If you’re anything like us, you’re installing and uninstalling new apps on your Android phone or tablet on a pretty regular basis. But that process can leave you with a surprising amount of leftover data. And on top of that, a lot of the apps that you use often will have automatically cache a lot of information as well. That can eat up the precious storage on your device, leaving you with a lot less than you should have.
That’s where CCleaner comes in. It’s a super-smart app that scans your device’s memory and finds the bits and bobs that you’re not using, or you don’t need. Then all it takes is a few taps to clean everything up. It does a lot more than that as well, including better app management, if you’re willing to put the time in. All you’ll need for this tutorial is the app, which you can grab from the Google Play Store for nothing. When you’ve downloaded it, you’re good to go.
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Start your analysis
When you launch the app you’ll see a blank screen with a few buttons. You want to tap the one that says Analyze. This will start the app scanning your device to see what you can get rid of. Depending how much memory you’ve got, it could take a while.
When it’s done
When the analysis is done, you will be shown a list of all the places where there’s data you can delete. If you want to nix it all, check the boxes then tap Clean, but you might want to look a little deeper into what you’re deleting. Tap one of the categories.
What is it?
You should see another list that breaks down what CCleaner found in that category. If you tapped Cache, then you’ll see which apps have the most cached data. Tap through again to get a better picture of what’s what. There’s a good chance you’ll want to keep some of it.
Clean your own mess
At the bottom of the list on the main page, you’ll see apps marked ‘Manual cleaning’. Tap one of these and you’ll be taken to the app itself so that you can delete some info. The prime example is your SMS app, which is probably full of messages you don’t need.
Empty folders are bad
You’ll often find that you’ve got a lot of empty folders left on your device. Things like camera apps often install their own folder and then leave them there when you delete the app’s data. This is one of those times you can just delete the whole category with impunity.
Bye bye downloads
You’ll be surprised how much stuff ends up in your Downloads folder. Images you’ve grabbed and looked at once; files you’ve downloaded for work and don’t need any more. Go through them and check the box next to the ones you don’t need. When you’re done, tap the Clean button.
Are you sure?
You’ll always be prompted with a pop-up just before the delete is complete. If you’re sure you want to go ahead, tap OK. Once the things you’re deleting are gone, they’re gone for good though, so make sure you’re not getting rid of anything you want before you confirm.
Customise the experience
Last but not least, head to the settings menu in the bar that slides out from the left of the screen when you tap the logo. Tap ‘Customise analyses’ and you can select which categories the app will scan. It’s a good way to make sure you’re not wasting time.