Most modern smartphones, whether they run on the apple or android OS, are launched with a range of internal device storage size options. The lower limits of internal storage make a phone more affordable and accessible to some buyers, and every upward increment of space will cost you more. You can now buy a phone with a whopping 128 GB internal storage, not including whatever extra space you can get out of an SD card.
So how much storage space is enough for you? Realistically, our consumption tends to expand constantly towards our limits. If you get a promotion, you’ll start living in a bigger apartment and wind up with the same amount of disposable income (or lack thereof), and if your new phone has twice as much internal storage as your last, you’ll probably fill it up just as quickly and end up with no spare space. This is a problem for downloading new apps, but it can also prevent your phone form running crucial updates, since the update process requires that you download the new version of software before you can download the obsolete one.
Even if you plan on being clever and frugal with your storage use, life will throw spanners into your spokes. Your system user interface will often use 10% or more of the advertised storage space for your device. Plus, as mentioned above, you need to keep about 10% of your storage space free at all times to allow you to smoothly update software and apps, and to move files around easily. If you purchase a pre-owned or seller refurbished phone online, it can be easy to invest lots of time in finding the model you want, but overlook the storage option your new phone comes with. You might assume your SD card will provide all the extra storage space you need, but you are guaranteed to find apps which for whatever reason need to be downloaded onto your phone’s internal storage.
Whatever your reason for needing a plan of attack to conserve storage space, our tips will help you survive limited storage space on your android.
Try Not To Install Too Many Large Apps
Check the download size of any app you’re considering. Keep in mind that as well as the download size, this app will take up extra space with files and cache data once it starts running. Games take up huge amounts of space, and in addition to creating user files, which take up even more; they also download new content post-installation. They can end up ‘costing’ you a few GB more than you expected them to.
Use A Music Streaming Service
Instead of keeping 20 GB of your favorite albums stored in your device permanently, why not use a streaming service? Spotify offers free accounts as well as premium, and you can access almost any album, any time. You can download any albums and playlists that one want to your device for offline playback, but the difference is that you can easily select and unselect different playlists on a weekly or monthly basis, so you can have a changing library of offline music without accumulating everything onto your internal storage permanently. The only albums you’ll need to upload to your device independently are unsigned local acts and a few elusive big-name bands (like Tool).
Reduce Your Camera’s Automatic Resolution
Unless you’re taking shots with an intention to blow them up to a large size, you’re probably using an unnecessary amount of megapixels to take your daily photos. The number of megapixels determines the total size of an image rather than just improving the quality. You should also reduce the quality of videos you take. Several modern smartphones are capable of taking 4K resolution videos, but these phones often can’t actually display 4K video footage anyway. So if you’re only likely to replay the videos you take from your phone or laptop, set the resolution way down.
Clear Your Cache
You don’t need to fully understand what a cache is to understand that clearing it is a miraculous cure-all for your video game consoles, tablet, and mobile phone. Cache data and junk files accumulate silently, without your permission, and a build-up of them can cause weird bugs in your system. To clear your cache, you can install a purpose-built app, or you can manually go into repeat offender apps and clear their cache storage.
360 Security and Clean Master are the go-to apps if you want to be able to open an app, press a button, and wait a few minutes while all your apps are instructed to dump their cache data. A few minutes to download the app in the first place: and then no-muss, no-fuss cache clearance. To clear your cache manually, go into system settings > app settings > chrome (for example) and select clear cache.
Store Your Files On The Cloud
You can set your photos to automatically upload to Google, DropBox or similar, making it easy to delete all those photos from your device after you’ve gone through them and uploaded them to social media or what have you.
Whenever your browser or email manager gives you the option to download locally or to Google Drive, choose the latter. For any important documents that you’ll need to access offline (say, flight itineraries or maps for overseas city trips), you can set them to offline access and they’ll download to your device.
Change Your Sync Settings For Your Inbox
Many email mangers allow you to choose how much of your inbox is saved to your device. Choose to only sync back for the last two weeks.
Evict Your Bloatware
If you’re using a rooted / modified device, you might be able to delete several of the apps that were initially hard-installed onto your advice. For instance, you’ve probably replaced the factory-installed camera, browser, email, music player and calendar apps with ones that you prefer, rendering the factory-installed bloatware obsolete but still sitting there taking up space. That’s why they call it bloatware, and getting rid of it can free up several GB of space.