Android: You need to De-Bloat your phone. How to Gain your privacy and performance back

Dmitry Yarygin
6 min readJul 26, 2021
Photo by Denny Müller on Unsplash

Mobile phones are a crucial part of our life. It’s hard to imagine our daily routing those days without having a smartphone. The growth of the smartphone market triggered concern about the fact of how our data is used and processed.

By using your mobile phone you are agreeing to multiple license agreements and assume that you are giving away your data in the right hands. But since nobody is guaranteeing you full privacy it’s mostly all about you and how you decided to approach it. Think about it, those are the ways how your personal data is escaping your phone:

  • Cloud services (Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.)
  • Analytics Services (Firebase, Cloudfare, Google Cloud)
  • Application Stores (iOS App Store, Android Play Store)
  • Your phone vendor-specific services (App Stores, Applications, etc.)
  • Location-tracking Services

Android platform is strange in the sense that while there seems to be so much telemetry going on — we can still control many of those things and even disable many of it. Not entirely, but at least minimize the exposure. In the end, it allows us to customize it much more to our taste comparing to iOS.



Dmitry Yarygin

Nomad lifestyle writer. Passionate about breaking software— QA Engineer. My Travel & Tech YouTube channel: