How to free up space on your Android smartphone or tablet

Regardless of how much memory is in your tablet or Android smartphone, you will still face the problem of a lack of free space on your device’s storage devices. Modern three-dimensional games, megapixel photos, high-quality music and movies manage to bite off gigabytes so quickly that very soon after you buy Android starts to throw you warnings about a lack of space and errors when installing programs. Therefore, it is necessary to take urgent measures for general cleaning. In this article you will find a detailed action plan that will help you get your gigabytes back.

1. Memory usage estimation

Before proceeding with the first steps, you should conduct a reconnaissance of the terrain and estimate the degree of disk fullness. Having learned how much space is occupied by different data, it will be easier for you to decide on the need for certain actions. One of the best utilities for this purpose is DiskUsage, which allows you to see the full picture of the placement of your data in a simple and visual form. A glance at the diagram will be enough to reveal the most malicious eaters of space on the map. By the way, you can start cleaning at this stage, since directly from the application you can delete some files you do not need.

Another utility of this kind is “Discs, Storage and SD cards“. This interactive application serves to visualize the memory and storage device. It will help you to free up space on the memory card, quickly find and remove large and already unnecessary files in the internal storage.

2. Transferring programs to an external memory card

Virtually all Android devices allow you to use an additional SD card, which is much larger than the amount of internal memory. Therefore, you should definitely try to transfer installed programs to your external card. You can do it both in-house with the tools, and with the help of special utilities, which is much more convenient. For example, AppMgr III (formerly App 2 SD) can not only move applications to internal or external storage to free up additional space, but can also hide embedded system programs, and also has the ability to batch uninstall programs.

3. Deleting preset programs

Many manufacturers try to stuff their devices with the maximum number of applications, without worrying about whether they need you or not. And, to remove them in the usual way, as a rule, it is impossible, so you have to put up with this garbage, in vain occupying space and resources of the device.

However, if you have a rooted device, then the situation is completely remediable. Using the program Root App Delete you can both completely uproot the extra programs, and just turn them off. This is useful to you in the case when you are not very sure about the security of removing the system application. Just freeze it for a while, and then, if everything works as it should, you can permanently delete it.

4. Cleaning of garbage

In the course of their work, the operating system and individual applications create a lot of temporary and auxiliary files, which, accumulating over time, begin to occupy quite a considerable amount. Therefore, it is periodically recommended to clean the application cache, the remnants of remote programs, empty folders and other garbage. With this task, the program Clean Master, about which we wrote in this article. Pay attention only that recently the authors of this application have managed to stuff it with a whole set of additional functions, so do not forget to disable all auxiliary modules in the settings so that the program does not bother you too much with your care.

5. Save data to an external card

There are many programs that get from the network and store their data in the device. It can be podcasts, online music players, readers and so on. Typically, they all allow you to select a directory to store their files. If you saw that the internal memory of the gadget is full of downloaded music, videos and documents, then do not be lazy to dig into the settings of the corresponding programs and specify the appropriate directories on the external map.

6. Use cloud services

Let’s not forget that the Internet is a two-way street, through which you can not only download data to your device, but also upload them to the network. Due to the existence of cloud services and the ever increasing spread of broadband connections, there is no longer any need to store data on all mobile phones in a mobile or tablet, it is enough to have only what you need at this moment.

For example, Google Music allows you to save an extensive music collection (20,000 tracks) on a remote server, and only load what you want to listen to when you do not connect to the network. No less effective can be dealt with the deposits of photographs and filmed commercials. It’s enough to install Dropbox or, for example, a client of the social network Google+ with the option of automatically downloading pictures, how they will all be forwarded to secure storage in the clouds, and you can remove them from the device, releasing the much needed space.

There are other ways to free up additional space on a smartphone or tablet running Android, but they are either too complex or do not have a significant effect. Therefore, we decided to limit ourselves to these items, which are guaranteed to return you the necessary space. And if you have your own secret secret of combating unnecessary gigabytes, then do not forget to write us about it in the comments.