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Zombie Apps & Programs: Are your devices being drained?

Aim for the head and destroy the brain! That’s how you kill a zombie. Defeating zombie apps and software programs is pretty much the same.

Just a lot less blood and guts… probably.

The term ‘zombie apps’ might seem a little extreme, especially when there are Zombie based game applications that might very well live on your iPhone or Android phone. But the meaning is very much appropriate – applications that you don’t realise are sucking data, storage, and battery life (aka braaaaaaiiinnnnnnssss)

First off, if you simply want to clean up your device, here is how to remove applications and programs from Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone devices:

How to remove unused or inactive applications

Windows 10

  1. In the Windows search box, type ‘programs’
  2. Select ‘Add or remove programs’ found in system settings
  3. Now on the list shown, you can filter by name, size, or install date
  4. The size will provide the largest programs, taking up the most storage
  5. Install date could reveal preinstalled software that came with your device
  6. To uninstall a program, simply select a program and choose ‘Uninstall’

Mac OS

  1. Click the Finder icon on your toolbar
  2. Down the left-hand side, select ‘Applications’
  3. If the application you want to remove is located within a folder, open the folder
  4. Now select the ‘Uninstaller’ file
  5. If the application is not within a folder, simply drag the application to the Trash icon on your toolbar
  6. Now empty the contents of the trash and restart your Mac device.

Android

  1. On your Android home screen, swipe down to reveal all your applications
  2. Simply hold down on the application you want to remove
  3. Drag the application to the top of your screen and select uninstall
  4. Restart your device

iPhone

  1. Find the application you want to remove
  2. Hold down on the icon for 3 seconds
  3. All the applications will begin to wobble
  4. Tap the small ‘X’ on the top right-hand corner of the application
  5. Select Okay
  6. Restart your device

Then, why not see which applications are using the most memory or data. Here is how you can check on Windows and Android devices

How to see which applications are using the most storage

Windows

  1. Similar to the method before, navigate to the programs window
  2. Filter by the ‘size’ dropdown at the top of your list
  3. Or, navigate to the bottom of the entire window and select ‘programs and features’
  4. An older programs window will appear
  5. Select the size filter on the toolbar
  6. Now you can clearly see every application filtered from largest to smallest

Mac

  1. Similar to the method before, navigate to the applications window
  2. Right-click in the white space and select View, then View as list
  3. Now your applications will be in a list, click the size filter at the top of your toolbar
  4. Now all your applications will be listed in size from largest to smallest

Android

  1. Click the settings application
  2. Go to ‘storage and memory’
  3. You will now see a breakdown of your devices memory, select ‘apps’ or ‘other apps’
  4. You can now see which apps are taking up the most in size

iPhone

  1. Open the settings application
  2. Select general
  3. Then iPhone Storage
  4. Now wait for the storage to be calculated
  5. Scroll down to reveal which applications are taking the most storage

Now you are well equipped to plow down hoards of Zombie apps that are sucking the life from your device!

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