Free up space on your Android smartphone
As Android smartphones get older, they often become slower which is mainly due to the accumulation of unnecessary files in them.
These smartphones have a limited amount of internal storage. Applications with large cache files, email history, images saved through messenger and temporary internet downloads take up more space. The camera and display hardware of these handsets are also improving as they now boast up to 512GB which also take up more space due to higher resolution photos and videos being taken and downloaded to the smartphone.
Here are a few steps on how to clear up your device if your Android smartphone is experiencing speed issues or running low on free space:
- Built-in cleanup tools – Android users with version 8.0 or newer can use a ‘Free Up Space ‘ option under their storage settings, this can help free up space by clearing backed up photos and videos, downloads folders and infrequently used apps.
- Users of Android 7.0 and below can free up space on individual apps and categories by tapping on each option within the internal shared storage menu.
- Deleting files manually will help free up space on your device, navigate your device’s storage and deleting bloated folders using the Files application which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Uninstalling apps which have a large storage footprint directly from the Home Screen will also create more space.
- By inserting a MicroSD card you can easily upgrade your maximum storage space since some files such as photos, videos and music can be moved from your internal storage to your MicroSD card.
- Backing up files to your cloud will also help keep the smartphone’s internal storage clean. Devices like Google Photos, Huawei Gallery and Samsung Cloud can automatically back up photos and other files to the cloud whenever one is connected to Wi-Fi.