Low on Storage? Save Space on Android With Great Apps Under 10 Megabytes

Ben Stegner 27-01-2017

As mobile devices become more powerful, app sizes increase as well. While 8GBs of space was plenty on early smartphones, it’s nearly impossible to use a 16GB device today Live Photos & 4K: Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 16GB iPhone 6s If you want to take advantage of the new iPhone 6s camera, you'll probably want to avoid picking the 16GB storage option. Read More , even if you take steps to free up space on your Android device How to Free Up Storage Space on Your Android Device Ran out of Android storage space? Here's how to free up storage on Android by uninstalling big apps, removing content, and more. Read More .


Whether you’re using an older phone with limited space How to Survive Using an Old Android Phone with No Internal Memory Using an ancient Android phone with barely any internal space is a huge pain. Here's how to survive and make the most of it. Read More or just want slim apps that won’t bog down your device, we’ve got you covered. Here are great apps in a variety of categories that clock in under 10MBs, yet still rock.

Note: These download sizes come from the apps’ Play Store pages. The install size may vary on your device.

Swipe for Facebook (3MB)

Facebook’s app sucks How Facebook Is Ruining Your Android (and What You Can Do) If you care about battery life, performance, or privacy, you're going to want to uninstall the official Facebook app and use one of these alternatives. Read More . It drains your battery, runs constantly in the background, chews up a lot of data, and most important for our discussion, takes up a ton of space. Even if you’re an avid user, you don’t have to put up with this nonsense to use Facebook on your phone.

Swipe for Facebook is such a better solution How Facebook Is Ruining Your Android (and What You Can Do) If you care about battery life, performance, or privacy, you're going to want to uninstall the official Facebook app and use one of these alternatives. Read More . At just a few megabytes, it provides a wrapper to Facebook’s mobile website, with several enhancements over using the site in your default browser. You can enable notifications, customize the theme, change the news feed order, and much more.

Combine all this with the fact that Swipe doesn’t require dozens of risky permissions How Bad Are Those Facebook Messenger Permissions Anyway? You've probably been hearing a lot about Facebook's Messenger app. Let's quell the rumors and find out if the permissions are as bad as they claim. Read More , and you have the best way to use Facebook on Android.


Download: Swipe for Facebook (Free)

Smart Launcher 3 (4MB)

Downloading a custom launcher is one of the best ways to customize your Android device The Best Android Tweaks You Can Make Without Rooting Android tweaks aren't only for tech geeks. Here's how to get the most out of your non-rooted Android phone or tablet! Read More . They give you cool features and aren’t as limited as the stock launcher, but many popular launchers What Is the Best Free Android Launcher? Nova launcher, Apex launcher, and dodol launcher are all solid free launchers, but which is the best? We put them to the test. Read More are loaded with features and carry big file sizes. Smart Launcher 3 is the solution for a minimalist.

No-nonsense is the motif of Smart Launcher Smart Launcher: Perfect For Those Who Want No Nonsense Tired of big and bloated Android launchers that pack in useless features that you'll never use? Read More  — you won’t find a complex feature set with this one. It automatically organizes your apps into a few broad categories, gives you quick actions to common features on the main screen, and allows for plenty of theme customization.

With low resource requirements and a unique feature set, this is the launcher to try if you don’t care about the granular tweaks of other choices.


Download: Smart Launcher 3 (Free)

Pulse SMS (7MB)

The stock Android text messaging app isn’t too great. It looks boring, doesn’t let you customize conversations on a per-contact basis, and won’t let you take your conversations elsewhere. There are several great SMS apps, but we think Pulse SMS is the best for most people.

Available free with no ads, Pulse offers a simple interface that’s also as customizable as you need. For a small in-app purchase, you can use Pulse’s apps on the web or your Android Wear device to send your text messages from anywhere How to Send a Free SMS Text Message from Your Windows PC Do you avoid sending text messages from your phone? How much more convenient would it be to send them from your computer? We have compiled the best desktop tools to send text messages for free. Read More . With so many more features than your stock app in such a tiny package, Pulse SMS is a no-brainer upgrade.

