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Android 15 Gives Users More Control Over Storage with App Archiving.

Though Android 15 is still several months away, one of its new features has leaked. According to reports, users will have the option to archive apps rather than fully delete them from their smartphones in order to free up space. For apps that are downloaded through the marketplace, the Google Play Store now offers the ability to archive apps. Nevertheless, programs downloaded from other app stores do not offer manual control, and there is none. For this reason, an Android 15 operating system-level feature would be far more beneficial.

The strings of codes enabling this feature were found in the recently published Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 update, as reported by Mishaal Rahman, a writer for Android Authority. Rahman was able to use the function even though it was not formally added, as he was able to locate and activate the “archive” and “restore” options. When he tried to archive and restore a program, he discovered that all of the user data was automatically retained by the function.

Rahman preserved his Uber app, which took up 387MB of data, as part of his experiment. The application’s size was lowered to just 17.64MB once it was archived. Above the app symbol, there was also an icon of a cloud. The process of downloading and installing the program started afresh when you clicked on it. After installation, the cloud icon vanished. Opening the app revealed, surprisingly, that all of his stored locations were there and that his account was already logged in.

You may find this functionality in the Google Play Store right now by going to Settings > Automatically archive apps from the profile icon. But as previously said, this setting will archive programs that you downloaded from Google’s app marketplace but don’t use very often. This does not support any programs that are downloaded from outside sources and will not allow users to manually archive apps.

When a smartphone’s storage is insufficient and you urgently need to create space for another app to install or to take high-definition photos or videos, this capability comes in handy. Users can choose to archive some apps rather than removing them, having to go through the hassle of reinstalling them, setting up their account, and possibly losing some in-app data. Notably, Apple has this feature—known as app offloading—already available for the iPhone. But this also functions automatically, denying users the ability to select which apps to archive with fine-grained control.


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