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Delete The App Clutter: Tips To Find And Delete Apps You Never Use on Android

In this modern age of world where the use of Android is too much and everyone uses Android phones for any task they have to do. Many times we download apps onto our Android device and use it once or just at that time when we need it and then we just never use it again. It can result in slowing our Android down and low performance overall. Because every app installed takes storage and consumes memory. We should always check time by time and delete unnecessary apps from our mobile. Also check for errors like Apps disappearing from home screen. To make it easier for you in this article, we will talk about how to find and delete apps from your Android device that you never use.

Check Your App Usage


At first, you have to configure which apps your need and use them daily or are important for your phone. So that you can keep them safe, Now you have to look for the apps that you barely use, you can find these apps by checking your app usage graph from settings of android device. Follow the given steps to access the app usage:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Click Apps or Applications Manager.
  • Find the option “App Usage” or “App Usage Statistics.”

This will show you the lists of apps that are used earlier and those apps which are never used or used very less. These apps might be the targeted apps that have to be deleted.

Consider App Functionality:

Now you have your apps that are less used, now look for the apps that are not important to keep. You don’t require a specific app to do the same task that can be done by the browser. Like if you love to read the news you can check out different websites on the browser, you have no need of keeping an extra news app on your Android device.

Identify Pre-installed Bloatware:

Most of the apps are pre-installed in our Android devices that are not needed and we use them very less and even never use them, These apps can not be installed but can be disabled from settings. Disabling these apps can enhance the performance of your phone because these will not run in the background and not consume the memory, Follow the given steps to disable these apps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Navigate to Apps or Applications Manager.
  • choose which app you are looking to disable.
  • Tap on the “Disable” button.

Uninstalling Unnecessary Apps


The irrelevant apps that you don’t use can be uninstalled. You can delete or uninstall these apps in the following ways:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Navigate to Apps or Applications Manager.
  • Search for and choose the app that you wish to uninstall.
  • click the “Uninstall” option.

Or you can do it simply by holding the app icon on the home screen, it shows up the uninstall or remove button drag the app icon there and it will ask to confirm the uninstallation confirm it and your app will be removed.

Clearing App Cache and Data


If you don’t want to uninstall the app and also want to free up some space then you can clear the cache memory and data from settings which deletes unnecessary files and temporary data saved in your Android device. You can clear data by these steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Navigate to Apps or Applications Manager.
  • Select the app you want to clear cache/data for.
  • Tap on the “Storage” option.
  • Click the clear cache or data button to free up space.

Managing App Updates

Google release updates for the apps time by time which consume space on your Android device, Update is important to enhance security and privacy but they consume too much storage on your phone, You can disable auto updates by following these steps:

  • Go to Google Play Store.
  • Click on 3 lines on top of the screen.
  • Select “My apps & games.”
  • In the “Installed” tab, choose “Sort by size.”
  • Review the apps with the largest sizes and decide if you want to update them or not.

USE App Cleaners


Just in case you have no time to find unnecessary apps by yourself, You can download an app from the play store which is named app cleaners. It will help you find barely used apps on your phone and provide an option of deletion all of them in a single click and also clean the storage by clearing cache and data in just one click. We recommend you install a cleaner app that has got a good reputation on Play Store.

Using Storage Analysis Tools

Almost every Android device has a feature where it shows the graph or list according to the usage, size, and time consumed by apps. This option makes it easier to find the apps that are needed to be deleted and increases the space of your device. You can check the statistics of apps by going to the steps mentioned below:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Navigate to Storage or Storage & USB.

By going into these settings you can simply click on apps and check the storage used and consumption time of these apps. Then you can select which app you have to uninstall from your Android device.

Consider App Alternatives

While checking your usage of apps, look for alternatives for the apps whose work can be done by your Android phone or any other app that consumes less data. Just as an example if you use the basic functions of a photo editing app, then you don’t have to keep the app because it can be done by the functions already given in your Android device. Or you can find a lighter app with similar functions that will use less storage and memory.

App Permissions and Privacy

The apps that you don’t use anymore also have your permission to access your mobile phone’s camera and other things. It risks your privacy and security. Delete those apps or simply remove the permissions from the settings to enhance security and privacy:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Navigate to Apps or Applications Manager.
  • Select the app you want to review permissions for.
  • Tap on the “Permissions” option.
  • Adjust the permissions according to your preference.

Cloud Storage and Backup


If you want to keep the data or got some important data saved through that app you can save your backup data in cloud storage. Now after saving data in cloud storage whenever you will install the app again, you can access the app data again where you left off. Always check out if there is any data that can be saved before deleting.

Hidden or Disabled Apps

Android has features that allow the user to hide apps and disable them. When we hide an app it doesn’t show on the home screen or in the app drawer. But it doesn’t free up space and also consumes memory. You can find hidden apps by following these steps in settings:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Navigate to Apps or Applications Manager.
  • Tap on the three-dot menu or “Show system apps” (if applicable).
  • Look for the option to show “Disabled” or “Hidden” apps.

App Libraries and Collections:

Most Android devices provide the feature of making groups and libraries of the apps according to their usage or their type. You can make collections of apps to be organized, your collection should be made of use of apps and if most of the apps are used in a single task then you can create a group or collection of all those apps also.

Regular App Audits

App usage graphs change time by time so keep checking your app usage every month to be aware if you are keeping your Android device clean from unnecessary apps.

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Investing time to find to find unnecessary apps can be helpful for a better user experience. Especially make you an organized person which results in good creativity, good productivity, and additionally keeps the mind fresh while going through any type of work.

Updated: 26 April 2024 — 20:02