Have you hit your phone’s storage cap? We have felt that frustration and share your pain. Now it’s time to make some changes, and we are here to help you free up space on Android. There are many ways of clearing up the clutter in your handset, but we will focus on the most helpful, easier, and more convenient tips and tricks to free up space on Android.
Running Android Oreo? Use the big ‘Free up space’ button
Google is making it amazingly easy to clear up the clutter with their newest Android version. Go into the Settings app and access the Storage section on Android 8.0 Oreo. You will see a big button that says ‘Free up space’. Go in there to find a bunch of downloads, as well as photos that have already been backed up. These can be deleted from your phone without a worry. Simply select what you want to go away and boom. It’s done.
Uninstall apps you don’t need
This is the first thing you should look at when storage space is starting to look tight. Apps take up a huge portion of your storage, and they can be quite large. Do you really need that 2 GB game you haven’t played in months? Get rid of everything you don’t use!
Delete photos and videos
Are all those images and clips memories worth keeping?
Photos and videos are likely the next big storage hog. Are all those images and clips memories worth keeping down the line? Many probably aren’t. Some of you may be a little too shutter happy and have a bunch of repeated photos, too. Go through your gallery and see what is actually worth keeping around.
Read more: how to backup photos and videos
Use a micro SD card
Your phone may or may not have a micro SD card slot. If you are blessed with this feature, you can use a micro SD card in two ways. The first would be to simply use it as external storage and transfer large files to it. There is another solution many of you will prefer, though.
Some phones support adoptable storage. This means the device could use the micro SD card as internal storage. It becomes part of the phone’s space, as opposed to an external addition where you can throw files.
Read more: here are the best microSD cards
There are some downsides to keep in mind with this process. For starters, the micro SD card will only work with that specific phone. Furthermore, many micro SD cards are slow. Get a fast one that can keep up with your device.
If you are ready for your phone to adopt your micro SD card, here are the instructions:
- Put the micro SD card in your Android phone.
- Open the Settings app.
- Select ‘Storage’.
- Tap on the SD card you inserted.
- Hit the menu button and select ‘Storage settings’.
- Choose ‘Format as internal’.
- Hit ‘Erase and format’.
- Hit ‘OK’.
- Migrate your data (or choose to do so later).
- You are done!
Take advantage of the cloud
Cloud services have a lot to offer, especially for those limited in the storage department. Many of these services are free or cost very little money. For example, you can use Google Photos to upload all your images in high quality for free. In addition, services like Google Drive and Dropbox make it super simple to back up all your content. See which option convinces you and take advantage of it.
Furthermore, those struggling to keep space free on their devices might also have an amazing music collection in there. If you have gigs over gigs of songs, we would advice you migrate to an online service like Google Play Music or Spotify.
Delete your downloads
If you are like me, your downloads folder is probably full of stuff you don't need.
If you are like me, your downloads folder is probably full of stuff you don’t need. In here we often find a bunch of files you might have needed months ago for a minute or two, but are no longer relevant.
Some phones have a downloads app. If yours does, go ahead and access it to delete old files. If you don’t, you will need a file manager to find the downloads folder.
Clear the cache
Clearing the cache is not always a good idea. This is data your phone often needs to operate faster and more efficiently. It can definitely build up, though, and if you are looking to get some space quickly, clearing the cache is one quick solution you can use.
Clearing the cache is not always a good idea.
Simply go to Settings > Storage > Cached data. The option could be look or read different in various devices, but there should be a way to clear the cache here. Simply follow instructions and get on your way to storage freedom.
Delete offline areas in Google Maps
Google Maps makes it easy to navigate through your area without using data. Maps can be downloaded for offline use, but this comes at a pretty big cost. Offline maps can take a huge blow on storage space. I have well over a GB in offline map data, and you may be using up that much space in offline areas too.
Simply go to Google Maps and access the ‘Offline areas’ option. Go ahead and delete what you may think is not necessary at the moment.
Perform a factory data reset
If all else fails, your best bet might be to start new and perform a factory data reset. This will erase everything in your phone and bring it back to the state it was the first time you turned the device on (at least software-wise). Your apps, photos, videos, files, and other content will be gone, so make sure to back up whatever you deem important.
The good news is all unnecessary files will also be gone, giving you a chance to start fresh and better manage your storage space.
Now that you were able to free up space on Android, your phone should be cleaner you can continue enjoying that device to the fullest. As always, we would love to read your comments. Have you reached your storage limit before? What did you do to free up space on Android?