Most popular Android apps. while effectively serve their purpose, are often memory and storage hogs and while a lot of Android smartphones these days have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 or sometimes even 8 GB of RAM with over a 32 GB of internal storage space, some Android users still have phones with a 2 or 3 GB of RAM and internal storage space ranging from 8 to 16 GB.
Such users might experience problems like insufficient storage space or frequent performance drop in their Android phones as Android apps tend to increase in their size as you keep using them and thus affecting the internal storage and the RAM on your device.
So, here is a list of ten useful Android apps that serve different purposes and are also under 10 MB, so users with both low and high-end Android phones don’t have to worry about running out of storage space or performance issues on their device.
Since these apps are so small in size, they do not need a lot of resources to function, which means along with improving the performance of your Android device, these apps would also improve its battery life.
Ten useful Android apps under 10 MB
ColorNote Notepad Notes
Color Note is a simple and a lightweight note-taking app and while it is not even 1 MB in size, the app is still packed with a lot of interesting and useful features which you might expect from a note taking app. The app allows you to create both normal notes and checklists and you can also set a reminder on your notes through the calendar in the app.
There are a lot of other interesting features like password protecting your notes, backing up your notes to SD card or your cloud account, reminder notes on your notification panel and as widgets, ability to share your notes and so on. Color Note has managed to include almost all of the essential features of a note-taking app in an app of a size less than 1 MB.
Play Store Link: ColorNote Notepad Notes
While Android launcher apps are one of the best ways to customize your Android device, they might also have a negative impact on the performance and the battery life of your device as they have to be running on the background at all times. So, it is important to choose the right launcher for your device and it might be a difficult task as there are a lot of popular Android launchers like Nova Launcher and Action Launcher out there.
But if you want to try out something new, then you might want to know about Evie Launcher, which is less than 10 MB and also comes with a lot of personalization options like icon packs, gesture navigations, universal search, quick shortcuts and so on. Evie Launcher is also one of the highest rated Android launchers in the Google Play Store and has a simple clutter-free interface with all the essential features packed right in.
Play Store Link: Evie Launcher
FilePursuit – Discover Everything!
File Pursuit is like Google but it is a search engine exclusively developed for searching and downloading almost any type of file from over millions of files hosted in web servers across the world. The powerful file indexing and searching service of File Pursuit allow you to search for any type of file you want and download it within a few minutes all without leaving the app, instead of doing a Google search for the file you want and visiting multiple websites until you finally find it.
You can also avoid irrelevant search results and websites with spam or malicious content if you are using File Pursuit to download the files you want, instead of using Google Search. The size of the app is only around 6 MB and since all the file links are provided by people across the world, you can trust File Pursuit to provide you with genuine and correct files for download.
Play Store Link: FilePursuit – Discover Everything!
Files By Google
Files by Google is the recent popular file manager app for Android and it was released as a beta product by Google a while ago and now it is available as a stable version for download in the Google Play Store. It is less than 10 MB in size and is one of the most efficient file managing apps out there with a clean and a simple interface based on Google’s Material design.
The app has built options to help you clean out unnecessary junk files and data on your device and also sends you occasional suggestions to free up space on your device. You can also use the app to share large files with speeds of up to 480 Mbps with other Android users who have this app installed on their device. The app also has options to backup your data to cloud directly from the app to Google Drive and other cloud storage apps as well.
Play Store Link: Files By Google
Almost all Android phones these days come pre installed with Gmail, Google’s official Email app and it is indeed one of the best Email apps for Android out there. But if you want to try out a few different options or if you are not a big fan of the Gmail Android app, then K-9 Mail might be a good app to start with.
The app is extremely small and lightweight at around 4 MB and you can add almost any email provider account to K-9 Mail. The app supports IMAP, POP3 and Exchange 2003/2007 and if you install a plugin you can get support for OpenPGP as well.
Play Store Link: K-9 Mail
If you have a lot of apps isntalled on your Android device and are quickly running out of storage, you can either uninstall the ones you don’t use frequently or move them to your external SD card if you have one. So, if you have an external SD card with lot of free storage space and don’t know how to move your apps from the internal storage of your device to the external, all you have to do is download the Link2SD app.
As the name suggests, you can use the Link2SD to app to link the APK and lib files of your apps in the internal storage to your SD card. This means that the apps will be moved to the external storage and will no longer use your internal storage space. Even if the app you want to move to SD card does not support it, you can use the force move option in the Link2SD app to move it and the app also allows you to set the default location to install apps on your device as your external SD card.
Play Store Link: Link2SD
Messenger Lite: Free Calls & Messages
Messenger Lite is the lighter and more battery and performance friendly version of the popular Facebook Messenger app with over a billion downloads. While the original Facebook Messenger app is almost 50 MB in size, the lite version is just around 6 MB and it has almost all of the essential features of the Messenger app.
You can use the Messenger Lite app to connect with your Facebook friends, text, call and video call them and also share media files, stickers and GIFs with them, just like the Facebook Messenger app. The lite version being significantly smaller in size, occupies only a little portion of internal storage when compared to the original version and it also consumes less data and is easier on the battery life and the performance of your device.
Play Store Link: Messenger Lite: Free Calls & Messages
Naked Browser Pro / NB Pro LTS web browser
Just like the Gmail app, almost all the Android phones come pre installed with the Google Chrome browser app as well and while it is one of the best browsers for Android, it is infamous for being a memory hog and its over 60 MB and it only increases with every new update. Also, Chrome is said to be one of the biggest contribution to reduced battery life in Android devices along with Facebook, Snapchat and other apps.
So, if you are looking for a simple browsing app, that is light weight, battery and resource friendly, then you can try the Naked Browser Pro app from the Play Store. The size of the Naked Browser is less than a MB and it just focusses on clean and efficient browsing thus resulting in a secure browser with no bloatware or unnecessary features. Naked Browser also ensures that it neither tracks its users nor collects their data to spy on them.
Play Store Link: Messenger Lite: Free Calls & Messages
Shuttle Music Player
If you are someone who listens to a lot of offline music on your Android phone, then you might like the Shuttle Music Player. It is a light weight music player app for Android with a beautiful and an intuitive material design which includes a lot of dark and light theme options.
The app comes with a powerful 6 band equalizer built in which also includes an option for bass boost. It also has other features like gapless payback and sleep timer and it is just 5 MB in size.
Play Store Link: Shuttle Music Player
SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines
Smart News is a news reader app for Android which updates you with the trending news across the world on a daily basis by sending you regular notifications. The app curates headlines and breaking news from top news publishers and presents it in the app for its users.
The app has a smart mode where the users could read the news articles in reading mode without any ads. The size of the app is less than 5 MB and it also allows you to download news articles to read them offline.
Play Store Link: SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines