6 ways to free up space on Android device

Dec 17, 2017 3636 Komal Rangoonwala

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Today we are back with 6 ways to free up space on Android device. Insufficient memory is one of the most common problems we face every day. In order to free up space, we need to rectify the cause of this problem. We have a habit of hoarding photos and we keep apps we don’t use. Such bad habits lead to us getting annoyed by “Insufficient storage available” alerts when we try to download a new app or some data. If you are facing such problems and want to get rid of those, keep reading.

Here are 6 ways to free up space on Android device

1. Use cleaning apps

Most common and easy way to free up space is handover the task to a cleaning app. One of the best free app for Android is “Avast Cleanup“. Personally, I use this app and I love it. It gives you time to time alerts when unused files and data hogs up your memory space and tells you to clean it.

It provides safe clean and advanced cleaning in a very user-friendly manner. You can use any cleaning app you want. Check out this link for other cleaning apps.

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2. Move data

You can move your data using one or all of the options given below:

  • SD card

    If you have too many files, data, and apps then you should probably get an SD card. Move those apps and data into SD card so that even if the app updates and grows in size you won’t have to worry about your phone getting slow or hanging up on you!

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  • Computer

    As a student, I know I used have PDFs and files from 2-3 semesters back from my current semester which took up lots of space on my device. Why? Just because I had doubts that I might need them again someday. So if you are like me, to solace such doubts you can just move them to your laptop or computer rather than deleting them. If you need them back you can just move back to your device. In this way, you can free up space and also have your data intact.

  • Cloud

    Like I already said, delete those unnecessary photos and data, but there are some data that you cannot delete and must have. So if you want to free up space but still have your data files, then just move those data to cloud storage. Google Drive itself provides 15GB of free cloud storage. Check out this link to see which other sources provide free cloud storage.


3. Clear cache

Clear up the cache from apps. And if you are uninstalling the app make sure to clear cache and clear the data as well. If you just uninstall the app without clearing cache and data, some data might still remain hidden in your device.

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4. Remove thumbnail images

Having widgets and apps on the home screen can be quite convenient if you use them very often. But you have to compromise on convenience if you want to free up space on your device.

The widgets and apps on the home screen can take up some amount of space. So it’s good to just keep them in the drawer and have a clean home screen.

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5. Remove redundant/duplicate files

Sometimes we copy files from one directory to another in the same device. This just creates redundancy. If possible then just move the files and not copy. And delete those duplicate and redundant files to free up space.

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6. Do a factory reset

When nothing seems to work, you can try doing a factory reset. You will see that your device will be as good as new. It will remove all your data from your device and it will turn your device back to how you bought it. Doing factory reset can solve a lot of your other problems as well but it can create more problems on some devices. Make sure you do your research before you do so.

Freeing up space on your device can boost the performance, maintain the efficiency and makes your device work with finesse. All these steps can take up some of your time and requires precise scanning of your device, but it becomes more like a habit. Have a habit of keeping your device clean and free up space dominated by useless data, apps, and files.

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Happy cleaning! 🙂