With the continuous change in trend, the phone developers have been coming up with phones that have a massive internal storage. As far as the usage is concerned people have this tendency to download and save as much stuff on their Android devices that they lose track of their data and it somehow ends up in eating up all the free space. With a lot, many memory hogging apps, music, videos and image files the phone storage tends to get jammed. In such scenarios, we all feel hopeless. We get stuck in a scenario where we can’t decide what to do and what not to. Worry not! Here are 5 Ways to Free Up Memory Space on Android Device. Let us get going.
Use the built in Android’s Storage tool
How can you access what all the files and folders that are taking up a lot of space on your Android phone are? Android has its built-in storage tool that lays down details about the storage that has been occupied by apps, photos, documents, videos and music files. You can go to the settings then storage on your Android phone to get to the Storage tool.
You can also empty the ‘Cache Memory’ from there is you need an instant boost in the free space.
Note- the Android device cache memory rebuilds itself after a certain period, and if you continue to clear cache memory on a regular interval it may put a severe load on the device battery.
Backing up your phone data on Cloud Storage
Apart from the app data, photos, videos and music files are the ones that take up most of the space on an Android device. The photos and videos can be easily backed up using the Google Photos app for Android devices. The Google Photos app offers you a cloud storage where you can upload your device’s photos and video files over a WiFi network. After the files have been backed up, you can then erase these files from your phone’s storage.
For other files such as music files such as mp3’s, m4a’s, etc. you can download any cloud storage app such as Google Drive or Dropbox that offers you to save these files on their servers over a WiFi network. These files can then be deleted from the phone’s memory and can be retrieved back from the cloud storage when in need.
You can also upload any other essential files, such as documents also to the cloud servers. Make sure the free account on these cloud-based servers limits you to save up to a certain extent. You can always add some more storage by purchasing extra space.
Moving the data to SD card
Today, Android phones offer you ‘adaptive storage’ and ability to add an ‘external storage’ using a MicroSD card. You can add a microSD card to your Android phone to get extra space for storing media files on to it. Some phone offers you to move certain apps to the microSD card. You can easily save some of the apps on your external storage.
Make sure you use a high quality, class 10 or above microSD card because the cheap ones will have very slow speeds that are not good for reading and writing purposes and your phone may crash if you use cheap microSD cards with slower speeds.
Transferring your phone’s data to Computer (hard drive)
Using the OTG functionality users can copy their phone’s data to any OTG supported flash drive or hard drive. Android phones can be directly connected to a PC or Mac via a USB connection. The phone is then displayed on the computer as a drive, and all the data can be copied to the computer’s hard disk. After the data is copied to the computer successfully, you can delete the data from the phone to free up some space.
Factory resetting your android device
Sometimes, even after taking all these measures some of the files remains on the Android smartphone. You can get rid of all such unnecessary files by just performing a factory reset. You can do this by going into the Android device’s settings menu and then to ‘backup & reset’ option and then choose ‘factory data reset’.
Note- all the data that has been stored on your Android device will get flushed using this method. Please make sure to make the backup of all the necessary files before performing this step.
True modular Android smartphones are still a dream; it would have been great if we could just add as much internal memory we want. Unfortunately, because of how the hardware setup is done, internal memory can’t be increased in such a manner. The last option we are left with is to say goodbye to your Android phone and welcome a new device. Let us know in the comments, what all methods do you use to free up memory space on your Android device.
About the author:
Sejal Parmar loves to explore the newly released Apps & Games. She blogs at Rule.FM and writes about latest Android Apps & Games.