Avast Cleanup for Android: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Cleanup is an application designed to help you improve the performance of your device and preserve storage space by removing unnecessary media, files, apps, and app data. Remove these items by transferring them to a cloud storage account and/or deleting them from your device. In the case of photos, you can also optimize them to consume less space.

The app is available in a free and premium version. This article answers questions related to the features, settings and general use of Avast Cleanup and Avast Cleanup Pro for Android.

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What happens when I tap the Device Analysis button on the main screen of the app?

When you tap this button, Cleanup analyzes your device for opportunities to release as much storage space on your device as possible. Cleanup then displays these opportunities so that you can select the actions you want Cleanup to perform.

What does a Cleanup Pro subscription include?

Cleanup Pro is the premium version of the app. With a Cleanup Pro subscription, you can take advantage of the following features:

  • Auto-cleaning: schedule cleans to run periodically without interrupting your device usage.
  • Block ads: eliminate ads from your Cleanup experience.
  • Advanced Photo optimizer: control the size and quality of your photos with customizable optimization settings.
  • Battery: create a battery optimization profile.
  • Avast direct support: contact Avast from the app to receive help directly from our customer support team.

You can upgrade to Cleanup Pro by tapping the Upgrade badge on the main app interface of the app.

What types of files are processed during a Safe Clean and can I customize them?

When you perform a Safe Clean, the app scans for certain items and caches which are unnecessary to the operation of your device. These include thumbnails, APKS, residual files, and hidden, visible, and shared cache.

To configure Safe clean to ignore item types that you do not want deleted, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface.
  2. Tap Settings, then tap Safe cleaning.
  3. Under Delete during safe clean, turn on or off the file types according to your preferences.

By default, all types are enabled except for Thumbnails.

Why does the Safe Clean scan run slowly or pause mid-progress?

During a scan, Cleanup probes several folder-levels deep to identify all dispensable data on your device. Depending on the number of items Cleanup needs to scan and the computing power of your device, a scan may take several seconds to a number of minutes. If the scanner encounters a particularly complex folder, a notification is displayed in the scanner progress bar.

Can I exclude apps from the effects of the Boost Memory feature?

Yes. The first time you use the Boost Memory feature, you are prompted to use the Memory Booster Check which enables you to untick any apps that you do not want to be affected by the Boost Memory feature. By default, all non-system apps are ticked. Turn the Memory Booster Check option on in your Cleanup settings so that each time you tap the Boost Memory button, you can review which apps will be affected and untick any that you do not want to be stopped on that occasion.

Can I keep copies of the media and files I transfer to cloud storage on my device?

Yes. Follow these steps:

  1. Tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface.
  2. Tap Settings then tap Cloud services.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, turn off the option to Delete files after transfer.

This setting affects all connected cloud services.

Where can I find items after they are transferred to cloud storage?

To locate an item that you transferred to cloud storage, sign into your cloud storage service and access the relevant folder:

  • In Dropbox: Avast Cleanup (in the Apps folder)
  • In OneDrive or Google Drive: AvastCleanup

Your transferred items are organized in the same way that they were organized on your device.

What is Safe Clean?

When you tap the Safe Clean button on the main screen of the app, Cleanup cleans your device by removing dispensable files to free your storage space. You can define the exact types of items that are cleaned in your Safe cleaning settings.

How can I ensure important items are not deleted during a Safe Clean?

The Safe Clean function was carefully designed to only remove data that is truly dispensable, such as system caches that can be easily replaced, or already installed APK files. If you're concerned, you can define the exact types of items that are cleaned in your Safe cleaning settings and also turn the Safe Clean Check option on to review items before they are deleted.

Can I review files before they are deleted by Safe Clean?

Yes. Follow these steps:

  1. tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Safe cleaning and turn on the Safe Clean Check option.

When this setting is enabled, an overview of all items identified for deletion during a Safe Clean are displayed before you confirm the actual deletion. You can untick items that you do not want to delete before completing the clean in all categories, except for Hidden Cache, which can be cleaned all at once or not at all.

