There are so many Android apps that consume a whole lot of storage space of your phone. To make it even worse some apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, etc., normally cover cache in MBs. Also, such apps can’t be moved to SD Card to free up space (unless you root your phone or try other tricks). As a result, it reduces the minimum amount of space required to run your Android Smartphone smoothly. Mostly, people deal with it by moving data and/or uninstalling rarely used apps but that doesn’t help always. Why? Because the app folders and other residual files are still left on the phone which makes phone cloggy.
Therefore, I am covering these 5 best apps to clean Junk files on Android, delete cache files, residual files, completely uninstall apps from the phone, etc. This will ultimately free up a lot of storage space on your Android Smartphone. These apps also notify you about any residual junk when you delete an app, move apps installed on your phone to SD card (if possible to move), etc. Additionally, these junk cleaner Android apps also come with memory booster, CPU cooler, junk reminder, and other similar functions to keep your phone run smoothly.
The apps that I have covered in this list to clean junk items, cache, boost Android phone etc are: AMC Security, Clean Master Lite, All-In-One Toolbox, AppMgr III, and Speed Booster. Let’s get started:
AMC Security (By IObit Mobile Security):
AMC Security app can do a deep scan and delete junk and cache files from your Android phone. Well, it’s just one of the eye-catching features of this app. It includes many other features like boost phone speed by killing apps in the background, block calls and SMS from specific contacts, batch uninstall apps, delete obsolete APKs residing in phone memory, web security etc.
A tap on the big rounded SCAN button on its main screen will perform a quick scan. A Deep Scan option is also present to find big files, thumbnail files, empty folders, downloaded files, etc. The scanning process just takes a few seconds to identify the amount of cache junk, obsolete APK files, leftovers from uninstalled apps, etc. Do note that during the scanning process it also takes account background apps consuming phone memory in RAM. So, if you want to calculate the gained storage space by removing junk then you need to subtract or deselect the “Running Apps” memory space from the actual amount of data to clean.
AMC Security Android app also takes cares of your privacy. For that, it comes bundled with Privacy Locker and Privacy Advisor features. Privacy locker allows you to hide files, videos, photos, contacts & SMS, and apps from prying eyes. On the other hand, Privacy Advisor will tell you about permissions used by different apps installed on your phone and uninstall any suspicious app right away.
Not just these features, you will also get a battery saver module with different modes. It helps to check and make your phone last longer. On top of all, it also provides antivirus and theft protection to your device as well. All it is available free of cost. During the first scan, it helped me to recover 2 GB of storage space, which is awesome.
The pro version of the app offers more advanced options like Payment Guard to make transactions different apps more secure and Anti-Phishing protection. The reason I will recommend AMC security is that it itself is very lightweight and offers tons of other options. It is quite handy to keep phone safe, secure, and most importantly recover storage space by cleaning junk items.
Price: Free (includes in-app paid products).
Clean Master Lite (By Cheetah Mobile):
Just like AMC Security, Clean Master Lite (or CM Lite) is very popular and designed to delete junk files, residual files, obsolete APKs, cache files, etc., to reclaim storage space. A simple tap on the SCAN button will start the deep scan of your phone which then shows the amount of cache and junk storage by different apps. You can either select apps to clean their cache or delete all junk files at once. When I performed the deep scan of my phone it helped me to recover 800 MB of storage space. Please note the scan was performed after testing many other apps. It performs two tasks together in its deep scan i.e. identifying junk in the phone storage and removable apps in the RAM to boost phone performance.
It also has a Phone Booster option to remove background apps to free up phone memory. That is indeed helpful to run the phone without any glitches. It also comes with an antivirus (scan apps), phone boost, and battery saving options. Additionally, there’s a unique feature that promises to boost WhatsApp performance. Basically, it analyzes WhatsApp media and you can select junk media files to delete.
Well, that’s all about CM Lite. It simply focuses on removing waste files and boost phone memory. It doesn’t come with features like privacy locker, advisor, call and SMS blocker, etc (which are provided by AMC Security). This is the main reason that I prefer AMC security over Clean Master Lite. If CM Lite fits as per your expectations, then do check it out. It is completely free to use and also doesn’t show any annoying ads.
Price: Free and without any ads.
All-in-One Toolbox (By AIO Software Technology):
All-in-One Toolbox is not just limited to remove all junk files from Android but can be used for so many other things. It can help to make CPU cooler, batch install and uninstall apps, improve boot speed of phone by customizing startup apps, etc. It also comes with system app uninstall option but I’m not sure how effective this feature is.
Well, my main motive was to see how much storage space I can recover with it. So I performed the scan and it helped me to gain around 700 MB. Again, the test was performed after using other junk file cleaner apps. So, the amount of gained storage space was a bit low. It is actually effective to delete all the app leftovers, empty folders, system cache files, and other junk data. Of course, it also has a phone boost feature to speed up performance by getting rid of all the apps running in the background.
For me, the most prominent feature was ‘Easy Swipe‘ which allowed me to access all the features of the app with just a swipe from the bottom corner of my phone.
AppMgr III (App 2 SD) (By Sam Lu):
AppMgr III is one of the best junk file cleaner apps for Android in this list. I have been using it since my childhood days. This app is pretty simple and provides the most basic options to manage apps on your Android. Be it moving an app from internal storage to SD card, batch uninstall apps, and the one we are more interested in i.e. delete cache files of apps to get back more space.
What I like the most is the app interface which displays all the installed apps and shows their total package size. You can take reference from the screenshot added above. To make it more easy for the users, it indicates which apps can be moved to the SD card. That will surely help free up some space in the phone storage and you can fit in more apps within that gap. The first step, I will recommend you to try moving apps from the internal storage to external storage and then clean app cache using it.
Tap on the Cache Cleaner button right next to the ‘3 dots’ menu to scan for cache files. After that, it shows a pop-up displaying the size of cache files that can be deleted from the system. All you have to do is tap on OK to delete cache files. It wipes out all cache files of installed apps and recovers some considerable amount of storage space.
Additionally, you can also hide and freeze apps (a feature that is available in my most favorite ‘Arrow Launcher’ app). It is a pretty straightforward app and doesn’t come bundled with additional options like phone boost, anti-virus, etc. Still, I must say it delivers what it is supposed to do and provides the most informative interface. So, do check it out before making a final decision 🙂
Speed Booster (By Cheetah Mobile):
Speed Booster is another handy app to make Android phone free from junk files and recover storage space by deleting the garbage files. Like other cache cleaning apps, it also comes with a Phone Boost option and removes all apps running in the background during the cleaning process. So, the app serves the 2 basic tasks i.e. boost up phone performance by removing running apps and delete junk files.
These tasks can be easily performed right from the home screen of this app. Tap BOOST button to find and remove all apps running in the background, clean system cache, obsolete APKs, residual files, and other sorts of junk data to gain more storage space. When I tested this app, I was able to recover more than 1 GB of storage which is simply great.
Additionally, the app can also remind you to clean junk files and you can also set a frequency to delete junk data. It can also notify you when memory is used over 90% and CPU problems (if any). You can also choose to kill tasks or apps when your phone is locked which reduces the overall power consumption.
That’s all, folks. These apps will definitely help you clean junk files on Android with ease and get back storage space more than expected. You should keep your phone free from junk files and residual files time to time. And for that purpose, these junk cleaner Android apps are good. All the apps are equally capable of solving your storage related problems and boost phone performance. Check them out and share your thoughts using Comments section.