With a new ‘archiving’ function, Google wants you to have your app and be able to delete it as well

Google is making changes to Android apps that may save you space rather than eat up more of it, as most app updates do. You’ll soon be able to “archive” apps as needed, keeping your user data while reducing the space they take up when you don’t need them, thanks to changes to how App Bundles work, which currently save storage space. The app can also be simply restored if you decide you want it back.

If you don’t recall, App Bundles were Google’s attempt to reduce the amount of space and data consumed by apps when they were installed and updated. Rather than distributing programs in large monolithic forms that support all devices, App Bundles compress apks so that the Play Store only gives you the pieces you need, tailored to your device’s size, architecture, and other characteristics. Sideloading apps is a little more difficult with App Bundles, but even former Android Police sister site APK Mirror figured out how to get around it.

This new archiving capability expands on what App Bundles already offers by introducing a new type of split APK that preserves user data while allowing other sections of the app to be removed. If and when programs are archived in this fashion, Google estimates a 60 percent storage savings, but this would likely vary. The app can be relaunched later thanks to the preserved portions.

The functionality won’t be available until “later this year,” possibly as part of Android 13, according to the Android Developers Blog, but Google may have a means to send it to earlier devices via a core module or Play Services update. However, some of its dependencies will begin to appear with next Gradle Plugin and Bundletool releases, and it doesn’t appear like developers will need to do anything specific to make it work. If your app already uses App Bundles, as a lot of them do these days, the format will simply alter to accommodate this new archiving paradigm, but we’re not sure how it will seem to users.

You may also like


Latest articles

An Analysis of the Apple Watch Ultra

The robust Apple Watch Ultra is an amazing adventure-focused...

6 Solutions to the Raspberry Pi Shortage

At the moment, there is a severe lack of...

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR Review

The all-weather construction, internal zoom design, and top-notch image...

Disclosure: Written and researched by the Get Gear Tech crew. We spotlight services and products you may discover fascinating. If you happen to purchase them, we could get a small share of the income from the sale from our companions. We could obtain merchandise freed from cost from producers to test. This doesn't drive our resolution as to whether a product is featured or beneficial. We function independently from our promoting group. We welcome your suggestions. Please e-mail us at [email protected] 

Get Gear Tech is an affiliate-based website that tests and reviews the best tech, appliances, gear, and more. You can trust our veteran reviewers and experts to find the best stuff just for you. Get Gear Tech strives to be probably the most trusted product suggestion and service on the web. We obsessively test and report on thousands of things annually to suggest one of the best of all the things. We aim to save lots of you time and get rid of the stress of buying, whether or not you’re on the lookout for on a regular basis gear or items for family members. We work with complete editorial independence. Meaning nothing seems on the location as a suggestion until our writers and editors have deemed it one of the best by our rigorous reporting and testing.


find out more!