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8 Types of Android Apps You Should Remove from Your Phone

There aren’t many things as convenient as downloading apps to your phone. Whatever your needs are, there’s probably an app available for it on the Google Play Store. However, this convenience is also exactly what can make your phone sluggish and laggy.

Over the years, your phone has accumulated a ton of apps, some of which you use every day while many others are eating dust in your app drawer. In this guide, let’s take a look at eight types of apps that you should remove from your phone.

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1. Pre-installed Bloatware Apps

If there’s one thing that all Android users unanimously hate, it’s bloatware. While some pre-installed apps can be useful, you should uninstall the ones you don’t use. note that different android skins have varying amounts of bloatware; some are lighter, such as OxygenOS and Pixel UI, while others are heavier, such as One UI and MIUI.

Also remember that some pre-installed Android apps cannot be uninstalled because they are an integral part of that Android skin. However, you can still disable unwanted apps to prevent them from running in the background.


2. Old utility apps now built-in

Android has come a long way since its birth in 2008. It used to be that you had to download separate utility apps such as a flashlight, QR scanner, screen recorder, media player, and screen dimmer because these functionalities were not built into your device.

Fortunately things are much better now. You may still need to download some utility apps every now and then, especially if you’re using stock Android, but that problem is more or less resolved now. So if you still have utility apps on your phone that are now obsolete, it’s time to remove them.

3. Outdated Productivity Apps

As with utility apps, your phone may have several outdated productivity apps that you can remove in favor of Google Workspace apps like Gmail, Google Keep, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, Calendar, and more.

Google makes such great productivity apps that you really don’t have to look anywhere else. And most of these apps are already pre-installed on all Android phones, so there is no reason for you to carry those old apps from other third-party developers.

4. Performance Boosting Apps

We have already explained it in detail why performance enhancing apps are bad for android† But if you don’t have time to read the whole story, here’s the gist of it: performance-enhancing apps like RAM cleaners, battery savers, and game optimizers diminish your device’s usability and do more harm than good.

RAM cleaning apps are unnecessary because many of the processes they stop automatically restart immediately after, as they are essential for your phone to perform its normal functions. Plus, the next time you open a forcibly closed app, it will take longer to load than if you just didn’t do anything and left it alone.


Battery saver apps are useless because most Android phones these days already come with a built-in battery saver mode that works way better than any solution. The same is the case with game optimizers. Do yourself a favor and uninstall these apps right away.

5. Duplicate apps that perform the same functions

It’s not uncommon for people to have more than one app on their phone that performs the same function. This can be browsers, note-taking apps, backup apps, messaging apps and more. In some cases, two apps of the same nature offer very different features, in which case it might make sense to keep them both.

But if one of the apps is clearly better, you should delete the less useful ones. For example, if you’re using a Galaxy device, you’ll need to: choose between Samsung Internet and Google Chrome as your mobile browser. Delete the ones you don’t find that useful.

Look, we don’t want to sound like your grandma here, but social media takes up a lot of your time. In the United States, people spend an average of more than two hours on social media every day switching between different apps — and that number is only increasing every year.

Unless your job requires it, it’s just not good for you to spend that much time on social media and can even lead to social media addiction† If possible, uninstall the apps that eat up most of your time. If that doesn’t work, try setting an app timer to reduce your screen time and gain self-discipline along the way.

7. Old Games You Don’t Play Anymore

Temple Run, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies were all great games for their time and still are for many people. But if you don’t play them anymore, there’s no point in keeping them on your device and wasting your storage space.

While mobile games have traditionally been rather disappointing, there is much to be optimistic about. Modern smartphones are much faster and more powerful, and with all the upcoming advancements to 5G, VR and AR it’s clear why mobile gaming is the future

There are a lot of other newer and better mobile games waiting for you to try them out. Delete the old ones you don’t play anymore to make way for the new ones!

8. Apps you no longer use

It’s so easy to leave apps on your phone long after you stop using them, or no longer find them useful. Aside from the ones we’ve covered so far, there are several other types of apps that you can have on your phone that you should uninstall. These may include:

  • Dating apps: Dating apps don’t work for everyone, and if you can’t find good matches, it’s best to uninstall them and try traditional methods of finding new people.
  • Meditation Apps: Some meditation apps are better than others, but if none of them bring you closer to being more relaxed and focused, you can sign up for an offline in-person class instead.
  • Fitness apps: For some people, fitness apps just aren’t enough because they need a more engaging environment to train. If you are one of them, joining a gym can help.

Get rid of unwanted apps

Removing or disabling old apps that you no longer rely on is one of the many ways to make your Android phone feel like new again. Doing so will free up storage space on your device, save battery life, put less strain on the processor, and make your app drawer feel less crowded, making it easier to find the apps you want.

You can always download a deleted app if you need it again. But for now, there’s no point in sitting still on your phone. Also, if any of the apps you want to uninstall contains important information, make sure to back it up or make a copy of it somewhere else.

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