Google owns a multitude of products and services. So when it decides to push a tiny update to one of those, most users don’t even notice the change. Because of that, a ton of new Google features usually end up flying under the radar making little to no difference in users’ experience.
One of such additions Google recently rolled out is a new storage management screen inside the Play Store which brought along with it the easiest way to get rid of multiple apps at once. Here’s how to use it.
The new dashboard has been tucked away under one of the tabs available in the My Apps and Games section on the Play Store. The option for that section itself can be found on the left navigation drawer. There, swipe right to reach the Installed page and at the top, you will have a bar which tells you how much storage you’ve left on your phone. As you can guess, the majority of users wouldn’t have discovered it ever.
Tapping the storage indicator will take you to a list of all the apps installed on your phone which Google automatically sorts based on how often you launch them and how many bytes they consume. Here, you can select all the apps you’d like to uninstall and as soon as you hit the Free Up button present at the bottom, they will be gone in just a second or two irrespective of the size. There are no pop-ups or confirmations, so be careful. Apart from that, you have the ability to switch the order and view the list as per a couple of specific factors such as alphabetical, data usage, and size.
To access this feature, you will need to be on the latest Play Store and Play Services version. However, more often than not, these rollouts happen on the server side. Therefore, if you still haven’t received it, try clearing the cache or well, waiting for a few days.
Similar functionality was previously restricted to a third-party app called UnApp. Although its process is much slower and doesn’t offer Google’s smart sorting method. While for now, the Free Up Space option lives deep inside the Play Store, we hope Google brings it natively to the settings in future updates.