Best lightweight Android Apps

Does your favorite app eat your data, slowing your smartphone or draining your battery? Then why don’t you try some lite Android apps for tasks like social networking, managing emails, browsing, etc…

Most of the popular Android apps like Facebook, Messenger, Gmail, Chrome, etc eats a lot of our data along with the battery, but we can solve this problem some extent.

Yes, as I already told using lightweight versions of apps in your Android smartphone can save your data and battery. Also, these apps are perfect for smartphones with low RAM.

In short, the lite version of Android apps best suits for those whose :

  • device is being laggy and freezing all the time
  • phone always running out of space and can’t take photos or install new apps
  • device battery drains quicker than ever
  • internet connection speed is slow or having limited mobile data pack.

However, along with Android 8.1 Oreo Google released a new lightweight version of the Android operating system — Android Go, especially for devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM. To provide fluid smartphone experience to every user Google also added a set of “Go version” of Google apps — a lite version of Google apps — includes Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Chrome, and the new Files Go. And interestingly some of these Go edition lite apps also work with other older versions of Android too. Enough gibber gabber, here are some of the best lightweight Android apps that are going to help you :

Best Lite Android Apps :

1. Facebook Lite

Facebook Lite — Official lite version app of Facebook which installs fast, loads fast and uses less data and controls battery drain. The UI of the app is quite simple but features all essential tools that make it a better Facebook app for low memory smartphones.

2. Messenger Lite

Messenger Lite — its the lite version of Facebook Messenger. Facebook launched Messenger Lite recently, like Facebook Lite its also designed for 2G networks and areas with slow or unstable internet connections.

3. Aloha Browser Lite

Aloha Browser Lite is one of the best anonymous browsers coming with an in-built free VPN to enable private browsing on your Android smartphone. Lite version of Aloha is a superfast, free, full-featured web browser that provides maximum privacy and security without annoying ads. With free unlimited VPN, Aloha Browser is taking your Internet freedom and security to the next level.

4. UC Browser Mini

UC Browser Mini is the lite version of the most famous browser app in Android, still, it is one of the apps you should uninstall from your device because of its spying nature. It’s a lightweight browser especially useful to users of Android phones with lower specs and less storage space but still packed with great features.

5. Opera Mini

Another most downloaded browser in Android, Opera Mini lets you do everything you want to online without wasting your data plan. It’s a fast, safe mobile web browser that saves you tons of data, and lets you download videos from social media.

6. Camera360 Lite

Camera360 Lite is a fully-featured and completely free beauty camera app for Android. Also, it is a lite version of Camera 360 with the smallest Package(4MB) – Light and runs fast.  With this HD camera, you can experience a faster camera 360 functions.

7. ap15 Launcher

One of the best lightweight unique launchers available for Android. ap15 Launcher — focused on minimalism and efficiency with enough room for customization, is faster than any other launcher. ap15 automatically sort your favorite apps by their usage and display them in a stylish way on your home screen.

8. myMail

myMail keeps your mail securely in one place. It makes communication fast, light and mobile-friendly. It manages all your email accounts at once, Whether it’s Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, AOL, iCloud, Live, Exchange or GMX, myMail email client supports all major mail providers and any other IMAP or POP3-enabled mailbox.

9. 360 Security Lite

360 Security Lite is the only all-in-one lite Android app that can be an optimizer, speed booster, battery saver and antivirus app that optimizes your background apps, manages the memory space, cleans junk(cache) files and extends your battery life, while keeping your device safe from virus and Trojans.

[appbox googleplay com.qihoo.security.lite]

10. Twitter Lite

Twitter Lite — a faster, data-friendly version of Twitter. The app loads quickly on 2G and 3G networks and also minimizes data usage by turning on data saver mode to download only the images or videos you want to see.

[appbox googleplay com.twitter.android.lite]

11. Clean Master Lite

Famous cache and junk file cleaning app now come in the smallest package(3.6MB) to accelerate your Android device. The app designed in a way to perform functions with the lowest power consumption. Also, Clean Master Lite is packed with all essential tools such as — junk file cleaner, phone booster, battery saver, and a powerful Antivirus. Clean Master Lite clean up viruses and memory storage and makes your phone faster and safer. The lightweight Android version has the lowest power consumption and lowest memory usage – exclusively designed for phones with memory less than 1GB.

[appbox googleplay com.cmcm.lite]

12. Parallel Space Lite

How about running multiple instances of your favorite app on your smartphone without worrying about the battery and low RAM. We already know Parallel Space, but the app is heavy for smartphones with less than 1GB of RAM. Interestingly developers came up with a solution for them too, yes Parallel Space Lite is here. Now you can use multiple WhatsApp, Facebook even games in your device without worrying about RAM usage.

