New Google Play Uninstall Manager Helps You Free Up Space

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Are you the kind of person who fills your smartphone's storage with apps? We're not just talking about a handful of apps. A study from the Pew Research Center last November found that a majority of people install anywhere from one to twenty apps on their devices. And around half of all app downloaders said they used fewer than five different apps per week.)

In other words, odds are good that you have some apps on your device that you probably never use. You might have downloaded them, used them once, and forgotten about them when the next great app came along. No matter the reason, it's always good to do a little smartphone cleaning every now and then. Now, Google has a new way to help Android users go after some of these little-used apps.

Well, sort-of help.

According to reports, you'll now get a little notification on your device whenever it's getting full and you're trying to install an app that otherwise doesn't fit. The Google Play store will give you a few ideas of apps that you could uninstall in order to free up some space, and you'll even be able to compare their size against the size of the new app you're trying to install.

However, we don't know what, exactly, Google is using to create this list of apps you could potentially remove. It's unclear whether this is based on the time that has elapsed since you last used the app, the sheer size of an app, or whether it's just a random suggestion from Google that could highlight any previous apps you've installed. It is a little peculiar that the screenshot Android Police points to lists these apps in decreasing size order, but we would hope that Google is being smart about its suggestions.

Google's tool also doesn't indicate any other ways you could save even more storage on your device—unsurprising, since you'll be in Google Play when you see it, but slightly surprising given the company's interest in helping you push your space-eating media to the cloud (specifically, Google Photos). You would think Google could also use this as a prime opportunity to push a paid-for streaming service like Google Play Music as an alternative to keeping big audio files on one's device. Just a thought.

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