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One of the best Windows programs, CCleaner, has finally made its way to Google Android. It’s still in beta but anyone can download it. Should you?

If you need to optimise your Windows PC Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner Over the last two years, CCleaner has changed quite a bit in terms of version numbers...up now to version 3.10 at the time of this writing. While visually the program actually hasn't changed much (it's... Read More to run at its best, CCleaner is the software you need. It will clean up everything in a jiffy. And like Windows, your Android device can get messy and cluttered with usage. Piriform’s new CCleaner for Android aims to make cleaning up Androids super-simple.

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Installing CCleaner For Android

Right now, since the app is in beta, it’s not as simple as just going to the Play Store and downloading it. But it’s still easy. You will first need to sign up for the beta.

It’s best to do this from a PC because doing it from mobile didn’t work on my Samsung Galaxy S3. You will need to head to this link and click “Become A Tester”. Note that this may not work for you, depending on your location. If it fails, you may just have to wait patiently until CCleaner becomes available in your country. Then at the bottom of the page, you will see an option to download CCleaner at the Play Store. It’s the usual way to install an app now.

CCleaner for Android has three parts: Cleaner, App Manager and System Info.

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Cleaner: Analyze & Clean

Cleaner is the simplest part of Android and might help you regain some valuable storage space. In my tests, it was helpful on a phone with limited internal memory. The process is super simple. Hit the big “Analyze” button (the screen graphic tells you the last time you ran it) and CCleaner will scan your system to find things you can clean up or delete.

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This includes cache from several apps like your browser or your gallery—I was pretty surprised to see that my Gallery app was taking up 420MB of cache. You can arrange the apps alphabetically or by cache size.  Removing cached data is a big part of cleaning your Android smartphone The 1-2-3 Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Android Smartphone The 1-2-3 Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Android Smartphone If your Android phone has started slowing down after a bit of time, here's how you can speed it up again! Read More , and this is an easy interface to do that.

You can also clear items in your browser history (Chrome has to be cleared manually though), your clipboard, and even your call logs and text messages. CCleaner has smart options to set a date in call logs and SMSes so that everything prior to that is deleted, or you can simply choose all or nothing.

Once you’ve made all your choices, hit the “Clean” button and poof, CCleaner will do the rest! For my usage, on a phone which I had used for 15 days, CCleaner found a total of 420MB worth of stuff to clean. Not bad at all, especially if you’re on a handset with 4GB or 8GB of memory!

App Manager

Over the years, you have probably installed a whole lot of apps on your Android phone or tablet. In fact, it probably came preloaded with a bunch of them too. App Master is a good way to bulk uninstall apps App Master: A Simple, Clean, Friendly Way To Bulk Uninstall Android Apps App Master: A Simple, Clean, Friendly Way To Bulk Uninstall Android Apps What if there was a bulk-uninstall tool that was focused just on that one task, making it as easy as possible? Read More , but you won’t need that if you have CCleaner on your device.

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Head to the App Manager section and you can sort apps by size or alphabetically, with their name, icon and total size. Tap on any app and you’ll get more information, like package size, data size, cache size, external media size, etc. Choose which ones you want to uninstall and then hit the big “Uninstall” button at the bottom. CCleaner prompts you to hit “OK” to remove each app, but it’s still a lot easier than manually uninstalling each one.

System Info

Want a quick dashboard of where your Android device’s resources are being used? CCleaner’s System Info tab is the place to go to. It will show you CPU usage (system, user, idle), RAM (used, free), Internal storage (used, free), SD card (used, free) and Battery (level, temperature)—all of these with attractive bar graphs (okay, there’s one pie, too).

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Information like this can be quite handy, since you can use it to manage RAM on your Android phone Out of Memory? What You Need To Know About Managing RAM On Your Android Phone Out of Memory? What You Need To Know About Managing RAM On Your Android Phone Have you ever gotten to the point with your tablet where things start to get bogged down a little? We often like to boast about the CPU and superior memory of our mobile devices, but... Read More or know if your battery needs to be cooled down, since a cooler battery is better at retaining its juice.

Should You Get CCleaner For Android?

As it stands, is CCleaner For Android an app that you need to have installed? Well, it depends on the kind of user you are. If you aren’t comfortable tinkering around with software on your phone, CCleaner makes it much simpler to get things done by smartly telling you what you can delete.