Download: Pulse SMS (Free)


Opera Mini (4MB)

Like launchers, many of the best Android browsers 5 Simple Ways to Choose the Best Mobile Browser for You Choosing a browser for your mobile device, whether Android or iOS -- which one do you choose? If your head spins from the variety of mobile browser options, then ask yourself these five questions. Read More (like Chrome and Dolphin) take up tons of space on your device. Opera Mini clocks in at just a few megabytes but offers an attractive package.

Just like its desktop counterpart Opera Has Good Features, so What’s the Problem? There is something holding you back from clicking that "Make Opera My Default Browser" button. What is it? Read More , Opera on mobile is a great browser that’s often overshadowed by its more popular competitors. The Mini version focuses on minimizing data usage, yet still offers powerful features like a video downloader, private browsing, and smart Wi-Fi downloads. We’ve taken a look at Opera Mini’s data compression Is Opera Mini's Data Compression Good Enough to Switch? If you're on an older Android, the new Opera Mini is optimized for aging hardware and software. Can Opera actually mount a comeback with this new browser? Let's find out. Read More , if you’re interested in more info.

Download: Opera Mini (Free)

Weather (MacroPinch) (5MB)

There’s no shortage of free weather apps for Android The 9 Best Weather Apps for Android Looking for the best weather apps on Android? Here's a collection of great apps for checking current conditions and much more. Read More . While most pack in all sorts of charts, radars, and information you don’t care about, the simply-named Weather from developer MacroPinch doesn’t waste your time or storage space.


Weather includes everything you’d expect, including automatically retrieving the weather for your location, animated weather conditions, hourly and weekly forecasts, and widgets. Chances are, that’s all you need when quickly checking the weather on your phone.

Download: Weather (Free)

Google Opinion Rewards (6MB)

Did you know that Google will pay you to answer a few questions Answer Surveys To Receive Play Store Credit With The New Google Opinion Rewards App Google has released a new app that allows you to earn Play Store credits by answering surveys. The Google Opinion Rewards app is U.S. only for now. Read More ? Using the Google Opinion Rewards app, which only takes up a few megabytes on your phone, you’ll receive occasional surveys about places you’ve visited and other preferences. The surveys pay with Play Store credit, which you can redeem for paid apps.

Of course, this app won’t provide a stable side income, but every Android user should have it installed to make a few bucks. Check out our guide to making the most with Google Rewards How to Make More Money With Google Opinion Rewards Google Opinion Rewards lets you earn money to spend in the Google Play Store. Use these tips to get the most out of it! Read More to maximize your earnings.

Download: Google Opinion Rewards (Free)

aCalendar (3MB)

If Google Calendar didn’t come pre-installed on your device, aCalendar will get the job done The 8 Best Free Calendar Apps for Android Want to see which of the best free calendar apps for Android is right for you? We compare several great calendar apps to find the best. Read More .

It can hook into Google Calendar, offers agenda and day/week/month/year views, includes 48 different colors for events, and full-screen widgets for your home screen. Its only weakness is that you need the $5 paid version for utilizing business features like inviting attendees to meetings and setting your status to free or busy. Most basic calendar users shouldn’t need these, though.

Download: aCalendar (Free)

DiskUsage (500KB)

On a phone with limited space, you know the struggle of juggling installed apps so you can make space for a new one. DiskUsage, a tiny utility, takes the guessing out of finding what’s taking up space on your phone. It’s much more intuitive than using the app manager in your phone’s settings.

DiskUsage gives a graphical breakdown of what’s using your phone’s space, with the biggest items always on top. This lets you work on low-hanging fruit when it’s time to free space 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 . You might not use this one all the time, but it’s a huge time-saver when you need it. It’s not limited to just apps, either — you can use it to locate large media files 4 Ways to Sync and Upload Photos to Cloud Storage on Android Here are the best apps to automatically upload Android photos to the cloud so you never lose precious memories. Read More and caches on your device.

Download: DiskUsage (Free)

CCleaner (9MB)

CCleaner is one of the most trusted tools for Windows cleaning, and its Android app is pretty good CCleaner Is Now On Android: But Is It As Awesome As The Windows Cleaner? One of the best Windows programs, CCleaner, has finally made its way to Google Android. Should you get it? Read More  too.

