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Several GBs of cache files is not unheard of... however Clean Master is total a junk app for many other reasons and the developer behind it is shady. Remove it.
Use SD Maid or Files Go (by Google).
Also worth checking out SD Maid - it deletes temp files, log files, application caches, leftover data from uninstalled apps, and can even compact app databases to reduce their size and improve performance. The dev is pretty awesome and actively engages the community in improving the app. Regular updates too.
I use SD Maid on my phone and tablet, and it seems to do a nice job of cleaning up unnecessary files and whatnot. Anyone have the pro version? Worth the purchase?
Googlebot seems to be asleep so here it is.
Also a link to the Pro version. I've had this installed for years and like it a lot.
Antivirus/Task managers are all useless, all they do is display ads to you.
In case you need an app to clean some space up, try SD Maid.
Without root, this will disable an app rather than deleting it (as you would need root for that)
With root, it probably does the same thing. I don't really know enough to say for sure, but I don't think deleting the system folders like that is the right way to get rid of system apps. I personally use SD Maid for app removal.
Get SD Maid, whether you are rooted or not, it's a great cleaning tool. If you don't have root, it just means you can't do anything with system directories/files. I bought the pro version. Worth every penny and great dev.
SD Maid is good for cleaning up your device of "app leftovers." Some features are locked (premium) but the free stuff is still worth looking at if you aren't into paying.
Malware Bytes also has an Android app. Never used it though, so I can't comment on it.
Use SD Maid it has been a vital tool to clean up empty folders, old app cache and even databases. If you need to clean up your rom I recommend it.
Same with the "Cleaner"-Apps. Nearly all of them are complete rubbish and useless, only there for the ads.
The only "real" cleaner-app i am aware of is SDMaid and it only works with ROOT.
There isn't always an elegant/fast way to do this. There is an app called SD Maid that is built for this and it usually does a good job of removing all the leftover files that you no longer need. With that said it isn't perfect.
A file explorer (I use Solid Explorer) will let you delete files/folders as long as you know where to find the files to delete. I use this occasionally to go through and delete folders in my /sdcard/ directory that I don't want anymore.
The Play store says the downloaded file size for that app is 31MB and when I tried it just now the installed size on my phone is 69MB (although I think that size can vary depending on the device it's installed on). I'd be willing to bet that the rest of the space that's being taken up on your phone are just cached files that the app has used to display information about whichever shows you are tracking.
Using an app like SD Maid will help clear out those cached files that you don't need, but as you start using the TV Time app again it's going to download those files back onto your phone as it needs them. Hopefully it's written well enough so that it deletes or overwrites old cached files instead of just adding new ones and causing the folder they are stored in to get bigger and bigger over time. I don't use the app so I don't know if it does or doesn't. Just watch the size as you use it over a week or so and if it remains at a consistent number then it should be fine. If it keeps going up, either get in the habit of clearing out the cache if you need the space or see if there's another app that suits your needs but doesn't get bloated with old files.
In my opinion there's really not a perfect file size for an app. Sure we'd like for them all to be as small as possible, but unless you're the developer there's not a lot you can do about an app's size as far as I know. Some apps run perfectly under 1MB while others need 100-300MB+ of space to run. App sizes vary wildly depending on what it is that they do. I say if the app works well and you are happy with it and you have room to spare on your phone, I wouldn't worry about the size.
Also remember to clear system wide cache, and run a scan using SDMaid (this is the app that every android power user will recommend you) ..
Used Swipe for a bit, but ultimately reinstalled the stock FB app. I personally haven't had any major battery issues as a result, and tbh I'd still rather use it than a web wrapper.
I've personally never used Clean Master - most folks I know use SD Maid, which is supposed to be really good and bloat free (take that with a grain of salt! I've never needed an app like this).
I personally don't give a shit about Snapchat's image quality - it's about sharing amusing images quickly, I'm not aiming to shoot masterpieces. But I dislike how the app runs very poorly even when you're off the viewfinder - I think it runs the camera even when you're not taking photos, causing the lag and overheating (at least, this is what I've heard). My phone has serious overheating issues as is, and unfortunately camera-intensive apps make this even worse. Maybe they keep the camera always running so there doesn't have to be slow boot-time to re-launch it every time the viewfinder is opened? Idk, I'm not a programmer so I'm probably just talking out my ass ROFL
Yes! /u/mDarken is back with another cool App! We all love SD Maid and Root Validator, this App looks good already. Nice Material Design, Minimal Permissions and so on, hope you will implement a White Background/Theme changer as an option in the Settings though. (Same applies to SD Maid)
Thanks for all your Good Work and Keep Rocking! ��
> I spend so much time cleaning out those stupid dot folders.
SD Maid is pretty good at cleaning those out. App has been in development since the beginning of Android and is still regularly updated with database entries of new apps and their junk folders.
I'd been using SD Maid on my N6 and it was pretty handy. I don't think I need one on my 128 GB Pixel, but I already paid for the app, so I thought why not let it run on schedule. It can run automatically at set intervals. Keeps everything tidy I suppose.
The one and only true Android Cleaner. Does exactly what it promises and not steal data. Here you can delete any kind of duplicate files.
I know you wanted a Tasker solution, but did you tried SD Maid? it has an ability to scan for dead files and folders (those which aren't used anymore and/or belong to uninstalled software) and remove them. global exclude filters and scheduling is possible too, although some of the options will need paid version (I've got it, works like a charm. current version even automatically scans your device after you uninstall an app - just to check if there's any leftover)
Just uninstall clean master. It's just an adware app , shows you ad & earns money from it. Also it asks so many unnecessary permissions , also a Chinese app so may be they are accessing contacts & SMS, too. Uninstall all cheetah mobile app , es file explorer , du app studio apps , other speed booster apps , ram cleaners , anti-virus apps from your phone. They are sucking more battery & data.
