We all have apps on our smartphones and we all uninstall them once they’ve served their purposes. There’s nothing weird about that. However, the problem with uninstalling some apps is that they sometimes leave some junk files in your phone, making your device slow and slog. If you didn’t know that before, these junk or “orphaned files” are what’s making you hate your Android phone. Here are three ways to delete these useless files.
Clean it manually
It’s not the most efficient way of deleting unnecessary data, but it’s a handy workaround to installing more apps to clear those files. The one thing you have to remember, though, is that you have to do the manual clearing before you uninstall an app. Here’s how:
- Head over to Settings in your device, and select Apps.
- Select the app you want to delete.
- Select “Clear data.” In some device the same option will be named, “Clear cache.”
- That’s it. Now all the additional data will be cleared automatically, making the uninstall process cleaner.
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- Run the app and you’ll see a bunch of options.
- Find the option named “CorpseFinder” and tap on the circle arrow icon to begin the process. This will then search your device for files leftover from uninstalled apps.
- If the app finds any files, it display a message.
- You can then tap the “CorpseFinder” button to see the files.
- Hold and press the files you want to delete and tap the bin icon to delete them right away.
- To keep certain files, hold and press them and tap the pin icon on the top.
ES File Explorer
More of a organization app, ES File Explorer comes with a Cleaner tool that clears up pesky files for you. To delete junk files to uninstalled apps, tap on the Cleaner tool.
- This will scan your device for junk files.
- Once done, a results page will show up under the “Residual Junk” option.
- Tap on a file to see its details.
- Or you can tap on the checkmarks to select the files you don’t need, and then hit the “Clean Now” option.
No one likes slow devices or unwanted files taking up space in their system. Well, with these tools, you can get rid of the trash and keep only what really matters to you.