[appbox googleplay com.parallel.space.lite]

13. LinkedIn Lite

LinkedIn Lite — Lite android version of LinkedIn which is built to work efficiently even on slow internet connections takes minimal phone space, making sure your phone memory is saved.

[appbox googleplay com.linkedin.android.lite]

14. Skype Lite

Skype Lite is the new Skype slimed built to meet your daily messaging and video communication needs. It is small, fast, and capable to let you send free text messages and make voice & video calls even under limited network conditions.

[appbox googleplay com.skype.m2]

15. Firefox Lite

Fast, lightweight and most importantly one of the best private web browsers for Android made by Mozilla. Firefox Lite browser for Android comes with default on tracking protection to keep you safe in both normal and private mode. This mini size browser for Android is less than 4MB, equipped with Turbo Mode, that promises you lightning-fast browsing and 100% Adblocking feature.

16. VideoShow Lite

VideoShowLite is the compact edition of Videoshow video editor, reduced size and optimized for all devices. It is a powerpack app for video editing enthusiasts — it has quick movie maker, filmmaker, video player, slideshow editor, video editor app and screen recorder that lets users create stylish videos with ease.

17. Amazon Kindle Lite

Amazon Kindle Lite is the new lightweight Android app built especially for a great reading experience even on slow networks and with patchy connectivity. It is less than 2MB, works on slow networks, and occupies less space on your smartphone.

18. Shazam Lite

Shazam Lite — a lite version of popular music discovery app used by hundreds of millions of people. The app is designed for 2G networks and areas with a slow Internet connection and under 1MB to download.

19. Spotify Lite

With new Spotify Lite, you can play millions of songs, for free. The lite Android version of Spotify is small, so you’ll save space on your phone, and be able to use it in slow network conditions. Now the app is on beta version and more features will be soon available.

20. Lite Music Player

Lite Music Player — essential music player app for budget Android devices to play songs in your local storage. The lite weight music player comes with a simple user interface but fulfills your basic needs. Lite Music Player comes with features like category music by Artists, Album and Songs, shuffle music easily and also create your own playlist.

21. Pinterest Lite

Unlike the original version, Pinterest Lite for Android saves space on your phone without compromising essential features. So save your ideas, organize them by topic and share with others with Pinterest Lite.

22. Lite For All

Unlike all other Android lite apps, Lite For All bundled with some great communication apps in their lite version. So with Lite For All, you only need one app to access Facebook lite, Instagram lite, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter lite. The app is intended to save space on your device and preserve battery. The app will also save bandwidth and block ads and trackers.

23. YouTube Go

YouTube Go — the lightweight version of YouTube as a part of Android Go program lets you watch your favorite videos in limited data or a slow connection. The app sized 9.4 MB also comes with the feature to share videos between Android phones without using any data to transfer.

[appbox googleplay com.google.android.apps.youtube.mango]

24. Google Go

Google Go assists you in a lighter and faster way to search, with optimized search results that can save up to 40% of your data. Comes at 5MB in size, it is fast to download and save space on your phone.

25. Google Maps Go

Google Maps Go is the lightweight Progressive Web App variation of the original Google Maps app. This lite version of Google Maps requires Chrome or any other browser. It takes 100 times less space on your device and designed to run smoothly on devices with limited memory and on unreliable networks.

We will soon add more lite Android apps to this list. If you have a Android smartphone with less than 1GB RAM then you should install these apps to maintain performance of your device. As you know by using these lightweight Android apps, you may miss some superfluous features of the full-featured version, but that’s a price you’ll have to pay to make your budget smartphone work fluid and save mobile data.

If you know similar ultra-fast low memory, battery-saving apps comment below. And don’t forget to share the information with your friends.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Great tips, but mostly wothless for us who care about privacy and security in addition to keep bloat at a minimum.

    No mention of the awesome apps in the F-droid Free and Open Source repository??!!
    f-droid.org
    It even has an app called Yalp Store Which makes me independent of Play Store from Google! Better than Play!

    Try Metal for BOTH Twitter and FB in a light app.
    Try Ting Travel Tracker to keep GPS-tracks over a maps which never leave you phone (unless U decide).
    Try Red Moon to save yor night sleep and vision!
    Try Router66 or Blokada to reduce unnecessary traffic by ads and trackers!
    And many more…

  2. Some suggestion. Google Maps Go require Chrome, but Chrome is not friendly with low storage and memory. It’s just bit heavier than native Google Maps. It should removed from list.

  3. Bro great list! I recently discovered an app named Droid Insight 360. It’s extremely light weight at 4 mb and has five apps built in one. Check it out, the devs have really done a great job on this app.

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