It doesn’t matter how much we plan by trying to buy an Android device with enough storage space. There will always be a time when you end up asking yourself the question. How do you free up space on your Android device?
Running out of space on your Android device can be really frustrating. Not only that, but it can also be time-consuming trying to deal with a device that has very little storage left. Find out more about the amount of storage you should be looking for when buying a new Android device.
We tend to partially fix it because this is the quickest method. That usually includes deleting a few pictures or videos we’ve recently taken. However, this only fixes the problem for a few days before it becomes an issue again.
Whether it’s a phone or tablet the method is the same. So let’s take a look at the best way to free up space on your Android device.
WHAT USES UP SPACE ON YOUR ANDROID DEVICE
When you get a new Android tablet or phone you’ll have a few months when you have no problems with storage space. Six months later and you start to see the signs that storage is going to become an issue.
The storage space on your Android device is used by just about everything. Whether that’s the Android Operating System or apps preloaded by the manufacturer.
Surfing the internet also takes up a little bit of storage space. This is because most websites save hundreds of tiny images to your device. This is to make visiting that site in the future faster.
What uses up your storage space the most is high-quality images, music and videos. Your favourite Android apps also use up the storage space, as they are installed locally on your phone or tablet.
So there is no getting around it really. Your storage space is going to be challenged from time to time. However, there are some simple steps you can take to fix this problem.
HOW TO FREE UP SPACE ON YOUR ANDROID DEVICE
If you’re using Android 8 (Oreo) or higher then you’ll be happy to know that Google has made it much easier to manage your storage. If you’re using an operating system earlier than this, then it’s a bit more manual, which we’ll go over a little later.
All Android devices are slightly different even if they use the same operating system version. This is because the manufacturers tweak the OS to suit their brand. Therefore, the instructions below may be a little different depending on the Android OS and device you’re using.
To manage your devices storage space go to settings>device maintenance>storage
You should then see something similar to the image below. As you can see from the screenshot of my phone. The Android operating system has recognised there is over 795MB that can be cleaned.
This is why this function is so great. This is 795MB of data that can be cleaned without having to remove any of your files. This data is from visiting websites where information was stored in your cache.
This is vital at the time because it makes the website much quicker when you visit the site again. However, it also takes up space, so it’s a good idea to use this tool, perhaps, once a month to free up valuable space.
Once you’ve hit the ‘clean now’ button you’ll see an image similar to what you can see from my phone below. My available space has gone from 11.1GB to 11.9GB. How much space you’ll have cleaned up by using this method all depends. If you’ve not used it before, then it could be a lot more than just 795MB.
That’s the simplest method to free up some space on your Android phone or tablet. Using this method on a monthly basis should help free up valuable storage space.
However, this will only free up space that is no longer in use. So let’s take a look at how you can free up even more space. From now though, it’s a bit more manual, but you can free up a lot more space by manually checking your phone.
HOW TO FREE UP SPACE MANUALLY
Freeing up space manually on your Android device might sound like hard work. However, it doesn’t have to be that way if you do it correctly.
When we are looking at dealing with storage space manually. The type of files you’ll be most likely looking at are images, music, videos and Android apps.
Some of these will be more visible than others. For example, if you’ve been taking a lot of pictures on your phone. Then you know these images will appear in the ‘image’ section.
The same cannot be said for music. Most of us today use an app to play music. Whether that is Google Music, Spotify, Deezer or YouTube Music. All of these apps are great, but the music is stored inside the app. So you’ll have to manage this separately inside your favourite music app.
Using the tool we used in the previous section is a good way to start off. Again, to get there go to settings>device maintenace>storage. You should again, see something similar to the image below.
Since Android 8 (Oreo) Google has made it much easier to see what is taking up space on your Android device. From the image above you can instantly see what is using most space.
Clicking on either of these sections will take you immediately to the files. It works the same whether you click on images, videos, documents or music. Once you’ve clicked on each section you’ll be able to visibly see what is taking up the space and the amount of space it’s taking up.
You can then choose what you’d like to delete by simply selecting each file you would like to delete. Remember what I mentioned earlier. Any files in the music section will not be music files used in your music app.
DELETING ANDROID APPS TO FREE UP SPACE
Android apps are great but they can also take up a whole lot of space. We generally install a lot of apps and some of these we use a lot, while others we may only ever use once.
This is why it’s a good idea to regularly check the Android apps you’ve installed on your device. You can use the same tool as we did above, which will show you a list of apps currently installed.
You’ll see the name of each app and the amount of storage space it’s currently using. You may be surprised just how much some apps use. To uninstall an app, you simply click on it and you’ll be presented with a screen showing further information. You should see an option to uninstall, which you simply press.
Deleting Android apps that you no longer use is a really good way to free up space. I would recommend doing this every few months because we sometimes forget the apps we’ve installed, which we never really use.
ADD EXTRA STORAGE WITH AN SD CARD
If you’re still struggling with the amount of storage space you have available. You may want to consider installing an SD card. This all depends on whether your device has a Micro SD slot.
If it does then it’s a really easy and cheap way to add extra storage. Also, the latest versions of Android OS allow you to format the SD card to act like internal storage. This means you can install a lot more Android apps without any issue.
So I hope you’ve found this article useful and you now know how to free up space on your Android device.