At some point, many of us have had to uninstall apps to free up space on our phones. In recent years, with devices that start at 64GB and 128GB of internal space, this has become less of an issue, but not everyone can get more storage on their phone. With this news, deleting apps on your Android device to free up space may soon become a thing of the past.
Google has announced that it is working on a new feature that will reduce the space taken up by some apps by almost 60 percent. Your personal data will not be affected. This feature is called application archiving and will launch later this year. Instead of completely uninstalling the app, it temporarily removes some parts of it and creates a new type of Android package known as a zipped APK. This package retains your data until you restore the application to its previous state.
“Once launched, archiving will bring great benefits to both users and developers. Instead of deleting the app, users will be able to “archive” it – temporarily free up space and be able to quickly and easily reactivate the app,” the company said in a statement. “Developers can benefit from fewer uninstalls and significantly less friction to get back to their favorite apps.”
Google started giving developers access to archived APKs even before releasing this feature to consumers. If you have a fairly new and high-end device like the Galaxy S22, you probably won’t get much benefit from app archiving, but this feature can be useful for those with low-end devices.
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