Managing your Android smartphone storage

Android users are loaded with so many options and choices for downloading files, apps and games. All this boils down to storage consumption and you can’t help installing basic apps for everyday use. Some of these apps are somewhat heavy and their accumulated data installation eats up your smartphone storage capacity.

Most Android phones come in various models, versions and design depending on features like storage capacity, camera quality, battery power, weight (lightness), RAM and so on. Some devices have between 8 GB and up to 512 GB on high-end smartphones. Some of even have storage upgrade option via the use or SDcards, or Memory cards. This greatly influences the demand for Android devices with majority of its users demanding for those with higher storage capacity.

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Consequently, Android device OEMs have devised means of handling market responses by the integration of expandable storage slot for micro SDcard. Such that, with a device of 8 GB storage, for instance, you could still expand the storage by inserting a micro SD card up to the expandable limits available for the choice device. Some devices could expand up to 1 TB storage through micro SDcard.

Storage management

Managing device storage is helpful to keep the phone in a perfect working condition. If you’ve ever used an Android device, you will understand how useful this is without doubt.
Be familiar with storage complications that arise through accumulation of junk files on the mobile storage. These junk files shield the available storage for proper performance and until they are removed, they will prevent other relevant documents be saved or stored.

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Also, every app download contributes to the consumption of storage capacity. These apps allow for creation of local data stored in caches to keep your app experience up-to-date but these caches could as well contain very heavy data that reduces available spaces on the phone, and impede performance.

Quick guide to clearing space on Android

Clean and remove unwanted files on your device by the simple steps for the highlighted methods below;

Clean your caches

Locate the phone settings by clicking/tapping the settings icon on your device. Select the Apps & notification to see all the installed apps. All apps and their respective storage info are displayed before you. These apps properties can be modified by tapping it. Thereafter their storage properties modified by tapping storage . You will see a display of the App size; Used data; Cache and Overall total size.

Remove unnecessary documents/App from downloads folder

Download file is normally located both on the Android phone storage and micro SD card. Every download at all are directed to this file directory for easy access for the phone.
Therefore, any unneeded documents that are located on the download file can be deleted.

Clean with a cleaner App

There exist a few cleaner apps that help eliminate junks on your mobile phone storage, like Files by Google. These junk files mask the available space on the storage disk as well as the phone storage.

Use Google drive to offload certain files

Truly, some documents may be very useful and as well heavy. While you need apps on phone storage to work, resourceful documents can be stored on the Google drive with ease. Prioritize what you need in future and what you need on daily basis and back up future ones on drive.

Use Google photos

Do you have documents saved on Google drive? You can as well sync your numerous photos to Google photos for secure back up. Your high quality photos can even be backed up for free – without having to exhaust your Google account storage allocation. To enable this, install the Google photo app on your device and set it up by enabling back up and sync after linking your personal email address to it. Google photos doesn’t compromise your picture quality as it can back up to 16 megapixels if need be or to it’s original picture quality.

Maximize micro SD card space

Depending on the storage capacity, micro SD card can also be of great help if you phone has a very little available storage. You can move some apps to the micro SD card to free up your phone. This does really work for apps and documents that eat up space easily.

If you don’t want to deal with issues relating to storage management on your smartphone and the need for a MicroSD card, there’s one way to solve all this. Get a better smartphone higher storage capacity. There are budget smartphones with storage capacity between 64 GB and 128 GB that won’t exactly break your bank.

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