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5 best apps to make your Android work like new again

If you’re dealing with slowness or a lack of memory on your Android phone, you might find it needs to be cleaned up a bit. Running a cleaner is one way to boost your phone’s performance. It can help improve your device’s speed and help declutter by removing junk files.

Android cleaner apps typically run on their own after you set a series of parameters to delete junk and cached files, or the remnants of apps you no longer want to use. There are several cleaner apps available on the Google Play Store; however, it can be difficult to choose which is right for you.

We’ve rounded up five excellent options you can count on to get your Android squeaky clean and back to its original, speedy self. Also, if you’re having trouble with your device’s battery life, tap or click here for five ways to extend its power.

1. CCleaner

CCleaner is a free, ad-supported program that’s also available for PC and Mac users. It’s a simple optimization tool that can help clean up your Android device in a matter of clicks. Using it on your phone is similar to how you can utilize it on your computer.

All you need to do is download it and run a quick analysis on the apps you have installed on your phone. Once the analysis is done, you’ll be presented with a list of apps and files that could be taking up extraneous space.

From there, check and uncheck apps you want or don’t want to delete, then press a single button to let CCleaner do its job. That’s it!

2. Clean Master

Clean Master is an efficient cleaner that lets you scan your device for viruses, clear up some space, remove apps you’re no longer using and a selection of junk files you don’t need anymore. It’s even easier to use than CCleaner, too.

The main window lets you cycle through tasks and it handles everything autonomously. It’s free to install and practically foolproof. And once it’s set up? Just let it do its thing.

It’s extremely fast and easy to customize, so you can spend less time trying to figure it out and more time getting your phone scrubbed to your satisfaction.

3. All-in-One Toolbox

All-In-One Toolbox is a multifunctional cleaner that’s simple to set up and easy to understand. Plus it offers a few more options than the other apps on this list. You get three buttons when you turn it on: Clean, Boost and Toolbox.

Clean will automatically launch into a phone-scrubbing tool that will help get rid of any junk files you aren’t using, which is the simplest way to use it. Boost “boosts” your device to make it run up to 2x faster. It’s a useful tool, but it won’t always work if you haven’t also cleaned recently. This is a great option if you like to tinker.

And Toolbox? It lets you use a CPU Cooler, Batch Install or “Batchuninstall” and more. Get the free app today, though there are in-app purchases for extra features.

4. Norton Clean

Sometimes, you don’t need any bells and whistles to complete the task you’re after. Norton Clean is a free, minimalistic option that offers a junk file cleaner to rid your phone of apps you don’t need, which helps clear up storage space.

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There aren’t a ton of other options on the app, so you don’t have to worry about tapping on the wrong things, but it will let you look at the “junk files” it finds before it deletes them, just in case you don’t want to accidentally delete something important.

It’s also quite aesthetically pleasing, plus, you have the Norton name backing it up.

5. Total AV

If you’re still looking for a trustworthy app that can get your device squeaky-clean, you might also want to check out Total AV, one of our favorite options. Download the free trial today, or visit TotalAV.com/Kim to save a whopping 80% and bring coverage to all your devices.

This security and optimization tool for mobile devices features a powerful antivirus program as well as a disk cleaner, app manager and real-time protection to keep you safe as you check out everything the internet has to offer. The internet is pretty big — don’t get caught in a dangerous zone without protection.

It’s much easier to get into a habit of cleaning up your smartphone every once in a while than it is to experience a problem and try to fix it after the fact.

Now that you’ve seen several options to help get your Android device up and running, you should pick one and stay safe. Make sure to clean your device often, so you won’t find yourself without storage or stuck with a potential virus. Tap or click for 17 malicious Android apps from Google Play.

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