How to Reclaim your Smart Phone’s Storage Space Quickly

A smartphone is not just a phone, it can be a phone, a music player, a video player, a radio, an electronic musical instrument, a GPS, a gaming console, a heart rate monitor, a personal trainer, a digital camera, a document scanner, a messenger, a word processor, a personal pocket computer and the list of infinite possibilities goes on and on beyond your expectation, even beyond your imagination.

Not only a gadget, a smartphone can be a status symbol for a huge number of people. A smartphone reflects and complements the personality of its owner. There is only one answer to the aforementioned questions i.e. ‘memory’ or most commonly called ‘storage’. Whether it may be your smartphone’s RAM or it may be the internal ROM associated with it.

Of course, you can always opt to buy a smartphone with better storage options, but everything has its limitation and a saturation point. Even other factors like the battery level, processor speed, and nature of installed applications also contribute to a slow phone. In this article, we will be sharing a few handy tips that will significantly improve your smartphone’s performance.

For the Open Minded Android Folks

There is such a humongous number of tricks and tips available across the internet to free up an Android Smartphone’s storage space that, it is impossible to list them within the span of a single article. Still, I have tried my best to cover up some of the most basic and popular ways to reclaim your Android Smartphone’s storage space. Read on for more action!

In order to Access the ‘Storage’ tool, Follow the following Steps

  • Slide down your screen to open Notifications
  • Tap on the Settings icon
  • Tap on ‘Storage and USB’ or ‘Storage’ (depending on the version of Android)
  • Tap on ‘Internal Storage’ or ‘SD Card’ (depending on the storage you want to monitor)
  • Have a good look at how much space is consumed by different apps and files.
  • Depending on the objects, remove apps and media which you find unnecessary with the help of any file explorer.

There may be a lot of folders created and a lot of junk files accumulated in your Smartphone’s storage space if you are accustomed to dealing with a huge number of apps. Even the apps and the games that you have deleted, leave behind many junk files and folders resulting as unnecessary data, stored in your Smartphone’s storage space.

There is a huge collection of third party applications available in the play store to make you free of this unnecessary bulk of data. If you have the option to add a memory card to your device, consider adding one to your device. Moving apps and media into an SD card will result in a significant difference in performance of your smartphone.

If you have a good unlimited internet connection, try backing up your photos in the google drive or any other cloud storage of your choice. By doing this, you free up your phone’s space and secure your photos at the same time. You can also try to get rid of the bloatware pre-installed in your smartphone by your phone’s manufacturer. I bet most of this bloatware is useless and unnecessary.

For the Sophisticated Windows Users

Windows phones are very sophisticated devices and are the best options for people who work from their phone. When it comes to storage, you can follow the following tips and tweaks you can apply to manage your storage space:

  • Open the App list
  • Tap on App Sense
  • Tap on ‘Phone’ or ‘SD Card’
  • Tap on the storage option from where you want to free up space and make your decisions accordingly.

Backing up your photos and videos on a computer is the wisest thing you can do in order to free up the storage. You can delete the photos and videos from your phone. You can also back up your media in Windows’ own cloud computing service that is OneDrive. Like with Android, you can extend your storage space by using a memory card. Delete temporary files, browser history, cookies,< search history, etcetera using the ‘Storage Sense’ app.

For the Classic IPhone Users

Perhaps the most popular smartphone in the world as on today is the Apple IPhone. Maybe because of its features, performance, quality and consistency to name a few.

But, on the critical side, most of iPhone users at some point of time will be struggling with your Phone’s storage space as IPhone don’t have memory expansion slots. The storage manager of IOS is the ‘storage and iCloud’ tool.

As in most cases with other phone users, they too have to leverage online / cloud based storage options like drive or dropbox.

The below steps will lead you to the ‘storage and iCloud’ tool’ to save storage space –

  • Tap on ‘Settings’
  • Tap on ‘General’
  • Tap on ‘storage and iCloud’
  • Tap on ‘Manage Storage’ under the ‘Storage’ menu to manage your storage according to your requirements.

Analogous to the Google Drive and OneDrive, is the Apple iCloud cloud computing platform. With a good internet connection, you can always back up your important data on the iCloud online storage space. Consider deleting texts.

You can do this automatically by the following steps –

  • Tap on ‘Settings’
  • Tap on ‘Messages’
  • Select the desired length of time you want to keep messages for.

Getting rid of Temporary files, Cookies, and Safari Data

  • Tap on ‘Settings’
  • Tap on ‘Safari’
  • Tap on ‘Clear History and Website Data’

Storage space in the case of Smartphones is a very ambiguous topic. There are a lot of possibilities and a lot of ways you can free up your Smartphone’s Storage space. It all depends on how you perceive and make an approach in the quest of ‘reclaiming your storage space’. The tweaks mentioned above are just a drop as compared to the ocean of ways that can reclaim your storage space. Feel free to research with open eyes, an open heart and an open mind.

karthikeya Boyini
karthikeya Boyini

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