3 Ways to Free Up Space On Your Android Device
March. 05, 2020
Android phones and tablets can fill up quickly as you download apps, add media files like music and movies, and cache data for use offline.
Many lower-end devices may only include a few gigabytes of storage, making this even more of a problem.
The less space you have, the more time you’ll have to spend micromanaging the internal storage.
If you find yourself regularly running out of space and needing to manage it, consider getting a phone or tablet with more storage next time around.
Use Android’s Built-in Storage Tool
To find this, open the Settings screen and tap Storage. You can see how much space is used up by apps and their data, by pictures and videos, audio files, downloads, cached data, and miscellaneous other files.
The thing is, it works a little bit differently depending on which version of Android you’re using.
See Which Folders and Files Are Taking Up the Most Space with Files Go
Android’s built-in tool is helpful for visualizing the space used by different types of data, but not the exact amount of space used by individual folders and files.
For this, you’ll need a new app called Files Go from Google. It’s free in the Play Store, so go ahead and give it a download.
You’ll need to grant storage permissions and app access when you fire it up, so run through that to jump into the main part of the app.
Add an SD Card and Move Data There
Many Android devices still ship with microSD card slots, although they are becoming less and less common. If your phone or tablet does have a microSD card slot, you can purchase a microSD card and insert it into your device to gain more storage.
The storage you gain can hold music, videos, pictures, and other media files–and, in some cases, even apps (see the next section). Some apps may allow you to move their cache locations to the SD card, too.
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