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How to quickly find and delete unused applications on Android 13

Android 13 logo on a phone on a table with small Android robot in the background.

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Are you using every app installed on your Android device? If not, why keep those unused apps installed?

You may not have thought about it before, but it’s not out of the question that Android app development could stall.

In this case, an app could end up with exploitable vulnerabilities. If you keep this unused app on your phone, it just stays there, waiting to be exploited.

Or maybe you just want more space on your phone and less clutter.

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In any case, you should really remove these unused apps from your device. However, the prospect of manually removing them all can be a little daunting for some. Luckily, the developers saw fit to add a simple tool for removing unused applications. This feature has made its way into the newer versions and I’m going to show you how to use it on Android 13.

How to quickly find and delete unused applications on Android 13

Ready to make some space and ditch those old apps?

Let’s go.

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All you need is an Android device with an updated operating system and some old apps that you can delete. Let’s see how it works.

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Delete unused apps from Android

First, open the Settings app. You can launch Settings either from the notifications drawer (the gear icon that appears when you swipe the shutter down twice) or from the app drawer.

In the Settings app, tap Apps, then tap Unused Apps on the Apps page.

A portion of the Android 13 apps window in the Settings tool.

Accessing the Unused Apps feature in Android 13.

Image: Jack Wallen

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On the resulting screen, you’ll see a list of all the apps that haven’t been opened in the last three months, including apps that haven’t been used in more than six months. To delete any app, all you have to do is tap on its associated trash can icon.

If prompted, tap OK to remove the app in question. Do this until you have removed all unused apps that you are sure you no longer need.

Two apps listed as unused in Android 13.

Remove unused apps in Android 13.

Image: Jack Wallen

Of course, this can be a bit tricky. For example, I have certain apps on my phone that I rarely use but need to keep installed because I use them occasionally. However, these apps are updated frequently, so I know they won’t fall into vulnerable states. Also, I don’t run the risk of running out of storage space on my phone. If both were the case, even the apps I think I might eventually use would have to go.

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And that’s how easy it is to delete unused apps on Android 13. You should check this feature regularly to keep track of unused apps and remove them. As always, it’s better to be safe than sorry than have your data stolen or your Android device running out of storage space.

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