The lack of storage it is a common problem in many smartphones. As with computers, over time, these devices accumulate large amounts of programs, data and files, many of them useless and unnecessary.
Put order on the phone and do a regular cleaning or resort to some applications that help us to do so can allow us to recover some extra megabytes or gigabytes.
A first step that may be convenient if we are just about storage is clear the cache periodically. The cached data is information that the mobile phone and the different applications accumulate during use and then access them or navigate with greater speed. They can easily be more than 1GB in a few weeks.
To delete this type of data on an Android smartphone you have to access the Storage menu in Settings panel and, once there, click on Cache Data and select the option to delete it. If the version of the operating system does not allow it or if you want to do a selective clearing of the cache application by application, it can be done by accessing each one from the list of ‘apps’.
Another of the simplest and most common first steps is to access the list of phone applications and move the programs that allow it to the SD card of the device -If it has-. As we will see later, some applications can help simplify the process.
Applications to free up space on the cell phone
An alternative that can help in the ‘cleaning’ tasks is to resort to some of the Android applications designed for this. They are easy to use and simplify the process.
One of them is Clean Master, which claims to be the most valued and also includes security and privacy tools and an application manager. Clean Master allows you to very easily get rid of unused files that are stored, private data such as search history or delete the cache. Another widely used is Phone Cleaner.
By default, reminders are configured to periodically eliminate the ‘garbage’ that accumulates on the device. In addition, it shows the programs that continue to run in the background and allows you to close them to free up available RAM and reduce battery consumption.
There are also applications like AppMgr III O MoveToSD that allow you to move applications one by one or in bulk to the SD card. The first one also allows you to hide those that are pre-installed and cannot be deleted – or even ‘freeze’ so that they cannot consume resources.
Uninstall cell phone updates and go to the cloud
In the Applications section we can see the space that each program occupies. A logical first step if we want to earn ‘mega’ is uninstall those applications that are not used and uninstall updates from those that come pre-installed on the device and cannot be removed.
App updates are progressively increasing their ‘weight’ and the fairest memory terminals can collapse. Being selective when executing them can be a good way to avoid space problems.
Another solution to save space is to program a automatic uploading of images and videos to a cloud storage service when the device is connected to a WiFi network. Thus, multimedia files can be deleted when there are space problems knowing that they are saved.
Special mention deserves the most used courier service. Through WhatsApp, users exchange countless messages, images and videos on a daily basis. The application stores all this information on the device, occupying a not inconsiderable space.
A useful option will be to disable the automatic download of files in conversations (Whatsapp-> Settings-> Automatic multimedia download). In this way we can manually select which files we receive from which we want to download. IPhone users can do it in a similar way, (WhatsApp-> Settings-> Chat Settings-> Auto-save files option).