Android phones and tablets gets filled up easily due to downloading of much apps, having much media files and cache data for offline use. Lower-end devices may only include a few gigabytes of storage.
Once your Android phone and tablet gets filled up, they will start acting up. The less space you have, the more time you’ll have to spend micromanaging the internal storage. If you find yourself regularly running out of space and needing to manage it, consider getting a phone or tablet with more storage next time around. You can also make use of the four ways below to free up your device space.
1. Use Android’s Built-in Storage Tool
Latest versions of Android have Storage windows where you can see exactly what is taking up storage on your device. To find this, open the Settings screen and tap Storage. You can see how much space is used up by apps and their data, by pictures and videos, audio files, downloads, cached data, and miscellaneous other files.
You could tap Apps to see a list of apps taking the most space and remove them. Tap downloads to view your downloads list where you can remove files and tap cached data to clear the data of all installed apps. Use the other options to view which files are taking up space and remove the ones you don’t want.
Remember this when dealing with apps, the app itself, its data, and its cache all add up to the total space used by the app. You can view how much space an app is using for those data files and remove the cached data for an individual app by tapping it in the Apps list, accessible by tapping Apps on the storage pane or by tapping Apps on the main Settings screen.
2. View Folders and Files Taking Up the Most Space
Android built-in tool are very good for checking the space your apps have used, but they are not so good when it comes to visualizing the amount of space used by individual folders and files. For this, you will need to download another app like the DiskUsage app. Install it from Google Play, launch it, and you can scan your device’s file system.
Use the visualization interface to check which folders and files are taking up the most space. You can also delete them right from within the Disk Usage app to free up space. All you need to do is to Select a folder or file, tap the menu button and tap Delete to remove the app.
Have it at the back of your mind that you could delete files that apps depend on here. Don’t delete data belonging to an app unless you’re willing to lose that data. In most cases, the data should be synced online in some way and you should just be able to re-download the data if you need it.
3. Add an SD Card and Move Your Data There
Almost all Android phones comes with microSD card slots, although they are becoming less and less common on newer devices. If your phone or tablet does have a microSD card slot, you can purchase a microSD card and insert it into your device for you to have more storage.
You can use the SD Card you purchase for apps and other system files, but you can store music, videos, pictures, and other media files there. Some apps may allow you to move their cache locations to the SD card, too.
Even if you already have an SD card for your device and it is still not okay, you can upgrade by purchasing a bigger SD like 32GB or 64GB.
After installing the SD card, connect your device to your computer and move your music, media, and other files there — or use a file manager app on your Android device for this.
4. Move Apps to the SD Card
Some Android phones will give you access to move your apps to the SD card to free up space on your phone. Google has moved away from this feature for performance, stability, and security reasons in modern versions of Android, and it’s not always possible to do this — especially on modern phones.
If your phone can move apps to the SD card on it, you can open the Settings screen and tap Apps, App Manager, or whatever it’s called on your device. On an app’s details page — the same screen where you’ll see the Uninstall button — you may see a “Move to SD card” button under the Storage section. If you don’t, your device doesn’t support this or you haven’t installed an SD card. To move the app back to the built-in storage, tap “Move to device storage.”
Apps that came with the device cannot be moved to the SD card this way. Apps that need to run in the background can’t be moved to the SD card. If a particularly app doesn’t support this but your device does, you’ll see the button appear but be grayed out. If you have an older device with this feature, you may be able to automatically install future apps to the SD card.