Featured Android App Review: Clean Master [Tools]

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Spring is in the air folks and you know what that means, spring cleaning. When people say, “spring cleaning” people always think about cleaning their house or office, but it doesn’t stop there. Your phone might need a little as well, especially if it’s not running like it was when you first took it out of the box. We actually did a post about that last year, but there is a newer app on the scene that will assist you in cleaning your cache, uninstalling apps, and deleting  files, bookmarks, and text messages. It’s called Clean Master from Ksmobile, and it reminds me of CCleaner for Windows. It’s so simple to use, that I guarantee that after using the app for a few minutes, your phone will be as good as new again.

The interface is simple, clean, and features the Holo UI. Those are three things I love in apps. The main screen will give you a quick glance at how much storage you have left on both your device and on your SD card (if  installed). You have four options: History, Privacy, Tasks, and App Manager.

History has two parts and the first is your cache, which are temporary files created by all your apps. Over time they accumulate and take up a lot of unnecessary space as well as drain your memory. Just tap “History” and you will get a list of all your installed apps as well as how much cache storage each one has. The majority of them will be classified as System Cache. Clean Master will already check off the ones that it feels you should delete, and it will also go as far as tell you what you shouldn’t delete. You can still uncheck or check any of the apps if you so wish. Just tap clean, and presto, it will delete all the cache files from the selected apps. To give you a point of reference, my current phone is about 4 months old, and my total cache was 821MB. Cleaning your cache is probably something you should do every week or so. The second part of History covers your residual files such as music, videos, documents, etc. You can quickly see all these types of files as well as how much space they are taking. Just checkoff the ones you want deleted and tap clean.

Next up is Privacy. In Privacy, you can delete SMS/MMS messages, Call Logs, and Search History. For both SMS/MMS and Call Logs, you will have the choice of deleting all history or by contact. One thing I would like to see is the ability to tell Clean Master to only delete messages that are older than a certain amount of days. This way you can still keep some of your more current messages, and is something they may include in a future update. If you tap on Search History, you will be given a list of the apps that are saving such data like your Browser, YouTube, Gmail, Google Search, etc. Unfortunately Chrome doesn’t show up in this list, but is something that should be rectified soon. In addition to Clean Master’s built in deleting mechanism, the app will also take you to the stock Android app page for individual apps so that you can clear data manually, which would also remove account settings and passwords.

Tasks is simply a task killer. It’s not a task manager, which would supersede Android’s task managing abilities, of which I’m totally against. This is a manual task killer, which probably isn’t all that necessary since every Android phone UI has it’s own built in version. Nevertheless, Clean Master lets you checkoff a bunch of apps to close at the same time.

Last but not least is the App Manager, which lets you uninstall apps as well as backup apks. Android already makes it fairly easy to uninstall apps, but Clean Master makes things easier when you are really looking to delete a lot of apps. It will list all apps installed on the device as well as any third party apks. You can check off the ones you want to be uninstalled and bingo, Clean Master will get rid of them in one swoop. If you want to backup any apks, you can do that as well, but keep in mind, it won’t backup app data even if you’re rooted.

So there you have it. Clean Master is quick and painless and will help you free up a lot of space that will enable your phone to be a little bit more like it was the day you first turned it on. Of course, we can all use the extra space for more music or pictures as well. It’s absolutely free in the Play Store, so give it a shot and let me know what you think. You can check out my hands on video below as well as download links.

Full Features List:

  1. History Eraser –  clean cache and clean residual files
  2. Privacy Protection – clean selected messages (SMS&MMS), selected call logs, Google search history, clear clipboard data, and protect other app privacy such as wechat, whatsapp, etc.
  3. Kill running tasks/release RAM/1Tap Boost
  4. Application manager – uninstaller and backup

Clean Master supports the following languages: German, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese (China), Portuguese, Vietnamese, Hungarian.

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  • http://www.oneclickroot.com/top-root-apps/ How To Root

    I like this it has may features. It can be a task manager, it can delete history and also an application manager. The UI is also cool looking not like the others.

  • Albin

    Clean Master saved the day on my new cheap LG Gingerbread with only 150mb of internal storage, most of that is taken with preinstalled stuff, leaving only about 60mb. One feature the reviews are ignoring about the Application Manager section is that it includes a “move to SD card” option for apps that are developed with it. I now have many large apps on my Class 10 16gb SD card. (There is no performance difference noticeable in running apps from a fast SD card.)

    I wish Google would enforce a standard for developers to permit “move to SD” when possible, or at least that the Play store would clearly indicate in the About column whether the app can be moved to SD card instead of clogging internal storage.

    • soᴘʜıᴀ

      Hello Albin, may I know how do I get to the “move to SD card” option in the app? I can’t seem to find it.

      • m7morad

        you have to go to settings and then go to applications, manage applications, and then after you fins the app you can select it and move to sd card.

        • etsailing

          Cleanmaster on my htc evo 3d phone has move to sd option but on my samsung galaxy s3 tab it is not there. Is this due to different versions of android?

  • kim a anderson

    After moved to sd card widget no longer works…when I press it says no longer installed..the widget is grey and says sd….what do I do??

    • Jay Sacks

      don’t move widgets to the sd card…period.

    • Alice

      I I had installed Clean Master , but the space is too big,so I replaced with Toolwiz Cleaner.

  • laura

    JUNK!!!!

  • brighttomorrow

    Honestly, too many ads and plugins. I need a simpler and safer one.

  • Don Johnson

    I installed Cleanmaster on my LG L9 and it removed all of my pre-installed ringtones except t-mobile default. Do I have to do a master reset to restore them?

  • carmel

    Hi I installed this app and then all of a sudden all my pgotos and videos from my sd card are gone how do I get them back

    • ig

      Did you manage to get them back? If so how?

  • etsailing

    Move to sd on htc phone but not on galaxy tab. Why? Different android OS version?

  • John718

    Clean Master is Bad ass. If you can’t use it right then you have no business on a smart phone. I never had a problem. The app clearly will ask you to rid important files and that it never did for me, so human screw up is at fall here.
    2014 now, this app has all the feathers described above now. Keep up the good work CM.

  • John Cunanan

    If you enjoy inefficient cleaning, wasting battery life, and personal information stolen, be my guest. The application does nothing well.

  • Kathy

    But I cant move my apps from phone to sd card.. My mobile is GT7562.. And It also says ” your device doesn’t support this”