If you’re a power user, CCleaner is not a robust optimization software like its desktop counterpart. Remember, this is just a beta and things can change in the final version. As developer Piriform has already noted, upcoming features include process management, RAM cleaning, custom folder cleaning and some special options for rooted Androids!

Here’s a bigger question though. While it’s known that Windows slows down with time, has that been your experience with Android, and does it warrant a cleaning from an app like CCleaner?

  1. PapaWhiskey
    May 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    CCleaner is a huge fail because it doesn't appear to provide a way to exclude specific apps. I don't want to clear the Google Earth app cache. If I did I would have to download all those satellite images again. Uninstalling.

  2. Anonymous
    April 19, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    You say it's a bad idea but you don't say why. Your opinion and comment means nothing without supporting data.

    • Georgian Stanescu
      October 21, 2015 at 3:12 am

      Actually anonymous, If you're referring to PapaWhiskey's comment, he does actually say why. Its cause he wanted to select which apps to clear cache eg he didn't want to delete Google Earth's app cache yet CCleaner wouldn't allow him to deselect it in the app.

  3. Pavan
    April 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I believe clearing the android system cache is a bad idea. For the rest ccleaner seemed ok.

  4. Deborah H
    April 23, 2014 at 4:22 am

    You CAN still get in on the beta, but the instructions are a tad different than the article states.

    Go to: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner-android

    Click on "Download Beta" and you will be taken to the CCleaner for Android Beta community on Google Plus.

    At that point, you just follow these instructions (which are posted on the page):

    To get access to CCleaner for Android, follow these simple steps:

    1. Join the CCleaner for Android community

    2. Go to the Google Play link:
    https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.piriform.ccleaner

    3. Click "BECOME A TESTER"

    4. Once you're a tester, click "Download CCleaner from the Play Store"?

    ======================

    When I tried the link in the article, I got the same "there is nothing for you here" message as someone said above. After joining the Community, I was able to get in with no problems and Google Play offered to let me install it on every Android product I own.

  5. Chris
    April 22, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I have a Galaxy S2 and it is suffering massive slowdown some 2 or 3 years after getting it so I think that CCleaner will be a good try.

  6. Timothy C
    April 22, 2014 at 2:29 am

    If you're jailbroken, there is an iPhone alternative, iCleaner, which functions the same way, it cleans app caches, temporary files, even unused Cydia dependencies. It cleaned 2.3GB of stuff from my 8GB iPod Touch.

  7. Rajaa Chowdhury
    April 19, 2014 at 2:35 am

    I personally feel Piriform has been late into the Android bandwagon with ccleaner. Though I have it installed in both my windows 8 desktop and laptop, and is an integral part of the windows maintenance process for me, however in Android I have not missed it much, with equally effective apps already available. I personally use AVG Cleaner. To be honest, I use AVG Mobile solution for Cleaner, Battery Saver and Antivirus : https://play.google.com/store/search?q=avg%20mobile and SolMail and SolCalendar for my mailing and calendaring from SolStudio at Daum : https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=SolStudio+at+Daum . These are the only 3rd. party apps I have installed beside the Google apps available in PlayStore at https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Google+Inc. . My only three favourite Android developers in PlayStore.

  8. Sorinu
    April 18, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Clean Master is way better. I tested both.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 19, 2014 at 2:39 am

      Yes CleanMaster is also a great choice, but I personally use AVG Cleaner :D .

  9. Paul B
    April 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Fails for me, so it's apparently not available in the States yet.

    • Stephen
      April 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Um, I'm in America. It should work.
      (Throws temper tantrum)

    • Chris M
      April 22, 2014 at 3:15 am

      Didn't work for me either...With this message.

      Sorry, there is nothing to see for you here.

      This could have several reasons:

      The app you are looking for doesn't exist
      or
      there is no testing program going on
      or
      you are not eligible to participate in the testing program.

      If you received the link to this page from someone, we recommend you contact this person for more information.

  10. cptpicard
    April 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I've been using it for about 2 weeks now, after signing up with it was invitation based. I find it runs well, and does a decent job cleaning things up. On my current phone I haven't had any issues with slow down (Note 3 that I've had for 5 months.)

    On my previous android phone though, A Nexus S, I had huge issues with slow down by the time I replaced it. Not sure if that was due to clean up though, or lack or TRIM. Regardless, I will be keeping CCleaner on my phone.

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