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5 tips to save space on your Android mobile

Is your microSD card almost full already? Here are some quick ways to reclaim storage space.

How to free up space on Android phones

It doesn’t matter if your Android phone has expandable storage via a microSD card: you fill the space they give you, whether it’s 32GB or 200GB. Here are some easy ways to free up space on your Android device, both internal storage and microSD.

Clear cache

Many Android apps use stored – or cached – data to give you a better user experience. Cached data can save a little time (and mobile data), but cached files in apps are for convenience and not strictly necessary. If you need to clear space on your phone quickly, the app cache is the first place you should look.

To clear cached data for all apps, go to Settings > Storage and tap Cached data to clear caches for all apps on your phone.

Delete your downloads

You’ll find your downloads folder – which might be called My Files – in your app drawer. Touch and hold a file to select it, then tap the trash icon, delete button, or delete button to get rid of it.

Take advantage of the benefits of Google Photos

Guess what? Google Photos allows you to backup an unlimited number of photos. In other words, you can back up every photo you take with your Android phone directly to Google Photos, and it won’t count against your Google Drive space. Once your photos are backed up, you can delete them from your device to free up space.

You’ll need to turn on the Google Photos backup and sync feature to take advantage of all this free cloud storage space. To do this, open the Google Photos app and go to Settings > Backup & sync and turn it on. You can choose to back up your photos at “high quality” resolution (up to 16 megapixels) or back up at the original size. Google Photos only offers unlimited storage for “high quality” photos, and any photos backed up at the original size will count against your Google Drive storage limit. Once you’ve backed up your photos with Google Photos, you can go to Settings > Free up device storage, and Google Photos will delete all backed up photos and videos.

Move apps to the microSD card

Apps probably take up most of your phone’s storage space. If you have an Android phone that allows you to add a microSD card for additional storage, you may be able to move some of the storage-sucking apps to that microSD card. To do this, open Settings and go to Applications > Application manager and tap the app you want to move. If the app can be moved, you’ll see a button that says Move to SD card: Tap this button to move the app to the microSD card. (On some phones, you may have to tap Storage to find this option.) Only part of the application will be moved to the microSD card. How much of the app will be moved depends on the app, and unfortunately many large games will not move a significant portion of their data to the microSD card.

Move apps to the trash

If you’ve tried all of these tips and you still need more space, there’s no way around it: you’re going to have to start deleting some things. You probably have some (maybe several) apps on your device that you never use. To find out which apps are taking up the most space, open Settings and go to Storage > Apps. You’ll see a list of apps sorted by size: the largest ones will be at the top of the list. To delete an app you don’t use, tap the app and then tap the “i” icon next to the app name. Tap uninstall to get rid of the app.