Android 15 Could Reportedly Allow Users to Archive Apps to Save Space


Android 15 is still months away, but a new feature has recently surfaced. Reportedly, users will be able to archive an app instead of completely uninstalling it to save space on their smartphones. This app storage feature is currently available on the Google Play Store for apps downloaded through the Market. However, there are no manual controls, and apps downloaded from other app marketplaces do not support it. This is why an operating system-level feature via Android 15 could be more useful.

Spotted by Mishaal Rahman writing for Android Authority, strings of code for this feature were discovered in the Android 14 QPR 3 beta 2 update that was released recently. Rahman was able to find the “Archive” and “Restore” options and activate them, allowing him to use the feature even though it was not officially added. Then, he tried to archive and restore an app and found that the feature automatically stores all user data. Users will reportedly not need to sign in or fear losing any in-app data from storing them.

In his experiment, Rahman stored his Uber app, which occupied 387 MB of storage. After archiving it, the size of the app reduced to just 17.64MB. A cloud icon also appeared on top of the app icons. As soon as I clicked on the app, the downloading and installing process started again. Once installed, the cloud icon disappeared. Surprisingly, upon opening the app, it was found that his account was already logged in and all the saved locations were also present.

This feature is currently available on the Google Play Store and can be accessed by clicking on the profile icon > Adjustment , Archive apps automatically, However, as stated above, this setting will store rare apps that were downloaded from Google's App Marketplace. It will neither let users archive any apps manually nor does it support any apps downloaded from third-party sources.

Such a feature is useful when the smartphone is running low on storage and urgently needs to free up space to install another app or capture high-definition images or videos. Instead of going through the hassle of uninstalling apps and reinstalling them and setting up your account (and losing some in-app data), users can simply archive certain apps. It is worth noting that Apple already offers this feature in iPhone and it is called app offloading, However, this also works automatically and does not give users detailed control to choose which apps to archive.

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