I test a lot of Android apps for PCMag.com, so that means there’s a lot of software installing and uninstalling. Unfortunately, I can only uninstall one app at a time by dragging a file into the trash bin. It’s not an awful experience, but it is somewhat tedious when there are numerous apps to trash in a hurry.
Fortunately, EasyApps Studios’ Uninstaller Master helps in that regard. The free Android app 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 $2.99. The app works well, and offers a hair more functionality than Batch Uninstaller, making it one to have in your Android library.
No More Apps
Uninstall Master’s bland interface belies its usefulness. It removes both downloaded apps 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. Voilà! It’s that simple.
Unfortunately, you cannot kick system apps (such as AT&T Locker) to the curb without first rooting your phone. Average users who don’t want to root their devices may be disappointed that Uninstall Master cannot remove those pre-installed apps, but that isn’t the app’s fault; the inability to remove carrier-installed apps is something you suffer when attempting manual deletions, too. Batch Uninstaller, another 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 five apps, for example, you must confirm all five 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, which is the app’s purpose.
Uninstall Master, unlike Batch Uninstaller, lets you recover uninstalled files. It sends “uninstalled” apps and their icons to a recycling bin from which you can truly delete the apps or recover them.
Uninstall Master also keeps an eye on your Android device’s storage capacity; it displays the number of files on your device and the amount of storage they take up. This may come in handy should your Android phone or tablet run low on space and you want to tidy up a bit. Batch Uninstaller, unfortunately, lacks this at-a-glance information.
The Wrap on This App
Uninstall Master 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 a more visually appealing interface, but even as-is Uninstall Master is a very solid Android utility.
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