Methodology for App Pruning; bloat, clutter, cruft - begone?
There seem to be innumerable threads aimed at instructions for reducing the stuff installed onto our phones by the carrier or the manufacturer - yet what I have not found is a guide to a thought process one should cultivate towards phone upkeep.
See, I just got my first ever smart-phone (Samsung Galaxy S5) from Verizon - and I trolled through the Application Manager ad hoc turning off (disabling) apps based on pure speculation "Gee, will I think of using the `Knitting Synch App' - nah : disable" - knowing that I could enable anything if I changed my mind.
But - after a couple days of this - I'm frustrated wondering "Gee, did I just break some useful interaction between service A and service B" ? And then I wondered at my motivation; what was I attempting to do, disabling all these apps?
First - I found the sheer clutter overwhelming. Turned the phone on, and whoa look at all those icons. Daunting. To any well-read Douglas Adam's fan, my response of "it'll have to go" smacks of purest Krikkit sensibilities.
But - Mostly what motiviated me was a suspicion that having all these apps enabled would collude to use my data plan and expend my battery charge. And I've read all about task-killers, and thoroughally agree their role on the Android system is foolish at best...
Now, I am a damaged-goods example; As a long time linux hobbiest, I have (several times) used package managers to scrape every bit and byte from my system that *I* thought unnecessary, only to break unknown (to me) interactions betweeen services. And sure enough today on my phone I witnessed the first evidence that turning off a particular app was visible elsewhere on the phone (I turned off S-Voice, and in the Settings routine, choosing S-Voice causes the Settings program to 'Unfortunately stop'.
Hardly surprising - but it leads me to pause ... What other situations am I asking for by knee-jerk disabling apps left and right. What is the better line of thinking I should take to decipher IF I should disable something ...
My plan - and this is subject to your advice gentle reader - is to reset everything and leave it all on for several days - and then use the battery and data plan monitoring facilities to help identify what is doing what - and then google only the top offending applications to learn what their role is in the phone ecosystem - and then if it all makes sense, disable them.
What do you think?