Unlike most cleaning apps that pack a bunch of extra bloat 5 Android Apps That Really Clean Up Your Device (No Placebos!) These phone cleaner apps for Android help you clear out junk files taking up space on your device. Read More that you don’t need, CCleaner provides a simple way to clean Android’s various caches How to Wipe Cache Partition and Clear Data on Android You can clear data and clear cache on a per-app basis on Android, but what does that mean exactly? And when should you use each? Read More and temporary files. The app also includes a storage analyzer to let you quickly see what file categories and apps are using the most space on your device.

Note that caches allow your device to load websites and media you’ve recently accessed more quickly, so you shouldn’t clear the cache obsessively because it could lead to slower performance How to Make Android Faster: What Works and What Doesn't If your Android device doesn't feel as fast as it once was, try these tweaks to get it running faster (plus common "tips" to avoid). Read More . From time to time, though, clearing the cache on Android How to Clear Cache on Android (And Why You Should) What is the purpose of cache in Android, and how can you clear it? We look at everything you must know about Android cache. Read More is a fine idea for freeing up some space.

Download: CCleaner (Free)

Various Emulators (1-4MB)

We’re rounding out this collection of tiny apps with some games. After all, just because you don’t have much space on your phone, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on it!

There are tons of great Android games 10 Best Free Android Games of the Year Did you miss out on an Android game that you should be playing? Our end-of-year roundup is a handy checklist to know what your thumbs should be tapping on. Read More , but most popular titles have huge installation sizes. Combine this with people’s varying tastes in video games and the fact that free games are often full of in-app purchases and ads, and we’re recommending that tiny phones get their gaming fix through emulation.

No matter if you want to play NES, Genesis, or Game Boy Games, you can easily turn your Android into a retro gaming machine How to Turn an Android Device Into a Retro Gaming Console Love retro gaming? Here's how to easily turn any Android phone into a retro game console and enjoy your favorite classic titles. Read More . The emulator apps for older systems are only a few megabytes, and ROMs are typically under 1 MB on the NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Sega Genesis. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve provided a sampling of the best games you can emulate on Android 5 Best Retro Games That You Can Emulate On Android Emulation allows you to play retro games on your PC, but have you tried it on your phone? Here are five fantastic titles to try on your Android device. Read More , including old Pokemon games How to Emulate Old Pokemon Games on Your Android Phone Here's how to play Pokémon games on Android! It's easy to relive your favorite games and take them with you anywhere. Read More .

We’ll provide links below to several popular emulation apps, but you’re on your own for finding ROM files.


  • Nostalgia.NES (2MB, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Snes9x EX+ (2MB, Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • My OldBoy! (1MB, Game Boy / Game Boy Color)
  • gGens(MD) (4MB, Sega Genesis) [No longer available]

Small in Size, Not Function

These ten apps prove that any phone can run great apps. At just over 40MB total for all these combined apps, you’ve downloaded a solid app in almost every category you could need. This gives you some breathing room so that uninstalling apps isn’t a daily occurrence. Hopefully you can upgrade to a new phone soon, but these will hold you over until you do!

For saving even more space, check out seven awesome photo storage services Free up Massive Space on Your Phone with 7 Photo Storage Services Thanks to smartphone photography and high-definition video phones run out of storage space very quickly. But there are popular cloud storage options and auto-upload features which can help us get some space back. Read More .

Which small but powerful apps keep your phone running? We’d love to see your favorite tiny apps down below in the comments!

Originally written by Jessica Coccimiglio on February 24th, 2015.

Related topics: Android Customization, Minimalism, Storage.

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  1. Astherielle Black
    June 17, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Well...I just download CCleaner last night to my lhone only to find out it consumes 60+ yeah. I instantly uninstalled it.

  2. Linda G Richard
    October 14, 2017 at 12:47 am

    I really really like one called Tide Now OR. It's tiny, it's basic and it's fast and uses almost no resources. He has them for all coastal areas, too. I live on the beach and often to agate hunting so i needed an app for it. I also have the world's worst phone (A ZTE 1.7 gig phone!) so I can barely run anything on it. This article REALLY helped me, thank you!!! Please keep us posted with more tiny apps!

  3. Mel
    August 25, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I am trying Swipe for FB for the ease of using one program. It is frustrating that my Note 5 has FB factory installed so I can not free up that space. I am hoping with it disabled, that Swipe will be easier on my battery.
    Thanks for the article.