Can I restore files that are deleted during a Safe Clean?

No. You can't restore the files that are deleted during a Safe Clean. This function was designed to only remove dispensable data such as system caches and already installed APK files. If you're concerned, we recommend turning the Safe Clean Check option on in your Safe cleaning settings to review items before proceeding with any deletions.

Why does the Safe Clean button show such a low amount of removable space?

If you have recently run a Safe Clean, the amount of removable space may be low because your apps have not created more dispensable data yet. Another reason may be that some of your Safe Clean categories are unchecked and therefore ignored when the clean is run. Check the categories in your Safe cleaning settings, if you are concerned.

Why is the Thumbnails category unticked by default?

Thumbnails are the small versions of pictures used for previews. Deleting thumbnails during a Safe Clean can release significant amounts of data on some devices while on others the effect is very limited. For this reason, this category is unticked by default. You can test the effectiveness of this option on your device and decide whether to check it or not.

What is 'the cloud' and which cloud storage services does Cleanup support?

'The cloud' refers to virtual storage space where you can keep media and files such as photos, videos, and documents. Several cloud storage providers exist. With the Cleanup app, you can connect to and transfer files and media from your device directly to Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.

At one time, you can connect to multiple Google Drive accounts, one Dropbox account, and one OneDrive account via the Cloud services settings.

How do I add an item to a cloud transfer queue?

To transfer an item to your cloud storage account, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface.
  2. Tap Pictures or Media & Files depending on the type of items you want to transfer.
  3. Select any items that you want to transfer, tap the menu icon, then tap Move to cloud.
    Note: If you are not already connected to a cloud account, tap Connect to cloud to open your Cloud services settings.

If your device is connected to the internet (or Wi-Fi if you turned on Upload files only on Wi-Fi), the transfer starts immediately.

How can I connect to or disconnect from a cloud storage account in Cleanup?

To connect or disconnect from a cloud storage account, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface.
  2. Tap Settings then tap Cloud services.
  3. Perform the relevant step:
    • To connect: tap Connect next to your preferred cloud provider and follow the steps to sign in or sign up for a new account.
    • To disconnect: tap the menu icon beside the account that you want to disconnect from and tap Sign out.

Note: You can connect to multiple Google Drive accounts, one Dropbox account, and one OneDrive account at any time.

Why does a file upload restart from the beginning after a transfer queue is paused?

As incomplete file transfers are automatically deleted by cloud service providers when a transfer is paused, you can only pause and resume an entire queue.

Why did Cleanup fail to transfer an item to my cloud storage account?

The typical reasons a file transfer may fail are:

  • Poor quality or unavailability of an internet connection.
  • Unavailability of the cloud storage service.
  • Insufficient space availability in your cloud storage account.

If you encounter a transfer fail, retry the transfer at a later time or with a different service.

What is the Photos feature and what does it include?

When you tap Photos on the main screen of the app, Cleanup analyzes your photos for opportunities to clear space on your device. Your photos are then organized into the following sections:

  • Optimizable images: photos that can be resized to the size of your device screen to make them smaller and less space-consuming. Images that are already the same size as your device screen (for example, screenshots) or smaller are not optimizable.
  • Old photos: photos that were time-stamped a month or more ago.
  • Similar photos: groups of photos with nearly identical content. Cleanup labels the highest quality image in each group as Best photo.
  • Bad photos: photos which may be out of focus, dark, or of low quality.
  • Photos for review: photos that Cleanup has identified as possible low quality images. This section allows you to swipe left or right to manually delete or keep photos.

Tap the Review and Clean or Review and Optimize button in any section to view and select images. You can select to remove the images from your device, transfer them to a cloud service, or optimize them to save space.

How is advanced (Pro) optimization different from photo optimization in the free version of Cleanup?

When you optimize the photos on your device, the pixel size is decreased so that the image looks almost the same as the original, but consumes much less space on your device.

With a Cleanup Pro subscription, you can control how much you want to optimize the size and quality of each image.

