Android isn't as controlled and regulated as its iOS competitor. No matter what version of the OS you're running, Android remains a tinkerer's dream. It allows users to tweak and optimize the system's performance from A to Z. Whether it's cache cleaners, junk file hunters, CPU overclocking tools, app disablers or task automation tools, here are 10 Android apps that you can use to get more out of your system.
If your phone comes with a bloated interface, it's time to go with something clean and simple. Right now Action Launcher 3 is among the best, offering an experience close to stock Android with a lot of customization choices. You can even dial back the animations and rely on the ability to quickly scan your apps with the slide-out drawer to avoid using up too much RAM by slapping widgets all over the home screen.
Cheetah Mobile's Clean Master comes with a Junk Files tool for cleaning your phone's app and system cache as well as temp files. It also sports a memory-saving Phone Boost tool, an app manager and antivirus feature. While you can probably skip the task-killer-like features of Phone Boost, the Junk File tool is great at cleaning out widowed and temporary files, as well as cleaning out your system cache to free up phone storage. The app manager allows users to backup APKs, move apps to the SD card and uninstall apps.
This tool will tell you about CPU usage, RAM and monitor other system services on your smartphone. Simple System Monitor also puts a file browser into the package. Some of the capabilities have been scaled back, given new tools in Android Nougat. Still, it's one of the most streamlined apps to you this type of vital information.
Another comparable all-in-one Android optimization tool is DU Speed Booster, which comes with a Trash Cleaner for app cache and junk file cleaning, a one-touch accelerator, app manager, antivirus tool, privacy advisor and built-in Internet speed test. Again, the benefits of task-killing with accelerators are dubious, but DU Speed Booster's junk file / cache cleaner is a great way to free up internal storage space. And the app manager and other tools are also solid extras.
Where Clean Master offers a multi-purpose system cleaner and maintenance toolkit, CM Speed Booster features a leaner feature set in a lighter package. Speed Booster is designed more for quick use, with a configurable phone booster that kills background tasks to free up memory, as well as a junk file cleaning tool to clear out the system cache, obsolete APKs and duplicate photos. Unlike Clean Master, Speed Booster eschews some features like an app manager and antivirus tool to keep the app compact, clocking in at around 2MB.
SD Maid offers a variety of tools to help users free up additional disk space and manage apps. System Cleaner goes through your storage and file system to find files that can be safely deleted, while "Corpse Finder" specializes in searching for widowed files left behind by uninstalled apps. The app also includes an app manager as well as a built-in file manager. The Pro version includes an App Cleaner that clears out app caches, a duplicate file finder and a task scheduler for automating your system cleaning.
Perhaps it's a specific application that you're trying to diagnose. App Tune-Up Kit will evaluate how an app uses the CPU, GPU, power, thermal and network data. It could go a long way toward understanding if one app is the culprit to any system woes or if you need to search deeper.