You can use any of the following ways to free up space on an Android device:
- Clear app cache and data
- Uninstall apps you don’t use
- Delete unwanted files
- Use cloud storage
- Delete trash
Do you get a notification that your phone is out of memory space whenever you try to install a new app or take a video? I used to get it frequently thanks to my Xiaomi Mi A2’s small internal storage space of 64 GB. It was frustrating until I found ways to clear storage.
This article lists some of the methods I used. Follow the steps, and you may never face the out-of-storage space situation again.
- 1 7 Ways To Free Up Storage Space On An Android Device
- 2 How To Check How Much Storage Space You Have Left
- 3 FAQs
- 4 Say Good Bye To “Out Of Storage Space” Notification
- 5 About The Author
7 Ways To Free Up Storage Space On An Android Device
Here are some of the easiest ways you can perform to clear your phone’s storage.
Clear App Cache & Data
All Android apps create junk files. According to Avast, an authority in the antivirus field, junk files are temporary files created by all the apps to perform specific tasks on your Android phone.
One type of these files is cache files. Reviews.org defines app cache data as information stored on your phone after you use an application to reopen it faster. Applications also store additional data, such as login information, preferences, etc. For example, a gaming app will store your login information, so you don’t have to log in every time.
The app cache and data can accumulate quickly and fill up storage space in your Android. The cache is automatically deleted by your Android phone occasionally. But if you want to clear some space, you should manually clear it.
It will take you about 1 minute
Follow these steps to clear app data and cache for any app on your Android device.
- Open the settings app.
- Tap on “Apps & notifications.”
- Click on see all apps.
- Select an application whose cache and data you want to clear.
- Tap Storage & cache.
- Tap CLEAR CACHE to delete it.
- To delete app data, tap CLEAR STORAGE.
This will delete all app data and start as a freshly installed app the next time you launch it.
Monitor which apps create a lot of cache data on your phone and only clean them frequently. For me, these apps are Google Chrome and Spotify. So I clear the cache and data of these apps regularly and clean other apps occasionally.
Use Android’s Free Up Space Tool
Almost every Android phone has an in-built free-up space tool you can access from Settings. It’s called the Files by Google app.
If your smartphone doesn’t have it, you can download the Files app from the Google Play Store. It is compatible with Android 5.0 OS or higher.
Files by Google, also known as Files, is Google’s official file manager app. It lets you find and remove duplicate photos, clear temporary files, find files quickly, share them offline, and back up them to the cloud.
After installing the app, follow the instructions below to use the “Free Up Space” tool to clear your phone’s storage.
- Open Settings.
- Tap Storage.
- Tap FREE UP SPACE.
- This will take you to the Files app, where you can clean junk files with a single click.
This is my go-to option for quickly adding storage when installing a new app. Being a photoholic, I take many photos. The Files app finds duplicate photos and recommends deleting them.
Refer to this guide by Google Support to see how you can view your files from the Files app. Also, watch this YouTube video by Google to see how to use it.
Uninstall Unused Apps
Applications can consume a lot of space on your Android device. According to VisionLink, the app largely consumes storage space because of cached files. But there’s also the app’s size and other data it stores.
So if you want to free up storage space, one of the easiest ways is to uninstall Android apps. There are two ways to uninstall apps.
The first option is to tap and hold the app you want to uninstall. Holding the app will allow you to tap and uninstall or drag it to the uninstall option. This will depend on the Android device you own. In my Xiaomi Mi A2, I have to tap and hold the app and then drag it to the uninstall option.
The second way is to uninstall from settings:
- Open Settings.
- Tap Apps & notifications.
- Tap SEE ALL APPS.
- Select the app you want to uninstall.
- Tap UNINSTALL.
This was very useful to my brother. My nephew installed many games on my brother’s phone, which quickly became full. He was very happy when I told my brother to uninstall some gaming apps that my nephew was no longer playing.
Delete Downloaded Media Files
The next option to free up storage space on your Android smartphone is to delete downloaded files.
I download many PDF files because I like reading about technology and other new things. But I forget to delete them after reading them, so they pile up in the downloads folder.
