Android, the Play Store tells you which apps to delete

Google is testing a feature that sends a notification to the user indicating which unused apps to delete to free up space. How it works

A little bit of all of us have installed at least one app on our smartphone that we then, over time, literally forgot about. Some users have numerous of these apps, others only two or three. But in any case, these unused apps take up unnecessary space on our device's memory.

But in a while, things might change because, apparently, Google is about to introduce a new feature: the Play Store tells you which apps to delete, based on the (non-)use you make of them. This new feature would currently be in beta, but already some users have reported receiving notifications from Google telling them that they can delete unused apps to free up space on the device. Suggestions based on the use of the app: if you haven't used it in a long time, it means you don't need it and you can uninstall it. What's not yet clear, however, is how much time should pass before Google signals that you can delete that app.

How the notification of apps to delete works

To know which apps are unused, you don't even need to enter the Play Store: the notification, in fact, is sent autonomously and invites us to clean up with a very simple message: "Remove unused apps to free space". With a tap on the notification we're directed to the list of apps that we haven't used in a long time and that Google considers useless for us. There's an indication of how much space each app is "occupying".

Suggestions for apps to delete: nothing new

It should also be said, however, that even if this feature were to become standard on Android it wouldn't be anything new. There's already something similar on iOS and, if we want to stay in the Android world, there are dozens of apps on the Play Store to clean up unnecessary files on your smartphone that, among other things, periodically suggest which apps to uninstall to free up space. One of them, then, is from Google and is called Files and with a tap it allows you to uninstall apps that you don't really use. That's why it's safe to assume that Google will be releasing the new unused apps notification feature for all Android devices soon.