If you want to save battery & stop background apps manually , Use greenify. If you want to clean temporary files & cache use SD maid.
All Android apps are sandboxed (apps are executed from a specific set of permissions and folder hierarchy so they do not interact with each other), so most apps have a cache folder within their app data folder (/data/data/com.android.google/cache, for example), and they can also use the internal/external user storage for cached data.
The Android system itself uses a cache partition. The cache partition is a dedicated area on the flash chip that's used specifically for a system-based cached data. This can include cached settings and logs pertaining to the system operation.
When clearing the cache of an app, you go through Settings > Apps > app_name > clear cache (or in 6.0, Apps > app_name > Storage > clear cache). In addition to this method, you can use an app similar to SD Maid, or simply a file manager to clear the cached data from the internal/external user storage.
When clearing the cache partition, you reboot into recovery mode and select the option to wipe cache. This will remove everything from the system cache, forcing the operating system to reload all that cached data and potentially fixing any issues you were having with the system.
Both, clearing the app cache and cache partition, are good troubleshooting tactics; it normally will resolve any persistent issues you may be having with an app or the system itself.
> What's different about this cleaner is that it doesn't ask for ANY shady permissions from users or stores/gathers/sells any information about the users.
SD Maid doesn't have any shady permissions and doesn't sell any user information either.
Clearing the cache should do that without having to install and reinstall.
Android LPT: If you download SD Maid (Best system cleaning tool out there! & Free) the app will tell you which folders specifically are taking the most space. For example, mine tells me I have 12GB in my PocketCasts app right now, FML! Lol. It can also help you delete duplicates, corpse apps meaning files left by apps you already uninstalled, and other stuff that's not coming to mind. Also doesn't take up a lot of your resources.
iOS: Don't know if there is anything similiar for iOS o.o
I've always liked :SD Maid
Has a few other features included, nothing over the top though. There's a free and pro, I believe the free includes the Disk Analyzer if I remember correctly.
SD Maid è top secondo me.
If you are using miui then, Uss app ke settings me jao. "Recieve recommendations/promoted content" off karne ka option hai. (Usse ads bandh ho jayenge)
Open Security app > settings (upper right corner) > scroll down & turn off receive recommendation.
Open Security app > settings (upper right corner) > cleaner > turn off "recieve recommention"
Aisa same option dusri apps me bhi hai. For example, downloads app, explorer etc.
Sala chinese UI kitne sare unnecessary permission mangta hai. privacy ki to bat hi mat karo, Normal users ko to kucch pata hi nahi hota ki kaunsi permission deni chahiye aur kaunsi nahi.
Custom rom use karo ya fir xiaomi ki system apps mat use karo, permissions bhi turn off kar do except dialer app.
Aur cache clean kar ne ke liye koi apps ki jarurat nahi hai. (Clean master, phone booster, battery booster, cpu coolers, ram cleaner etc. Jaisi apps mat download karna. Google ka files go thik thak hai, lekin uska bhi jarurat nahi hai if you can do it manually.)
Go to settings > Storage > (thodi der lagegi load hone me, shayad 1 minute) after that click on cached data. Ek pop up ayega. Click ok. After 15-20 seconds, It will clear cache from all apps. (You don't need to do it everyday, just do it once in 10-15 days.)
Haan.. agar paise ho (20-30₹) to SD maid ka pro version buy kar lo. Ye legit app hai aur unnecessary permissions bhi nahi hai iss app me.)
Android itself will be using a fair chunk of that, but more likely there are some files/folders somewhere that the Samsung storage software doesn't read as a document/video/pic, it just reads it as "used space" (e.g. saves for games, downloaded apks).
Try something like SD Maid's storage analyser function ([link]) to see just where your large folders and files are.
You don't need to clear all apps, ram from recent apps. Don't use any ram booster, phone cleaner, anti-virus apps, battery booster apps. Android does not need these kind of apps. Stay away from these apps.
However you should clean temporary files, caches etc. to clear some more space. (They are created because app can work faster and doesn't need to fetch data every time you open the app.) You don't need to clear them every day or every week. Just do it once in a month. Use SD maid to do that. You can also use CCleaner. But I will recommend to buy SD maid.
You can't check these things on a computer. It will only have access to one partition of the phone.
I recommend that you install SD Maid. It should be able to give you a better idea of what's taking up your space.
It's not magic, it's just the way the data is presented. When you plug it into your PC, your portable device is using the MTP protocol - unlike UMS (USB Mass Storage), MTP doesn't give a host system full access to its storage, it basically translates what the guest system has and presents it to the host. Kinda like how FTP or HTTP works - your PC doesn't need to know which filesystem or OS the server is running, it can still access the files because it's using a universal protocol. Android uses the ext4 filesystem, which Windows doesn't understand at all, so that's why MTP is used to translate this. Unfortunately, some information is lost during translation, but that isn't deemed necessary, in fact, it's deliberate, because you're not meant to manage your Android's storage from Windows, you're supposed to do it from within Android. Managing it from Windows can cause all sorts of issues.
Anyways, you do have control over what's in your own device - which is why apps like DiskUsage and SD Maid exist, and are even allowed to exist. Compare this to iPhones, where you have no control over the filesystem, in fact, you can't even browse the files stored on your iPhone. Android is infinitely more flexible compared to iPhones. Oh, and if you want more control, you can always root your device.
Not sure if it'll help but try SD Maid. If she's uninstalled apps there might be leftover files on the phone.
Cachecleaner might help too.
SD Maid: [link]
Cache cleaner: [link]
Could be Snapchat's saved data in the sdcard. I'd recommend running SD Maid to clear out the saved data and settings (sometimes the built-in function in Android doesn't clear the data on the sdcard).
