What Apps Can I Safely Remove From My New Smartphone?

What Apps Can I Safely Remove From My New Smartphone?

Buying a new Android smartphone, the user is often confronted with a huge number of incomprehensible applications, pre-installed by the manufacturer. What are they for? Do you need them at all? Can I uninstall them and will it not affect the smartphone?


Some manufacturers prohibit uninstalling applications that come “bundled” with the smartphone. For example, Xiaomi smartphones can not do this (you need to get root access, which is not so easy for the average user). Other manufacturers (for example, Samsung or Huawei) allow only to disable unnecessary standard applications, without removing them completely.


How do I uninstall an app on Android?


Before we get to the heart of the matter, let’s remember how to uninstall apps on an Android smartphone. On some smartphones, you just need to press your finger on the application icon and hold for a couple of seconds. In the menu that appears, select Uninstall or Disconnect:

But, in most cases, to uninstall an application, you need to go to the Smartphone Settings, there select the Applications item. After selecting the desired application, open it and click Remove (or Disable). Depending on the brand of smartphone, everything may look a little different, but the principle is the same:

List of apps that you should immediately uninstall


Today we will look at the most common pre-installed applications that you can safely remove from your new smartphone, not only freeing up additional memory, but also increasing the operating time of your smartphone (because unnecessary applications can run in the background and waste battery power).
So, check if you have applications from our list:

Disk

This is Google’s cloud storage service. The app allows you to store some files\documents on Google’s server so you can access that data from any smartphone or even through your computer’s browser. If you do not use cloud storage, feel free to uninstall/disable this application.

Protected folder

An application from Samsung that allows you to hide various files or even applications from unauthorized people. You can get anything from this folder only with a password/fingerprint. If you do not work for a special service, you can part with this application.

Google Maps

If you do not use the navigation on your smartphone, then it is better to immediately remove this application. In addition to the navigation this application quite actively drains the battery of your smartphone, because, first, all the time keeps track of your movements and saves the history of the places you have been daily (quite funny feature, allowing you to “rewind time” and find out where and at what point in time you were a certain number). And secondly, this app constantly monitors the traffic situation to warn you about traffic jams.

Google

Behind the laconic name hides the Google Assistant (analog of Siri from Apple). This service is usually launched on any Android smartphone with a long press of the Home button. If you don’t want to communicate with virtual assistants or simply aren’t interested in the information they provide, delete the application!

Dictionary

Also found frequently on Samsung smartphones. This application is, as the name suggests, a dictionary. The principle is as follows: you download the desired dictionaries, and then selecting any text, in addition to the command Copy/Paste/Select, you will get the command Dictionary, by selecting which, the selected word/text will be translated in a popup window. If you do not need this function, uninstall the application.

Briefing

A pretty useless application for most people that uses up battery power. It is a special news desktop. You can open it by swiping to the right on the main screen with icons (not on all smartphones). If you do not use this application to read the news – delete it! Especially since there are much more convenient applications and ways to get the news.

Duo

It can safely be called the most useless application from Google. Of course, the idea itself (the implementation of video calls) is great, but no one uses this application because there are much more popular analogues: Skype, Viber, WhatsApp or Facebook Messanger. Feel free to uninstall!

Wear

Do you have a smartwatch or fitness bracelet from Samsung? If not, uninstall this app, as it is only used to connect Samsung’s wearable devices to your smartphone.

Gmail

This is the email client from Google. And here it is not as simple as it may seem at first glance. The fact is that almost every smartphone manufacturer provides its own mail app, and Google is trying to keep everyone on its client. As a result, the vast majority of smartphones have two email programs installed and running, each separately consuming battery power by checking email in the background. Therefore, leave one application (from the smartphone manufacturer or from Google) and be sure to uninstall the other. If you don’t use mail, uninstall both applications at once.

Google Photos

This application should definitely be uninstalled only if you really don’t need it. Thanks to it, all the photos and videos from your smartphone are uploaded to the cloud (servers) of Google and are stored there indefinitely. The convenience here is obvious. If you change your smartphone or lose it or something goes wrong – all this will not affect the safety of the photos, they will always be available through the Internet or from another smartphone (with your password). If you really do not need this function, then be sure to uninstall the application, as it is relatively battery consuming.

Google Music

A very handy app for listening to music. The only problem is that you have to pay for its monthly subscription. And if you do not listen to music by subscription, there is no point in this application, because there are many more convenient and functional analogues for listening to your mp3.

Google Movies

If the previous music app still makes sense to keep (and a lot of people, including me, use it), then this app can safely be removed. Unless, of course, you don’t mind paying $10-$20 per movie (or renting it for $1), and without translation (many movies come only with the original track).

LinkedIn

To put it mildly, not the most popular social network in the Russian-speaking world, largely due to its narrow “specialization” – finding and establishing business contacts. If you are not registered there, feel free to delete this application.

OneDrive

A little bit above, we considered the Google Drive application. OneDrive is its counterpart from Microsoft with one advantage – this application is already installed on every Windows laptop. But, if you are not interested in storing files on Microsoft’s servers – uninstall it (moreover, such applications are constantly running in the background to synchronize any changes).

PowerPoint

When was the last time you created or viewed a PowerPoint presentation on your smartphone? Feel free to uninstall this app if it was installed on your smartphone from the store.

Smart Switch

An app from Samsung designed to transfer all the data from your previous smartphone to your new Samsung. If you don’t need it, uninstall the app. Moreover, now almost all important data (contacts, mail, apps) are stored in the Google cloud and will automatically appear on your new device after adding your Google account.


What else would you delete?

We haven’t talked about simple apps like Notepad or Music Player here. It is already clear from the name of the application that it can be uninstalled without any consequences if you are not happy with it.


Here is another short list of applications found on smartphones that deserve to be uninstalled (many of them are good products, it’s just a matter of removing them without affecting the smartphone in any way):

  • Notepad
  • Notes
  • Health
  • Mirror
  • Compass
  • Weather
  • Scanner
  • Tips
  • Game Center
  • Android Accessibility Suite (important for people with disabilities)
  • Facebook App Installer
  • Facebook App Manager
  • Facebook Services (these 3 applications can be uninstalled if you do not use Facebook)
  • HiCare (tech support for Huawei smartphones)
  • Huawei Device (application on Huawei, which is just a link to the company’s website)
  • Phone Clone (transfer all the data from the old smartphone to the new one, similar to Samsung’s Smart Switch)
  • Samsung Internet, Mi Browser and other browsers (all are similar to Google Chrome, so it makes sense to leave only one application to access the Internet).


Of course, this is not a complete list of unnecessary applications found on modern smartphones. Each manufacturer is trying to “hook” the user on their products (or on applications from third-party developers, if it is an advertising placement).


But even if you remove only the applications listed above, you can already free up quite a lot of space on your smartphone, as well as extend its operating time on a single charge!

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Christopher Walker

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