If you have an Android device, with less than 64GB of storage capacity, chances are you have run out of space before. If your device doesn’t have a MicroSD card slot, or you’re not ready to replace the device, here are some tips on freeing up storage.

Free Up Space Tool

Go to your device settings and look for your storage tab. There will be a blue button that says something along the lines for ‘Free up space’ or ‘Clean space.’ Using it will get rid of unnecessary files eating away at your storage. If your device has a ‘Device Care’ tab in the settings, it will do the same.

You can also go into your Settings > Applications and see how much space your apps are taking. Here you will have the ability to delete the cache and media of the app. Clearing the cache is generally safe, but clearing media may delete pictures or other information contained in the application. There is also a setting called ‘Smart Storage’ that will be removed backed up videos and pictures after 30, 60, or 90 days.

Store Your Photos Online

Use Google Photos to store your media. Open up the Photos app, select the menu icon (three lines). Next, choose the option for ‘Settings,’ then select ‘Back up & sync.’ Once you are here, make sure the toggle is turned on. This menu will also let you pick the account you want to back up (if you have multiple tied to your phone). You can select a variety of backup options as well.

Once you are sure that the photos are backed up, you can delete them. Most of the time, there will be an option to do this on the main menu for Photos but if not, go back to the settings. Clicking on the option ‘Free up device storage’ will tell you how much information you are deleting before you do.

Other Managers

There are other cloud file managers like Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, and several others. Transferring as much data as possible to these options will save a boatload of space. Some antivirus apps like Malwarebytes will also help get rid of unneeded files.

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