The sizes of apps, photos, and operating systems are getting larger. The Facebook app alone now takes up a whopping 250 MB. If you also use Pages Manager and Messenger, you’re looking at well over half a gigabyte of storage space. Games, videos, images, and back-ups will also eat through your memory.
If you use an older device, or even the entry-level model of a newer device, you’ll quickly find yourself hitting your storage limits. There’s nothing worse than whipping out your phone for a once-in-a-lifetime photo only to be met with the dreaded “Memory Full” message.
In this article, I’m going to show you a few ways of quickly, safely, and easily freeing up some much-needed storage space.
1. Identify Memory-Hogging Apps
Be honest, how many apps that you currently have installed do you frequently use?
Recent versions of Android make it easy to see which apps are the worst offenders. Navigate to Settings > Storage and tap on Apps. Wait for the list to populate, then tap the menu button in the top right-hand corner and choose Sort by Size.
2. Delete Offline Content
Saving content for offline use is great — if you have enough memory. If you don’t, you’ll quickly start wondering why all your free space has suddenly vanished.
A few prudent steps will alleviate the problem. Try making a playlist on Spotify with just enough songs to cover your gym session or commute. Only open the notebooks you use most frequently on OneNote, and avoid downloading any huge files from cloud storage services.
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3. Move Photos to the Cloud
If you’re looking at your photos on your device, you won’t notice they’re not saved locally. They will still be accessible and viewable through the app as they were before as long as you have an internet connection.
The app will even alert you when it thinks it can help save you some space, with an on-screen notification making you aware that you’re closing in on your memory limits.
If you think you’re close to capacity, you can get the app to check on your behalf. Navigate to Google Photos > Menu > Free Up Space. The app will scan your phone and let you know how many photos have already been backed up and can be safely deleted.
4. Move Content to an SD Card
There’s a good reason for their absence: Cheaper SD Cards will not perform as well as more expensive ones because they’ll have slower read/write times. But many users won’t realize that their SD Card is at fault – they’ll just think the phone is sluggish. That’s bad publicity for manufacturers. They’d rather you just bought a more expensive model with more storage.
5. Use a Storage Analyzer App
If you’ve performed all the above steps but still can’t work out what’s taking up all your space, you might need to turn to an analyzer app to investigate all your device’s folders.
The best one is arguably DiskUsage. It’s a great way to find old downloads, leftover files from games, and other rogue entries.
The app will display all the results in an easy-to-understand on-screen graphic, thus helping you find any files and directories which consume a lot of space.
You can delete those files and directories from within the app itself.
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How Do You Free Storage Space on Your Device?
I’ve shown you five methods that can dramatically decrease the amount of internal storage space being used on your device.
But there are lots more – and I want to hear about them. What apps do you use to analyze your folders? What space-saving tips do you have to pass on to your fellow readers? How do you prevent your device from hitting its memory limits?
You can get in touch with your ideas, tips, and solutions in the comments section below.