  4. Chad
    August 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Its called, "Swipe Fast for Facebook & Messenger "

  5. Sylvia
    March 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you very much for this list!
    It came at the best possible moment since I just got my phone from repair service and am in the process to install some of the more necessary stuff. I'm currently undecided what to choose among the browsers and the CCleaner vs The Cleaner app.
    I need some recommendations, though. Is there any lighter alternative to Google Maps? And what app would you choose for a music player?

  6. memyself
    March 10, 2015 at 9:39 am

    How many times would a wood chuck chuck would a wood chuck wood chuck chuck?

  7. memyself
    March 10, 2015 at 9:39 am

    How many times would a wood chuck chuck would a wood chuck wood chuck chuck?

  8. Singha
    February 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Any suggestions for email apps?
    Gmail is giant.

  9. Larry virden
    February 25, 2015 at 8:49 am

    The comic apps from dc marvel and comixology sll are huge and do not let you put their data on external storage. Also Kindle Reader I Think Foes Same thing. Office type apps are pretty big

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Larry,

      I've read that since Android KitKat, apps cannot store data on the SDCard like they used to. Android apps can still read SD card data, but they can only write data in a their own dedicated folder. That's a drag, isn't it?

      The smallest Office apps I have seen thus far are 24 MB - still giant! Will keep my eyes open for small alternatives.


    • Jen
      March 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      If you root your device you can use SDFix: KitKat Writable Micro SD app to fix the problem!

  10. Matjaž
    February 25, 2015 at 6:23 am

    That's nice list. But it doesn't solve memory problem. Most of those applications are burned in device. I can't uninstall default Facebook, Twitter, Calendar, SMS, Weather application. And I don't want to root device. So installing those, you add another weight to phone memory.

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Hm, that is a pickle Matjaž. I suppose, if you are stuck with the defaults, well you are stuck with the defaults.

      May I ask what kind of phone you are using that comes with Twitter and Facebook installed by default?


      • Mel
        August 25, 2017 at 10:14 am

        I'm having the same issue with my Note 5. FB cannot be uninstalled, only disabled.

  11. rflulling
    February 25, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I uninstall everything I can that I dont need. Default apps that are not tied to services I use or will need, are disabled. Everything else is stripped of it's rights to notices to save CPU and RAM. Everything I can is moved to the SD card.

    Still need a better dialer. Everything supplied by Verizon and LG fail to make it an option for us to switch lines. Two cals can be merged, and you can recieve a second call but unless a caller hangs up, both lines are active even if separate and hanging up on one terminates both.

    Cannot modify the little quick launch menu on the bottom of the screen. Would love to figure out a way to mod that menu. Still trying to figure out a way to controll the soft keys.

    Weather apps, i general avoid but my mothers Motorola phone shipped with a really nice active desktop that looked like a woods and it reflected the weather. However as if the OS update her phone recived that desktop was removed. I have since found a few I like that I use, and do my best to sell to my mother. -With Everything turned off this is a great background with weather effects. -Not to shabby, havent played with it to much.
    [Broken Link Removed] -Works good but I am not in love with it.
    [Broken Link Removed] -After disabling the shooting stars and a few other things this ones really nice, adds are bothersome only when you makes changes to the settings.

  12. Ron
    February 25, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Tried to get Naked Browser and it said "not available in this country! What's up with that? I want it for my tablet and phone. Have Android on both. Help!!

    • Danny F
      February 25, 2015 at 4:43 am

      Hey Ron. The one app I know about will only work if your devices are rooted.
      It's called the Market Helper. It is a few years old but it still works on my few year old Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
      This is a link to the original devs page. I has a few posts about it still working on some devices:
      [Broken URL Removed]

      This one is to the original thread posted to XDA Developer's site:

      This is a link to the XDA page. There you can find a lot of info on practically any device. Root, recovery, custom ROMS, all that fun stuff.

  13. Danny F
    February 25, 2015 at 3:52 am

    "using CyanogenMod, you can take the Facebook lite app, then use privacy guard to disallow it from using the permissions you don’t want."