So whenever I get a chance, I go to my phone’s file manager and delete downloaded media files. Here’s how you can do it:
- Open your phone’s File Manager.
- Tap the Download folder.
- Select files you want to delete and tap Delete (the Bin icon.)
Store Large Files On The Cloud
Storing large files on the cloud is an excellent option, especially with limited internal storage. According to IBM, cloud computing refers to on-demand access to computing resources, including data storage, servers, applications, etc.
Moving large files to the cloud means you no longer have to store them locally. This allows you to free up storage space on your mobile. Since the cloud is platform-independent, you can also use this method to increase your phone’s storage space. You can access cloud files from anywhere and at any time. All you need is cellular data or Wi-Fi.
Google Photos is one example of cloud storage. I am very fond of taking photos and videos, so there are thousands of images on my phone. But with only 64 GB to spare, I can’t keep those thousands of photos on my phone.
So I have two options to manage storage space. I can use photo resizer apps to reduce image size or I can move them to Google Photos. I use the second option. This way, I don’t have to reduce image quality.
The Google Photos app allows you to store and back up photos and videos from your device to the cloud. Once the backup is complete, you can delete the photo from your phone. This will free space on Android phones.
Click here to download the Google Photos app from the Google Play Store.
Use Android Cleaner Apps
Android cleaner apps let you delete files that store junk and temporary data that is no longer useful. Thus, they can free up a little space and boost your phone’s performance.
There are many good cleaner apps available, but I like to use All-In-One-Toolbox (AIO Toolbox). Why? Because the app offers a comprehensive solution for cleaning Android devices and managing apps. According to the official website of AIO Toolbox, over 10 million people are using it to clean phones across 193 countries.
Besides cleaning junk files, AIO Toolbox also offers additional features, including the following:
- Show phone storage status
- Boost speed
- Cool CPU
- Speed up boot time
- File and app manager functionalities
AIO Toolbox can also kill background apps to prevent them from consuming battery life. That’s why I choose AIO Toolbox over others, as it can address all my requirements.
You can click here to download AIO Toolbox from the Google Play Store.
Use External Storage Card
Lastly, you can add extra storage to your Android phone with a microSD card. According to Business Insider, a microSD card is a flash memory card, the smallest in use today.
MicroSD cards differ from SD cards in that they are much smaller. Many smartphones have a microSD card slot.
Simply buy a microSD card and place it in the slot. This will add more space to your Android device.
But it is advised not to rely too much on this option. A report from Tech Times states that Apple and Samsung smartphones no longer have microSD.
How To Check How Much Storage Space You Have Left
I was installing a new app on my Android phone and received a notification that my device was out of storage. So I spent 15 minutes moving some media files to the cloud and deleting them from my phone.
Later, I realized that I only required 50 MB of space, and I wasted some valuable time.
If you don’t want this to happen to you, here’s how you can check the available space on your phone before freeing up space.
I am using my Android Xiaomi MiA2 device, so the interface may vary.
- Open the Settings app.
- Scroll down and tap “Storage.”
- The screen will show you how much storage space you have used in numbers and percentages.
While this can save you time, it is best to free up some extra space. According to PSafe, a security software developer company, full storage can reduce your internet speed and impact your phone’s performance.
What Is Taking Up So Much Space On My Android Phone?
App cache and data are taking up so much space on your Android phone. But media files, app size, and other things can also occupy space. You can go to Settings > Storage to find out which app or file takes up more space on your phone.
Where Is Free Up Space On Android?
Free Up Space on Android is available at Settings > Storage > Free Up Space. This option will lead you to the Files by Google app. That’s why, even if your phone does not have this feature, you can simply download the Files app and use it to clean junk and free storage space.
Say Good Bye To “Out Of Storage Space” Notification
These are the ways I used to free up space on my Android phone. The running out of storage space notification can be very frustrating. Having experienced it first-hand, I can relate to the problem you might be facing.
You can clear app cache and data, use Android’s Free Up Space tool, uninstall unused apps, delete downloaded media files, store large files on the cloud, use Android cleaner apps, or use a microSD card to add space to your phone.
You can also delete the app cache or media files from the downloads folder to eliminate unuseful data and media.
Let me know what you think in the comments!