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Top 5 tips to manage your device storage

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There are several ways to free up space on your Android phone. Find out 5 tips to manage your device storage.

It makes no difference if your Android phone has expandable capacity through a microSD card; you use whatever space you’re allocated, whether it’s 32GB or 200GB.There are several simple ways to free up space on your Android handset, including both internal and microSD storage.

Do you have an iPhone? Check out our recommendations for freeing up space on your iOS device by clicking here.

Here are 5 tips to manage your device storage:

Delete the cache

Many Android apps make use of saved – or cached – data to provide a better user experience.

Cached data can save some time (and mobile data), however the files kept in app caches are only for convenience and are not necessarily required. The app cache should be your first port of call if you need to clear up space on your phone right away.

To erase cached data from a single app, go to Settings > Applications > Application Manager and choose the application you want to change.

To erase the app’s cache, navigate to the app’s Application details menu, tap Storage, and then tap Clear Cache. To erase cached data from all apps, navigate to Settings > Storage and choose Cached data to clean the caches of all apps on your phone.

Remove your downloads

Everything you download – images, videos, documents, and other things – is saved in your Android phone’s downloads folder.

Most of the files in your downloads folder are unlikely to be ones you care about.

(For some reason, my downloads folder is overflowing with images of Pizza Hut’s Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.)

So, by eliminating these useless files, you should be able to free up some storage space.

Your downloads folder – which may be called My Files – can be found in your app drawer.

To delete a file, hold it down and then press the trash can icon, remove button, or delete button.

What are your thoughts? Google Photos allows you to back up an unlimited number of images. In other words, you may instantly backup every photo you take with your Android phone to Google Photos, and it will not count against your Google Drive capacity.

Utilize Google Photos

After you’ve backed up your photographs, you may remove them to free up space on your smartphone. To take advantage of all of this free cloud storage space, you must enable Google Photos’ Back up & sync option. To do so, launch the Google Photos app and navigate to Settings > Back up & sync, then toggle it on.

You have the option of backing up your images at “high quality” resolution (up to 16 megapixels) or at their original size.

Google Photographs only provides limitless storage for “high quality” photos, and any photos saved in their original size will count against your Google Drive storage limit.

After you’ve backed up your images with Google Photos, go to Settings > Free up device storage, and Google Photos will erase any backed-up photos and videos.

Transfer apps to the microSD card

Apps usually take up the majority of your phone’s storage capacity. If you have an Android phone that allows you to add a microSD card for additional capacity, you may be able to relocate some of your storage-hogging apps to that microSD card.

To do so, open Settings, navigate to Applications > Application Manager, and then tap the programme you wish to relocate.

If the app can be moved, a button labelled Move to SD card will appear; hit this button to move the app to the microSD card.

(On some phones, you may need to hit Storage before you can find this option.)

Only a portion of the software will be transferred to the microSD card.

The amount of data moved depends on the software, and many major games will not move a substantial fraction of their data to the microSD card.

Place apps in the trash

If you’ve tried all of these suggestions and still need more space, there’s no way around it: you’ll have to start eliminating some stuff.

You most likely have some (maybe numerous) apps on your device that you never use.

To find out which programmes are using up the most space, go to Settings > Storage > Apps. You’ll see a list of programmes organised by size, with the largest apps at the top.

To delete an app that you no longer use, tap it and then tap the I icon next to the app’s name. To remove the app, select uninstall.

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