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Smartphone apps can be all kinds of wonderful. Useful, entertaining, educational, fun, or all of the above. Unfortunately, not all smartphone apps are created equal. For every essential app that makes it onto our Best Of pages there’s at least one utterly pointless app.

But which app is the most pointless of all?

Is That It? Seriously?

We want to know, What Is The Most Pointless App You Have Ever Installed? A smartphone or tablet is a prerequisite to answering this question, but seeing as, contrary to my advice 5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone 5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone You may feel pressured into buying a smartphone, even though you're perfectly happy with your (so-called) dumbphone. Don't be. Read More , most people seem to have given into temptation and bought one of these “intelligent” mobile devices, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Apps are now the lifeblood of our mobile lives, with countless companies hawking their wares to us through Google Play, the Apple App Store, and the Windows Store. It doesn’t matter whether you favor iOS, Android, or one of the many variants of Windows, we want to hear about the dumbest apps you have encountered.

This question was inspired by the emergence of Yo Amazon Shops New 3D Fire Phone, Say Yo To The Dumbest App Ever, And More... [Tech News Digest] Amazon Shops New 3D Fire Phone, Say Yo To The Dumbest App Ever, And More... [Tech News Digest] Twitter adds support for animated GIFs, a new glitch is found in Super Mario Bros. 30 years after release, HitchBOT prepares to travel across Canada, and a first-person cat simulator on Kickstarter. Read More , which has gained 50,000 users since launching on April Fools’ Day 2014 The Bumper List Of April Fools' Day 2014 Pranks [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Bumper List Of April Fools' Day 2014 Pranks [Weird & Wonderful Web] Cheer up, turn that frown upside down, and stop being such a miserablist misanthrope. We are here to help, with the best April Fools' Day pranks you may have missed in 2014. You had better... Read More . This despite it being one of the dumbest ideas for an app of all time. But then what do we know; investors have financed Yo to the tune of $1.2 million.

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Yo does nothing more than allow you and your contacts to send ‘Yo’ to each other. It’s the app equivalent of the old Facebook Poke 2 Cool Ways To Poke Someone On Facebook 2 Cool Ways To Poke Someone On Facebook Read More . Which was also as dumb as a box of frogs. However, while we think Yo IS utterly pointless we remain unconvinced it’s the most pointless app ever released. And we’re counting on you to fill us in on which apps are even dumber than Yo.

We’re not saying you’re dumb yourselves by any stretch of the imagination. But we suspect you’re the kind of person who downloads and installs lots of apps, some of which are bound to be less good than you’d originally hoped.

First came the immediate uninstallation, and now comes your opportunity to name and shame the worst offenders. It doesn’t matter what platform it’s on, whether it’s a free or paid app, or in what way it’s pointless. We want names, dammit, and we want them now!

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You ResultsOne reader will even win Comment Of The Weekwhich will be included in the follow-up post!

We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. ginge
    October 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    just started useing tin foil as was fed up of my pics appearing on fab asking did i want to share seems good thanks for the info

  2. Gregg
    June 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    SMTH

  3. suzybel
    June 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I hate to admit this, but it was a fart button, many different sounds, made me giggle, made my husband roll his eyes.

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      If it made you giggle for more than a few minutes then it may not actually be pointless, just stupid. Annoying your hubby has to count as an added bonus, no?!

  4. Lynne McCurdy
    June 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I just want to know... why?

    CAT LICKS LIVE WALLPAPER FREE - Android Apps on Google Play
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.gironacci.cat.licks.free&hl=en

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      EVIL DOG PERSON! ;)

  5. Leah
    June 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Before I realized my phone came with a flashlight app I downloaded a flashlight app.

    • suzybel
      June 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      I did that too.

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      And even then it's just the flash from your camera, right?

  6. likefunbutnot
    June 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    The most pointless apps seem to be the ones preinstalled by the carrier or manufacturer. My first Android phone had Facebook preinstalled and marked as un-removable, for example. There was also a Sprint NASCAR app for some reason. I'd sooner have the electric shaver program than either of those things.

    I can't think of anything I've deliberately installed that I didn't want to use for something or other.

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Oh, you've got to love those pre-installed apps they won't let you get rid of. They don't cause annoyance at all!

  7. Ardie
    June 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    S.M.T.H. app!

    Send Me To Heaven - an app to see how high you can throw your device. You either risk breaking your device or injuring yourself or BOTH!

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Holy cow, I have never heard of something so ridiculous. Not only pointless but potentially expensive and dangerous too. Thanks for the non-recommendation! :)

  8. xgod
    June 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    While I did not download it myself, but it is rather pointlessly ingrained into my Android phone's OS, the most useless app on my phone is "Google +"

    Then there is the "Black Hole" app, the "Hangouts", "play books", "play movies & TV", "play newsstand", etc.

    I'm not an opponent of Google. I enjoy using their maps features (if only the street names would appear on the phone app, that would be great - but they don't), their custom search options, and Google translate.

    It's just all these little apps running in the background and - no matter how hard I try to turn them off - they keep running and slowing down my phone, impeding touch responses, and causing hangs and lags and crashes of my phone OS.

    Sorry, I know this is not a place to complain, or vent, but these useless tag-a-long apps can never be removed from the Android system and they are completely USELESS!

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      I think it may be time for you to get off Android and try one of the alternatives! Those Google apps aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Google+ is still a ghost town as far as I can see. Shame really.

    • xgod
      July 1, 2014 at 1:32 am

      I use Tracfone, because it averages out to about $8 a month (most of the time less than that), so my phone selection options are drastically limited. I refuse to pay those "Amazing low rates" of $69.99/month which would bankrupt me.

