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To App Or Not To App - How You Can Use Apps.... Without The Apps

2, September, 2016
So many people feel the need to install every given app available thinking they need it to use a websites service. This article will show you the way without the app.

Apps that are installed unnecessary on your mobile will automatically start-up when the phone is switched on. Plus, apps have the capability to access every contact in your phone - access to your microphone and camera... unless you go into the settings and disable them or delete them completely and use a browser instead.

I asked someone why they needed the Youtube app when they can visit the Website via a browser.They replied "it saves me having to search for Youtube every time".

I asked my bank "do I really need your app to bank online", after some discussion the banker said "No, you don't need a browser to bank with us online" which I knew already because I bank with Halifax without the Halifax app with no problems sending and transferring funds.

       The Reasons Why You Don't Need To Install Mobile Apps
  • I visit Youtube and upload videos but I do not have to install the Youtube app except to see what difference the app makes instead of using a browser (there was none).
  • I use Twitter without an app, 
  • You don't even need an app to use the popular cab company Uber (How To Use Uber Without An) App
  • Apps that have sounds like a bicycle bell, animal and bird sounds or car horns can be recorded instead of installing the app. 
  • Apps that have a virtual fireplace, a candle or virtual sounds can be recorded yourself  and then played back in a loop which is much better than an app. Just visit Youtube for any sound or visual you like - or make it yourself.
  • Online radio stations. I listen to so many, but I have never needed their apps.
  • Image, video converters or language translators, I use the various services that can do it all Online without an app..

The Benefits Of Not Installing Apps
  • Save on mobile storage space. Each phone has a limited amount of storage space (most taken up by apps you don't really need or think you need.)
  • No need to buy a memory card. When you add up the size of each app uses it's no wonder the memory card businesses are doing so well.
  • Be more discreet and secure. Don't allow apps to have access to your contacts, camera, microphone -- and probably more.
  • Save on mobile resources. Each app installed will take up valuable system resources - auto-load when the phone is switched on and running in the background even when your not using the app. Too many background Apps will slow down any smart phone. Not smart at all.
Here's How To Use The Websites Easily Without An App

First method - (image below) - using Opera browser.
Any Website you visit regularly just bookmark the page and it will appear on your browser home page screen for quick access without the need to install an app.

 Second method  - (image below) - Using Internet Explorer - Pinning the Website to my desktop.

When your at a Website (via a browser), go into the browser settings and select pin this page to start. As you can see in the image below, I have pinned all my quick-links to the websites I visit. Each icon is about 1kb in size and ideally, placed in alphabetical order for quicker access  - unfortunately, my phone, or browser does not show the website logo.

Final thoughts: Whenever a company says "install their app", visit their Website first. If you can do everything you need to do there, don't bother installing it. If your still in any doubt, install the app and compare. If you can still do everything online, then uninstall it after. It's the only way.... Unless, you don't feel 100% safe banking online via a web browser, then I would suggest installing their app.

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