I test a lot of Android apps. Not as many as my colleague Max Eddy, who fronts PCMag.com’s excellent 100 Best Android Apps feature, but I still dabble quite a bit in the space. My test phone, as a result, needs a proper purging every few days. The problem? I can only uninstall one app at a time by dragging a file into the trash bin. It’s not a hideous experience, but it is somewhat tedious when there are lots of apps to uninstall.
That’s changed with Fitshakr’s Batch Uninstaller, an Android app that lets users remove apps from their phones en masse. I tested the free, ad-supported version, but an ad-free version is available in the Google Play store for $1.99. The app works well, but Uninstall Master (a free, app uninstaller) offers a hair more functionality.
Apps, Be Gone!
Batch Uninstaller removes both downloaded aps as well as apps installed from APK files. Removing most apps is as simple as tapping the check box next to the app’s name, and then tapping the trash icon. Boom! It’s that simple. Unfortunately, you cannot ditch system apps (such as AT&T Locker) without first rooting your phone. Average users who don’t want to root their devices may be disappointed that Batch Uninstaller cannot kick those pre-installed apps to the curb, but it isn’t the app’s fault; the inability to remove carrier-installed apps is something you suffer when attempting manual deletions, too. Uninstall Master, another highly rated Android app uninstaller, has the same limitation.
You can select multiple apps for mass deletion, but you must confirm each delete before the deletion process begins. If you want to delete 10 apps, for example, you must confirm all 10 apps for deletion. Some will see it as a safeguard against accidentally deleting apps; I see it as an extra step that I could do without. Still, it’s faster than uninstalling apps the traditional way.
Batch Uninstaller lacks the ability to recover uninstalled files. Uninstall Master sends “uninstalled” apps and their icons to a recycling bin from which you can delete the apps or recover them.
Batch Installer also lacks a running capacity total. Uninstall Master displays the number of files on your device and the amount of storage they take up.
Put the Wrap on Unwanted Apps
Batch Uninstaller won’t magically transform your Android experience, but it does make one area—app deletion—a smoother process. I would’ve liked the inclusion of a “one-click” solution similar to what you see in many tune-up utilities and some of Uninstall Master’s features, but even as-is Batch Uninstaller is a solid Android utility.
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