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These are the best Android Go and lightweight Android apps we could find

Have a low-end smartphone or have a small data cap? We've got you covered with a list of lightweight apps.
July 28, 2019
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We can give the Nokia 1 a free pass because it has a good design and is very affordable

It’s been a long time since Facebook Lite’s 2015 launch, and since then we’ve seen plenty more lightweight apps come down the pike. Android Go and Google’s drive for cheap Android phones have no doubt helped this along.

Keeping track of all the available Lite or Android Go apps can be a chore though, but we’ve got you covered with a list of some of the most essential Android Go and lightweight apps on there. Keep in mind some of these apps might not be available in your country, however.

Best Android Go and lightweight Android apps

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Android Go and lightweight Android apps regularly as new applications come around.

Facebook Lite

Price: Free

Weighing roughly 1.5MB, Facebook Lite eschews animations and visual flourishes for a simple UI that won’t tax low-end devices. It’s got everything from your news feed and photo uploads to event functionality and business information, just like the standard app. You can even access your messenger inbox without downloading the separate app.

Messenger Lite

Facebook Messenger Lite - best new android apps

Price: Free

Facebook Lite has a couple of limitations, like its lack of calls. That’s where Messenger Lite comes in. The app supports audio and video calls with your Facebook contacts, and strips out complex UI stylings in favor of a lightweight UI and a ~14MB install size. Don’t expect games or great GIF support, but most of the other essentials are here.

Gallery Go

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Price: Free

Google Photos is pretty much the best photo storage and organization solution available. However, the app is quite large and all those saved photos can take up a lot of space on your phone. Enter Gallery Go, which operates much in the same way as Google Photos but is smaller, more efficient at photo storage, and works great even without an internet connection. You’re also getting features like auto-enhance, SD card support, and auto organization smarts.

Instagram Lite

Price: Free

The Instagram Lite app was only a matter of time, following the success of Facebook’s other lightweight apps. The core functionality is mostly here too, allowing you to upload photos, browse your timeline or explore tab, send and receive direct messages, and check out stories. However, you can’t share videos, forcing you to use the main Instagram app to do so.

Skype Lite

Price: Free

Originally launched for the Indian market, Skype Lite is a slightly streamlined version of the original Skype Android app. Users get a data-saving mode, data tracking, Indian-specific bots, and free calls from India to Canada and the US. If the main Skype app is too bloated for your liking, this is worth a look.

Google Go

Google Go.

Price: Free

If you thought the difference between Facebook and Facebook Lite’s file size was striking, get a load of this. The Google app weighs in at 76MB while Google Go takes up under 10MB of storage. Despite the dramatic size difference, Google Go offers trending queries and topics to sift through, the usual search options (images, websites, videos), and Google Lens integration. You don’t get a feed like the main Google app, but it’s still one of the better Android Go apps.

Google Maps Go

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Price: Free

Strip Google Maps down and you’ve got the idea behind Google Maps Go. It’s a progressive web app, so you can also access it via your web browser. The app delivers traffic info, business listings, and public transport schedules. The two biggest downsides are the lack of map downloads and turn-by-turn navigation, though you can enable the latter with the Navigation for Google Maps Go app.

Files by Google

Dark mode in Files By Google.

Price: Free

Files by Google might just seem like a file management app, but it has a few nifty tricks up its sleeve (aside from being very small in size). For example, you can share files with other smartphones without needing a data connection, easily free up space using built-in tools, and backup files to the cloud. There’s even a dark mode! It used to be called Google Files Go, but it’s still a lightweight file manager anyway.

Spotify Lite

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Price: Free

Spotify Lite is ideal if you want a lightweight music streaming app, coming in at just under 8MB compared to the standard app’s nearly 30MB size. Either way, you’ve got free streaming here, mobile data management tools, and the ability to save music for offline listening. So you should give it a download if space is at a premium or you just want a performant app.

Google Assistant Go

Google Assistant Go.

Price: Free

Google Assistant Go weighs in at 13MB, but still packs a fair amount of functionality nonetheless. The app lets you make phone calls, send text messages, get weather forecasts, and navigate, among other commands. However, it lacks a few features like reminders and smart home functionality.

Gmail Go

Gmail Go.

Price: Free

Google clearly has no shortage of Android Go apps at its disposal, delivering Gmail Go back in February 2018. The app weighs in at just under 13MB, compared to the more than 20MB size of the Gmail app. Most of the core functionality is still here anyway, so that means multiple accounts, smart replies, and smart email categorization. It also seems to disable image loading by default to save data and storage space.

YouTube Go

Price: Free

One of the more noteworthy Android Go apps right now, YouTube Go offers a number of mindful tweaks to conserve your data and run well. It allows you to choose stream or download quality, which gives you the video size in the process, among other things. One of the coolest features has to be the ability to share downloaded videos via a local connection, no data needed.

Twitter Lite

Price: Free

Twitter Lite is yet another progressive web app. It’s accessible via your browser and takes up under 1MB. Nevertheless, it also offers a data saver mode, so you can tap to load images instead of downloading all images on your timeline. Sensible stuff, even if it’s just a step above a mobile website.

Uber Lite

Uber Lite

Price: Free

Uber Lite is another app originally designed for the Indian market, but it’s since spread its wings to more markets. Uber claims the app works fine on 2G internet connections, which is a seriously bold claim. Nevertheless, the lightweight app doesn’t show maps by default, instead relying on a progress bar to track your journey. The app also caches the top places in your city so you can quickly get suggested pickup and dropoff points.

Did we miss any noteworthy Lite or Android Go apps? Let us know in the comments section! Looking to save your mobile data? Then check out some of the best data-saving apps at the link.