Have you checked how much storage your apps had added specifically with the cache? For example Ill run SD Maid and find that there are 2gb of cached files just alone in my Google Play Music app. Also I have never downloaded any music for offline use with it.
Run SD Maid which will show you a more detailed breakdown of how your storage is being used. If you want post a screenshot of it.
I know this is sort of a no-brainer but have you checked how much your added files/downloads (not apps) take up in your internal storage?
i would avoid everything by cheetah mobile, most of it is just placebo to get youo to look at ads, use sd maid if you REALLY need the extra mbs but really theres no need
For normal users I would recommend SD Maid or L Speed (root) instead.
You could use SD Maid to see if you have any unnecessary files hanging around, but most likely you will just need to delete some media and/or apps. If you use Google Photos you can have all your photos backed up to the cloud and then use the free up space option to delete the local copies.
The AppControl function in SD Maid does this. It also has a Storage Analyzer that will tell you what's taking up the most space.
Linkme: SD Maid
Edit: Bot linked the pro key. Here's the app link.
What storage app is that? Looks pretty nice. I don't have much advice other than trying apps like SD Maid to clear up leftover data and things like that.
SD Maid can do this. The app has a scheduler and does not need the screen to be on.
I do not know if you need the paid version for this feature, or the scheduling feature. I do know some features require root, but i don't think this one does. I've been using this app for a long time and it does a good job of cleaning up junk on my phone.
Anytime. Good stuff. Let me know if you see a difference after doing to system cache clear. You can also do a app cache clear as well. Just google it. Doing both should help significantly. I also use an app called SD Maid. That cleans up the phone for you. And doesn't delete any important files. I grabbed the paid version. It was cheap and does the job. There are lots like it but this is my personal favorite. A lot will clear good ram as well and you don't want that. Most think it helps but it actually slows your phone down.
Check it out
On your phone, install SD Maid, then launch it, open "AppControl" from the hamburger menu (swipe from the left of your screen), scroll and find "Relay Pro", tap on it, then click "Export .apk"
It is saved in sdcard0/downloads.
> Do they leave any data behind
> how can I get rid of it
> I'm planning on installing a 700 MB app soon and I would also like to know if I can get it with no worries
There's no guarantee unfortunately. SD Maid and the like work using a list of know leftover database. If this a brand new or some obscure app, then SD Maid will not know of its leftovers.
If you're going to use a cleaner use SD Maid of might help of you posted screen shots or a list of your apps.
It'll be a free game, photo editor or dodgy file explorer.
They are basically useless. They just clear current apps in RAM. The apps come onto the RAM again after some time, But you can try sdmaid app. But a facory reset can be helpful.
You might want to try an app like SD Maid or something similar after deleting the apps themselves and the cache along with them. SD Maid is usually superb at sniffing out and deleting old junk files relating to old apps.
> I've gravitated to My Android Tools Pro for advanced features.
What kind of features?
> I wish it addressed more receivers.
SD Maid v4 does now support any type of receiver.
> though you may know more about the ramifications on that.
When you install an app from a Google Play link the link may have extra parameters "[link]".
In some cases (On phone link->gplay app->install, not sure about computer triggered gplay installs) the Google Play app will forward these extra parameters to your app through the above mentioned receiver. It's purpose is to allow analytics tools to track the install source so devs can then see their dashboard e.g. which advertising campaigns were successful.
This is analytics related too though but I don't know any specifics.
I doubt disabling either receiver has negative consequences for you.
Yes, you are correct. Maybe you could add your music to Google music (they let you add something like 50k of your own, not bought from them tunes to their cloud) and stream it instead of saving it on your phone, but obviously that isn't very useful if you're not able to get online or have data caps. You could also uninstall some apps, but then what's the point of having a smartphone if you don't have any apps?
To squeeze any extra space from your storage, you can try the corpsefinder option in SD maid, which will scan your device for any files left over from previously uninstalled apps.
It could be junk left over from an un-installed app. That would explain why it could not find the folder.
The .cnt file is most likely an invalid file error and without the app then it will not be able to read it. It is a Microsoft file extension so the android system does not use it and thus cannot read it.
A system cleaning app might be able to get rid of it. I use as maid system cleaning tool:
The file manager that comes with the phone is limited. A third party file manager can do a lot more. It can get more information on a file and might be able to remove the file. I use FX file explorer:
Edit: the third party file explorer can also show stuff hidden folders/files from the system with the .nomedia file.
Well my dumb ass couldnt even read the post as it should, and sorry about that. I had the same issue you have now and after cleaning my android with SD Maid everything worked fine. I hope you will somehow work it out.
I'd reccomend tou scanning your tablet regularly. Here are two apps I use on my tablet, they are for android but if you have iPad I'm sure there are some replacements:
App Cache Cleaner
For SD Maid, Corpse Finder, System Cleaner and Databases should be enough.
The Holy Grail shall do it. The toolbar may be call something else since it was probably an add-on or something. Try sorting by date (newest first) in /data/apps ; /data/data/ ; /sdcard/android/data
Have to show up somewhere if you don't want that app, or needs root.
I have been living the 16gb dream with my Moto X 2013. I have gotten use to it. It would be nice to have the 32gb, but I won't give into the price gouging that is modern cell phone storage.
Two things have helped, first how abundant wifi hotspots are (thanks Xfinity wifi app) and a handful of apps.
Google Photos, with auto back up (set t
What haso WiFi and plugged in) and have it delete older photos.
Spotify/Google Music. Download the handful of albums songs that I want to make sure I have when not on WiFi
SD Card Maid. I LOVE THIS APP. Runs a lot of scans, CorpseFinder, SystemCleaner, AppCleaner, Duplicates helps me manage space. Also can show the biggest apps on your phone...honestly get this app and the pro version and you can setup schedules.