    That's what I feel Android and Google have strayed far away from. The Open Handset Alliance prehistoric ideas of one being in total control of your device. The ability to edit an apps access to any part of your device should be left up to the owner. "Owner privileges" Super User, etc. They try their best to give what a "minority" wants with open source, root access, but the majority, IMO, couldn't handle that responsibility of that "great power." Google at one point stood behind the people with the permission control and other topics like Big Brother slipping in that back door port snooping. There was a free app in the store one could use to control all those processes that are still letting everybody know your phone's behavior = what you are doing, even while you sleep.
    I understand though that the manufactures, and carriers have made it harder for them (GooDroid) to be on their devices without that access. I am BlahBlah phone maker and you want to be here with the $$$, then GooDroid has to bend. Makes you wonder why the Great Fart Piano needs access to the camera, microphone, contacts, get the picture. Many are brainwashed with the point and click and install mentality that M$ has created and really didn't look into those important things until the last few years. The fog of technology is starting to wear off . Thanks for letting me blab on here, this was an informative article Jessica C. What you, Chris, Matthew, Mat and the Professor have shared here, I hope goes a long ways. Even if to a few thousand from directly reading this to many more by word of mouth and sharing.

  14. Swaminathan Venkatesh
    February 25, 2015 at 2:01 am

    If even Facebook lite isn't for you, try the Facebook Browser app from this thread

    It is basically the Facebook mobile site, so there are a few restrictions in terms of video uploads etc., but it uses the absolute least amount of resources.

  15. Chris
    February 25, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Also, I would NOT recommend installing Clean Master or anything similar. Those apps themselves take up too much space and you can accomplish the same thing manually.

    Finally, for those using CyanogenMod, you can take the Facebook lite app, then use privacy guard to disallow it from using the permissions you don't want.

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Hi Chris,

      You certainly have a point about Clean Master - I used to use it but I mostly clean house manually too. However, sometimes people like a pretty, simple interface to do the work for them, and I think that's valid. To each their own.

      Thanks for the tip about CyanogenMod's privacy guard! I'm running CyanogenMod myself and I had no idea it had a feature that would let you install but disallow permissions from apps. I definitely know some people who would like to know about that - it may totally change the way they approach adding new apps.



  16. Chris
    February 25, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Textra is amazing, been using it for awhile. You guys missed an amazing one though.

    Color note is great for note taking, you get sticky note widgets you can attach to your home screen (straight text or checklist), plus it also has a built in calendar with alerts and syncing to multiple sources.

    Other than Facebook, the fattest apps showing down my phone are the ones I can't delete even as root: Google, Google+, and Google Play Services. All three are about 60 MB apiece.

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks so much for the suggestion! Color note says that its size 'varies with device' - which I take it means that it stores notes in the app's data folder. Do you happen to know off-hand how big the base app is?

      Google's default apps sure are giant - no alternative I can imagine either! Seems we have to make space in other ways.



    • Chris
      February 27, 2015 at 6:48 am

      ColorNote's app size is 1.66MB on mine, about 3MB including data.

      You can somewhat mitigate the problem if you are installing your own rom (Cyanogen! :D) by using the more minimal version of GApps. If I recall correctly there are three packages to choose from, but it's been a long while since I last flashed. I think that these are still included even in the minimum version though.

  17. Allaround
    February 24, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    When I switched to Android I was shocked how bad the messaging app is compared to Windows Phone messaging. Then I found Textra! Awesome app.

    • Jessica C
      February 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Textra's pretty great, indeed.

      What made you switch from Windows Phone, and are you happy with the app selection otherwise?

  18. Anonymous
    February 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Argue weather and dolphin zero, maybe ccleanerto add the list

    • Jessica C
      February 27, 2015 at 2:18 am

      Thanks for suggesting CCleaner! I use it on my desktop all the time, but I haven't tried it on my smartphone yet.

      It does look like it could have been a good fit for this list though, at 2.3 MB.

      Jessica C

  19. sureshkumar
    February 24, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    speed of opera mini just just little bit higher side than naked browser but web page rendering experience of naked browser put this far ahead of opera mini. I am really surprised how I did not know about this browser till date? sorry for my English!

  20. sureshkumar
    February 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I am from India, mostly 2g coverage. 3g coverage are in big towns and cities and also high cost. I tried every browser opera mini, uc web, uc mini, chrome, Firefox, CM browser and other few . I have been using naked browser for few hours since i read the article, surely Naked browser will beat them all . Naked is the perfect for 2G network with more than acceptable web page rendering. opera mini is close competitor to naked browser. opera mini compression makes web rendering very poor but it has been serving me for 6,7 years. But naked browser costs approximately 35$!!! NEARLY 2000 RUPEES! no way many going to buy!! opera mini will serve them for few more years!