When compared, original and optimized images look very similar on your device screen. For printing purposes, however, we recommend you use the original, higher quality versions.

How can I delete unwanted apps from my device?

Follow these steps:

  1. Tap Apps on the main Cleanup screen.
    A summary of your apps and the amount of space each is consuming appears.
  2. Tick one or more apps then tap Uninstall.
  3. Tap OK to confirm the deletion.

You can also manage your apps and app data from the main Cleanup menu.

Note: The analysis does not include pre-installed device applications nor can you delete such apps using Cleanup.

What is app data and what are the consequences of deleting it from my device?

App data is the data that is accumulated and stored (often unnecessarily) on your device when you use certain apps. Cleanup identifies app data that you should be able to safely remove from your device. When using this feature, we recommend you always consider the impact removing app data may have on the functionality of the source app. For example, each time you open Google Maps, the app re-downloads any offline maps that were removed by Cleanup. Similarly, Spotify re-downloads offline tracks when needed. Conversely, deleting OBB type app data, which is often associated with large games, may release a lot of space on your device while allowing you to keep the game, but, you may need to re-install or re-download the OBB file if you decide to continue the game.

How can I delete app data from my device?

Follow these steps:

  1. Tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface, then tap Apps.
  2. Select the App Data tab at the top-right of the screen.
  3. Tick one or more app data types then tap the delete icon that appears.
  4. Tap Delete to confirm the deletion.

If you delete an app data file, all data related to the selected application, including the custom settings or OBB files related to the additional features bought on Google Play, are deleted. After you delete these files, the application runs in default configuration with no additional features.

How can I organize apps and app data in Cleanup?

In the Applications or App Data sections of Cleanup, your apps or app data are displayed by default according to size. You can also display apps or app data by name, and apps by usage. Tap the statistics icon at the top-right to change the setting.

Why don't certain app caches appear in the App Data section?

The items included in this section are limited to data from some of the most commonly used apps. These apps have been carefully analyzed and selected to be included as deleting them is unlikely to cause issues with your device. Regardless, we recommend you always use caution when deleting app data.

What is the Boost Memory feature?

When you tap the Boost Memory button on the main screen of the app, Cleanup stops all non-system apps from running in the background. This action makes the memory space that was occupied by this background activity available for other purposes.

How long do the effects of the Boost Memory feature last?

The amount of memory the Boost Memory action frees on your device and how long it lasts depends on how active your apps are, and whether they automatically restart or require a manual restart. Some apps instantly reload and continue to occupy memory space, others reload but consume less memory than before the Memory Boost, and some do not affect your memory again until you actively reopen them.

Is it harmful to stop an app with the Boost Memory feature?

Mobile apps are designed to cope with sudden closures which means stopping apps via the Boost Memory feature should not have a detrimental impact on your apps.

How can I subscribe to Cleanup Pro?

You can subscribe to Cleanup Pro by tapping the Upgrade badge on the main screen of the app. When you tap this option, you are directed to the purchase screen to select your subscription type (monthly or yearly) and complete the upgrade. After upgrading, the premium features are unlocked and available to use. To upgrade, you need to have a Google account connected with Google Play services.

Can I use my Cleanup Pro subscription on more than one device?

Your Cleanup Pro subscription is connected to your Google account and activates automatically on all devices that you use your account on when you install the app. If the premium features are not automatically unlocked, you can activate an existing subscription in your Cleanup settings.

How can I activate a previously purchased Cleanup Pro subscription on an alternative device?

Your Cleanup Pro subscription automatically activates on all devices that are signed into the Google account you purchased the subscription from. If you already have a subscription but the premium features are not available in the app, ensure that you are signed into the correct account in Google Play.

Alternatively, manually check for a valid subscription by following these steps:

  1. Tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface.
  2. Tap Settings, then tap Subscription.
  3. Tap Restore previous purchase.

Cleanup checks for a subscription registered to the Google account you are currently signed into and activates it on your device.

What is Auto-cleaning?

