Device vendors and manufacturers never quite understood users – we don’t like or need bloatware. Yet Verizon has decided that all Android users need AppFlash on their devices. It appeared inconspicuously on existing devices in 2017. Since then, it has been pre-installed. One thing all users want to know: What is AppFlash and is it really useful?
What is AppFlash?
According to Verizon, AppFlash is a content discovery service. It is designed to be an all-in-one app to find everything you need to make your life easier. From app and restaurant recommendation to movies and rides, all you have to do is ask. On the surface, that doesn’t really sound that bad. After all, Google works the same when you’re signed in and sometimes even when you’re not signed in.
One good feature is that the app is designed to automatically stream any content you need without having to download another app to do so if you need a specific app to view or stream content on AppFlash.
It is pre-installed on Android devices from Verizon. However, it won’t look like a traditional app. Instead, it functions as a left-hand type of home screen. If it’s enabled, all you need to do is swipe left from your home screen to view it. And yes, it takes up the whole screen.
Is it sure?
The answer is yes and no. Just like any app that provides personalized recommendations on your phone, AppFlash collects user data when you use your device. This includes your location data, even when you are not using the app. It’s not much better or worse than other popular apps that track your app’s usage, location, and preferences.
According to Verizon, “In newer versions of the app, when you choose to turn on location, it will be collected even when the app is not in use.” If this leaves you feeling less secure, you are not alone. However, many apps that ask for location permission do the same, especially search engines and social media apps.
The app is currently available for download from the Google Play Store. As you can see, users aren’t exactly thrilled, giving it only 3.6 stars.
How do I activate and deactivate AppFlash?
You can turn it on or off yourself at any time through your device settings. The exact steps may vary slightly depending on your device and Android system.
Go to “Settings -> Display”.
Tap “Home Screen.”
Choose “Left Home Screen”.
Tap AppFlash to activate it. If you want to turn it off, select another option from the left home screen or select None. Press OK to save your changes.
If you installed AppFlash yourself, you will have the option to uninstall it like any other Android app. When it’s pre-installed, it might not even be listed in your available apps. If so, the only option is to disable it.
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