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Hi sureshkumar,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback on Naked Browser and letting us know what coverage is like in India - I think many of us take that 3G and 4G coverage for granted.

      Seems Naked Browser Pro is charging different amounts for different customers: $2 for US, $20 for non-US.

      Like you said - no way are many going to buy at that price.


  21. Matthew
    February 24, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    One big BEWARE for Naked browser, and possibly some other small ones that do not use their own engine.

    Android Webview has an unpatched vulnerability in versions below Kitkat - the workaround being to use an alternative browser that has it's own updated render engine.

    There are also potential issues with other apps using the webview component, but the exposure is lower than for a general browser.

    • Jessica C
      February 24, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Matthew!

      Do you know if Kitkat and higher versions are safe from that vulnerability, or do you perhaps have a link you can share so we can learn more?


    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks so much Matthew for providing all these great sources. I had no idea this vulnerability affected so many (almost 1 billion!) Android users!

      Thanks again for looking out for us all!

  22. 3laze
    February 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    What's that agenda widget on the first screenshot? Does it come built in to Holo Launcher?

    • Jessica C
      February 24, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Hi 3laze,

      The widget doesn't come built-in to Holo Launcher.

      That widget is from an app called Sunrise Calendar from Google Play:
      [Broken Link Removed]


  23. dick
    February 24, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Great list, but the phones that would get the most use out of these smaller apps would be some of the older phones and sadly, facebook lite nor naked browser are supported on most of these older phones (I am currently using motorola driod razr, tinfoil for facebook was the only of these I could install.) this phone overall is a huge POS, but would greatly benefit from its lack of ram with support for these

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Sorry to hear much of the list wasn't compatible with your device. Hope you get to upgrade someday.

      May I ask what version of Android you are running?


  24. asdman
    February 24, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    How is the appointments widget in the left screenshot of the Holo Launcher HD called?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Jessica C
      February 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Hi asdman,
      That widget is from an app called Sunrise Calendar from Google Play:
      [Broken Link Removed]

      You're welcome!

  25. amit shah
    February 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    go 4 CM browser. It's light n fast!

    • Jessica C
      February 24, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, amit shah! Might be a good alternative for those here who don't want to give business to the creator of Naked Browser.

    • Naked Browser Dev
      February 26, 2015 at 3:52 am

      Check out CM Browser's permissions...

  26. professor
    February 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    the developer for naked browser is rude and petty. he takes a long time to respond to comments via email, and if you are confused about something, he belittles you, calls you names, and uses profanity.
    worst of all, he practically forces people to only leave five-star reviews on google play. seriously, take a look at the reviews-he is kind and gracious in his responses to five star reviews, but anything less-even four star reviews-he is nasty, almost as if it is a personal slight. he has revoked access to the entire line of certain models of phones/tablets as retribution simply for a user's comment.
    i don't care how small his browser is. i wouldn't recommend giving him business and rewarding his bullying _over an app_.

    • Mat
      February 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      I've checked the comments and scanned for 4 star and less ratings.
      Indeed, he leaves such unsavory remarks, he might be talented, but he's undeserving of purchase because of his bad attitude.

    • Jessica C
      February 24, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      It's unfortunate that some people don't see how being kind can take you so much further than being rude.

      I only got the free app anyway!

      Thanks for commenting, professor, and Mat.

    • Naked Browser Dev
      February 26, 2015 at 3:50 am

      Show me where I used profanity. I am not going to sit back and take crap from jerks. In my opinion, you are being the bully here and I am standing up to you.

      I get back to emails pretty quickly as anyone who emails me knows. If you are confused about something, I try to help. If you are rude, do not expect me to be happy dealing with you.

      I wish I could force people to leave 5 star reviews. I am kind to people who are kind and I respond appropriately to trolls, rude people, etc. I have revoked support for a handful of devices, and always because of user complaints for those devices.

      2 sides to every story.

    • Ben S
      February 26, 2015 at 4:16 am

      I'd like to step in here and back this up - the dev of Naked Browser is indeed incredibly rude and runs his review page in a bullying nature. I didn't see profanity, but treating customers like this is completely unacceptable:

      You treat someone with concerns as an inconvenience and threaten to raise the app's price just because one person has having an issue?

