The app is basically an alternative to the default app-manager of Android, and it provides some unique features that helps you manage and uninstall apps quicker and easier.
If you've found this app useful, please support it by sharing/donating/comment on the play store.
Installation link :
So, here's some information about it:
How many times have you tried to uninstall an app but found it annoyingly hard, whether you've forgot its name or it's hidden in a bunch of many apps you have?
Have you ever wanted to uninstall a built in app, which came from the carrier/manufacturer?
Are you a programmer/tester and need to uninstall/reset your apps frequiently?
If so, this is the app for you.
As I've written ,the purpose of this app is to replace the default app-manager, and ease the uninstallation task as much as possible.
The app is free and supports Android 2.3 and above, but works best from Android 4.0.
The app has ads (banners) but you can easily remove them by donating.
Who is it useful for?
The app is intended for multiple kinds of people:
- For the common user, it's easier to perform searches of apps, easier to uninstall them, and easier to share them.
It's also easier to go to the play store page of the app ,give feedback about it and contact the developers.
- For power users, it's easier to uninstall built in apps (AKA "system apps"), like the bloatware that come with the OS.
- For developers, QA, and beta testers, it's easier to uninstall/reset the recently installed app, by using widgets.
You can also share apps as APK files, and see the version of the apps.
Features and advantages over other apps
- Viewing of app types of apps, and not just those that you can launch (example: plugins, live wallpapers, keyboards,...).
- Widgets, for quick uninstallation/reset of the most recently installed app.
- Quick uninstallation of apps. For rooted devices, the uninstallation (and other operations) can be silent (in the background)
- Easy uninstallation of apps that got admin privilages.
- Ability to automatically add app shortcuts when they get installed, no matter how they got installed.
Also the ability to choose which launcher will create the shortcuts.
- Easy to use - one click to uninstall. Long click for multi-selection
- Context menu options on selected app:
- Share Play store link, Amazon AppStore link, or even APK file (no need for Root)
- Open app on the Play store.
- Kill background process, or stop the app (needs root)
- Quick reset of the app (needs root).
- disable/enable app (needs root).
- Create shortcut.
- Search the app via your search engine or the Internet.
- Sort the apps bysize, name, by package name, by date installed, and by date updated
- Filter apps by:
- System/user apps,
- Enabled/disabled apps
- Installation path : SD card / internal storage
- Ability to uninstall system apps (Root only, and might not work on some cases)
- Ability to replace the default uninstaller .
- Detailed yet short view of the installed apps, including app name, package name, date insalled and version information.
- Safe and automatic deletion of certain folders after uninstallation, that some Android OS versions don't handle for some reason.
- Theme chooser, in case you don't like the cards UI.
- Hopefully more to come, will be written about on the play store
Links for the beta testing group:
The OS says the app runs in the background, or the app has a notification of its own. Why? Doesn't it consume battery?
The app is triggered by app operation events : uninstall, install, clear-data...
Upon each of those, it saves the state for various purposes, in the background. For example the removed-apps list, and the widget. Those have to be handled right away, so it must be done even if you don't see the app.
In the rest of the time, it does absolutely nothing.
This is why the app is so efficient in battery usage, that you won't see it in the list of battery-consuming apps. Meaning it doesn't even reach the 1% battery usage. I am sure it doesn't even reach 0.001% .
You can hide the notification, but sadly on some Android versions (8.0, but not 8.1 and above) you might see a different notification, that the app might use the battery. You can safely ignore it. I guarantee there is no noticeable difference in battery consumption.
In fact, due to the optimizations I've added for Android 8.0 and above, and because the app's process doesn't get killed so often, it might even be better in battery usage. The reason is that the app always had to listen to app-events, and before Android 8.0, the app got triggered by them, meaning its process started each time if it was killed before. Less CPU, more battery.
I don't have a rooted device, but I still want to disable/uninstall a system app. Is it possible?
It's possible... to try, using a PC connected to your device.
I've made a tutorial for this here (old one here ).
If the OS would allow, you could uninstall or at least disable system apps this way.
I think I got some nasty app, which shows ads randomly or takes control of the smartphone in some way (or any other bad behavior that I don't like). Can this app help me find it and neutralize it?
Even though it wasn't originally intended for such a task, I've noticed it helped many people with it. There are multiple reviews telling that it helped them removing such "virus" apps. I've even done it myself on both my device and for my family-relatives.
So the answer is that it might help you. Here's what you can do to try to handle it:
Sometimes when I choose to share apps, it won't let me, saying it's split-apk files. How come?
As I've read, split apk files are not meant to be installed just like normal APK files. They are used as you use the app, getting installed by the Play Store, to use only the minimal things you will use on your device, with your Android version, with your CPU architecture, with your locales, with your screen density, and so on...
If I choose to let users to share those, it would be useless as it's impossible to install them like normal APK files.
Not only that, but if you install such files on other configurations, they might not work properly.
As far as I know, backup&restore of such apps is not even working on popular backup apps such as Titanium backup.
That being said, I still wanted to know if it's possible, at least for rooted devices. Sadly I still couldn't find a working way to do it.
So currently, if you still insist on doing it (and understand that it might not work for you in some cases), you can copy the split APK files (from "/data/app/"), somewhere into the PC, and then use adb command as such:
adb install-multiple apk1 apk2 ...
In the past versions, the app didn't need to run in the background, and didn't need to have usage-stats permission at all. What happened?
In one word: Google . Google has changed the rules:
- For running in the background , the reason is that a lot of types of global events (called "Intents") need to be handled only with an app that has a sticky notification (called "foreground service"). Before Android 8.0, it was possible without this requirement. The app would have been awakened for each such event, handle it and go to sleep, while the OS can kill it if needed. Now it's not possible (read here). Adding to this, is that Google forces all new apps and updated to existing ones to do it for Android 8.0 and above, by the end of the year (read here). This means you should expect more apps to show their notifications, or they will present a weaker functionality.
The good news is that this actually helps with battery usage on Android 8.0 and above. Instead of re-creating the process of App-Manager for each event, the process is already alive, so less CPU will be used. And, since it's already alive, handling it will take less time. So, less CPU and less time, meaning more battery for you. You can also hide the notification if it bothers you.
- For usage-stats permission, before Android 8.0 I could get the exact app-size without any permission. And, before Android 5.0, I could get the recently launched apps with a permission that doesn't require requesting in runtime. Because of the recent changes, this is not possible anymore without usage-stats permission. And, since getting app-size and sorting apps by recently launched - are quite basic features, I decided to request it all in the beginning together with the storage permission that was always a requirement.
Getting the app-size was tricky before Android 8.0, and so I added a fallback in case it's not working for some users, or working too slow for them. It wasn't perfect, but it was all I could do.
The good news about this, is that it's much more efficient than what I did before. Getting app size is super fast, and it will always work because there is now an official way to do it. In fact it's so quick that I've removed the fallback for Android 8.0 and above.
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