Given the kind of options we have on our smartphones these days, it’s more than likely that most of our Android phones run slow after a few months of activation. This isn’t necessarily the fault of the user or the manufacturer, but of some bad apps that eat up too much of your RAM. Thanks to the versatility of the Android platform, there are apps out there that help you get rid of the unnecessary junk from your smartphone or tablet. But it’s always wise to do your due diligence before you download an app. Because as most of you probably know, most of these apps that offer to cleanup your device, end up causing more clutter on your device. Keeping this in mind, it’s important to pick the best apps out there.
We’re going to talk about five apps that will help you cleanup your Android device and cleanup some space while you’re at it. The unnecessary files that are crowding your phone will be deleted for good, giving you the much needed peace of mind with your phone.
It is important to remember that most device cleaning apps function pretty much the same way, so there’s no real advantage to having one app over the other. However, when you download all the apps and try them out individually, only then you can make the distinction between them.
Do you still need a phone cleaning app today?
Years ago, phone cleaning apps were a complete necessity. It was very difficult to keep your cache and storage clear because of random temporary files among other things. However, with Android Pie now available on coming to many phones, all of that storage cleaning is now automatic and built into the operating system itself.
That said, phone cleaning apps aren’t really needed these days, but if you want to take a quick swipe at your phone just in case, or to double-check things, it certainly won’t hurt it. So without further ado, here are a handful of our favorite choices:
7 Best Phone Cleaning Apps to Free Up Space on Your Android Phone
CCleaner is one of the premier and free brands for cleaning up your storage space. It clears the cache on your device, wiping away any unnecessary and temporary files on your system. This frees up your storage for other things, like additional apps, more photos, videos, music, etc.
There are some new features that make CCleaner worth looking at, too. Now, you can quickly stop running tasks and clean memory with Task Killer. There’s also a new App Hibernation feature that will stop apps from running in the background until you manually open them. Get your copy for Android for free.
Norton Clean is another excellent option, actually acting fairly similar to CCleaner. If you don’t have enough storage to take more pictures, videos or install apps, you can use Norton to clear up your cache and clean your storage to reclaim what junk files have taken over. It a fast, free, and quick way to clean up your storage.
This app actually has a couple of processes that you can activate individually. You can choose to either clean and clear cache, identify and remove temporary files, optimize memory space, and easily manage apps and get rid of bloatware.
Coming from popular developer Cheetah Mobile, Clean Master helps you give your device a comprehensive cleanup so that you don’t have to worry about any of the apps or files slowing your phone down. As a bonus, it also comes with a built-in antivirus feature and a private photos feature, allowing you to hide and encrypt your pictures from prying eyes. This is a useful addition on the app given that phones are often shared around with friends or family. The app also offers WiFi security by default, alerting you if a network you’re about to join is not secure or has a fake SSID. The app also offers battery saving and a “Boost” feature, which frees up RAM immediately to speed up your device.
The addition of all these features mean that Clean Master is a comprehensive solution to all your device woes. It is with these features that Clean Master is known as one of the best and most popular anti-virus + device cleanup apps available on the Play Store right now. If there’s one negative with the app, it’s that it comes with ads on board. The app is free to download and doesn’t have any in-app purchases. Clean Master has been downloaded nearly a billion times on the Play Store, so it’s something that a majority of the Android population use.
This app is pretty similar in functionality compared to the app we talked about above, but comes with a slightly different set of features on board. In addition to offering features like device booster and battery saver, Super Cleaner also offers a default app lock, letting you hide any of the apps you have on the device. This is an excellent privacy feature and goes beyond the photo hiding feature. The app also offers something known as Game Booster, allowing you to speed up load times of games while also freeing up some memory. Naturally, it also cleans up your cache and junk data, giving you the much needed free space on your phone. If you find that the CPU is overheating, the app allows the processor to cool down, ridding you of any unnecessary fears.
The app is compatible with devices running Android 4.0+, which isn’t particularly a problem given that most Android devices are running this version or newer. Much like the app above, this app is free to download, but comes with ads. This is a small sacrifice to make given the kind of features the developers are offering here.
This app offers the same functionality (again), but comes with an intuitive UI, letting you feel that momentary sense of satisfaction when you clean up your device. It will even get rid of the residual files left over after the deletion of an app, so this can be considered a comprehensive solution to your device cleaning woes. The app can also help you optimize device storage, which is a great tool if you’re looking to clear up some space but don’t know what to delete. Naturally, the app will ask you before deleting the files, so you don’t have to worry about losing your precious files.
We suggest users to move their photos and videos onto the cloud (Google Photos is a good option), which will give you the liberty to delete everything on your device. Power Clean is free to download and is ad-supported. The app requires devices running on Android 4.1 or higher to function.
This highly rated app does an excellent job of getting rid of the junk files from your Android smartphones and allowing you to breathe easy. Most modern day phones are compatible with this app, which makes this one of the best apps to get right now. In terms of functionality, you get the same array of features – device cleanup, anti-virus, CPU cooling, RAM cleanup, app lock etc. This app also lets you delete some of the unwanted apps on your smartphone. If you’re like me, you will have more apps on your phone than you can count. This feature is extremely useful in that scenario as you can delete the apps that you seldom use.
The app comes for free, but is ad-supported. The developers also offer in-app purchases, which will help you get rid of the ads. You will need an Android device with Android 4.0.3 or up for this app.
If you find that your phone is extremely slow on some days, this app might be your best solution. It cleverly analyses which apps are slowing down your device and shuts them down completely, thus freeing up some precious RAM space. The app also comes with anti-virus, gaming oriented enhancements and more. The best part however is that the app only takes 3MB of space on your Android smartphone, suggesting that it won’t be too heavy on your device. This is also helpful for users of feature phones that don’t have a heavy set of hardware on board. The one tap boost button ensures that all the laggy apps are closed and speeds up your device significantly. The app is free to download, although you will have to make do with ads. Clean My Android is compatible with devices running Android 4.1 and higher.
Here we’ve highlighted a few of the best apps that you can use to clear up extra space on your Android device. With the latest version of Android — Android Pie — space cleaners like this aren’t really necessary, with the operating system optimized to automatically make sure that your device stays as clean and efficient as possible.
That said, it never hurts to double-check and make sure with one of the apps above. Do you have a favorite set of phone cleaning apps that you use? Let us know in the comments section below.