DiskUsage. This is app is GUI for the storage on your app. It is nice to get a visual for what is using your space.
So it isn't super annoying, but it is absurd that in the year 2015 manufactures are still making 16gb a standard and denying micro sd...so freaking stupid.
Suositus: Jos puhelin on rootattu, korvaa CCleaner SD Maidilla. Tehokkaampi / monipuolisempi eikä yritä tappaa sovelluksia.
Try downloading SD Maid, going to the App Cleaner tab, and scanning. It will tell you how large the cache is for each of your apps. You can then clear each app's cache individually or all at once.
Also really recommend SD Maid to anyone else, even if you're not having the same problem. It's one of the only "cleaner" apps that actually works and isn't full of malware/spyware.
Try the free version of SD Maid from the Google Play.
I loved it so much that I bought the pro version.
The only time that my phone slows down and gets hot is when I'm using my DJI app. Other than that it gets warm when I use a screen for a long time for example viewing YouTube videos. But it doesn't slow down.
Cleaner apps are good and worth using, the only thing that you shouldn't do though is "clearing" RAM.
Now I agree that a lot of cleaning apps, even if they work, just seem kinda sketchy for whatever reason.
A really good cleaning app that also looks trustworthy is SD Maid.
Then, SDMaid isn't well known by this feature but has ability to remove (uninstall) files as you wish. The main purporse of this application is system cleaning. Besides there is an app which called System App Remover . Suit your needs.
Maybe i'll try using titanium to uninstall instead of the uninstall option under settings. you could try using SD Maid and see if it finds any corpse files for showbox that might be breaking things for you.
SD-maid should be only cleaner you use for storage-link
Blokada- for adblocking Link
Nova launcher, sesame shortcuts,Terrarium for tv shows and movies,slide for reddit,friendly for facebook(the facebook app for some reason stutters on my g5),flamingo for twitter,IbYTB youtube from xda for youtube without ads and background playback.
Welcome! You can also check pro version of SD maid, if you want to schedule cleaning of temporary files & cache files. (Once in 1-2 week is fine). Files go is is free option from google but SD maid is better.
If you are using UC browser, you should also stop using it.
You are most probably talking about SD Maid. A highly regarded and versatile cleaner app that is able to clean even deeper with root access.
Are you talking about an actual external SD card, or the internal storage of the phone?
The operating system probably takes up around 4 of those 8 GB.
You can use one of the antivirus apps to scan your phone if you want. Also, if you're going to use a "cleaner" app then use sd maid. That is the one app that I can trust.
Found a blog post answering 1 and 3 (turns out it's android's way of making sure users don't mess around with applications moved to the SD card).
As for 2, I still don't know why the files of removed applications stuck around, but it turns out SD Maid has an option (disabled by default) to remove those in the CorpseFinder section.
Well for one you can remove uninstallable apps that you don't use which will free up resources. It can also help moving user apps into the system partition to free up user space. It also allows you to do full app backups (with data!)
Secondly you can fully utilize apps like SDMaid which will automate a lot of maintenance you should do to keep your phone running efficient.
You can consider system level ad blocking using Adaway.
Those are some of the things I use root for.
My battery life sucks after each monthly update (Android System using >20% when it's usually 10-15%).
I fix it by:
running SD Maid
clearing each app's cache, including Play Services (not sure if this step helps; just an old habit from my 8GB Moto X 2014)
My battery goes back to normal 75% of the time.
Clean Master includes a "RAM booster" that force closes apps constantly. This sounds like it might be useful, but it just makes apps need to restart when you open them, which makes the phone feel slower, and doesn't prevent them from waking up again and running in the background either.
Under normal circumstances, you don't need to delete the junk from your phone, because it doesn't usually harm performance until storage is around 80% full. But if you really need to do that, you can use something like SD Maid.
A note to every new android user:
Stay away from all those intrusive ad showing, bloated , excessive permissions asking apps from Developers like CM, Du app studio , UC web, Quihoo 360 & other booster & cleaning apps, battery saving apps , chinese launchers, anti-virus , some lock apps. You don't need antivirus apps on android. If possible install apps only from play store. If you want apk file only install from trusted sites like apkmirror & trusted xda posts. If you are still worried you can scan apk file here. [link]
Use these two apps instead of those apps.
Edit : A new app that works with Nova launcher gestures Fast Finder
& sesame shortcuts.
Don't forget to check-List-2
Blackplayer ( Go for Ex version if you like it)
Pulsar Music player
Gonemad music player
Retro music player
Neutron Music Player (for audiophiles)
Poweramp (Not updated since April 2016)
Mediamonkey Thanks @ u/whatdoinamemyself
2. Gallery Apps
- Simple Gallery
Edit: QuickPic mod (cheetah mobile services removed)
DON'T DOWNLOAD PLAY STORE VERSION OF QUICKPIC , CM BOUGHT IT. USE QUICKPIC MOD APK OR USE OLD VERSION QUICKPIC 4.3 FROM APKMIRROR.
If you want to try some unreleased/Early access apps(They are good btw)
Firefox ( Use it with U-block origin add-on) or Try Firefox Focus.
samsung browser with ad-block (It's on playstore now)
Player FM ( free)
Podcast Go (Ads+ IAP)
Pocket Cast (Paid)
Solid File Explorer
Asus File Explorer
Knots Live wallpaper
KLWP & KWGT
ADM Pro (You can try free version)
Videoder (For downloading youtube videos)
Some Youtube mods
9.Very Basic Audio-video Editing
10. Wallpaper Tools
Get Current Wallpaper
Get colour shades from wallpaper - Palette
To know RGB & HEX value from particular spot from wallpaper - pipette
Feem v4 - Transfer speed is good.It asks less permissions & Don't have bloat features.
