My android phone has 16Gb internal storage, and I have one internal SD card of 32Gb, still, there are times when I run out of space to install new apps.
Sounds false right?
But it isn’t!
Just an hour ago, I tried updating my office application and it showed me that I had no more space left for the update.
Also, if you don’t know me personally, I am quite worried about my storage because more than often, my friends send me movies via Share-it. And to store such high definition videos, one needs a lot of space. I delete them after watching, but for that time being, I need space for keeping them.
These were the two scenarios when I need storage space, I am not sure why you might need extra storage, but below listed are 5 ways you can do so.
5 Ways to Free Up Space on Android Devices
Move Your Photos to Google Photos
I wasn’t a big fan of Google drive and photos. But when I discovered that media occupied around 10gb of my storage, I had to transfer photos to the cloud.
We may not notice how this happens, but over the time, we take a lot of photos and due to high-quality cameras in modern smartphones, space fills up gradually over time.
Hence, moving your photos to google cloud is a good option. I have synced my gallery with google photos, so that once a photo is saved, it is uploaded to google drive. This makes it quite convenient and I don’t have to upload a huge chunk of data all of a sudden.
Also, there are a lot of options other than Google drive as well, you have one drive from Microsoft, Flickr, dropbox and much more. You can then either sync your gallery, if the app allows, or just delete your offline copy to free up some space.
I also keep a copy offline copied in my laptop ( just in case I am traveling and I don’t have the internet ).
Move applications to External SD card
Android has a huge array of applications waiting for users at the Google play store. There are tons of them and all seem to be awesome.
Over time, I downloaded and installed a dozen of applications. Some of these were lightweight, but then there are applications like facebook page manager that weigh around 350 MB ( a huge app indeed ).
Personally, I am not a big fan of big applications. So, I usually don’t install them in the first place.
Also, if you badly need one app for some purpose ( like I needed pages manager for my facebook pages ) then you should consider moving these applications to the SD card.
Moving apps is simple and takes a bit of time ( depending on the size of application or speed of that device ).
Also, in the new Marshmallow android update, you can just use External card as internal storage. If you don’t have the new update, you can still move apps to SD card.
Upgrade your SD card
I used an 8gb SD card two months back, upgraded to 16Gb one month back and just weeks ago I bought a 32Gb SD card. It seems quite funny to me, considering the fact that my dad still uses his 2gb memory card.
However, I’ve seen a lot of people not upgrading their SD cards when they need to.
Also, SD cards come at a cheap price as compared to what they came in the past.
If you are using a low capacity SD card, consider upgrading to a high capacity one and move your apps and photos there.
Analyze which files and folders are big
I have an Asus zenfone and with it, I got a default file manager that helps me analyze the space distribution.
It helps me see which of the files take how much space. The big file and folders are placed on top and then small ones are down below.
From there itself, I can know which folders are taking more space than they should.
Sometimes, I get surprised to see that the folders that are taking maximum space, have items I don’t even need. So, it helps a lot at times.
If you don’t have such a file manager, consider using a free application such as DiskUsage.
Also, you should remove movies that you don’t watch often. Because in my case, a majority of space was occupied by a movie I didn’t watch for months.
Use a cleaner application
I’ve been using my smartphone’s default cleaning app for freeing up space. But if you don’t have it as a default feature, you should consider using an external cleaning app.
These cleaning applications clear out app data, temporary files, cache and much more.
Sometimes, with a simple scan, I am able to free up more than 2Gb of storage ( which is pretty much considering the fact that it is pure garbage that my smartphone doesn’t need ).
Sometimes, the app is around 50mb and its app data is more than 1gb. For example, if you have youtube or Spotify app installed, and save a lot of music or videos for offline playback, the app data can easily reach 1gb in no time.
You can just download a separate version of that video or song if you listen to it quite frequently, but it takes much more time in app data. You can view app data and how much every app takes from your smartphone settings > apps.
Conclusion – Looking at the increasing need for storage, I might need to use an external hard drive for my smartphone as well ( just kidding ). But on a serious note, I consume a lot of data and it is not going to decrease in future.
So, I have moved to cloud on my device as well.
What are some tips that you use to clean up storage space on your android smartphone?