      This is pathetic and really lousy business practice.

    • Jessica C
      February 26, 2015 at 4:17 am

      Dear Naked Browser Dev,

      You wish you "could force people to leave 5-star reviews"? Then, sir, I am not certain you understand what the purpose of a star-review system is.

      Are you perhaps under the impression that reviews are supposed to be free advertising in exchange for making software? It is not. Though often misused and abused and taken for granted (because the system isn't perfect either), it has a much higher purpose than praising people and advertising.

      Neither you, nor any other developer or designer, is entitled to a perfect score.

      Learning to take constructive criticism in stride, even if difficult and not couched in compliments, is a virtue that will only make yourself and your products better.

      Kind regards,

      Jessica C.

    • Naked Browser Dev
      February 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      @Ben: the review you posted accused the app of a "pay scheme", which is a completely false accusation. Also, you assume I would raise the price for one negative review, which is also false.

      @Jessica: the OP accused me of "forcing" people to leave 5 star ratings. My point is that I cannot force anyone to do anything. I think you should support devs a bit more and stop hopping on the random troll bandwagon.

      @those who expect to be rude, lie, etc. and get cheery customer service in return, please do go elsewhere. Check your sense of entitlement too.

      I'm a solo dev, and actually a nice guy despite the rhetoric here. I made Naked Browser for myself because I was tired of all of the spyware Android browsers out there, and I decided to share it. I try my best to deal with all of the support emails, Play Store comments, blog posts about Naked Browser--all while trying to develop the app. It is totally not worth it for me to do this so this is why some countries have higher prices. If my email box is overwhelmed, I push up prices. You don't like that? I don't either.

      Thanks for checking out Naked Browser. The free version is always available on the web site:


    • Jessica C
      February 28, 2015 at 9:38 pm


      My colleague Ben does not 'assume you would raise the price for one negative review. You suggest that you are thinking about it in your response to the review, and you need to understand that on the internet, unless we know each other very well, we have to take each other at face value. If you say you are thinking about it, well, we believe you are thinking about it. If you meant it only as a passing expression of frustration, well I suggest you choose a different phrase.

      Likewise, the OP here, professor, said that you 'practically force' people to leave 5 star reviews. No, you aren't holding a gun to their heads scripting out their comments. What he means is that the way you respond, in anger and frustration to small complaints, with passing musings to raise prices, well, that discourages people from speaking their minds honestly. Which is 'practically forcing'.

      All that said, I can understand the frustration of working hard and investing a lot of time to create a product that doesn't earn enough money to merit it. It's common to lots of app developers. That still doesn't explain why some countries have higher prices and not all countries across the board. Why geographically discriminate at all? That doesn't seem fair. It's not like it costs you more money to 'ship' your product to Canada.

      Thanks again for taking the time to respond - it has been very interesting to get your insight.

      Jessica C.

    • Naked Browser Dev
      March 1, 2015 at 8:43 am


      > Ben does not ‘assume you would raise the price for one negative review.

      Ben wrote "raise the app’s price just because one person has having an issue" you are wrong Jessica.

      > we believe you are thinking about it

      I did more than think about it. I set the price as I see fit.

      > the way you respond, in anger and frustration to small complaints

      I won't defend myself against your generalization. Show me specifics and I will address them. I've already been accused of using profanity, being rude, and now from you discrimination...

      > Why geographically discriminate at all?

      Exactly which apps have you developed and priced? From where did you get your Economics degree? I want to know your qualifications for telling me how to price products and deal with people.

      And since you are dishing out advice, let me give you some. Recommending UC Mini is irresponsible. Just look at the permissions. You question my business practices? I question your qualifications for recommending any software, and frankly I am not sure you should be writing technical articles at all. Oh right, I am rude because I tell the truth.

    • Harry
      March 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Wow your boundless rationality and kindness is amazing. I'm sure any potential customer who reads your comments will feel the need to rush out and buy your app in support, whatever the price.

      That or they'll think you're acting like a spoilt child.

    • Jessica C
      March 1, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Hi Tony,

      I hear you loud and clear now: You can't or don't want to explain why you charge 10x more in certain countries. Cool.