If you ever need to use xender,Zapya ,share it , Disable some unnecessary permissions or simply use old versions from apkmirror. But, remember those apps are not good.Don't use them.
Software data cable
12. Players For DLNA/Chromecast
- Bubbleupnp & Localcast
13. Share phone screen to windows PC, Iphone, Android Using browser
- Screen Stream & Airdroid
14. PDF Reader
- Xodo ,
EZ Pdf reader, Moon+ reader pro
MC backup (Just for contacts)
17.Other Useful Apps
Music tag editor - Star tag editor
To backup Apk - Apk Extractor
Control your mobile data/wifi usage - Glasswire
Firewall to block internet access for some apps - No root firewall
Block in app ads- DNS 66
Control over audio output source of your device (stuck in headphone mode)-Soundabout
Force rotation control - Rotation Control
Analyse your storage - Diskusage
Unit Converter - Unit Converter
PDF tools - Fast PDF tools
Wifi tools - Wifi Analyser
Send website url from your phone to computer - Caast.me
Google maps alternative/Offline maps - Here WeGo
When you can't open links in playstore or YouTube app , use - Open Link with , 'Better open with'
Options while opening files with apps - Better open with
To shorten URLs - URL Manager
Cloud storage app (50 GB) - Mega
Compressing & resizing photos - photoczip
Scanners - MD Scanner, Microsoft lens
Search files from Google - (Useful while finding TV shows/movies from google) File Chef
App similar to pushbullet :
I wouldn't recommend using CM Security or any other CM app because of the previous incidents with that dodgy Cheetah Mobile company. Also, you don't need any kind of antivirus on your Android if you are careful with what you install on it.
If you want to keep your device clean I would recommend using
SD Maid which is an awesome app for cleaning your device. It has free and paid version. I've been using it for about half a year now and I'm very happy with the results.
CCleaner which, also, is free (I've been using the PC version for a long time for cleaning junk)
Edit: Spelling errors.
Don't use CM security. The amount of permissions it needs to just clean your phone is ridiculous. This is CM's permission list. Why does it need your device and app history, contact info, your call logs, SMS, and a ton of other things? It's supposed to just clean your phone and do "antivirus." It doesn't need half the permissions it says it does to accomplish that. It's basically a cleaner on top of a giant malware.
Also, a bunch of those reviews are fake, and I've seen them astroturfing like crazy on some subreddit around here.
In comparison, an actually good cleaning app doesn't even touch your identity information, like SD Maid.
EDIT: I'm 90% sure Android does not make backups of your apps. That makes no sense. If they did make backups, what would that backup even be for? You can't even restore apps locally unless you have root and Titanium Backup.
I bet what you're deleting is mainly cache files that help speed up app usage, which is OK to do occasionally (10gb sounds like a crap ton of old cached files). However, those cache files will be reformed eventually.
Seriously, CM Security and those other Cheetah Mobile apps pull these shenanigans with these nice buzz words to make you feel good about using their apps.
Try these apps. ( Doesn't require root access except for some greenify features)
A note to every new user: Stay away from all those intrusive ad showing, bloated , excessive permissions asking apps from Developers like CM, Du app studio , UC web, Quihoo 360 & other booster & cleaning apps.
Use these two apps instead of those apps.
Edit : A new app that works with Nova launcher gestures Fast Finder
2. Gallery Apps
Firefox ( Use it with U-block origin)
9.Basic Audio-video Editing
Feem v4 - Transfer speed is good. UI is not as good as some other apps , but it asks less permissions & Don't have bloat features.
Send anywhere - Good app , has some ads in new version
If you use this app , Don't forget to disable some unnecessary permissions like location , camera & contacts or simply use old version from apk mirror - Xender
12. Players For DLNA/Chromecast
13. Share phone screen to windows PC, Iphone, Android Using browser
14. PDF Reader
EZ Pdf reader
16.Other Useful Apps
Control over audio output source of your device ( In redmi note 3 when device is permanently stuck in headphone mode)Soundabout
When you can't open links in playstore or YouTube app , use - Open Link with
Cloud storage app with plenty of stotage - Mega
Scanners - MD Scanner
I hope this will help you. Some apps may have become bloated. If that's the case, simply use older apk from apk mirror.
Amen to SD Maid, one of the only system cleaning tools that is worth having installed.
SDMaid. I've had it installed on everything I own, for years. I recommend the Pro version.
DNS666 with StevenBlack's host list to block ADS without ROOT
NEWPIPE to improve Youtube Experience ( pop-up , download, background audio, no ads)
SD Maid to remove junk files
SD Maid has options to clean out junk, leftovers and temp files.
The free version is just fine!
I prefer SD Maid: [link]
Your phone is sluggish because you are using crap apps that doesn't work. Those apps are just making money from ads and probably collecting your info by asking unnecessary permission. Here is my answer in detail so that you can understand which apps you should not install.
YOU DON'T NEED ANTI VIRUS, BOOSTER, PHONE COOLER APP. THOSE APPS ARE USELESS. CHINESE DEVELOPERS LIKE QUIHOO 360, CHEETAH MOBILE DOESN'T RESPECT YOUR PRIVACY. DO NOT USE ANY APPS FROM THOSE DEVELOPERS. (Including developers like hi security lab)
CPU Cooler & Phone booster- There are no apps for that. Don't get fooled by those high rating apps. They just don't work. They earn money by showing you ads & probably collecting your personal information, how you use your phone etc.
