I have recently uninstalled Economist. According to Settings -> Apps, it was taking up ca. 530Mb in data (from the internal memory). After uninstalling, I did not get that space freed.

Is there any way to reclaim that space, without installing any utility app? I have seen Clean Master is mentioned a few times. I am not certain who of those mentioning it actually tried it, successfully; and it seems to be quite annoying.

I cannot root the phone.

Related, but not providing an answer:

I uninstalled an app,but did not clear space

Manage files left by uninstalled apps?

Why my phone is always out of space recently, but I didn't install any new software (I tried
$adb shell
su -c "du /data" | sort -n
but my shell doesn't have su)

Completely uninstall an app on Lollipop

Why doesn't uninstalling an app free all the space it had used?

How can I reclaim space used by the defaul email client (I reinstalled The Economist, to see if Settings -> Apps reported again the same occupied space, so I could Clear Data from there; but not it shows a mere 15Mb of data).

spy / invisible file occupying 4gb+ space in internal storage

Space deleted but not reclaimed for re-use

What else is occupying my android phone's internal space

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    You don't need to install any cleaners, they can't free space fro you except clearing apps' caches. That you can do yourself too. Android's package manager itself deletes all files related to an app when it's uninstalled. But sometimes the space usage is not updated immediately, even sometimes until restart. However, there is no way to verify how much space an app is actually taking without rooting phone: android.stackexchange.com/a/216132/218526 Nov 11, 2019 at 0:00
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    Try SD Maid, in my view best possible option. Been using for years. Corpse finder option in that specifically targets your need. Without root ss @IrfanLatif said, no way
    – beeshyams
    Nov 11, 2019 at 4:17
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    Yes. @IrfanLatif knows what he is talking about
    – beeshyams
    Nov 13, 2019 at 2:09
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    @beeshyams sir I'm honored. @sancho.sReinstateMonica /sdcard is actually /data/media/0. So by "outside /sdcard" I meant in /data partition. Apps can scan or access other partitions partially or fully including /system and /vendor. Nov 13, 2019 at 3:18
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    @beeshyams - Thanks. I was not clear from your answer whether you meant that specifically or not. Nov 13, 2019 at 15:51


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