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Figure out which apps you should delete from your Android phone

Figure out which apps you should delete from your Android phone
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How'd you get along all those years without apps? There was a time not long ago when you didn't even know what an app was - none of us did!

Yet, in just a few years we've gone from hundreds of apps that you can download on your Android phone to well over 2 million. These singular-minded computer programs each perform a function like showing you your bank account balance, paying a bill with a tap of your phone or linking you to Facebook Messenger.

Whichever apps you love, there's a really good chance you have too many on your Android smartphone. Don't feel bad - we're all guilty of downloading apps that sound cool that, in reality, we rarely use.

Heck, you have apps that you forgot you had. This is a good time to start deleting the ones you don't need.

The question is, which apps should you get rid of? Keep reading and we'll answer another question: How do you delete apps from Android smartphones?

Note: Several manufacturers make Android smartphones. The instructions noted here may be slightly different than the ones for your make and model.

The Android apps you use the most

Why would you want to delete Android apps? For starters, you may be sitting on an unsecure app that hackers can remotely access, especially if you haven't been updating the app and its security features.

You may also just want to clear some space so you can add new apps, like ones that you will actually use. There's that bonus feeling, too, that you get with spring cleaning each year - everything feels fresh and new.

You may want to prioritize your delete list based on the apps you use least often. One way to do that is simply to scroll through the apps on your smartphone.

Check to see if there are apps you no longer use. You can also use an app like QualityTime that will show you how often you use each of your apps.

The apps taking up the most space

Here's an easy trick to figure out which apps to delete. Check to see how much space they're taking up on your Android smartphone.

It's definitely a good idea to delete storage-hog apps that you don't use much. You can find out how much space each app is using.

Try this. Tap on Apps on your smartphone screen. Click on Settings and then scroll down to Applications.

Select Application Manager and you'll see all the apps on your phone, including how much space each one uses. You might see an app like Samsung Billing taking up 24.27 MB -- whichever app you choose, if you don't need, delete it.

The apps that track you

You may want to delete apps that track your location, but only the ones you don't want tracking you. Of course, there are apps like maps and FamilyWhere-type apps that help you find your lost smartphones (and keep tabs on your teenagers!) that you'll want to keep.

You can find these apps by going to Apps, then Settings and selecting Applications. Go to Application Manager and then click on a specific app and then Permissions to see if it's tracking your location.

How to delete Android apps

There are a number of ways to delete Android apps. But the easiest way, hands down, is to press down on an app until it shows you an option such as Remove.

You can also delete them in Application Manager. Press on a specific app and it will give you an option like Uninstall, Disable or Force Stop.

Now revel in your newly-clean and probably quicker phone!

How to magnify images on your Android phone

Did you know this? You have a magnifying glass on your Android smartphone.

It'll come in handy every time you're trying to read something that's way too small. But you can use it for a lot more than reading tiny print.

Click or tap here for surprising reasons you'll use a magnifyer every day!

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