If your Android smartphone is slow, sluggish, eats up your mobile data and often runs out of storage space, then you it’s probably time you deleted some unwanted apps.
Mobile apps can still use up a phone’s resources even when they are not in use.
This perhaps isn’t too much of a problem if you are rocking the latest premium handset, but for everyone else, some of these apps can really slow down the performance of your smartphone.
It could be that these apps rapidly drain your battery or even bombard you with ads.
The thing is that there are some Android apps that despite claims to the contrary are totally unnecessary and could actually be doing your phone some harm.
Here are five types of Android apps that you should never install in your smartphone and if you have, you should remove them immediately.
If nothing else, you will free up storage space and give your device a much needed boost.
Security experts often warn of the dangers of installing flashlight apps onto our smartphones, especially ones that request access to much more of your personal info than is necessary.
Flashlight apps are often used by hackers as a disguise to hide malware or other nasty stuff.
Unsuspecting users then install the seemingly innocent flashlight app onto their phone and before they know it they are infected with malware. In 2018, almost all smartphones, regardless of price and specs, include a flashlight feature.
There’s simply no need to put your phone at risk by installing a third party flashlight app. Save yourself some storage space, and possibly even your security, and avoid flashlight apps altogether.
If you have a third party flashlight app installed on your device, check the permissions it has requested – you could be in for a shock.
Generally these apps are a total waste of time. They claim to offer a solution to the biggest annoyance of smartphone users but the reality is they are of little benefit. In fact, generally speaking they include ads which at best can be annoying and worst could bombard you with pop ups or all manner of stuff.
The only real way to save your battery life is go into your battery settings and see which apps have the highest consumption and close them.
Other tips such as reducing the brightness of your screen, turning off GPS or mobile data and avoiding streaming music, radio or video on your phone may also help to give your battery a boost.
Similar to the battery boosters, RAM boosters, which claim to boost the memory of your smartphone are also a waste of time.
The apps work by force closing apps in the background, which they claim will drain the resources of your smartphone.
While this can be true to an extent, generally, frequently closing apps working in the background only places further demand on the resources of your smartphone.
This is because your phone has to use even more memory and battery power when it comes to restarting the app.
Also, because of the way Android manages RAM usage automatically, a third party app which also claims to do this just isn’t necessary.
Cleaning apps such as Clean Master (and others) are also totally unnecessary.
While it is true they can help you free up storage space by deleting cached data, you don’t need a third party app to be able to do that.
Clearing cached data is something that can be easily done from within Android’s settings.
Go to Settings > Apps > Downloaded and then select an app and hit Cached data, then Clear cached data.
While Android offers great versatility and fantastic features, many Android smartphones come with apps from the manufacturer pre-installed on the device. These apps are often not needed and take up valuable storage space and battery power. Some of these can’t be uninstalled but many can.
Therefore, it is worthing going through all the ‘bloatware’ apps that came pre-installed on your device and checking if you can uninstall them.
If the app in question can’t be uninstalled, you will be able to deactivate it which means it will not run from start up, which will at least save you a bit of battery power.
A heads up – it’s worth checking before buy an Android device which manufacturers let you uninstall bloatware and avoid the ones that dont.
For example, Huawei, Google, Lenovo, Moto and some Asus devices let you remove bloatware, and others will do too.