The more our phones and tablets are able to do the more we do with them, whether that’s taking high-resolution photos and video, playing intensive games or just downloading apps for everything from Pokémon Go to BBC iPlayer. It’s easy to run low on storage in Android, even with a phone that comes with 16- or 32GB as standard. Here are some tips for how to free up space on Android, plus some advice on ways you can get more storage in Android.
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1. Back up photos and video to Google Photos, then delete them from your phone
Photos and video are one of the biggest space hogs on any Android phone, and more so as their integrated cameras come with increasingly high megapixel counts.
Download the free Google Photos app from Google Play, then in the Settings menu select to back up all photos and video over Wi-Fi. Once the media has transferred you can delete them from your phone (though be very careful to delete them from the Gallery app rather than Google Photos itself).
2 Move other files to Google Drive
In a similar fashion to moving your photos and video to Google Photos, you can use Google Drive (another free app) or any other free cloud-storage app to store other files. Both steps are worth taking even if you aren’t running low on storage, since they will mean you won’t lose your media should you break or lose your device. The only down side is you’ll need an active internet connection to view your files.
3 Delete any old apps and games you don’t use
Some apps and games consume a surprising amount of storage, and if you don’t use them then they don’t need to be gobbling up any space on your phone. If you later decide you need them then just download them again – any apps you’ve paid for at Google Play will be available to any Android device on which you’re logged into your Google account.
It’s easy to miss some when you’re looking at shortcuts on the home screen or multiple slides in the app tray. Instead, open Google Play, tap the three lines at the top left to open the Settings menu, then choose My apps & games.
4 Clear out your cached files
Cached files are little bits of data stored by apps every time you use them. Over time you can collect an alarming amount of cached data, so if you’re looking for a way to save some space, clearing out these old files is a good start. Open the Settings menu and select Storage, then scroll down to and tap on Cached data. Select OK to clear cached data for all apps.
5 Delete old downloads
Every time you download a PDF or other document from the web it is stored in your Downloads folder, but the chances are you probably don’t need it anymore. If you have a File Manager app use this to browse your Downloads folder and delete anything you don’t need; alternatively, you may have a Downloads shortcut in your app tray.
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