Stuart has a problem that a lot of us experience with our phones: He writes: “Is it possible to delete some Google apps from my Galaxy 2. I have run Clean master which has not changed the device memory (Total 1.97GB – Available 276MB)It did seem to delete about 2GB of something. I have plenty of USB and SD card storage and have moved as many apps as I can to them using Apps 2 SD. I do not want to root the device.”
Google, the maker of the Android operating system makes several apps like Gmail and Google Drive part of that OS, and you cannot remove them or move them to an SD card.
When you look at these apps in App Manager, there’s no option to uninstall or to move to an SD card. However, you can disable the app, which will prevent the installation of updates. You can also clear out the app data, which should save you some room. You can also clear the data and the cache for those apps you don’t use. I was able to clear up a few GBs by doing this, but it took some time.
In addition to apps installed by Google, you will also find some installed by your phone’s manufacturer. My Galaxy S4 has several Samsung apps.
But wait – there’s more! Your phone service provider will also install their own apps that you can’t remove.
Those apps take up a lot of space! So what can you do? To avoid apps from phone providers, you could purchase an unlocked phone, but you can end up paying several hundred dollars more.
If you want to miss out n those pesky manufacturer’s apps, you could by a Nexus phone. These are manufactured by Google and considered “pure” Android. But since they’re pure Android, they are also pure Google and you’ll still have those pre-installed Google apps.
I’m with you about rooting the phone. I don’t suggest it.