Aptrax – track the apps you use and how often you use them

by: Jonathan FeistMarch 5, 2014

Aptrax - App Usage Tracker

Aptrax wants to help you identify superfluous applications on your device. Aptrax is a simple application that tracks the frequency and duration of your app usage. Their goal is to help you quickly and easily identify all of those apps that you have installed but do not use often enough to keep around. It straight up provides a list of your installed apps, sorted by most used at the top to least used at the bottom.

With over 1 million apps in the Google Play Store, it is no wonder that many of us have hundreds of apps installed on our devices. This is not an issue in itself, but when your device runs out of storage, some difficult app removal decisions need to be made. Certainly, most of us can recall if we’ve used an installed app, but Aptrax makes it easy to identify any apps that may have slipped through the cracks, unnecessarily taking up storage space.

Aptrax - App Usage Tracker

Aptrax is a recent addition to the Google Play Store, produced by an indie developer that appears eager for your input and committed to the growth of the app. As the app is still maturing, a quick word of warning – apps that provide background services, such as Tasker or SMS Backup+, and widgets on your homescreen, such as the Play Music widget, do not register in Aptrax usage statistics. We hope to see this updated in a future release of the app.

Start tracking your app usage with your own copy of Aptrax from the Google Play Store. You’ll have to give the app a bit of time to collect data about your usage for best results. How many apps do you think you’ll uninstall?

  • PopeJamal

    Awesome! I love generating meta data for people to sell to advertisers with little to no personal benefit. Monetize all the things!

    • Stephen Bonnici

      Hi PopeJamal, if you check the permissions used by Aptrax you will see that there are none which require internet usage. All data tracked by Aptrax is kept on the device and users can decide to clear all of it whenever they want.

      Thank you for the feedback.

  • Paul Leduac

    Clean Master already has this feature and has a lot more utility besides. Seems a bit lame that someone is releasing such an app now, but what’s even more lame is this guy writing a whole article about such a shameless ripoff.

    • Stephen Bonnici

      Hi Paul, please note that like you said, clean master has a lot more utility rather then just tracking apps, and some people don’t need all of that. There are some people who just want an app which tracks usage, and nothing else.

      And this is the reason for developing Aptrax, to have an app usage tracker which does just that and does it effectively.

      Thank you for the feedback

  • Pedro

    LG G2 comes with this functionality natively.

  • MarkMyWordz

    What if I download and install aptrax on my phone, use it one time, forget about it, and then 3 months from now come across it and open and run it? Aptrax should be at the very bottom. So will aptrax basically be telling me to uninstall aptrax? Is that considered assisted suicide in the app world? Will aptrax come back and haunt my phone? Will you guys from Android Authority come and arrest my phone? This could turn out very very bad.

    • Stephen Bonnici

      Unfortunately Aptrax does not track itself in the app usage (although it used to in v1.0). Pity, I would have loved to see this horror story unveil! :D