Security/antivirus/anti-malware app- You don't need it if you are installing apps only from play store. Don't use crack apps/games. If you need a paid app, just buy it. Don't use those cracked APKs. Those APKs are not trustable and it can potentially leak your data. In case you need to scan apk file, you can go to virustotal website or [link]
However, I recommend you to install apps only from play store. And check app permissions before installing every app. Apps that ask unnecessary permissions are not privacy friendly.
Note: Stay away from any apps from developers like cheetah mobile (CM), DU apps (baidu), Quihoo 360 (360 security), UC web. , Tencent, Apus app studio, Hi apps, Hola vpn & other Chinese apps including cleaning, phone booster, cpu cooler, battery booster, anti virus apps. They don't work.
What app do you need?
For deleting junk files - Use SD Maid. You can also buy pro version for all features. This app works and it doesn't show you ads or ask unnecessary permissions.
> My. Phone is always lighting fast after a reboot but I feel like it does get a little sluggish a day or two after.
You might be using these crap apps that runs in background and eat RAM or CPU Power. Just uninstall apps that you don't need. Especially apps that shows intrusive ads.
If you are using micro sd card which has slow speed. Then it can be a reason for sluggish performance. Use atleast class-10 micro sd card for good performance.
Last option is factory reset your phone. (Backup data before doing it. Because It wipes all data and makes your phone just like you got it on day 1.) And after that only Install apps that you need.
In case if you need help to figure out which app you should not use, You can go to settings > Apps or Installed apps. Share screenshot of that entire list. I will help and try to guide you. (Note 8 has that long screenshot function. You can use that to cover entire list in 1 screenshot.)
It's either Clean Master or ES File Explorer. Both used to be good apps before they became junk spamware.
SD Maid and CCleaner are good alternatives to Clean Master. Solid Explorer and FX File Explorer are good alternatives to ES.
Personally I prefer Solid Explorer. While it doesn't have the same mass of features ES does, it's not as bloated, and a lot of the same functionality is easily found in other apps.
SD Maid - System Cleaning Tool
I've used this one for years (the paid version). It's rock solid and well recommended.
It's the best option by far.
SD Maid is the best.
YOU DON'T NEED ANTI VIRUS, BOOSTER, PHONE COOLER APP. THOSE APPS ARE USELESS. CHINESE DEVELOPERS LIKE QUIHOO 360, CHEETAH MOBILE DOESN'T RESPECT YOUR PRIVACY. DO NOT USE ANY APPS FROM THOSE DEVELOPERS.
For deleting junk files - Use SD maid (pro version)
Security/antivirus/anti-malware app- You don't need it if you are installing apps only from play store. Don't use crack apps/games. If you need a paid app, just buy it. Don't trust those cracked APKs. In case you need to scan apk file, you can go to virustotal website or [link]
However, I recommend you to install apps only from play store. And check app permissions before installing app. Apps that ask unnecessary permissions are not privacy friendly.
Battery saver- You can use default available battery saver options on new Android version or battery saver options from your device manufacturer. If you are using old phone, you can try Greenify to save battery & limit background process.
Anti-theft app- You need this one. Use lock on your phone. (Password & fingerprint scanner). Make sure that Find my phone/Android device manager is enabled. (It's automatically enabled on new Android phones, but don't forget to check it for your phone.) For more features you can use apps like Lost Android, Where's my droid, Cerberus etc.
I regularly use SD Maid which I've been pretty happy with. Never had any issues and it seems to get the job done.
I know people here like to hate without even testing, but I'll sum up some points for you:
Do you need it? Probably not. Only if your phone is too old to deal with recent apps/updates.
Is it shady? Like every medium to big company. Note that this company belongs to Nexperian Holding Limited, a chinese company but the marketing, ad tactics and things like that are nowhere near companies like Clean Master. Looks fine and gives you some control. Make sure to go to Settings and turn off Software Improvement.
Does CPU cooling work? Not at all. All it does is close processes that it thinks are consuming too much resources, making the phone hot. Not only they will be launched back, but they will also consume more power relaunching everything back. Stay away from Boost and uncheck Process inside Clean.
Is it trying to trick me? They sure exaggerate some features but overall not that much. They explain every tool and give you warnings when you change things that may break something. There are no extra offers like Clean Master that try to make you think some magic is going to speed up your phone. Also, be sure to disable the notifications as they can get really annoying.
So, if I don't need it, what good can it do for me? Unlike what people here like to preach, the cleaning it does looks very good, especially it's App Leftover and ads/temp cleaner. You probably won't notice speed improvement from this, but it keeps your system tidy, can resolve some problems you may be having and after all recover some free space. Another nice feature is the Boot Speedup that lets you control in a easy interface what apps are launched when the system loads. You can even edit system apps. It can make your system get to ready state faster during boot and avoid updates/notifications/checks/etc from apps you want installed but don't want running all the time. This is all cool but none of this will have a great impact if you have a recent phone that can easily deal with this overhead.
I suggest you to use SD Maid.
SD Maid Pro for cache cleaning and app management
Tasker for automation.
Nova Launcher Prime for a great launcher with lots of customization. There's a free version you can try.
Antistress - Relaxation Toys if you get stressed a lot. Most of it is free which is great, but there's an IAP for a dollar (US) that adds more relaxing anti-stress games.
Even Sdmaid doesnt work?
Stay away from that snake oil.
Use SD Maid
SD Maid is good for that also.
I'm glad you asked this question, because a lot of people mistake the /cache partition with the cache in the Settings. Entire articles/blogs have been written about this where they make the wrong claim that they're one and the same, but they're sorely mistaken. So you're correct in assuming that the cache partition isn't the same as the cached data that is occupying storage space. :)
Let me begin with a bit of background on how storage is utilised in Android. Your 64GB storage isn't completely accessible by you - this storage is divided into several fixed-size partitions, eg, /system, /data, /cache, to name a few (there are several more). The /system partition is where your Android itself lives and it's read-only (ie nothing can write to this space besides OS updater). The /data partition is where your downloaded apps, settings, media etc are stored. Naturally, it's also the largest partition on your device. The /cache partition is a temporary storage space used by Android itself (not apps). Here's a screenshot illustrating the various partitions used on my 64GB device (OnePlus 3).
