Avast Cleanup for Android - Getting Started

Avast Cleanup for Android is a mobile app designed to help improve the performance of your device and preserve storage space by removing unnecessary media, files, apps, and app data. Remove these items by transferring them to a cloud storage account and/or deleting them from your device. You can also optimize photos to consume less space.

This article assumes that the latest version of Avast Cleanup is installed on your Android device. For detailed installation instructions, refer to the following article:

Navigate Avast Cleanup

  1. On the Home screen of your device, tap the Avast Cleanup icon to open the app.
  2. The following options are available via the main app screen:
    1. Quick Clean: Scan for and delete dispensable items, including thumbnails, APKs, residual files, and hidden, visible, and shared cache.
    2. Boost: Hibernate apps that are running in the background, stopping them from slowing down your device and draining your battery.
    3. Tips: Review 5 tips for clearing space on your device. The first time you use the Tips feature, you are prompted to specify which kinds of tips you want Avast Cleanup to prioritize via the Analysis Preferences screen.
    4. Media: Access an overview of the media that is stored on your device, including suggestions for clearing space.
    5. Apps: Access an overview of the apps that are installed on your device, including suggestions for clearing space.

Perform a Quick Clean

Quick Clean cleans your device by removing unnecessary files to free storage space. You can select which item types are removed before you clean.

  1. Tap the Quick Clean button.
  2. In Quick Clean review, tick the item types you want to clean. Item types are divided into 2 sections (you may see one or both sections, depending which data types are stored on your device):
    • Safe To Clean: Data that has been carefully selected to ensure that it is truly dispensable, including thumbnails, APKS, residual files, and hidden, visible, and shared cache.
    • For Your Consideration: Data that may not be valuable to you. We recommend reviewing items included in this group and only ticking items that are dispensable. All items are unticked by default and will not be deleted unless you manually select them.
  3. Tap Finish Cleaning to delete the selected items.

Hibernate apps

The Boost feature stops apps from running in the background, releasing memory for other tasks.

  1. Tap the Boost tile.
  2. Tick the apps that you want to stop, then tap Hibernate Apps.
You may need to grant Avast Cleanup permission to hibernate apps in bulk via your device settings. Tap Grant, then follow the on-screen instructions. If you do not grant this permission, you are prompted to hiberate each selected app individually.
  1. Tap Proceed.
  2. Wait while Avast Cleanup hibernates the selected apps, then tap the back arrow to return to the main Avast Cleanup screen.

The selected apps are no longer running in the background.

Optimize your photos

Avast Cleanup allows you to optimize your images to occupy less space. Images that are already the same size as your device screen (for example, screenshots) are not optimizable. To optimize your photos:

  1. Tap Menu (three lines) in the top-left corner of the main app screen.
  2. Go to Photo OptimizerShow Photos.
  3. Photos are arranged in groups according to age. Tick the photo(s) you want to optimize, or tap Select All next to a group of photos to select the whole group.
  4. Tap the Confirm Photos button at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Tap Continue to proceed with default optimization, or tap Setup to preview an optimized image. If you have a paid Avast Cleanup subscription, you can additionally set the optimization level according to your needs.
  6. Under Original photos, tap Select (or Change) to specify what will happen to your original photo(s). The following options are available:
    • Send originals to cloud storage: Remove the original photos from your device and send them to cloud storage. If Avast Cleanup is already connected to a cloud storage account, tap the email address connected to your preferred account. If not, tap Connect to cloud storage to connect the app to a new cloud storage account.
    • Just delete: Remove and permanently delete the original photos from your device.
    • Keep originals: Keep the original photos on your device.
  7. Tap Optimize Now to immediately start optimizing the selected photo(s).
  8. When optimization is complete, tap the back arrow to return to the main Avast Cleanup screen.

Your photos are now optimized to occupy less space on your device.

Define your Analysis preferences

When you tap the Tips tile on the main app screen, you can review 5 tips for clearing space on your device.

You can specify which kinds of tips you want Avast Cleanup to prioritize via the Analysis preferences screen:

  1. Tap Menu (three lines) in the top-left corner of the main app screen.
  2. Go to SettingsAnalysis preferences.
  3. Touch and hold the icon (three lines) next to a tip category and drag the panel up or down to reorder your preferences.

Avast Cleanup shows tips according to your specified preferences.

Manage cloud transfers

'The cloud' refers to virtual storage space where you can keep media and files such as photos, videos, and documents. Avast Cleanup allows you to easily transfer items from your device to a connected cloud storage account. To connect Avast Cleanup to a cloud storage account:

  1. Tap Menu (three lines) in the top-left corner of the main app screen.
  2. Go to SettingsCloud services.
  3. Tap Connect next to your chosen cloud service (Dropbox or Google Drive).
  4. Select your preferred account and tap OK. Enter login credentials if prompted.
  5. The account now appears under Connected. To sign out of an account, tap the icon (three dots) next to the account and select Sign out.

You can be connected to multiple Google Drive accounts and one Dropbox account at the same time. If you are connected to multiple accounts simultaneously, you are prompted to choose an account each time you attempt to transfer data to cloud storage.

For more information about managing cloud transfers in Avast Cleanup for Android, refer to the following article:

Further recommendations

To learn more about Avast Cleanup for Android, refer to the following article:

  • Avast Cleanup 5.x for Android
  • Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow, API 23) or higher

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