We all have been in that sticky situation when we urgently need to download a new application, or a PDF that our boss needs, but our Android adamantly keeps on flashing ‘not enough storage available’. This lack of space can affect many things – from your recent OS update to your ability to click a new picture. Whenever you are stuck in such a situation, proceed to your Settings. The place practically holds solutions to almost all the problems you might be facing on your Android. Select Storage and check out what exactly the status is for storage under device storage (internal) and SD card storage (external).
You can have a pretty basic idea of how much space your applications, pictures, audios, videos and other downloads are occupying on your device. What is more – it will also give you an idea of the cached data your applications have. Once the storage scene of your device is clear and out in the open, you now have to work on how to manage it. Read on to understand how you can clean up space on your Android –
Deleting Unused Apps
One of the biggest mistakes most of us commit while using our Android is to not clean it up. There are like a dozen apps, which you might not have used ever (except the first time, may be), sitting in your phone. Now is the good time to go through your app drawer and check which stuff you want to keep and which you need to get rid of. It can be anything – an app you downloaded in curiosity and then forgot to use, a game you got cause it was in the hype, but did not like enough, a coupon app you downloaded that one time you need discounts, anything under the sun that you are no longer using needs to go. We understand it can be a confusing, long and inconvenient to an extent process, but we would highly recommend doing this as our first and foremost step to gain space on your Android.
Moving Pictures & Videos
Once you are done with the first step and made some room – it is time for moving pictures, audios and videos. Believe us, if you are cleaning up space in your phone, it is better that you perform all these steps in one go, which will ensure normal functioning of your phone for next some time. We would recommend you to transfer enough of your data – mostly pictures and audios and videos, which you are not going to need every day to your PC. Remember to backup your data on the drive before moving it though. Having your data at two places will surely make it more secure as you now would be having a backup for your original backup. You can clear out your card and your device storage of this extra data load clearing uo a lot of space.
You can also use a new empty card and take out your now full SD card, but it can prove to be a bit tedious as if you lose the card, your data would be endangered. Thus backing up your data on cloud is a must any which way, so is having a physical backup of it in a PC or hard drive.
Clearing the Cache
If you go to storage under Settings on your device, you will be introduced to the concept of cache, which actually holds a lot of space. Clearing up this space is easy as deleting cache can be done simply by pressing a button. Remember however that as you remove cache, you are actually deleting all the data that might be linked to an application on your Android. This means that everything from your searches to your preferences set on an app would be gone. Silver lining is that it does not apply to important data like your status in a game.
It is actually more of clearing the cache from the browser. If you have not cleared the cache in a long time, do it today to clear up unexpected amount of storage space from your Android which has just been sitting away doing nothing. On average, an Android can have anywhere from hundreds of MBs to GBs of cached data at one point in time.
Let us first of all introduce you to bloatware. It is a fancy term for applications which come pre installed with your Android and can not be removed no matter what. The only possible way to do away these apps is to root your Android which in itself can be a bit of a hassle. Thus we think a better way to ensure minimum interference and storage space from this stubborn bloatware is to get the app back to its original factory installed version. Just do not update the app at any time and delete any updates you might have gotten in the time passed. Once that is done, the apps are occupying the least amount of storage they can – which will free up a little storage space for your use. Also do note to turn the automatic updates off so that these apps do not get any updates in future.
Rooting Your Android
In case nothing works, your last option is to root your phone, which will basically get rid of all the bloatware and have your Android OS updated. Please remember that rooting is a pretty difficult task for even the most seasoned Android users and there is no turning back once you go down that road. Its legality is also debatable so we would suggest you to not opt for it until and unless you have no other option left on yourself.
Making Sure No Storage Space Issues Arise in Future
It is clear that making space on your Android is not that tough a task though it may require some dedication and time from your side. If you do not have that, or you do not want to opt for any of the options we mentioned above, please note that you can always go for a higher storage option while buying phones. It is recommended that one must go for an Android device with at least 32 GB for storage space, if your Android does not have expandable storage. In case, it does, it still would be better if you take care of the space used and clean up your storage every once in awhile.