The reason I mention all this is because clearing your cache, as in wiping the /cache partition will not reclaim any storage space, since the spaces of these partitions are fixed. Also, you can't just store random files in there as the access to the cache partition is locked down to the OS.
Now the cache in your Settings app - that specifically refers to the Application Cache. Every app that's installed on your device has its own corresponding folders on your internal storage (/data partition), and within their folders they have a folder called 'Cache' (/data/user/0/<app name>/cache). This folder contains temporary data for that app. What's stored in here is completely up to the app. Chrome for eg, stores website data, cookies, images etc; YouTube caches videos and thumbnails and so on. The sum of all these individual cache folders is what makes up the value that's displayed on the Storage screen under Settings.
Android doesn't clear this cache automatically, as it's the app's responsibility to do so - because if Android cleared it automatically it could incur additional data charges and unnecessary loading times for the user! Unfortunately apps rarely clean up after themselves, so it's recommend that you clear it at least every couple of months or so. Alternatively, you could just selectively clear cache for individual apps, by going into Settings - Apps - <app name> - Storage - Clear Cache. To get a better idea though of which apps are hogging the most cache, and to make it easier to clear the cache for individual apps, I recommend downloading SD Maid and using its 'App Cleaner' module. As you can see in my screenshot, Chrome is the biggest culprit on my device, eating up over half a gig of storage. This cached data can be safely cleared and is a nice and easy way to free up space, and even speed up Chrome, as this reduces the size of the index and the time Chrome spends to compare the dates of the cached file etc.
One thing to note is that not clearing the cache automatically is stock Android behaviour; OEMs often implement their own cache clearing app, and some of them may even run on an automatic basis.
Now moving on to the /cache partition. This one is a bit of an anomaly, a leftover from the early days of Android. Back in the day, it used to be a place where the Play Store used to temporarily store apps as they were being downloaded. It also used to be the place where OTA system updates were downloaded to. But over time what happened was that both the OTA and Play Store download sizes grew so big that they wouldn't fit on /cache. This lead to several incidents where the Play Store complained that there wasn't enough free space to download the app - but that was misleading since most users thought "but I've got several gigs of free space!" - of course, they were correct, but they didn't realise that the message was referring to the free space on the /cache partition. And OEMs didn't want to increase the size of your /cache, as it meant reallocating some of the space from your general storage (/data), which would be a waste of space. So as a result, both of these temp downloads now live somewhere on your internal storage (/data/local/ or /data/cache/).
Nowadays, /cache is hardly used - it's mostly just a couple of log files in there (mostly recovery logs), but it could be also used for other system caches depending on the OEM. Fun fact - the Google Pixel doesn't even have a cache partition anymore, and we may potentially see other future Android devices following suite.
But wait, there's more! Android has yet another cache and that's the Dalvik Cache. The location of this cache is /data/dalvik-cache/, and it's where optimised versions of your apps are stored. App optimisation is a very technical process, so I'll try to keep the explanation simple. As you may know, Android apps are written in Java, and Java is known to be slow compared to traditional languages like C/C++. To speed things up, Android converts (compiles) these apps into a native language which the CPU can understand directly (machine code). So when you open an app, instead of running it directly off the apk (located in /data/app), Android will run the compiled version of the app. Compilation of apps generally take place after you install them, or if your Android is updated, but from Nougat onwards this takes place when your phone is idle, resulting in much faster app installs, updates and OS upgrades. If you'd like to read more about this, check out this excellent article written by Ron Amadeo.
The dalvik-cache for an app is automatically cleared when you uninstall that app.
Finally, we come to cached memory. As you already mentioned, Android clears this when your phone is rebooted - but actually it's not Android doing it, it's the lack of voltage to the RAM modules which clears it. RAM is a type of memory known as volatile memory - basically it needs constant power to keep the data intact. Once power is cutoff, this data is lost. On that note, with regards to your pet peeve, referring to storage as "memory" isn't technically wrong, as storage is a type memory, known as non-volatile memory. I agree though it can confuse end users as they tend to use the term interchangeably without knowing the difference between RAM and storage.
Coming back to cached memory, you don't need to reboot every time to clear it - Android does this automatically as part of its Garbage Collection routine. In terms of managing cached memory, you should just let Android do it's thing - never, ever, use one of those so called "RAM booster" or "Task Cleaner" type apps to do this - cached memory is a good thing, because its just utilising free RAM that's otherwise going to waste. If an app needs more RAM, then Android will automatically free up the oldest/unused cache, and if that's still not enough, it'll kill the oldest/unused app which you've got open. If you manually clear the RAM or close apps, then Android will need to load them all over again then next time that data or app is required, thus wasting your battery. This is also why I recommend users not to needlessly swipe away their apps from the Recents screen - only swipe away apps that you know you won't be using again anytime soon, or if you need to deliberately reload that app for some reason.
On that note, it doesn't hurt to reboot your device every now and then, and it can even be a good thing - because let's face it, Android's Garbage Collector isn't perfect, and developers who make apps are human after all, so junk and bugs do tend to accumulate the longer a device is left running. So if you feel your device is running a bit sluggish or your apps are freezing or behaving unexpectedly, a reboot can do wonders - just don't use any of those RAM cleaning type apps.
Hope this clears things up and if you've got any further questions I'm happy to answer them. :)
Edit: Minor text fixes; added a screenshot illustrating various partitions.
Use SD Maid to delete all the screenshots.
