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Clear Up Space On Your Android Phone

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Android, File & Disk Management, Smartphones
 
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Space Management in Android smartphones can be a big issue for users. Though newer smartphones have more internal memory than they used to, we are still running out of space. Face it, when it comes to digital content – videos, images, documents, music and more – there is no limit to the kinds of files we keep on our phones.

In this article, we will look at some easy ways to free up your smartphone’s storage space and make room for what you need.

Removing Bloatware

The pre-installed apps in a smartphone are known as bloatware. Most smartphones are pre-loaded with these third-party apps which occupy about 15 to 25 % of the storage space. Uninstalling bloatware can free up a lot of storage space.

Bloatware can include games, fitness trackers, trial versions of paid apps, and more.

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Uninstalling apps which are not used for a long time

Look through your apps and find the ones you haven’t used for weeks, months, or even years. Uninstall them right away to free up storage space. if you need them later, you can always re-download from the app store.

Disabling system apps that can’t be uninstalled

There are some system apps which cannot be uninstalled. Claiming space back from these apps is difficult. But you can disable such apps. Go to Settings > Storage > All Apps. Then find the app which you want to disable and click on the ‘disable’ button.

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Uninstalling Updates

It is better that all the apps in our smartphone are updated to the latest version available. But you can free up a considerable amount of space by uninstalling updates from certain apps. Go to Settings > Storage > Apps. Find the app and click on the ‘Uninstall updates’ button.

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Move apps and game data to a microSD card

If your phone has expandable storage, you can move apps from the internal memory to the microSD card. But not all apps can be moved.  You can check whether an app is movable by going to Settings > Storage > Apps . Tap on an app and see if there is any “move to external storage” option. Tap on it and the app should move to your SD card. Once done, the option changes to “Move to Phone Storage.”

Move application to SD Card feature in Android phones

Tomorrow, in part 2 of this article, we’ll check out more ways to free up space on your phone.

~ S. Sarkar

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One Response to “Clear Up Space On Your Android Phone”

  1. Corinne Larimore says:

    I just got a new cell phone and even though it’s a Samsung, what I had before, it’s not quite as fancy as I couldn’t justify the price given I use it rarely. So I really appreciate anything you have to offer about smart phones as I never did get very good at using them. Love, love, love this tip.

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