Your Android phone or tablet contains your entire digital life, from your emails to your favorite games and memorable photo moments. But storage space and battery life aren't infinite, especially if you’re sporting an older Android device. Lite apps can help put your phone on a storage diet.
Lite apps tend to be slimmer alternatives to regular apps. They may have a simpler, cleaner interface, or simply take up a lot less space than a regular version. They may also be limited free editions of paid apps that let you try before you buy.
Give these lite apps a whirl. You may discover you love they way they operate, but you will also love how they won’t take a serious toll on your phone or tablet’s storage space.
The regular Facebook app is robust and takes up a fair amount of space, which is mainly an issue for older phones and tablets, or ones with very limited storage. Even if storage isn’t an issue, you might enjoy Facebook Lite for a more streamlined Facebook mobile experience. This dainty app has another advantage: it’s designed to work well on older 2G networks. If you’re someplace with slow data access, it will help you stay in touch with all your Facebook friends.
Messenger Lite is a lighter version of Facebook’s normal Messenger app. As with Facebook Lite, it uses less mobile data and runs efficiently on slower networks. It is less than 10MB in size, loads fast and uses less mobile data. Otherwise, you won't know it's any different from the regular Messenger app.
Chrome isn’t the only option for Android web browsing. Slim down and load pages fast with Opera Mini. This data-saving browser is easy on your phone’s storage, and easy on your data plan. The app’s Settings menu lets you track your data savings for when you really need to keep an eye on it. Even though it’s slim, Opera Mini is still a full-featured browser with multiple tabs, private browsing, and a night mode.
Google Maps Go
The regular Google Maps app is a winner, but some Android users might want to lighten the load with Google Maps Go. This app requires that you have the Chrome browser installed on your device, but it has a major advantage over the original app. Google says it takes up 100 times less space on your device than the full Google Maps app. It’s the perfect solution for maps and navigation on devices with limited memory, or if you’re traveling in a place with slow cellular networks. You still get access to real-time traffic updates, public transit information, directions, and business listings.
TwitPane streamlines your Twitter experience with a simple user interface and the ability to customize tabs. The free, ad-supported version supports three accounts, so you can switch between your personal account and your business account if you need to manage more than one Twitter username. The app is lightweight and gives you a solid alternative to the regular Twitter app. But keep in mind you can always use Twitter’s well-designed mobile site if you don’t want to keep a Twitter app on your phone at all.
Lite apps are a lifesaver when you’re trying to get the most out of limited storage, or stay in touch on a slow data network. Even if these aren’t issues for you, you may find you prefer the sleeker interfaces. Try them out and see if you’re converted to the lite life.
Find your lost Android device
Google's Android-finding feature can help you get your smartphone or tablet back if you leave it somewhere, even if it's just lost in your couch cushions. Follow our steps to make sure Find My Device is up and running before you need it.