With Cleanup Pro, you can activate automatic cleaning of your device by specifying the frequency (every 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, or week), and the minimum amount of space you want to clean. Automatic cleaning occurs as often as you set without you needing to activate it each time. If you turn the Notify me when cleaning is complete option on in the Automatic cleaning settings, you are informed each time an automatic clean completes.

To schedule regular cleans, tap the Auto-cleaning button on the main screen of the app and specify your scheduling preferences. If you have not yet purchased a Cleanup Pro subscription, you will be prompted to do so before you can configure an automatic clean.

What is the Battery feature?

The Battery feature allows you to create a battery profile which triggers battery optimization based on conditions you set.

How do I create a battery profile?

To create a battery profile for the first time, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Battery on the main Avast Cleanup screen, then tap Create a Profile.
  2. Select a battery profile (Low Battery, Work, Home, or Car), then tap Next.
  3. Specify what settings Cleanup should change when your specified battery profile is triggered, then tap Next:
    • WiFi / Bluetooth / Screen rotation: use the sliders to turn on or off these elements when your battery profile is triggered.
    • Brightness: tap Brightness, then tap Set brightness to adjust the brightness of your device screen when your battery profile is triggered.
    • Screen timeout: tap Screen timeout, then select the amount of time after which your screen turns off when your battery profile is triggered.
  4. Specify which conditions trigger the battery optimization settings:
    • When battery level reaches... (for Low Battery profile): set what percentage of battery triggers your battery optimization settings.
    • When connected to Wi-Fi: select the Wi-Fi network that triggers your battery optimization setting.
    • When phone is charging: select which charging status triggers your battery optimization settings.

Is my Cleanup Pro subscription valid for other Avast Pro apps?

No. If you purchase a subscription for Cleanup Pro, your subscription is only valid for this app. This subscription does not work for any other Avast Pro app, even if the apps are installed on the same mobile device. For example, if you want to use Avast Mobile Security Pro in addition to Cleanup Pro, you need to purchase a separate subscription directly from the Avast Mobile Security app.

How can I cancel a Cleanup Pro subscription?

To cancel a subscription, ensure that you are signed into the Google account that you used to purchase the subscription, then follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Play on your device.
  2. Tap the menu icon at the top-left, then tap Account.
  3. Tap Subscriptions, then tap Cancel below the subscription.
  4. Tap Cancel Subscription to confirm.

Google Play confirms the subscription is cancelled. Your subscription is cancelled and will stop at the end of the current billing cycle.

Why do I need to grant the Usage Access permission to Cleanup?

When you tap the Boost Memory button on the main screen of the app, Cleanup provides an overview of the apps installed on your device and their downloaded data. Without the Usage Access permission, Cleanup cannot sort your apps by usage on Android 5 and above.

Why do I need to grant the In-app Purchases permission to Cleanup?

In addition to the free version of Cleanup, we also offer Cleanup Pro which includes a range of additional features and functions. The In-app Purchases permission enables you to upgrade to the premium version of the app if and when you want to. You are not charged by Cleanup unless you proceed to the purchase screen and provide all of your payment details.

Why do I need to grant permission to Cleanup when performing a Safe Clean?

If you are using Android 6 or above, Cleanup does not have rights to access parts of your internal cache. This means that Cleanup cannot fully clean certain files from your device during a Safe Clean. To enable Cleanup to perform a full Safe Clean, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Safe Clean on the main screen of the app and ensure Hidden Cache is ticked.
  2. Tap Finish Cleaning, then tap Enable in the Clean more dialog.
  3. On the Accessibility screen that appears, switch the slider next to Avast Cleanup to the ON position.

What is the Charge screen?

Charge screen is a feature that displays charging progress and optimizes the performance of your device by stopping all background tasks. When this screen is active, you can check what time your device will finish charging and see the percentage of battery charge.

Tap the gear icon in the top-right corner of the charging screen to configure or disable this feature. You can perform the following actions:

  • Tap the slider next to the ON option to disable the charging screen completely. You can re-enable it in the main Avast Cleanup settings.
  • Tick Activate any time charging begins or Activate when charging with the screen off according to your preferences. By default, this screen appears each time you begin charging your device.