  9. Imaduddin S
    June 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I am disappointed that you only asked for android apps , you should've asked for the windows as well but ....

    As a general point, I know of no one who hasn't fell into the trap of downloading Ad-ware onto his/her computer/mobile device. Same is the case with me . Well yeah after some months I recognized the trap but before that tenure , most of the "Adware" were extremely pointless . I mean like well yeah , you go to a site , they tell you well you can download an additional installer ( Free File Downloader ) with the app and mention a thousand advantages about that . A few times I tried to use some of those software but Holy Crap , "Nothing" was actually was of any use .

    Some pointless apps which I have encountered are mostly alternatives to " Google Play Store " such as Mobo Market , Mobile Market , I mean what is the advantage of installing those when you can get the same software from Play Store . Exceptional Case is Black Mart Alpha which provides paid apps for free. ( Personally I am against Piracy ).

    Apart from them and some others , most of the apps aren't really " Useless " or "Point Less" , I mean the developers weren't mad to give dozens of hours to that app without any specific reason . Most of the apps which got successful or even didn't had a purpose for which they exist(ed). Even the newly released "Yo" , it may
    "seem" pointless but in reality , it isn't , otherwise it could not of reached this much popularity , that it is being mentioned on makeuseof !

    P.S Can you please tell me what are the days for [We Ask You] and [We Ask You Results] . Thanks.

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      We didn't ask just for Android apps, all smartphone OSes were welcome.

      I don't know, Yo IS pretty pointless. Unfortunately, that hasn't prevented it from getting popular really quickly.

      The results are posted on a Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, with the new question posted Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

      Thanks for asking :)

    • dragonmouth
      July 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      "Yo IS pretty pointless. Unfortunately, that hasn’t prevented it from getting popular really quickly."
      Simple things for simple minds.

  10. Allison
    June 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Push The Button app - my son had this and could push the button a lot. No point to it whatsoever. Just to see how long you can stick it out I guess. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/push-the-button/id294787047?mt=8

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Definitely pointless... unless it kept your son entertained for more than five minutes, in which case it has a real-world use!

  11. dragonmouth
    June 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Windows.

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Touché!

  12. Roger C
    June 26, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Tie between the Hand Warmer app and the Zippo Lighter app.

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Two fantastic choices there. Love them both.

  13. Simen B
    June 26, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I once made an app that tells you whether you're driving, biking, walking or standing still, along the probability of each activity.
    (I made it to test something for another app I'm working on, and no, I didn't put it on gPlay)
    That's probably the most useless app I've ever had on my device.

    If homemade apps doesn't count, I also installed a game on my iPad once where the play button was blocked by an ad.

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Ha, that may be a pointless app but I kinda like it. If only you had put it on Google Play I could have included it in my roundup.

    • Simen B
      June 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      @Dave P
      I won't EVER put something like that on Play, but the apk is available at:
      http://app.simen.codes/stuff/currentactivity.apk

      Also, someone is making a clone of Yo, called Hey. Can it get more useless than that?

  14. crachit
    June 26, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Probably lego city. It says u can buy stuff but I have like 5000 coins and there's no upgrade window. Also, u can unlock 'harder' levels but that is all just crap. It's only different locations, not actually harder AT ALL.

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      That sounds more disappointing and disingenuous than pointless. Still, LEGO should know better than to upset their loyal fans.

  15. Ankit
    June 26, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Can't recall the names.
    But definitely those task killers and battery optimizers.

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      We need names, dammit! ;)

  16. Abed
    June 26, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Yo! App, this brought uselessness to a whole new level....

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Have you actually downloaded and used it? I haven't spoken to anyone who has yet... you may be the first.

  17. Iskandar Z
    June 26, 2014 at 4:09 am

    I think its the battery doctor...

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Is that actually pointless? Unless I'm being trolled by random strangers online then it looks to have got some pretty good reviews.

  18. Anonymous
    June 26, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Bing bang theory wbip

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      I'm guessing you meant the Big Bang Theory whip? Not only is it pointless, there appears to be several different apps to choose from all doing the same thing!

  19. Yogendra
    June 26, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Hodor hodor hodor hodor!

    Obviously the hodor keyboard!

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      I had to Google that as I've still not watched Game of Thrones. Yes, a Hodor keyboard definitely counts as being utterly pointless :)

  20. Rajaa C
    June 26, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I suddenly remembered another app, rather a game. I think nothing can beat it in pointlessness. Even the game is called Pointless: Pointless Game (Free, Android). “WARNING: This game is pointless.” Well, at least they warned us. That’s what the Google Play Store description reads, and they’re not kidding. To play, simply place your finger on the screen. To earn points, leave your finger on the screen. Seriously. That’s it. If you really enjoy things being useless or rather as we say, pointless, heat to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.georgercainjr.pointlessgame&hl=en

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      That's surely fun for five minutes and then uninstalled with extreme prejudice.

  21. Rajaa C
    June 26, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Before using a Windows Phone, I used to use a JellyBean Android smartphone, and during my spare time, used to experiment with installing apps from Google Play Store. Obviously, it led to installing and uninstalling of a lot of pointless apps, but one I remember in particular. Electric Shaver (Free, Android). We use our smartphones for a lot of things, but personal hygiene certainly isn’t one of them (and hopefully never will be). This app basically makes your phone’s screen “look” like an electric razor. And by that I mean it just displays a power switch on the screen similar to most flashlight apps (except those are actually useful). When the switch is turned on, you guessed it, the phone buzzes like an electric razor. If you are still interested to try it yourself, you certainly can from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.mk.electricshaver_cupcake&hl=en

    • Dave P
      June 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Wow, that definitely counts as pointless. And I bet it was still downloaded millions of times.

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