Save on Storage Space With These 7 Lite Android Apps
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There’s a new trend of lite apps for Android devices. A handful of major social media and communication apps are releasing stripped-down, barebones versions of their now-bloated apps.

These apps are ridiculously lightweight, sometimes weighing in under 1 megabyte. They’re also designed to not take up as much bandwidth.

And because they are not packed with over-the-top features, they don’t take up as much space How to Free Storage Space on Your Android Device How to Free Storage Space on Your Android Device If you've run out of storage space on your Android phone or tablet, we can help you free it up. Read More and are quicker to operate (especially on older or cheaper devices).

Why This Is a Good Thing

These apps were made for developing markets, but not all of them are geographically limited. Even if they are, you can still install the secure APK file How to Manually Install or Side Load Apps on Android How to Manually Install or Side Load Apps on Android Sideloading a file onto your Android device is easy, and we can show you how to do it. Read More from APK Mirror. And I think they can be useful for all of us, even if you’re on an unlimited data plan and using the latest flagship Android phone.

We’ve been complaining about the bloated, poorly-coded, resource-hungry, and bandwidth-hungry apps like Facebook and Messenger for a long time now — and these Lite apps might be the answer. All the important, core features are right there. But more importantly, the bloat (like Facebook Stories in the Facebook app) isn’t.

1. Facebook Lite

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The Facebook app is known to be a resource and battery hog on Android. The only alternative was to use Facebook in a mobile browser or use a third-party app like Metal. Facebook Lite is a good alternative designed specifically for low-end Android phones and regions where data doesn’t flow like the Niagara Falls.

When it comes to core features, the Facebook Lite app Facebook Lite: Is It a Worthy Facebook Replacement? Facebook Lite: Is It a Worthy Facebook Replacement? Facebook has announced a new Android app called Facebook Lite, which is a version of Facebook built from scratch to work smoothly with poor data connections and low-end phones. Read More is very close to the full-fledged Facebook app (and, in some ways, better). While in a way, it’s a web wrapper, it does come with useful features. There’s notification support, video playback, support for reactions, and even messaging.

Download — Facebook Lite from Play Store (Free) | APK Mirror (Free)

2. Messenger Lite

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The biggest reason that you should use Messenger Lite is that there’s no Messenger Day feature Share Your Day in Facebook Messenger: New Fun or Annoying Feature? Share Your Day in Facebook Messenger: New Fun or Annoying Feature? Facebook Messenger's new "Share Your Day" function has irked some users. Here's what you need to know: what it is, how to use it, and what's cool about it. Read More here, or the new dynamic layout. Things are simple. Just a reverse chronological list of your chats, and basic messaging features.

The app is fast to use and uses less data. You can still send images in chat but other features like stickers, GIF search, and more are not available. There’s no support for chat heads How To Get Facebook-Style Chat Heads For Hangouts In Chrome How To Get Facebook-Style Chat Heads For Hangouts In Chrome Hangouts is a wonderful cross-platform messaging and video chat app, but this newest release straight from Google improves upon the app by offering Facebook-style "Chat Heads" on Chrome. Read More either.

Download — Messenger Lite from Play Store (Free) | APK Mirror (Free)

3. Skype Lite

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Skype has a notorious reputation for being unreliable. But Skype Lite is designed to work well even on low bandwidth (2G networks). The app supports both voice and video calls Best Smartphone Apps for Free Cross-Platform Video Calls Best Smartphone Apps for Free Cross-Platform Video Calls It doesn't matter your platform -- from Mac to PC to Android and everything in between -- one of these apps will let you make video calls. Read More and it weighs just 13 MB.

Currently, Skype Lite is only officially available in India.

Download — Skype Lite from Play Store (Free) | APK Mirror (Free)

4. Twitter Lite

Twitter Lite is a weird entry on this list. It’s not a traditional app, but it’s not a mobile site either. It’s a new technology called PWA Twitter Launches Twitter Lite to Help You Save Data Twitter Launches Twitter Lite to Help You Save Data Twitter has launched a new app aimed at persuading more people to use Twitter. The app, called Twitter Lite, loads faster, takes up less space on your smartphone, and uses less data. Read More (Progressive Web Apps). Go to mobile.twitter.com and voila, you’re using the progressive app.

A lot of it works like a traditional app: you’ll get notifications Keep Trolls Out of Your Mentions With Twitter's Expanded Mute Keep Trolls Out of Your Mentions With Twitter's Expanded Mute Twitter now allows you to plug your ears by muting certain words, hashtags, and usernames from showing up in your feed unless they're from people you follow. Read More , you can add it to your home screen, and there’s even an offline mode. But all of it still works inside the browser.