Note: If Avast Mobile Security is installed on your device, you need to manage your Charge screen settings in Avast Mobile Security. If both Avast Mobile Security and Avast Battery Saver are installed on your device, you need to manage your Charge screen settings in Avast Battery Saver. Otherwise, you can manage this feature in your Cleanup settings.

How can I manage my settings for Cleanup?

To access the settings for Cleanup, tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface, tap Settings, then tap a category to manage the related settings. The following settings are available:

General Cleanup settings:

  • Safe cleaning: turn on Safe Clean Check if you want to check items before they are permanently removed from your device during a Safe Clean. Untick the types of items that you do not want Cleanup to delete. Optionally, add a shortcut directly to the Safe Clean function from your device desktop.
  • Subscriptions: select and purchase your preferred Cleanup Pro subscription type (monthly or yearly) or apply a previously purchased license.
  • Notifications: tap each reminder or warning type and specify when you want to receive them.
  • Charging booster: specify how you want Charging Booster to behave. These settings are only available in Cleanup if Avast Mobile Security and Avast Battery Saver are not installed on your device. If all three apps are installed, manage these settings from Avast Battery Saver. If only Cleanup and Avast Mobile Security are installed, manage these settings from Avast Mobile Security.
  • Cloud services: tap the Connect next to a cloud storage provider (Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive) to connect to your account or create a new account. Turn on the settings that you want to apply to your cloud transfers.
  • Memory Booster check: turn off if you do not want to review apps before their background activity is stopped by the Boost Memory feature.

Cleanup Pro settings:

  • Auto-cleaning: turn on automatic cleaning so that you don't need to manually open the app and tap the Safe Clean button each time you want to clean your device. Set the frequency and minimum amount of space you want to clean each time.
  • Photo optimizer: customize the optimization of your images. For maximum optimization, set the size to Screen and the compression to Aggressive.
  • Remove ads: tap Remove ads to go through the steps to upgrade to a Cleanup Pro subscription. After upgrading, this setting disappears and you will no longer see ads in the app.

Premium settings are marked as Pro. If you do not already have a Cleanup Pro subscription, tap Upgrade to proceed to the purchase screen.

How can I customize or disable the notifications I receive from Cleanup?

Cleanup notifies you when you have opportunities to enhance the performance and amount of available space on your device:

  • Unused apps: you haven't used one or more of your apps for a selected amount of time.
  • Low storage: you have a selected amount or less of remaining storage space.
  • Unnecessary data: you have a selected amount or more of data that can be safely removed.
  • Optimizable photos: you have a selected amount or more of optimizable photos on your device.
  • Weekend Cleanup: you have opportunities for increasing the amount of available space on your device and improving your device's performance.

If you do not want to see these warnings (or you want to customize them), tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface, tap Settings, tap Notifications, then tap a notification type and select Disabled or change your conditions for receiving it.

How can I organize items in Cleanup?

By default, the items on your device, such as photos, videos, and other file types, are organized according to size. However, you can reorganize them according to the following information:

  • Pictures: size, name, date of last modification, date of creation, folder, upload status, or whether the picture is optimizable.
  • Media & Files:
    • Video: size, name, date of last modification, date of creation, folder, upload status, or whether the video is optimizable.
    • Audio: type, size, name, date of last modification, folder, or upload status.
    • Files: type, size, name, date of last modification, folder, or upload status.

To reorganize items, tap the statistics icon at the top-right of a selected category and select your preferred option.

What does 'Scanner updated' relate to in the About application section of Cleanup settings?

The Cleanup scanner is regularly updated to ensure that the app is as effective as possible. When improvements are made, the scanner configuration is automatically updated on your device (via a very small download), and the date is reflected in the Scanner updated section of the About application screen. To see this information, tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface, tap Settings, then tap About application.

How can I give feedback about the app or ask for help?

If you want to provide feedback or show appreciation and support for Avast mobile products, you can:

  • Write a review on Google Play.
  • Tell your friends about our software via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Post reviews in Android related forums.

