Are memory cleaning apps actually legit?

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  1. Loco Emperor macrumors regular

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    So I had been having some issues with my phone using a lot of storage from the start even with very little apps on it. Apps like tinder use like 1.6 Gb while logged in but when logged out the storage changed.

    I downloaded this memory app and it seems to work as it basically got rid of junk files and brought me up to 7 Gb from 5.3 GB

    Are apps like this legit? It reminds me of my android days and how the android fans try to say you don't need a task killer (you did) but others say you did.
     

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  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    The color choice of this app is very unpleasant for me. :(
    Despite this, I don't find any reason using such software to help increasing system available spaces. What you say 7GB is your flash drive storage, not RAM capacity.
    iOS does not need user to free up memory regularly. You just keep using your device and system will take care of the rest. I never use tinder but it looks like tinder downloads a lot of stuff in background and delete them afterwards. Theoretically speaking, one single tinder cannot occupy 1.6GB of RAM to run.
     
  3. chestvrg, Jun 19, 2016
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    chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    You should try wondershare safe eraser I tried the free trial which allowed me to show how much data supposedly I had in excess.

    I bought the full version and it does a lot of cleaning on my iPhone, but the phone has to be connected via USB cable, and I notice that it takes a long time to clean and you have to remove the encryption, and find my phone has to be disabled during the cleanup. In some cases I have recovered up to 2.5GB of space back.

    Also it runs an additional utility that shrinks the size of your pictures taken in the camera roll which saves a lot of space, it also runs like a sheddrer like utility that deletes trashed files. You should look into this utility. Some cleaning sessions take up to 20 minutes.

    Here is the link:

    https://www.wondershare.com/iphone-data-eraser/
     
  4. chabig macrumors 68040

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    That sounds like a terrible idea for photos. It must be recompose sing them, which reduces quality. And as for "trashed files", that makes me suspicious, as iOS doesn't have a trash can. It makes no sense at all that a small developer has better knowledge than Apple about how the OS should manage resources.
     
  5. chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    About the picture quality I agree some what. Some picture stay ok at 3MP and it all depends if you want to keep them at 12MP, 16MP for what the application would be (printing, viewing on a 4K display and so on).

    About the deleting I believe like any other OS when a file is deleted it only removes the pointer, but some of the data can still be recovered if the disk was not properly written by zeros. Many windows utilities apply this methods to completely remove a file by passing it several times through a deleting algorithm and re-written that space previously occupied by the data of an image with zeros. I would believe iOS on iPhones are any different regardless of how lock down iOS is in general.

    There are forensic data recovery utilities out there employed by law enforcement and other government bodies that attempt to recover deleted data once they have broken into your phone.
     
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Sounds like it's mostly app caches that are taking up space, which can easily be dealt with by uninstalling an app and reinstalling it back.
     
  7. chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    Yes but this becomes a problem because then all settings are lost and when you have some 10 applications that you would have to re customize settings it could become a pain in the ***. Like the Tapatalk app I have customize it in a way that I only allow some type of notifications to notify me and these settings don't stick to the account settings,

    Facebook the setting when one has to turn off auto play of video, those would have to be re customize, and any other app as well. It becomes easier for a utility to just run in the background and clean all this up.
     
  8. Loco Emperor thread starter macrumors regular

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    that seems unnecessarily tedious tbh. constantly uninstalling and reinstalling.
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Considering we are talking about a few apps at most and it's something that would just happen once in a while, it's really not. That's not to say it's effort-free or anything like that, but it's nothing all that bad or that time consuming in most cases. That's also not to say that things can't be improved in that area where Apple (or developers of apps) could offer some ways to clear the caches of various apps in a much easier fashion, but until something like that might ever exist, this is one of the more common solutions/workarounds.
     
  10. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Or one could simply try to download a huge TV series when one's phone doesn't have enough space for it. That clears one's cache.
     
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    I know that works for iTunes and related (internal) Apple caches, I wasn't quite sure if it does for third party app ones.
     
  12. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    I'm also not sure, but assumed as much since it can free up several GB's of storage (it did for me and I rarely use iTunes).

    I could be wrong though; it wouldn't be the first time (today).
     
  13. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    This trick looks like not working at iOS 10 at all.

    Mentioned in an EverythingApplePro video.
     
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