When you first get your Android phone, everything is perfect. The device runs quickly, and you can start installing the apps you need. But, after a while, you fill your device with so many things that it reaches a point where nothing more will fit. But there are different things you can do to remove what’s not important anymore and can be removed from your Android device. Discover the other methods you can try to get more space on your Android device to make more for more files.
How to Recover Storage Space on Your Android Device
The good news is that you can do various things to get back that storage space so you can replace the useless files with more important ones.
Save File to the Cloud
Something that will help you have more storage on your Android device is using cloud services. For example, you can save your videos and pictures on Google Photos. Once you’ve uploaded everything, you can have Google Photos erase the backed-up files from your device to free up space.
You can do this by pressing the Library tab at the bottom right, followed by Utilities. Towards the bottom, you should see an option called Free up space. You should see how much space you’ll save when you select it. How long the process will take will depend on how many files the app needs to erase. This is just one example of what you can do. You can also save your files to cloud services such as OneDrive, Dropbox, iCloud, Etc.
Uninstall apps You Don’t Need Anymore
When your Android device has a decent storage capacity, you may install apps you think you need. But after months, you realize you haven’t even opened the app once. These are the apps you can start with to regain storage space on your device. If you ever need to install them again, you can always go back to Google Play and get them back.
There are three ways you can uninstall an Android app. You can drag the app icon toward the uninstall option at the top of the display or go to Settings > Apps and notifications > See all X apps. Look for the app you want to install and select it. You should see the uninstall button at the top.
You can also uninstall the apps from Google Play. Once the app is open, tap on your profile picture, followed by Manage apps and device. Tap on the Manage tab at the top to see a list of the installed apps. Check the box for the app you want to uninstall, followed by the trash icon at the top. Confirm that you want to uninstall apps, and the apps will disappear.
Use Google Files to Free Up Space
An app that’ll help you free up space is Google Files. The app will show what junk files and old screenshots (among other things) you can erase to make more room. Since it’s a good idea to start with the largest files first, it’ll also group all the large files and send them to the trash. But remember to erase all the content from the trash to delete everything permanently. You can go to the trash by tapping the three-lined menu at the top left. You can also use Google Files to erase your downloads. Have you ever downloaded something to realize later it’s not what you needed? Then you forgot to erase it, and there it is, taking up space. You can erase your downloads by opening Google Files and tapping on the Browse tab at the bottom. The download option will be under the Categories section.
Use a microSD Card (if possible)
If you have a phone that can add a microSD card to increase your storage, please take advantage of this option. In time, phones with this option are few and far between. But before you buy one, there are some things to remember. For example, don’t just grab the one you found in your drawer without ensuring it’s the right one for your device. Make sure that you get one that is as fast as your device. Everything will slow down if you get a low-quality card and move apps to it. You’ll experience things like the app taking too long to load (among other issues). Don’t take out the card once you have it as an adoptable storage.
Delete App Cache from Apps
App cache can accumulate over time and may need some cleaning occasionally. But when cleaning, ensure you’re cleaning the cache, not the data. If you clean the App data, what you’re doing to resetting the app since the data contains info such as your login information. By erasing the app data, you’ll need to enter your login information the next time you access the app. The cache contains temporary files that help the app run faster but won’t log you out if you erase them.
You can erase the cache on your Android device by going to Settings > Apps and notifications > See all X apps > Choose an app > Storage and cache > Clear cache.
Stop Saving WhatsApp Media on Your Phone
If you use WhatsApp a lot, there’s a good chance you will get many pictures and files from friends and family. Don’t get me started on the number of files you can get from WhatsApp groups. You try to erase the files you don’t need, but you can’t keep up with all the files, and you can’t spend all day erasing everything. To save your storage, you can prevent WhatsApp from downloading media. That way, you only manually download what you want.
You can do this by opening WhatsApp and tapping the three dots at the top right. Tap on Storage and Data, and under the media auto-download section, tap on When using mobile data. Ensure that all three boxes are unchecked. Tap on OK when you’re done. Do the same for When connected on Wi-Fi and When roaming. From now on, you’ll have to download all the files you get manually.
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So many files can take up too much space on your Android device. Even if your device has a large capacity, sooner or later, you will run out of space. So, if you don’t want to spend time erasing what you don’t need, it’s best always to be cautious with what you keep. You can get a duplicate file app and have it look for duplicates. Erasing the extra file will give you some extra space. What is your preferred method when it comes to getting back that storage space? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.