CM is super shady. Search this sub if you'd like more on why, but in short: avoid all CM products just to be safe.
I can't speak for CPU temp monitoring apps, but for cleaning and junk removal, SD Maid is the consensus choice around here. "Battery optimization" apps and phone optimizer suites are mostly placebos or worse, so tread carefully there. Most of them are unnecessary anyway - Android now does much of the "phone optimizing" that can be done on its own in the background. Additional battery optimization (reducing drain) is best done by getting an app like GSam Battery Monitor, identifying the main battery hogs on your phone, then uninstalling if possible, or using Doze to rein them in while your phone is idle, or (if you have root) the app Greenify to prevent them from running in the background entirely.
SD Maid isn't open source but has good reputation over here.
SD Maid is a great tool for cleaning up memory.
Try this one. [link]
Is there something this app does that SD Maid doesn't?
Link me: SD Maid
Edit: I need to stop being so lazy [link]
The SD Maid app have the ability to find and delete empty folders.
I'll go first :
Lastly, have fun exploring your new phone.
Edit. Numbering was off.
Use SD Maid to clean them. It runs automatically based on time schedule keeping your storage clean.
I suppose the best all-round app for boosting performance(cleaning up stray files / folders, databases etc) would be SD Maid
Delete those zip files and maybe try SD Maid.
Close bot, but that's the pro key, this is the actual app
And it wouldn't hurt to run SDMaid
I believe all of that Clean master / Cheetah Mobile is shady. A great majority of /r/android too believes so. Moreover, to quote from Wikipedia,
>Despite popularity of its Clean Master Android App, it was reported that ads promoting Clean Master manipulate Android users with deceptive tactics when browsing websites within the app's advertising framework. In April 2014, Ferenc László Nagy from Sophos Labs has captured some pop-up ads that lead to Clean Master, warning the device has been infected with a virus.
>In July 2014 CM encouraged users to uninstall Google Chrome and replace it with CMCM's own browser during Clean Master's "clean-up" and "optimization" process.
Why exactly do you use that? You say "It's sort of like a shitty Greenify." Why don't you use Greenify all the way? If you need some cleaner app , use SD Maid instead.
Valeu pela dica, vou dar uma checada nele.
Eu atualmente não tô usando nenhum.
Try running SD Maid. It's absolutely great for situations like this, clears up about a gig each time I do it.
Sd Maid o Ccleaner
Try to clean app cache with SD Maid. It's a really nice and useful app for rooted users.
I use Greenify. I like it. That said, there are ways to block wakelocks and autostarts through SD Maid and other apps – kernel managers, I believe – or similar methods that will yield similar results. All of which can be debated as to their efficacy. I've wanted to explore Naptime, but frankly, Greenify works for me along with throttling my processors until needed via EX Kernel Manager, so everything's kind of on the backburner till my performance drastically degrades or some privacy issue related to Greenify comes to light.
I'm having this happen frequently. I just run SD Maid's AppCleaner and then I'm good to go.
there is free version:
SD Maid. [link]
Are you able to download SD Maid and remove apps that way? I heard Clean Master is terrible
I reccomend SD Maid for cleaning up unused thumbnails on your device.
Mmmm :/ ... Thats odd, that didnt happen to me. Tuff luck maybe you can try wiping again (factory settings, clear dalvik / cache / data / system) and give another go. Lots users here also recommend couco92 ROMS, tough I havent tried those one, pretty happy with the NEXUS ROM and Dr. Root is already working on V.3 (maybe you can PM him for more support).
As for bloatware, theres plenty of apps to get rid of unwanted apps, I pesonally use SD Maid just go to settings / AppControl and check the "include system-apps" and now on app control you can delete system apps, just be really careful that you get the right ones. Heres a good Tut to go about it
For a lighter app just for data cleaning, get SD Maid. I like it a lot better than CCleaner.
I use SD Maid, it helps you find what the biggest files are and lets you find out what to do with them
Hi! SD-Maid is a great app. :) [link]
Well yeah with cleaning apps you can clean cache and temp data that you don't need, often freeing several gigs of storage and making your phone leaner. That's certainly worth doing I would say (the best cleaning app is SD Maid, though it isn't completely free. Clean Master is actually quite good at cleaning, though many people don't trust that app. CCleaner is also good and is more trustworthy since the original PC program proved itself).
There's another type of cache though that can be cleaned in custom recoveries. If you root you can install XZDualRecovery, then boot to one of the recoveries and choose to wipe the cache partition/dalvik cache (it doesn't delete any data).
I use SD Maid frequently.
Use this app. This has no malware and no virus scanning bullshit. Basically a no nonsense app for cleaning storage. Buy paid version if you like it.
Clean Master is a very stupid app. Yes, it's malicious, yes it's unnecessary, but by stupid what I mean is, it doesn't actually identify junk but rather things leftover. Not all files leftover are junk, & in fact may be things you want to keep, like, for example, multimedia files you intentionally downloaded using a previously installed app.
Say you install a Reddit app & use it to download some pictures & gifs. Unless the app includes a setting to set a custom destination for downloads, those files get saved in a folder or sub folder created by the app. Then, let's say, after a while you decide you don't want the app anymore, so you uninstall it. Shortly afterwards, Clean Master displays a pop-up with a list of "junk" folders/files leftover by the app & a prompt to delete them. Sure there may be some log files or other crap included in that list that are better off removed, but so are all your pictures & gifs because, like I said, Clean Master is stupid.
Are these the kind of junk files has Clean Master been removing from your device? Because if so, the app you really want is SD Maid as suggested by someone else here. Otherwise, the best alternative is to use an app like DiskUsage or Search Duplicate File to sift through your folders & files manually.
Edit: someone care to tell me what exactly it is they disagree with about what I said?