save space on your Android Phone by compressing apps
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Save space on your Android phone by compressing apps without uninstalling them. If you are a gamer, or using many apps and always running out of storage space on your phone this can be a lifesaver. It is important you use the limited space available wisely as it can quickly run out.

Many of you would simply delete some photos while you browse through the photo gallery. Additionally deleting some unwanted apps rarely used can be helpful, but it would really nice if you can save storage space if you can compress or archive these apps. 

According to Lidia Gaymond and Vicki Amin, Product Managers at Google Play, Google has introduced a new feature that will enable developers to now compress or archive apps. This will help free up nearly 60% of storage for apps. 

They further explained the compression of the app will only be a temporary measure, as users will not be able to use the apps while they are compressed. 

The archiving feature is the functionality that will allow users to save nearly 60% of app storage space temporarily. This can be achieved without the need to uninstall the apps completely. The archived apps will remain on the device and can be restored to the latest compatibility and also preserve the user data.

They mentioned in the blog, “With the release of the upcoming version of Bundletool 1.10, we are taking the first step toward making archiving available to all developers using App Bundles. For apps built with the Android Gradle Plugin 7.3, we will start generating a new type of APK – archived APKs. Archived APKs are very small APKs that preserve user data until the app is restored. While we will start creating archived APKs now, they won’t be functional until the archiving functionality is launched to consumers later in the year.”

The search engine giant further added,  “Once launched, archiving will deliver great benefits to both users and developers. Instead of uninstalling an app, users would be able to “archive” it – free up space temporarily and be able to re-activate the app quickly and easily. Developers can benefit from fewer uninstalls and substantially lower friction to pick back up with their favorite apps”.

Do tell us what you think about the new feature in the comments section below. 

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