How To Free Up Space On Android

Free up space on Android device

It seems no matter how much storage you have in-built into your device you never quite have enough. If you’re anything like me, you are constantly trying out new apps and downloading movies to watch on the train, which doesn’t come without challenges.

There are however a few tricks you can employ to try to manage your space effectively.

Employ the Cloud

There are a number of solutions out there that will allow you to save some of your photos / videos on a remote storage service. Some of the better ones include Dropbox, Google Drive and Box. All of these solutions offer a small amount of storage for free, so you can give them a try before buying one of their premium packages with more storage for a fee. Personally I use Dropbox which allows me to sync multiple devices across different platforms, providing a seamless experience when transitioning between my iPad, Samsung A9 Tab, Laptop and HTC Desire 816.

Spring clean your device storage

Download and install storage truth, a tiny app that will give you some insight into where your space is currently being used. You can then use a program like SD Maid and ES File Manager to trawl you device looking for uninstalled app data.

Move your apps to your SD Card (Android 5.0 and lower)

If you are using Android KitKat or earlier as your operating system, good news, you can actually move some of your larger applications to your SD card. To do this, go to your settings > storage > apps > move to SD card. If you want to continue using this method, you’ll either need to stop your device from upgrading to Lollipop, or root your device.

Clear you app cache

Free up space on AndroidYour app’s storage requirement doesn’t just come from the system files required to run the app, it also includes some commonly used settings and historical data, especially with messaging apps, this can be as large if not larger than the system files. To clear this information out, you need to go to settings > apps > all then go into each app (largest first) and clear out the cached data stored. Keep in mind that all you login settings and historical media will be removed from the app, this may however still be stored in your gallery if setup that way.

Uninstall unused apps

About once a month I do a spring clean of my apps installed on my device, my general rule is that if I haven’t used the app in the last month, it’s not worth having, these can always be recovered by reinstall from playstore in your “MyApps” section, including your paid apps. To uninstall, go to settings > storage > apps then select the app you want to uninstall, then click uninstall.

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