AVG cleaner is a free app for Android developed by AVG antivirus. There is a free and paid version of the app and in this review we will be covering the free version. I will start off by saying that these apps typically don’t do a whole lot for your device in terms of real world performance and I only recommend using one if you’re running very low on storage.
That aside let’s jump in and break down what features exist in the app and whether or not you should install it.
How It Works
AVG Cleaner works like most other “optimization” apps do for your Android device. They are mostly junk removal apps in that they remove cached data from your apps, remove empty folders, and help you remove unwanted images and downloads. You see, RAM cleaning apps have fallen out of grace with modern Android devices due to features such as Doze which can put unimportant apps into a sort of “sleep” mode. This stops the apps from running in the background saving RAM as well as battery life.
In fact, this app comes with a “RAM Optimizer” called Hibernate. This feature works using the native feature built into Android dubbed doze but it will do so automatically if you grant it the permissions to do so. This takes very little effort to do and after using this feature I noticed no difference on my Pixel 4XL. I imagine if you’re running a lower-end device you might see some improvement but you can do this without using this feature.
The Quick Scan feature is a bit of a simple feature it will scan the device and prompt you to save storage by deleting items such as the “Hidden Cache” or the “Visible Cache”. While this will save you disk space one thing to keep in mind is by removing this data you might end up using slightly more data the next time you open the app. The next time you open said app will also be slower due to the lack of cached files needing to be redownloaded. My general advice is not to clear the cache unless you’re trying to diagnose an issue or you’re running really low on space. If you have a 32GB of storage device and you have 10GB free I wouldn’t go clearing the cache because you’re not gaining any benefit and are more likely to harm your own user experience.
However, the Quick Scan feature does come with an awesome tool for cleaning out your downloads folder which is something I see most Android users forgetting to do. There is no reason to keep files in your downloads folder until you end up replacing the device a few years down the line. You might as well remove whatever files you downloaded when they are no longer necessary as that is the most effective way to save on disk space.
The Photo Optimizer while cool is a waste. I don’t see a reason why you should use the Photo Optimizer feature in this app basically what it does is resize and compress your images to save on space which would be a good idea if Google Photos didn’t exist. With Google Photos you can upload all of your images to the cloud where they do minor levels of compression that aren’t really noticeable. With the AVG Cleaner app you can compress your images up to 70% file size reduction but it leaves an obvious reduction in image quality and color accuracy. I don’t see why you would want to use this feature over Google Photos which is totally free for all Android users.
Thoughts & Should You Use This App?
I don’t really see a good use case for this app unless you’re daily driver is really old or out of date. Infact, you might find your device performing better after removing the app solely due to the sheer number of advertisements that clutter its free version. The paid version which it excessively reminds you is indeed a thing doesn’t provide anything that justifies its cost in my opinion. While antivirus apps are indeed a good idea to run on your device I don’t see a reason to go out and install an app to attempt to improve your device’s performance. You would honestly be better off doing a factory reset if you notice any sluggishness and uninstalling apps instead of adding another one to remove some pictures and cache from apps that you actively use.
AVG Cleaner For Android
AVG Cleaner For Android while a good idea on pen and paper doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense in today's market. While their antivirus app is a good idea to protect your device I wouldn't go and install their cleaner app as it's effectively a glorified space saver instead of doing anything important.
- Makes removing downloaded items easy.
- Can help save some ram by automatically adding apps to the sleep feature in Android core.
- Photo Optimizer is pointless when Google Photos exists
- Is not an antivirus app so you have no protection
- I wouldn't recommend installing this app.