From "small and Beautiful" to "Big and complete"
Yesterday, a hashtag # why mobile apps are becoming more and more popular hit the second spot on Weibo, causing many netizens' anxiety about the storage of mobile phones: "Obviously there are few apps, but the data is like a snowball, the more you use, the more 'expansion'" "Some apps are ok when downloading, the use of a few GB"...... It's a fact that apps are taking up more and more space. Wechat, for example, has seen its installation packages "swell" by 575 times in the past 11 years, according to data. Why are mobile apps expanding with increasing use? How to relieve the anxiety of mobile storage?
■ New Express reporter Chen Xuedong
Constantly update and expand apps
Some netizens have reported on social media platforms that a commonly used mobile App installation package now has hundreds of megabytes, but when they were "born", the size of them was generally less than 50 megabytes. What's more, some apps decompress and automatically write more information during the download and installation process, which means that the phone needs more space to ensure that the App is installed successfully. As the usage time increases, the App will "inflate", and some cache data will make the App occupy more and more memory space.
Why are mobile apps expanding with increasing use? The personage inside COURSE of study expresses, it is because technology, function changes above all, satisfy user new demand. For example, a mobile phone App supports face recognition login, it needs to upgrade the version, and the increase of the function, how much will increase the size of the installation package. These changes, more is to meet the user use "just need" and exist.
Second, there is a growing need for users to produce and cache content. With the trend of diversification of mobile phone functions, users' desire to share has been stimulated. The text, text, video and other contents are constantly produced and stored in the mobile phone. In the long run, the memory of the mobile phone is naturally insufficient. At the same time, in the process of using mobile phone software, there will be a certain amount of cache, most of which involves life and work information, users do not dare to clean at will, which also aggravates the burden of mobile phone memory.
Moreover, some updates make the mobile App bigger and bigger. Many users have the experience that frequent use of mobile apps is accompanied by frequent updates, and each of them is a "behemoth" with full functions. However, some of the updated features may not fit the positioning of the App, but developers will still "close their eyes" on some new "innovative" features in order to grab and retain users. As a result, you can see Douyin, which features short videos, and Xiaohongshu, famous for "planting grass," all have group chat functions. Music software QQ music has "play a play" game; Shopping software Pinduoduo page at the bottom of the "Duoduo video"... Some users will ridicule, "I open the music software to listen to the song, always let me play games to do?
Nowadays, mobile storage is no longer a problem. Many mobile phone manufacturers start with 128GB and even reach 1TB, which in a way makes some App developers more "unscrupulous", and users pay more for large storage phones to pay for these "innovative" features they don't need.
Three tips to ease storage anxiety
The "expansion" of mobile apps has become a reality, and some industry insiders suggest that users who have limited budgets and can't afford to buy a version with large storage space will have to form the habit of cleaning the storage space on their phones regularly.
At present, many apps have their own cache clearing space in the Settings. If the mobile phone space is insufficient, you can first clear the useless cache, chat records, videos and so on through the App. We can also back up some large files, photos and videos that we don't use often on the phone to a computer or a portable hard drive to further improve the available storage space of the phone.
In addition, users can also use the cloud storage to relieve the pressure of storage. Many mobile phones are now equipped with cloud services, which allow you to upload local videos, photos, music, etc. to the cloud and then download them from the cloud when needed.
Finally, there is a final tip: back up important information on the phone, including contacts, photos, chat history, etc., and then restore the phone to factory Settings and reactivate it. After all, after the phone is used for a long time, the cache of many apps can not be completely deleted, only restore the factory Settings to completely clear.