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Google introduces auto-archiving for Android, freeing up storage space without uninstalling

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Google introduces auto-archiving for Android, freeing up storage space without uninstalling

when the phone storage space is insufficient, we usually choose to uninstall some applications to free up space. But uninstalling apps means losing app icons and personal data, and maybe one day you’ll want to use them again. Now, Google has introduced a new feature for Android that lets you keep apps and save space at the same time.

This new feature is auto-archiving. How it works is that when you rarely use an app, it automatically removes parts of the app from the device while keeping the app icon and user data. This way, an app’s storage space can be reduced by almost 60%. If you want to use the app again, just click on the icon and download it again (provided the app is still available in the Google Store).


The icon of the archived app will have a cloud download symbol

To use this feature, you need to actively choose to turn it on. The specific steps are as follows:

  • When you want to install a new application, if the device storage space is insufficient, a window will pop up asking you if you want to enable automatic archiving.
  • If you choose to enable it, then some of the less-used apps on your device will be automatically archived, thus freeing up enough space for the new app.

Only infrequently used apps will be archived. For developers, if they want their apps to support the auto-archiving feature, they must use the App Bundle format. Google says that apps that support this feature will be less likely to be uninstalled by users.