I Deleted Every Single App On My Phone


Co-authored with Siskar.co

Every app on my phone I have ever had is now gone. And I think I am happy about it. I and everyone around me knows I have too many apps on my phone. Years of testing apps from various startups and services combined with the never leave an app behind again "iCloud Backup" meant that unless I deleted an app manually, it never went away. Then something happened. Apparently somewhere hidden in my iCloud backup was a glitch according the Genius's at Apple. I was told the only way to not have it affect my phone anymore was to erase my phone and start from scratch. So that is what I did.

I have been thinking about doing this for years after reading a few blog posts from others before me. I was attracted to how freeing I heard it could be. Also, I clean my home all the time and it felt about time I did the same for my digital world too.

So currently, I am only re-downloading the apps that matter to me. In the process I will be saying goodbye to several apps. Those of note worthy in both categories I will mention here. I thought it would be interesting to share which apps are worth keeping in 2016. So without further ado:

Apps I Am Keeping:
  • Dark Sky -- Best weather app there is.
  • Apple Podcasts -- Can't delete, but wouldn't anyway. It is back on the home screen so Ambition Today is always close!
  • Audible -- I listen to a lot of books.
  • Slack -- Immediate access for those close to me and on my teams who know my email inbox can get a bit backed up.
  • Todoist -- the life saver of to-do list apps.
  • Google Maps -- Obviously this is back. I tried Apple maps recently in NYC and it took me to the wrong place by about 20 blocks. I was late for that meeting...
  • Google Inbox -- My lifeline. My go to e-mail app. If you know a better one you swear by then let me know in the comments.
  • Google App -- I look up a lot of things. I'm curious, what can I say.
  • Google Drive -- Are you seeing a theme here?
  • Twitter -- The best social network there is currently.
  • Snapchat -- The best up and coming social network. If you need further proof of that, my Mom joined recently.
  • Instagram -- Just because.
  • Nuzzel -- I love Nuzzel! It has become the first news app I click each day.
  • Yahoo News Digest -- When I want to know whats happening in the world outside my immediate industry and networks.
  • Fitbit -- because health.
  • Bitmoji -- because fun with friends.
  • Giphy -- because hilarious with friends.
  • Esper -- Great platform to track my time and work.
  • Robinhood -- Why is anyone still paying Scottrade7 to buy and another7 to sell?
  • Youtube -- Loving the content on Youtube recently.
  • The Herd Report -- You have to have your own app. Plus the Sabres have Eichel now.
  • Ward eSports -- Best new eSports app for fans there is.
  • Timehop -- Who doesn't love some personal nostalgia from time to time.
  • Buffer -- Best app for sharing content across multiple channels. Works with Nuzzel to easily share articles I like.
  • Venmo -- Use it constantly with friends and family.
  • Acorns -- I didn't want to re-download but it is mobile only so I kind of had to.
  • Uber- I live in New York City. Enough said on this one.
Apps I Am Saying Goodbye To:
  • Facebook - I turned off badge and push notifications a few weeks ago. Not even going to put it back on my phone this time. I will check in on my laptop when I feel like it.
  • Google Chrome - It's just not "that" much better then safari. Don't need it and will give Safari one more chance.
  • LinkedIn - Very, very little value comes out of this app that isn't more easily found other places.
  • Reddit - Nuzzel has replaced it.
  • Periscope - I broadcast from time to time, but I haven't consumed anything of note recently.
  • Medium - The best medium posts surface inside Nuzzel. And Medium has been sending way to many push notifications recently anyway.
  • Vine - I recently went viral on vine, but still do not think enough people are using it day to day. I never open it.
  • Skype - Will probably have to re-download but don't want to.
  • Whatsapp - I talk to these friends on iMessage or Facebook Messenger now.
  • Facebook Messenger - Will probably have to re-download but don't want to.
  • Many, many more - I didn't even re-download any apps from screen 3 or 4 of my phone.

These are the apps I have downloaded while setting my phone back up and the ones that I didn't bring back. I am sure I will have to re-download more apps as I realize I need them and I will do that when the time comes. Now though, I am excited to see how my phones battery life improves. Most importantly though I feel freed.