like movies, probably just one) off their devices if they should run short on storage. The Play Store can't suggest so. Reversely, the message could give some clue regarding one's apparent need for storage. Having "everything" (in apps and data combined) on a device and still having less than half of its storage used - then a next device could be considered for purchase with "one size" less storage. It's mere reference. :-)

4. blingblingthing

Posts: 977; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

There should be a great space sniffer/ file explorer which allows you to see the big Data culprits. So essentially, let's say most of your data is used in videos, you then are able to see which videos are biggest. You then have the option to save it on Google photos or an SD card if you have such a capable phone. OnePlus needs to add SD cards.

5. Mike88

Posts: 437; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Uploading photos on google photos is the worst thing you can do with your privacy.. those stupids monitor you and see all your pics.. never trust google never trust android

6. giskesus

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2019

This App is at your service: FX File Explorer (nextapp.fx)

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 977; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You also have the option of saving pictures to Google photos instead of locally on your device. Google offering free unlimited storage if you have a pixel or free and unlimited if you're allowing them to compress your pictures (they look almost identical to the originals).

7. ChrisLaarman

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

Yes, #blingblingthing, a space sniffer would be handy. (Imagine the Play Store suggesting to uninstall it...) Yes, #giskesus, that could well be FX File Explorer. (Thanks for mentioning: I had to add it to at least two devices.) Yes #Mike88, you may well have a point in warning against Google Photos. Their "unlimited free, if..." upload policy makes me doubt. (I do use the Google cloud, though. Among others.)

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