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This is the best app for saving battery life and storage space

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How much battery and memory can a single app save you? A whole lot, it turns out. Hermit can replace any number of resource-intensive apps with a Lite App, which is essentially a website wrapper that you can heavily customize. It cuts out gluttonous syncing habits, allows more granular permissions and lets you set customized notifications. Let's take a deeper look.

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Hermits has a library of suggested sites you can create Lite Apps for. / © ANDROIDPIT

How Hermit works

Like one of the Facebook app alternatives we've been looking at recently, Hermit basically offers supercharged Chrome Custom tabs, meaning that it takes any website and gives it a nice wrapper, making it appear more like an app. An icon is added to your home screen, and the Lite App shows up in your app drawer. Essentially, it behaves just like a normal app, but it dispenses with many of the, frequently unnecessary, additions and settings crammed into actual official apps.

Hermit provides a decent library of sites that you can quickly create apps for, and new ones are being added with each update, but you can also create your own Lite App using any website URL.

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All your Lite Apps show up in the app drawer. / © ANDROIDPIT

One of the main advantages besides saving battery life is that these Lite Apps really are light. The only space they occupy on your phone is the space needed for the icon, i.e. practically none. The Hermit app itself is under 1 MB.

You can set sync frequencies manually for your Lite Apps, with anything from every five minutes to once a week being an option. This, in particular, could save you a load of battery, as some apps (cough, Facebook) are guilty of frequently waking your device up to check for notifications and updates, cutting into your battery considerably. And even if you choose to use the five-minute sync frequency, Hermit uses battery-saving Android APIs, so it's never going to be as bad news for your battery as the Facebook app would be doing the same thing.

Why wouldn't I just use a Chrome shortcut?

By using Hermit, third-party cookies are avoided. If you go on Facebook through Hermit, for example, it won't be able to track your browser activity. Basically, it increases your privacy by blocking activity tracking. Plus there are more customization options in Hermit

What else does Hermit do?

You can not only receive notifications from the Lite Apps you make, but you can customize them to all hell, too. You can decide what icon appears in the notification, what sound, if any, is played, and what pattern of vibration your phone uses to notify you. 

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Hermit offers in-depth decision over how its Lite Apps send you notifications. / © ANDROIDPIT

There are also autoconfiguration options for Facebook and Twitter, offering a one-press setup that functions fine for the vast majority of users, but, of course, the manual configuration options remain available, if you prefer those.

You can also choose what permissions are afforded each website, so you can turn location, photos and videos, and camera and microphone permissions on or off to your liking. And if you share a photo or video, or your location, through a Hermit Lite app, that information is given once, for that purpose, and then access is closed off again, meaning your location and media can't be accessed freely.

Continuing on the customization front, Hermit lets you choose a two-tone color combination for your Lite Apps, so you can make everything look as pretty, or as hideous, as you like.

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You want Facebook to be green? You've got it. / © ANDROIDPIT

What's the catch?

There honestly isn't one, really. To my mind, at least, this is a way better alternative to so many clumsily or maliciously made apps you might have installed. In my time using it, Hermit has never consumed more than one percent of my battery, and I have it running eight Lite Apps. It's super smooth and fast. You can set it up so notification from multiple news sites come in silently and under a single icon. It's cleaner, more cohesive, less resource-intensive and prettier.

The free version affords you two Lite Apps with full premium feature freedom, but if you pay just under US$5 you get all of it for every Lite App. That means bookmarks; custom themes; full screen, frameless and desktop modes; and all those granular permission and privacy controls.

The developers are working hard to take user requests and concerns into account and you can follow Hermit developer chimbori on Reddit to see what's going on and ask him any questions or make suggestions for improvements.

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Yes, one percent battery use. One. Percent. / © ANDROIDPIT

Have you tried Hermit? Let me know what you think of it by leaving a comment below.

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Chris Marshall

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Chris is a graduate in English and Philosophy and habitual tamperer with technology. A recent convert to Android, through the marvel of the Samsung Galaxy S6, he looks to share the fruits of this technological honeymoon through AndroidPIT.

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    Sorin Jan 2, 2018 Link to comment

    Good but still need to work on the application.

  • Andrei Cristescu 1
    Andrei Cristescu Jun 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Trust me! It is an amazing app! I got rid off apps like facebook and tripadvisor which were big and taken space and battery. And when you like to try custom roms like me, and have alot of apps, and allways after an upgrade or fresh install to wait for all to install/configure it is really a pain. Now I have less installed apps but in the same time more apps like before (lite apps ;))
    "Less is more!"

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    Alex W. Mar 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I think I'm gonna give it a go! Thanks

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    Deactivated Account Mar 21, 2016 Link to comment

    Thanks...I'm gonna give it a try, sounds cool, I ditched Amazon's app for a chrome shortcut and saved a lot of data... I can see this app being very useful..

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    dheaa alwan Mar 21, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi,please how can add for app not showing in hermit library,example, viber

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      Chris Marshall Mar 21, 2016 Link to comment

      These apps are essentially just web pages. Viber is a messaging and video-calling app, so, unless it has a web client like WhatsApp has, it won't work as a Hermit Lite App.

      Alex W.Albert Einstein

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    Mohamed Mujees Mar 21, 2016 Link to comment

    It is also taking the battery charge??????

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