You Asked, We Answered: Should I Delete Unused Apps from My Smartphone?

Yes! Unless you’re meticulous about phone maintenance practices, there’s a good chance you’re toting around far more apps than you need. Cleaning up your apps will make your phone easier to navigate, perform better, and also make it more secure. Old apps that no longer get updates or that you haven’t updated in some time can harbor serious security flaws.

When the Google Play app store launched in 2012, there were just over 500,000 apps to choose from. Today, that number has grown to more than 2.5 million. That’s explosive growth—and for most smartphone users, it also means an explosive growth in the number of apps tucked away on your device.

A quick flick through your apps will likely reveal a few forgotten oldies that you haven’t opened in months, or even years. Here’s how to get rid of them.

Android smartphones: For all versions of Android, open the Settings menu on your device, then go to Apps or Application manager (depending on your device). Find the app you want to delete and tap the Uninstall button.

The app will be deleted from your device in a matter of seconds in most cases. Once completed, you’ll be directed back to the Apps menu, where you can repeat the process to delete more apps if you need to.

If you’re running a newer version of Android, you can also delete right from your device home screen. Open the app drawer where all of your apps are located, tap and hold the one you want to get rid of, and drag it to the Uninstall section on the screen. Then, tap OK to remove the app.

For iPhone users: The process for deleting an app from an iPhone is pretty straightforward. Apps can be deleted right from your home screen or whatever folder you have an app placed in. Just touch and hold the app, then tap Delete App from the menu that appears to remove it.

Whichever type of smartphone you have—or method you use—now is a great time to clean up your device and toss those unwanted apps to the digital curb. It’s easy to do, and you’ll enjoy a much better smartphone experience.

28 Thoughts on "You Asked, We Answered: Should I Delete Unused Apps from My Smartphone?"

  1. Lynda A Tassainer says

    The reason I went over on my phone plan for this month is because we had a terrible wind storm here in Salt Lake City and my 70 foot spruce tree blew over on my neighbors house. We were without power or home phone service for over 5 days. This was a very unusual circumstance for me.

    reply to Lynda

    • Hi Lynda, thanks for your post. Those moments definitely happen, and those are what the auto upgrades are for, that way you’re not paying expensive overage fees for those emergency situations. When your cycle starts over again, you can lower your plan right back down to where it was before by going to your online account here or by giving us a call at 800-686-4460.

      reply to Jacob

  2. Louie Lacy says

    iF i CAN’T USE THIS VISA CARD THEN i WON’T PAY THE MONTHLY ACCOUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    reply to Louie

    • Hi Louie, thanks for your post. If you have a valid Visa card you’d like to use for paying towards your account, you’re welcome to use it. To make sure we have the correct information on file, you’re welcome to give us a call at 800-686-4460 or you can also go to your online account here to make sure that it’s correct.

      reply to Jacob

  3. Pamela Eversole says

    Can I make account on my iPhone for consumer cellular account??

    reply to Pamela

  4. Juliet says

    I cannot get into Facebook notifications. I was installing a program I didn’t want and now Facebook doesn’t work. Juliet
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    reply to Juliet

    • Hi Juliet, thanks for your post. We’re not able to troubleshoot the application itself, if you’re not getting your notifications, I would make sure they’re enabled in the settings of the phone itself. Otherwise, what I would recommend would be to uninstall and reinstall the application. If you continue to have trouble, I would recommend reaching out to their customer service to see if there is something going on with the app itself.

      reply to Jacob

  5. Leslie Tuckee says

    What can be transferred to my new phone

    reply to Leslie

    • Great question, Leslie! If you are activating a new phone, you can move information such as contacts, and photos with things such as Gmail accounts, Apple accounts, or memory SD cards, depending on the phone you’re switching from and to. If you have any questions or need some help with this, give us a call at 800-686-4460 or you can also chat with one of our agents here.

      reply to Jacob

  6. Roger l Stone says

    I probably do have more apps than I need

    reply to Roger

  7. Roger l Stone says

    I’m am sure I do

    reply to Roger

  8. Jenny Fairchild says

    I tried to disable Facebook because I don’t use it. There was no uninstall showing for it. It told me if I disabled the app it may cause other apps to stop working correctly. Is this true?

    reply to Jenny

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Jenny, if you disabled the Facebook app, the only other apps that may be affected are ones related to it. This would include apps like Facebook Messenger, or if you have any games on your phone that sync your save file to your Facebook account; those may be affected.

      reply to Nicole

  9. Nola says

    Why does my iPhone heat up all the time with even short use?

    reply to Nola

  10. John lewis says

    I need a new phone and am thinking about a new 11 Pro Max..

    reply to John

  11. Shirley Bahr says

    How do I know if I need an app. For phone to operate properly??

    reply to Shirley

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for commenting, Shirley. If you have an iPhone, the system will not allow you to delete a system-essential app so you won’t need to worry. If you have an Android smartphone, I recommend only deleting apps you’ve installed yourself if you don’t want to accidentally delete an app that is essential.

      reply to Nicole

  12. Carolyn Compton says

    When will IPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max be in stock????

    reply to Carolyn

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Carolyn. Because we don’t have restock dates available for our phones, we recommend checking our website periodically. Once a phone is back in stock, our website will be updated immediately and the phones would be available for purchase.

      reply to Nicole

  13. Jayne C. says

    Since the latest update I’m able to delete apps a lot easier now.

    reply to Jayne

  14. Bill Berryman says

    What are the pluses and minuses for the android vs. smart phone?

    reply to Bill

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Bill, Android phones are smartphones. The word Smartphone is an umbrella term generally referring to any mobile phone that has a touchscreen interface with similar functions to a computer.

      reply to Nicole

  15. Tricia says

    How can I see activity on my other phone?

    reply to Tricia

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Tricia, you can review detailed usage when logged into your account here. If you want to see what apps are in use on the device, you would need to be looking at that specific device.

      reply to Nicole

  16. Gary R LeMann says

    When I get a new iphone, must I have my photos in icloud in order to move them to the new iphone?

    reply to Gary

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Gary, you don’t need to have your photos on your iCloud account to move them over but you will need to backup your iPhone. You can do so by following Apple’s steps here. When you’re setting up your new iPhone, you can restore it from the iCloud backup and everything would be on your new phone.

      reply to Nicole

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