9 easy tips to clear your Android internal storage
No matter which Android smartphone or tablet one uses, most often we do come across storage space issues. Sooner or later, the phone keeps prompting an error “storage space running out.” This is especially true in case of budget smartphones that come with around 4GB and 8GB of internal storage. There are many ways to free up the storage space on Android smartphones or tablets. And it’s fairly simple. If you are facing this problem, check out the nine easy ways you can reclaim space on your Android device.
1. Move apps to SD card:
By default, every app that you download on your Android device gets installed on the internal storage. However, you can head over to Settings > Apps > Downloaded Apps, then individually select each app and tap on “move to SD card.” Do note, not all apps support this feature. You will only be able to move the apps where developer has enabled “move to SD” option.
2. Uninstall unwanted apps:
Most of us have the habit of installing tons of apps on our smartphones. Often, after trying out some apps, a lot of people don’t use it too often. And even when an app is not in use, most of them keep running in background and consume valuable space too. To regain the lost space, uninstalling unwanted apps is one of the best options.
3. Clear cache:
After using apps for a while, they end up accumulating space in the cache. This not only slows down your Android device, but also eats up some space. To get rid of this cache memory, you can install apps such as Cache Cleaner, CleanMaster and CCleaner among others. After installing one of these apps, just run it. It will calculate cache from all apps and show up on the screen. Tap on clean and it will do the needful for you.
4. Clear downloads folder:
Android system allows you to download any type of file, be it PDFs, Word Documents, Music or any other format. While these files land in the download folder, most of us don’t tend to use them too often. As it eats up some valuable space on your smartphone’s internal storage, deleting unwanted files regularly from the download folder would be a good option.
5. Move photos and videos to SD card:
Today’s smartphones now coming equipped with better cameras and a lot of people prefer clicking photos and videos on them. By default, these photos and videos are stored on the internal storage. To make more space, it’s a good idea to move them to SD card. In most phones, the camera app also lets you save the clicked photos directly to the external storage, which can be done in camera settings.
6. Backup your files to cloud:
Whether you have photos, music, videos or any other files, it’s a good idea to backup them on cloud. There are apps such as OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox among others that let you store all your data online. You can also use Google Photos or Flickr to save your photos to cloud. Google Photos now has an option for automatically backing up files online and deleting the photos from your device. Once backed up on the cloud, you can delete these files from the local storage, thus clearing a lot of space on your device. The best part of cloud storage services is that you can then access these files on any device, be it your desktop, smartphone or tablet.
7. Clear browser history:
A lot of people surf the internet on their smartphones and tablets, and while they are not aware, it does create some cache on the device. This not only slows down the browser and the device, but also eats up a bit of storage space. To speed up the browser and clear some space, deleting browsing history and cache is always a good option. On the web browser, head over to Settings > Privacy and Security > Clear Cache and History.
8. Control media that WhatsApp downloads:
With a lot of media such as photos, music and videos now being shared on WhatsApp, it does tend to eat up considerable amount of space on your phone. However, WhatsApp does allow you to control the media that it automatically downloads. In the app, head over to Settings > Chats and Calls > Media Auto-download. Here, you can set what type of media you want to download when connected to Wi-Fi and mobile network. By restricting auto-download, you can not only save on mobile data, but also the space that it takes up.
9. Factory Reset:
Even after trying the above options if you are unable to regain enough storage space, factory reset data is the last resort. To do this, you can head over to Settings > Backup and Reset > Factory Reset Data. Do note, a factory reset will delete all you data from the phone’s internal storage, right from apps, messages, photos and videos. So, before you go ahead with a master reset, we’d recommend you to take a backup of all your valuable data.