CCleaner for Android released by Piriform

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 3, 2014
Updated • Aug 21, 2018
Apps, Google Android

CCleaner is a popular temporary file cleaning software  for Windows and Mac computer systems. The company behind the product has released a version of CCleaner for Android that interested users can download to their devices.

The app was released as a beta version previously that required signing up to becoming a beta tester; it has been released as a final version, however and can be downloaded directly from Google Play by all users now.

As far as compatibility is concerned, CCleaner for Android is compatible with all Android versions from 4.1 up and does not require any special permissions to install. CCleaner will display permission prompts on first start, however, to access photos, media, and files on the device.

Note that the free version of CCleaner displays advertisement and that a Pro version is available for €7.99 annually that does away with ads and offers other benefits such as priority support, scheduled cleaning or a storage analyzer.

Note: Security company Avast acquired Piriform, maker of CCleaner, in 2017. The desktop version of CCleaner has been in the news lately due to a privacy controversy.

CCleaner for Android review

The program displays the free space, used space, and free and used RAM on start. A tap on the analyze button starts a system scan for temporary files, old data, and other data that takes up space but can be deleted potentially to free up space..

The analysis takes a couple of seconds and results are displayed to you while the scan is still running.

CCleaner lists several data storage locations such as cache, residual files, thumbnails, empty folders, clipboard data, app data, caches used by specific applications such as WhatsApp, and Downloads.

You can expand any group to display all files found by CCleaner. Each file is listed with its name and size, and a checkbox next to it. It is not possible to load files or preview them using CCleaner for Android; this can be problematic if you want to double-check files before deletion, for instance a downloaded file with a generic name to make sure it is not needed anymore.

All you have to do now is to check the items that you want removed from your system and hit the "finish cleaning" button to remove the data from the device.

A tap on the menu button displays other modules and tools that you may run. If you are a free user you will notice that some of the tools are reserved to Pro subscribers

Here is an overview of the tools available in the current version of CCleaner for Android.

App Manager

App manager displays installed apps and system applications to you. Each app is listed with its name and size on the device, and options to uninstall it.

Apps are sorted into size groups automatically by CCleaner.

You can tap on apps here to display detailed information about the apps' storage use on the device, its impact on the overall system, usage information if you grant CCleaner access to application activity tracking, and resource usage.

There are also options to force stop an application, and to display detailed app information which includes permissions, storage and data usage, battery usage, and more.

Switch to system apps or app data instead to get a listing of those as well. System tools cannot be uninstalled but you can set them to hibernate or remove any installed updates from within CCleaner.


Booster requires usage statistics access which you need to grant before you may open the app. It is a very basic module that displays apps that run on the system so that you may kill them.


The module displays suggestions to you on how to free up even more data on the device. It lists the biggest apps on the device, old photos, large videos, and screenshots.

Options to preview the suggestions are provided and you may clean none, some or all of the suggested items and apps to free up space.

Storage Analyzer

Displays storage groups of the device. Highlights how much space applications, pictures, videos, audio, and other files take up on the device.

You can tap on any group to get a detailed list of items in that category. Note that it requires CCleaner Pro to delete any files displayed by Storage Analyzer.


CCleaner for Android has improved a lot ever since its first release back in 2014. The program is far from perfect; free users get lots of advertisement that distract from the actual program functionality.

Some options are reserved to Pro users, and some of those are not highlighted as such to users until they are activated.

For now, it is not really superior to other Android apps such as Android Cleaner. While the name helps spread the word, the app has to deliver to stand a chance against existing solutions on the system.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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