If you’re an avid smartphone user who has an Android phone that has less than 128GB of internal storage you may find yourself running out of storage space.
This is not a problem if you have a microSD card slot that’s not being used. But if you don’t and you don’t plan on buying a new phone anytime soon, there’s no need to panic.
I will tell you what you need to do to free up a decent amount of additional space.
What To Do When Storage Space Is Running Out On Android?
- Get Rid Of Unused Apps
- Store Your Videos & Photos Online
- Use The Free Up Space Tool
Get Rid Of Unused Apps:
A great way to free up some additional space is to get rid of unnecessary apps that you haven’t used in a long time.
Many smartphone users have a tendency to download apps, try them out and leave them installed on the phone.
If you’re uncertain about the last time you’ve used certain apps, there’s a simple way to find out:
- Open the Play Store app
- Tap on your personal icon located in the upper right corner
- Select “Manage apps & device”
- Select the Manage tab, the Installed button on the line below should be highlighted, if it’s not, tap on it
- Located to the right of the total apps, there’s a sorting icon. Tap on the icon and select “Least used”
- Then the apps that you use the least appear at the top of the list. Most of these apps may be useful apps, however, you may see some of them that you no longer need. If you no longer need an app on this list, you should uninstall it.
Store Your Videos & Photos Online:
Videos and photos are some of the largest files on your phone. Thus the reason why Google developed Google Photos.
If you’ve been uploading your photos to Google Photos you can delete them from your phone to free up some space.
However, you must make sure that all your photos are backed up to your Google account before deleting them. Follow the steps below to back up your photos to your Google account.
- Open the Photos app.
- Tap on your personal icon in the upper right corner. If you’re backing up your photos, you should see a “Backup complete” entry in the drop-down menu.
- If you’re not backing up your photos, then select “Photos settings” > “Back up & sync.”
- Make sure that the “Back up & sync” toggle on top of the page is set to “On.” You should also check which account is listed under “Backup Account.” If you have more than one account, you can switch to whichever you want to use.
There are other options as well. For example, you can choose the quality of the photos you want to upload and whether you want the phone to upload photos when you’re using cellular data.
Now that you’re sure your photos are being backed up, you can delete them from your phone. It’s very likely that there is already a notice on top of the Photo app’s front page offering to free up memory from your device; if not, it’s easy to do.
- In the “Photo settings” menu, tap on “Free up device storage.”
- You’ll get a window saying how much memory and how many items will be removed. Select the “Free up XX” at the bottom of the page.
Use The Free Up Space Tool
Android phones come equipped with a built-in tool to help you to free up storage space.
Follow the steps below to find the tool:
- Go to settings
- Select “Storage”
- Then you will see info on the amount of storage space that is used and a list of file categories.
- Tap the “Free up space” button.
- Then the Google Files app will appear with the “Clean” feature which will offer useful suggestions on what you can do to free up space by getting rid of your junk files ie. deleting unused apps, large photos, and backed-up media files, there may be additional suggestions as well.
Another Tool To Free Up Internal Storage Space
There’s another great tool in the Storage section, this tool will help you to find out how much space is being used by each of your apps:
- Go to settings
- Select “Storage”
- Tap on Apps, then you’ll see a list of all your apps and how much space is being used by each app.
- Tap on the name of the app, then you will see the size of the app, and how much of the available storage is being used by user data, and how much space is currently being used by the cache. There are two buttons “Clear storage” and “Clear cache.”
Before you tap “Clear storage,” you should check your user data to make sure that you do not have any important documents or media.
On the other hand, it’s safe to clear an app’s cache because the files that are stored in the cache are non-essential files. These files are not 100% necessary for the phone to function correctly, and deleting them should not adversely affect the functionality of the app.
In addition to “Clear storage” and “Clear cache” there’s a feature called “Smart Storage.” This grants the phone permission to automatically remove backed-up photos after 60 days.
This feature also automatically removed backed-up videos if the phone’s storage capacity is under 25 percent. This feature can be turned on or off through Google’s Files app.
- Open the Files app, then tap the three parallel lines in the top left corner.
- Select Settings
- Find the Smart Storage setting and toggle it on.
If you’ve followed all the steps mentioned above and you still have insufficient storage space on your phone.
Then you should strongly consider getting a new phone, a phone that has more than 128GB of internal storage.
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