For help or to send feedback directly to us, tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface, then tap Help & Feedback and try one of the following options:

  • Tap Avast direct support to contact us directly for help and support (this feature is only available if you have the premium version of the app).
  • Tap an FAQ category to see a list of frequently asked questions.
  • Tap Go to our forum to be directed to our forum where you can ask or answer questions about Cleanup.
  • Tap Send us a message to fill in a feedback form about the app and send it directly to our developers (this form is for feedback purposes only and we cannot guarantee a response).

Why does Avast show advertisements in Cleanup?

Avast is pleased to offer both a free and premium version (Cleanup Pro) of the app. Although we're confident you'll find both versions of the app highly advantageous to the performance of your device, Cleanup Pro is ad-free and includes a range of additional features and benefits. To support the ongoing development of the app, the free version includes ads only at the end of each cleaning process which we believe are unobtrusive and do not interfere with app usage.

How can I opt out of sending anonymous data to Avast?

Cleanup collects anonymous usage statistics and error reports to help us improve the app. If you do not want to participate in the collection of anonymous data, tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface, tap Help & Feedback, then tap Usage statistics. On the next screen, turn off the appropriate setting.

Does Avast offer any other apps I could benefit from?

Avast has created the following range of apps to improve the performance of your mobile device and protect you from hackers and thieves:

You can access many of these apps from the More by Avast section of Cleanup when you tap the menu icon at the top-left of the app interface.

  • Avast Mobile Security: Secure your phone and tablet with our free Mobile Security app which features both antivirus and Wi-Fi vulnerability protection.
  • Avast Battery Saver: Improve the endurance of your device battery between recharges with Battery Saver which stops unnecessary apps from running in the background and helps you optimize your device settings.
  • Avast Wi-Fi Finder: Connect to secure public Wi-Fi networks quickly and easily wherever you go using Wi-Fi Finder.
  • Avast Passwords: Keep all of your passwords protected and easily sign into your online accounts using one main password. You can synchronize this app across multiple devices.
  • Avast SecureLine VPN: Prevent hackers from accessing and stealing your data when you are connected to public or open Wi-Fi networks, secure your personal Wi-Fi networks, and protect your privacy using the SecureLine private encryption VPN.
  • Avast Anti-Theft: Locate and track your lost or stolen device on a map with our Anti-Theft app's web-based mobile tracking feature that uses GPS tracker and other triangulation methods.
  • Avast App Locker: Protect sensitive content against mobile device intrusion with our App Locker app.

What are the system requirements for Cleanup?

You can install and run Cleanup on any device running Android operating systems 4.1 and higher.

Cleanup cannot be downloaded or installed on non-Android operating systems, including the following operating systems:

  • iOS
  • Symbian
  • Microsoft Windows Phone
  • Bada
  • WebOS

If you are using a custom ROM, the app may not work as expected. Please report any feedback regarding this issue through our support pages.

How can I download and install Cleanup?

Cleanup is available for Android devices from Google Play.

  1. Open Google Play from the apps screen of your device and search for Avast Cleanup.
  2. Open the internet browser on your device and go directly to the following page:
  3. Tap Avast Cleanup & Boost to open the app information page.
  4. Tap Install, then tap Accept if you are asked for permissions.
  5. When the installation is complete, tap Open to open the user-interface.
  6. Tap Continue to confirm that you have read and accept the terms of the AVAST End User License Agreement.

Cleanup is now installed and ready to use. For additional features and functions, upgrade to Cleanup Pro.

How can I uninstall Cleanup?

You can uninstall Cleanup in Google Play:

  1. Open Google Play from the apps screen of your device and search for Avast Cleanup.
  2. Tap Avast Cleanup & Boost to open the app information page.
  3. Tap Uninstall, then tap OK to confirm the uninstallation.

Cleanup is no longer installed on your device.

  • Avast Cleanup 3.x
  • Avast Cleanup 4.x
  • Android 5.x
  • Android 4.1 and higher

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