Chromebook users, like most of us in the digital age, can become too “app happy” at times! Like when you get the latest Android device, it is tempting, especially with a new device, to go a bit overboard downloading new apps, some of which are never used and quickly forgotten. You probably downloaded the latest web app to ensure a secure browser, but have also ended up with numerous apps, extensions, and unwanted programs that do nothing more than use up valuable memory on your Chrome device. Therefore, getting rid of every free web app you don’t want will help you restore your Chromebook. Of course, there are some especially useful apps we may open on a daily basis. Budding composers may rely on music apps to work on their craft and a graphic designer might use image-editing apps often. However, there are plenty of apps that ultimately prove to be space-wasters on our Chromebooks, and if you have reached the point where you realize it’s time to clean house, so to speak, you have come to the right place! We will take a look at the easy steps you can take to delete unwanted apps from your Chromebook.
Chromebook differs from Windows, Linus, and Mac, where you can delete installed apps by right-clicking on the app icon and choosing to remove or uninstall. Because Chromebook users may have previously worked in these systems, there could be an initial sense of frustration that the app removal is not as simple as one right click! However, it can still be done with relative ease, allowing you to clean up your Chromebook and free up some of your system memory. There is no need to leave all the unused apps there to waste memory when they could be replaced with something you may actually use and use often!
In order to delete these unwanted apps from a Chromebook you have two different options: users may uninstall them using the Google Play Store or they can be uninstalled by using the launcher. Read on to follow the easy steps for either method.
Uninstall Apps on a Chromebook in the Google Play Store
1. Start by selecting the Google Play Store icon on the shelf.
2. Next, you should click on the menu icon, which is located next to the search bar on the Chromebook.
3. Then you will select “My Apps and Games.”
4. Select each of the apps you wish to delete from your Chromebook, then choose “uninstall,” and finally select “OK.”
And there you have it! Now you have freed up space on your Chromebook for more useful apps.
Uninstall Apps on a Chromebook in the Launcher
For an even quicker way to remove unwanted apps from your Chromebook, you can use the launcher to uninstall them in two easy steps.
1. Open the launcher on your Chromebook.
2. First, select “All Apps,” then go to each app you want to remove, right click on each one, and finally select “Uninstall.”
Hey, presto! You have cleaned up your Chromebook and rid your memory space of unused apps.
Now that you have completed the “house cleaning” on your Chromebook you may want to consider adding new apps that will be useful to you based on your occupation, interests, and hobbies. The world of apps can be overwhelming to navigate so we will give you a good head start by suggesting some of the best and most popular Chromebook apps.
Best Apps for Chromebook
If you are accustomed to working in Microsoft Office, the free Office Online app will allow you to create and edit Office documents on a Chromebook. This allows users to avoid some of the hiccups when working on Office documents in Google Docs, eliminating the possibility of compatibility issues when working with other Office users.
For Chromebook users in academic settings, Paperfile is a fantastic app for managing and keeping track of references and sources. The service helps users with the generation of properly formatted citations and keeps track of a wide variety of sources users can annotate or tag. This is an indispensable tool for those in academic research and the app comes with a free 30-day trial (and after that costs $2.99 per month).
If you’re a Chromebook user who hardly made it through this brief article without stopping several times to check social media, instant messages, and game scores, StayFocusd may be the app for you! This app allows you to set limits on the time you can spend on certain sites and when the allotted time has been used, the sites are blocked. It can be a great tool when deadlines are looming and the temptation to waste time is a constant challenge for procrastinators.
A dream app for book lovers, Overdrive is linked to more than 30,000 libraries. The app allows you to digitally check out and return books. Additionally, you can use the app on Chromebook but also sync to other devices, so you can easily switch between reading on your Chromebook and your phone or other devices.
Let’s face it, how much time do we spend trying to remember passwords, failing to do so, and then being forced to change them, starting the entire process over again? LastPass is a fantastic app that serves as your personal password manager. The app helps users generate passwords and then saves them into an encrypted locker, which you can access with one master password. So now you only have one password to remember rather than 27!
Netflix users can add the app to their Chromebook for a much better viewing experience than streaming video on a smaller phone screen. In the Google Play Store, Netflix, and other Android entertainment apps are now available to turn Chromebooks into portable entertainment devices. (Just be sure to block Netflix with StayFocusd when a deadline is looming!)