The storage of Android phones can often fill up quickly as you media files like photos, music, and videos, download apps, and cached data. This happens to all kind of Android phones. Yes, even high-end phones. If your Android phone has a small amount of storage, this can be a problem.
Now you may be wondering how you can free up space on your android phone. Worry not. Here, we will give you some tips you can try to free up space on your phone. Since there are many ways to do it, you will have an alternative to do in case some of them don’t work. Alright, with no further ado, here are our tips.
Adding an SD Card
First and foremost, adding an SD card. Although a microSD slot is becoming less common today, there are many Android phones come with a slot for a microSD card. If your phone has an SD card slot and hasn’t used yet, it is time to use it. Add an SD card to your phone. An SD card can help you in two ways: as the storage for the data and as the storage for apps. If the memory capacity is large enough, you can do both.
Moving Your Data
Android phone storage is often filled with media files data such as pictures, videos, music, and other media files. Over time, this will take up a lot of space on the storage, which may result in your phone being slowed down. To prevent this, move your media files to the SD card.
Moving Your Apps
An SD card can also store apps as well. Similar to media files, apps often take up a lot of space on the storage. Fortunately, you can move your apps to an SD card. That will free up space.
Moving your data or apps to the SD card is not difficult. That said, the way you move data or apps may differ slightly from one phone to another since how you do it depends on the phone and the Android OS installed in it.
To move data to an SD card, you will need to install the SD card and format it as either internal or portable storage. To move apps to an SD card, you will need to format the SD card as internal storage (for Android Marshmallow and above) or use the built-in features to move the apps (for pre-Marshmallow OS).
Use Built-in Storage Tool
Today’s Android has a Storage pane which shows what is taking up the storage in the phone. You can access the Storage pane opening the Settings, then tap Storage. After you do so, you will be able to see your storage and what is taking up space. You will see apps and their data usage, media files like pictures, audio files, and videos, cached data, downloads, as well as other files. How the Storage pane works is a bit different from one phone to another, depending on the version of Android you are using.
- Nougat and Below
For Nougat and older Android versions, you will have to open Settings and go to Storage. Choose the files you want to check. Let’s say you want to check your apps. Just tap the Apps and you will be presented with a list of apps, which you can remove individually. If you don’t want to remove the apps, you can clear their cached data by accessing the apps on the list individually.
Oreo operates differently from older Android versions. Unlike Nougat and older versions, Oreo allows you to see files with apps associated with them. For example, if you tap the Photos and Videos, you will see not just the pictures and videos on your phone and how much space they take up, you will also see apps like photo and/or video editors associated with the files.
Although it may sound complex, it is really easy to free up space on Oreo using the built-in storage tool. All you need to do is to tap Free Up Space option. You will be presented with photos and videos which have been backed up and unused apps. Check the ones you want and voila! You have free up some space.
Use Files by Google
There is a built-in tool in Android phones that helps you get an idea of how space is used by different data types. However, this built-in tool does not tell you the amount of space that is used by individual files and folders. To know the exact amount of space, you will need an app called Files by Google.
Files by Google allows you to see the individual files and folders and the exact amount of space they are using. This makes it easier for you to manage your storage. That’s not all, though. Files by Google is able to detect how frequent you use your apps. It will tell you which apps are unused, which are used, and so on. This can help you manage your apps, helping you to remove unused apps on your phone and free up space.
Use Cloud Services to Store Your Photos
Last but not least, you can use Cloud services to store your media photos. There are many Cloud services available these days. For example, Microsoft One Drive, Dropbox, Google Photos, and Flickr, to name a few. To use these services, you will need to create an account. Storing your photos in the cloud can free up gigabytes of space. This is especially true if you have lots of photos stored on your phone.
Among the Cloud services, Google Photos is perhaps the easiest to use. Why? Because the Cloud service is integrated into your Android phone. You can see the option to move your photos to Google Photos in your photos app. Of course, you can also move your photos to your computer. However, one of the best things about moving your photos to Google Photos is that you will be able to access it any time you want through your phone’s Photos app. It doesn’t matter whether you stored the photos in the cloud or locally, the photos will be seamless. Very convenient, isn’t it?