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The progressive part of the app does some smart things. It saves the user interface and assets so they don’t have to be re- downloaded every single time you open or refresh the page. Plus, if you click on your profile icon and turn on Data Saver mode, you’ll see that images no longer load by default. You’ll see a blurred preview of them, along with the size of the image. You can then tap on the preview to load them.

The core Twitter experience — your timeline, tweets, mentions, and DMs — are still there. You won’t find special features like Moments or auto-playing videos How to Disable Auto-Playing Audio for Videos on Facebook How to Disable Auto-Playing Audio for Videos on Facebook Nothing on the web is more annoying than auto-playing audio. If you're tired of this feature on Facebook, here's what you need to do to turn it off for good. Read More here. For an easier setup, try turning the mobile web page into a pseudo-app using Chrome How to Turn Any Website into an Android App in Seconds How to Turn Any Website into an Android App in Seconds With this app, it's super easy and quick to make Lite versions of apps, saving you battery life and improving your phone's performance. Read More .

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5. Shazam Lite

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Shazam Lite weighs less than 1 MB and does the one thing you want the app to do. It does away with the bloat of recommendations, popups, and integrations. You just open the app, tap to shazam, and identify the song.

Plus, the app has a useful offline mode. This way you can scan for a song even when you don’t have an internet connection, and identify it later when you’re connected to a network.

Download — Shazam Lite from Play Store (Free) | APK Mirror (Free)

6. Line Lite

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Just like Messenger Lite, Line Lite is the lightweight, streamlined version of Line messenger. If you use the Line messenger service to stay in touch with friends and family, you’ll be happy to know that you can still perform all the basic functions here.

Personal chats, group chats, rich previews for media, and even stickers are all here. And thanks to the lack of bloat, the user interface itself is very simple and easy to navigate.

Download — Line Lite from Play Store (Free) | APK Mirror (Free)

7. Opera Mini

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Opera Mini is the tinier cousin of the Opera browser 8 Opera Features You Should Start Using Today 8 Opera Features You Should Start Using Today Let's explore eight of the best Opera features that will make browsing smoother and more convenient for you. We bet you'll want to start using them right away. Read More . It is designed to help you navigate the internet, with narrow bandwidth and reduced storage space usage.

You’ll find a plethora of features specially designed to help you deal with your data crunch, like downloading videos for offline play (except from YouTube). You can also save entire web pages for offline use.

Go to the built-in data saver, and you can fine-tune the data saving features and limitations like disabling high-quality images, optimizing videos, and more.

You’ll also find a smart download manager here. This allows you to hold off downloading large files until you’re on a Wi-Fi network.

Download — Opera Mini from Play Store (Free)

Data and Storage Management Tips

Right now, you can count the major lite apps on your fingers, though hopefully more apps take the same route soon. Until then, here are the things you can do yourself to make apps use less data, resources, and storage space.

How do you keep your Android phone running lean and clean? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments below.

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  1. 53north
    September 26, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Nakedbrowser/android weighs in around 200k and is the best of the webview browsers, even if the interface is barebones.;
    Older Quickpic's don't have the (dangerous) Cloud & NFC capabilities.;
    Open Intents File manager & Camera apps are full of capabilities at v.low Kb.;
    Big-Buttons keyboard from Chicago logic is around 135Kb!;
    Bright Light Torch is excellent with a compass too.;
    & Bioritmo biorhythm app is serious fun at 150k with no permissions..

  2. Rich
    May 11, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    For browser, you can't beat Opera Mini. I save, on average, 50% data. If you want a lite Facebook/Messenger, I definitely recommend Swipe. It has both, is just as light, if not lighter, than the official clients, has more options, and looks great. If you want the lightest, just add a mobile link from Chrome to your home screen. As for a launcher, I use Evie, and it only takes up 8.9MB of space installed! The size in the Play Store doesn't tell the full story of how much will actually be installed. Sadly, in the US, we have to download most official lite apps from places like APK Mirror.

  3. Fik of Borg
    May 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I'm curious, doesn't Facebook Lite include messaging functionality?
    At least mine does, and I don't feel the need for a separate app.

    • selw0nk
      May 12, 2017 at 12:22 am

      Yes, messaging is included in Facebook Lite. No need for the Messenger Lite app.

  4. Keith
    May 10, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Shazam Lite is not available yet in the US, which is a pity, since it's one of my biggest battery hogs.

  5. Lynx0217
    May 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Use Swipe instead of FB Lite and you won't even need messenger!