Have you ever used up storage space on your phone till you start receiving the most annoying message ever?
Yes oo, me too.
We browse through the internet every day, downloading the coolest apps, games, movies, etc. and when our phones reach its storage limit, we are pushed to the “oh no, not my babies” situation.
I call this the “oh no, not my babies” situation because the phone will keep disturbing till you delete most of your priceless downloads.
Very heartbreaking if you can relate.
In this post, I’m going to tell 2 tricks to free up a reasonable amount of space of your Android smartphone.
1. Clear your cached data
A Cache is a temporary storage where recently or frequently used information is stored to avoid having to reload it from a slower storage.
Your phone stores a cache file whenever you open an app or a game but the thing is, not all cached data are that important. You can just easily reload the apps to restart using it again.
Don’t get me wrong, they are still important as they make loading previously opened apps “open” faster. But when you are low on storage space, it’s a good place to delete unimportant data as they can be revived.
To clear the cached data for a single app, go to Settings > Applications then tap on the app you want to modify. In the Application info menu, tap Storage and then tap Clear Cache to clear the app’s cache.
To clear cached data from all apps, go to Settings > Storage>Phone storage, tap on Cached data then press “ok”.
2. Backup to a cloud storage
Cloud storage is a service in which data is backed up from your device and made available to users over a network (mostly the Internet).
In simpler terms, it’s like an online memory card or hard drive
The best for me and the one ill use in this post is the Android inbuilt app, Google drive.
Google drive gives you 15-gigabyte free cloud storage to store anything you like.
They also have an auto-sync feature for photos in the Google photos app that lets you back up an unlimited number of photos to your cloud storage and it will not count against your Google Drive space.
Instead of facing the “oh no, not my babies” situation, why not upload your files to your cloud drive.
You will have access to your backed-up file on your cloud storage forever. You’ll never lose data to missing phone or damaged phone issues again.
To upload a file to Google drive, go to playstore and download the app (sometimes they are already pre-installed on your phone ).
Open the app, press the cross ( + ) icon then click upload.
Select the file you want ( you press and hold a file to highlight, then select other files you want to upload ) then press open, and that’s all.
To sync your photos, open the Google photos app and go to Settings > Back up & sync and turn it on.
Once you’ve backed up your photos using Google Photos, go to Settings > Free up device storage, and Google Photos will delete all photos and videos that have been backed up.
If you don’t want to lose your precious downloads, I recommend you use a cloud storage as it stores your files forever.
But If you don’t like the above methods, you can always delete your irrelevant downloads and uninstall your irrelevant apps to free up space.
Do you have any questions, or have another trick to help free up space, kindly share in the comments below.