Steps to Deal with App Overload

Helping to sort through smartphones and tablets.

By on July 17, 2013

With 70 billion mobile apps expected to be downloaded in 2013, consumers may find themselves overwhelmed by the volume of apps stored on their mobile devices.

Nuance, a provider of voice and language solutions, found that 95 percent of apps downloaded, many of which are free, are swiftly abandoned resulting in unnecessary battery drain. Even the most tech-savvy users fall victim to this trend. Jenna Wortham, technology reporter for The New York Times, has 259 apps on her smartphone but has said she only uses about 16 of them regularly.

To avoid app fatigue, remove games and other unused apps clogging up your device. Keeping too many apps on your device can also impact performance and cause it to operate more slowly. Try tools such as BetterBattery and App Usage Tracker to identify and get rid of infrequently used apps.

After removing unwanted apps, it’s the perfect time to organize your smartphone or tablet. One option is to create folders on your home screen and sort apps by actions with widgets. By eliminating clutter, it’s easier to find and launch an app when you need it. And once organized, you may want to take a second before installing to weigh the pros and cons of its capabilities and your likelihood to use it regularly.

Finally, there are actually some apps that can help you avoid app overload. For example, AppLuvr helps locate the best apps for you by tapping into recommendations and ratings from your Facebook friends based on apps they are already using.  

Check out Verizon’s Top 20 Must-Have Apps for a list of apps that offer a “best in class” experience, and also see the list of high-risk apps to identify apps that may have negative effects on your device.