      Thanks for pointing out that UC Mini has a lot of permissions. It was beyond the scope of the piece, but indeed it may influence someones decision to download it.


      This rest of this comment goes out to all my dear readers:

      Think I made a grievous error with this list? I welcome you, like Tony, to point out what it is, and if you desire, precisely why that makes me a worthless hack of a writer in the comments. If you found it pointless, you know where your Back button is. If, however, you think this article was useful, you are (of course) welcome to keep reading my work and let me know what you want me to write more of.

      I will endeavour to take all feedback with me to my next articles and try to be better. I can't promise that I'll do everything you want, but I will think about it. (I don't get better... May God help us all!)

      But y'all need to stop making Tony feel bad about Naked Browser! He's having a rough time with his app being featured again at MakeUseOf. After all, it's good, but it's not perfect. Maybe I should apologize for mentioning it at all - I mean, after all, it's not like I'm qualified to recommend software or anything.

      Thanks for your patience,

      Jessica Coccimiglio
      Not-an-Economist, just a Human Who Buys Things Sometimes and Has Opinions.
      BA in Interactive Arts & Technology, and Communication (SFU 2013)

    • Naked Browser Dev
      March 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Typical Niceness Police: a few "hurt" people attack me, accuse me of using being rude, petty, discriminatory, a child, and all else. The bullies attack but like typical bullies cry when they get push back. They don't see their own rudeness, pettiness, childishness, etc.

      @Jessica, you accused me of not being able to take criticism so where is the criticism? Show me where I was rude, petty, discriminatory. You don't understand why something would be priced differently in some countries? You want to know specifics of my pricing strategy? Please go ask Coca-Cola, Ford, etc. your questions instead of picking on me. I can price my products however I want and people can buy them or not. Calling it discrimination without evidence or understanding is silly, naive, and libelous.

      I do listen to criticism. If you knew how much time I have dedicated to Naked Browser over the past few years, you would never level that accusation against me. The app is what it is because of good, honest feedback. And the rude people? I take their feedback too, but I just won't take their rudeness lying down. Instead, you treat me as if I'm a child: "He’s having a rough time with his app being featured again at MakeUseOf." Petty.

      I will push your accusation back on you, though. You should take criticism better. If you accuse someone of something, back it up with specific examples. If you feel upset, consider that it might be the truth that hurts.


      • Saurav
        October 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm

        Well, this attitude is disgusting. Always remember - Ability can open the first door of success for you, it may as well lead you to the second door but beyond a certain limit ability is of no use. It's your attitude that takes you miles.

        And it is not as simple as you making this app for yourself and just sharing it with others. In that case you would not play such tricks with pricing.

        Was beginning to like NakedBrowser but don't feel like using something for free from a arrogant and discriminant person.

        You should be thankful to Jessica that she voluntarily published your app in this list. At least don't insult her.

        Finally, I for one do not give in to the false warnings of other apps spying on users. I am a normal user who doesn't have much to hide and I do not distrust reputed names like google, uc, cm, opera etc.
        As far as permissions are concerned, all these apps do collect user data for enhancement programs and they clearly tell you that and give the option to disable that feature as well. So, no deal breaker for me.

        I am from India, where the price for naked browser pro is approx INR 1600 !!
        You should expect more unjust negative ratings when people feel discriminated like that.

        Thanks but No regards

  27. Stephen
    February 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Re Naked Browser Pro since when does $2.00 = £10.00?

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Stephen - good catch.

      We did a little digging since this article was published and discovered that the developer is charging US-based customers $2, and non-American's $20.

      Very peculiar business ethics he's showing.

      Jessica C

  28. Paul H.
    February 24, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    When i go to the Google play store, Naked Browser is $ 20, not $ 2....too richfor me !

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Paul, it appears that the developer has decided to charge US-based customers $2, and non-American's $20.

      Too rich for me too, frankly.
      Jessica C

    • Naked Browser Dev
      February 26, 2015 at 3:43 am

      Not exactly true Jessica. A handful of countries have higher prices but most are $2

    • Jessica C
      February 26, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Hi there, Naked Browser Dev!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on this article and share your point of view. I really appreciate it.

      Could you shed some light on which countries are charged which prices, and why, please? I would appreciate it and I think the MakeUseOf readers would too.

      Jessica C