If that seems a bit contrarian, so be it. Most people want to know which apps they should use, right? So, what about all those apps we’ve collected in recent years; the ones that cost money, or suck up time, or do nothing more than free apps that come with iPhone and iPad?
Of the Apple Villagers’ crew of independent writers and publishers, I might be the most paranoid. After all, if everyone is out to get you, a little paranoia is the right attitude to have, right?
That means we may have collected a number of apps which not only suck up time but also suck up personal and private information which is then used by advertisers to persuade us to buy more products we don’t know. Amazon, I’m looking at you.
So, what would an Apple employee say we could and should delete from our iPhones, iPads, and even the Mac?
I asked. Here’s what I found.
First, no single Apple employee agreed with other employees on the same apps that should be deleted. After half a dozen tries, though, I came up with a satisfying list.
Guess which apps are on top? Facebook and Google.
Both are the worst privacy offenders though one is worse than the other, and the other is worse at taking up your precious time. Got the Facebook app? Get rid of it. Just use Facebook sparingly on your Mac in, say, Firefox or Brave or a very secure browser on a VPN.
Second, get rid of Google. Google must have nearly 2-dozen apps for iPhone and iPad. The Google browser and Google search apps are the easy ones to delete. Gmail? Who needs it if you have Mail already? I killed Facebook Messenger, too. It’s an iPhone. It already sends messages to anyone.
The first problem I ran into came with some Apple bias. Many Apple employees said to get rid of Google Maps because Apple Maps is good. Now. But they also liked Waze better. I deleted Google Maps and kept Waze. It does traffic better than Apple Maps.
Next on my list, and also somewhat problematic, is weather. I have half a dozen weather apps and though they vary in features, weather is weather. Find one or two and stick with them. I use Wunderground and Dark Sky.
Two Apple Store employees hated iPhone and iPad games. Two had games they loved. All of them were dead dog tired of Pokemon. Everyone will have a differing list of which apps to keep and which to delete, but both Facebook and Google apps are big battery hogs and by relegating their usage to a Mac or PC browser, you save time, too.