Are Apps Getting Bigger? Save Storage With These Alternatives [Android]

Android App Alternatives

Nowadays, many or almost all the android apps that popup in the play store are huge and mostly data thirsty. Every developer looks forward to incorporate material design standards to make their own apps beautiful. In the process, they end up adding many libraries to the app making it quite large in size. Most of these design elements and animations are unnecessary and so it can be eliminated.

Today, we showcase you some of the android apps that are small in size and yet prove to get the job done.


Mini Desktop

Mini Desktop is a 170KB app with a simple user interface that manages to act as a decent launcher and serve the need. Additionally it has the ability to hide apps from the launcher screen as well. It only has a single screen with three sections; top bar is used to choose the ordering of apps, searching and to access the settings, center portion is where the list of apps appear and there is a dock at the bottom which can hold the most frequent apps.

Mini Desktop Launcher

Smart Launcher 3

Over the years, Smart launcher has come as a handy launcher for those phones running older versions of android. The launcher itself has improved with version 3 being the latest, includes material design specifications and flat design model. The launcher is a simple lightweight alternative with numerous features like widget support, themes and customization, hiding apps, custom lock screen and gesture support.

Size: ~3MB

Smart Launcher

Holo Launcher

Users of Android 2.2 and 2.3 would have definitely heard about this one. The App was idle for around 2 years with no updates, but recently the company updated it to look and feel like the marshmallow launcher minus the app size. It supports devices over Android 4.1 and has numerous customization options. The best part is that it does not have the delay as in the Google Stock Launcher due to efficient cache implementation.

Holo Launcher

Web Browser:

Naked Browser

The lightest browser(119KB) with the necessary functionalities it is. The browser is build for speed, removing unwanted or unused features that makes browsers slow. Google Chrome on mobile is 80Mb in size, thanks to it’s data saving and cache functionalities. This one includes features such as crash restore, undo closed tabs, infinite tabs & more.

Naked Browser

Lightning Browser

Lightning Browser is an yet another build by an XDA developer that incorporates more features under 2MB. The project is open sourced and so many other developers also contribute to the code, improving the stability and functionality. It has a long list of features such as Dark Mode, Light Mode, Color Mode, Night Mode, Full-screen, Inverted Rendering, Search Suggestions, Bookmarks, History, User Agents, Reading Mode and so on. The paid version also includes an AdBlock feature.Lightning Browser



QuickPic is a material designed gallery app, yet small and fast one. It has great reviews from many popular developers for it’s fast cache of image thumbnails. It is stunning fast in loading the gallery and the images in it. Also, the customization is immense. It also has the ability to set password or pin for the hidden folders just in case you have something that only you can access. Additionally it connects to services, including Picasa, Google Drive, Dropbox, Flickr, OneDrive, Box, Amazon, Yandex, 500px, OwnCloud, Samba and more for online album functionality. If your gallery is slow or if you are a photo freak, then this one is a must-have.


Text Editor:

Monospace Writer

It is a minimal notepad application with a clean UI. Monospace Writer supports Bold, Italics, Strikethrough, Bullet, Quote and a bunch of size related formatting styles. It also has a hashtags feature that replaces the folder style of ordering. You can also sync notes with Dropbox and Google Drive. This one is for those creative ones to take note of studding inspirations at any time.

Monospace Writer

The beauty of Android lies in it’s ability to let developers to build such awesome applications. Comment below or drop a mail if you know any such useful apps that are less in size.

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2 thoughts on “Are Apps Getting Bigger? Save Storage With These Alternatives [Android]

  1. Great write-up, Thank you.
    One More: Facebook Lite, instead of the standard Facebook app, the Facebook app is ridiculously heavy and sucks the battery very much.

    1. Hi Saurabh,
      Thanks for sharing about Facebook Line. It definitely is one that needs an attention. I’m compiling another list of apps that cater to a different audience and would be up real soon.

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