Google introduced a new automatic backup tool for Android devices that aims to free up memory space without completely deleting unused apps. The feature was first announced by Google last May and is now available for Android users. According to Google, the auto-archive feature can automatically reduce the amount of memory used by infrequently used programs by almost 60% without completely deleting them or their associated data.

Android smartphones can now automatically archive infrequently used applications without completely deleting them

Archived apps on Android can be easily identified by the cloud mark superimposed on the icon. Users will be able to tap on archived apps to re-download and fully restore them if the app is still available on Google Play.

This feature is especially useful for Android users who have devices with limited storage space, or those who don’t dare to completely uninstall apps to free up space. However, it is important to note that not all applications will be available for automatic archiving. Google notes that this feature only works for apps published in the Android App Bundle format, which should eventually replace APKs.

To use the auto-archive feature, Android users need to enable it. This option will appear in a pop-up window when you try to install a new app on a device from Google Play that does not have free storage space. After activating archiving, the smartphone will automatically partially delete all programs that are not used often but will retain user data. In the Android settings, you can turn off this option if you no longer need it.

It is not yet known whether Android users will be able to take advantage of app archiving if they have enough memory on their smartphone.