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A new Google Play Store feature could save storage on your Android phone

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If you like to download and try out more apps and games on your Android phone than you actually end up using, you might find the handset quickly filling up with icons you never click – but it looks like Google is rolling out a solution.

As spotted by, some Android users have begun receiving notifications from the Google Play Store, informing users that they can clean up storage space by deleting unused apps.

Clicking on the notification brings users to the Play Store, and you can see a list of your apps. The list tells you how big the apps are, and when you last used them, so you can axe all the rubbish games, or apps that you thought would be useful but then never opened.

This function could be useful for people who aren't hugely tech-savvy, and don't understand the various pre-existing options to remove useless apps, like Files by Google, or phone-cleaning apps you can download to help clean some storage.

However, if you're particularly picky about the apps you download, there's a good chance you already visit the storage menu frequently to prune your app selection – or you own a phone with enough storage to handle dead weight.

Tom Bedford

Staff Writer, Phones

Tom's role in the TechRadar team is as a staff writer specializing in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness trackers and more.