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    One of the great advantages of Android devices over the iPhone is that you do not need to decide how much space you are going to need with your initial purchase. Almost all Android phones and tablets include some internal storage that is supplemented by a memory card that can be upgrade as and when you see fit.

    But this is not to say that you’re not going to run out of space. All memory has a finite capacity, and the law of average states that you are most likely to run out of space when you need it most – just as you need to take an important photo, or when you need to download a file to work on. 1Tap Eraser is a free tool that can be used to manually and automatically keep your storage in check by cleaning out unnecessary space hogs.


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    If you’ve seen an error message telling you that you have run out of space, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to have to manually seek out apps you do not need so you can uninstall them, or empty the caches on an individual basis. This is something that 1Tap Eraser can help you with, making it possible to quickly and easily free up valuable megabytes whenever you need to.

    Manual Data Removal

    Fire up the app and you’ll be presented with a list of different types of files, caches, logs and histories that you can delete. You can use a simple check box system to select exactly what you would like to delete – you might only want to wipe your app cache, for instance – but there’s also a tick box at the bottom of the screen that can be used to wipe everything in one fell swoop.

    List of data elements you can delete.

    List of data elements you can delete.

    In some instances, such as with message and call logs as well as browsing history, you can opt to delete records in their entirety, or you can take the time to manually work through the respective lists and ensure that anything you want to keep is retained. Working through the various options here, you can very quickly free up hundreds of megabytes with very little effort.

    Black & White Lists

    Perhaps the best place to start with the app is creating black and white lists of data. For both contacts and browser history you can choose between using a black or white list.

    If you create a white list of URLs or domains, when you use the clean-up option, all of your browsing history apart from anything you have specified on this list will be deleted. Conversely, you can set up a black list of domains so that any browsing records relating to these sites are always deleted. The same options can be used with your contact list, helping to keep your address book in order.

    Using Black and white lists.

    Using Black and white lists.

    Scheduled Clean-Ups

    The Auto-eraser feature of the app enables you to schedule the process of freeing up space so you don’t need to keep going through it all manually. However, there is nothing to stop you from using a combination of manual and automatic cleaning. You can run the automatic clean-up every few hours, every couple of days, once a week — whatever suits the way you use your device — and you can specify exactly what will be included in the scheduled operation.

    Scheduling select data clean-up tasks.

    Scheduling select data clean-up tasks.

    Whether you decide to go with the manual or the automatic option, it is important that you are confident that you have chosen the correct settings. While you are given the chance to back out of a manually deletion session, not every operation has to be confirmed and there are no confirmations whatsoever when working in scheduled mode.

    Remember to use White lists to ensure your important data isn't wiped.

    Remember to use White lists to ensure your important data isn’t wiped.

    Dealing With Calls & SMS Logs

    While clearing out app caches and app data can help you claw back some space, 1Tap Eraser is also a valuable privacy tool. If other people could gain access to your phone, you may want to think about deleting your call logs.

    The app makes it easy to filter different types of calls and messages so you can work through them and delete those you would like to keep private, but retain those you need. How you use the app is up to you, and what makes this stand out from the competition of data cleaners is just how flexible it is.

    Deleting call logs manually.

    Deleting call logs manually.

    If all of these options were not enough, there is also a home screen widget that provides easy access to quick erase options. This is another component of the app that you need to set up in advance, and you can specify just which part of your device should be cleaned up — and choose to have a confirmation message displayed if you would like a safety net, or opt out to speed things up.

    1Tap Eraser’s home screen widget.

    1Tap Eraser’s home screen widget.

    Final Thoughts

    1Tap Eraser is a great alternative to working through Android’s settings, and the automation available means that you can get things set up and then forget about having to manually clean anything ever again. But if you do prefer to get more hands-on, this is an option that is available to you as well.

    It is easy to view apps like this with a degree of suspicion, particularly when they are free, but 1Tap Eraser does its job well, helping you to free up space and improve the performance of your phone or tablet. Download yourself a copy from Google Play now, you won’t regret it.