Android tablets and phones fill rapidly as you download applications, add media files like movies and music, and cache data. Many handsets especially the lower-end ones only have a few memory of storage.
The less storage capacity you have, the more time you spend managing your device’s internal storage. In case you find that you are running out of space now and then, here are some tips to help you clean up your handset for a high performance.
Use Android inbuilt storage tool
Modern Android versions feature a storage tool that shows you what is taking up the storage space on your handset. Go to the Settings screen and hit Storage. You will be able to see the amount of space used by applications, pictures and videos, cached data, miscellaneous files, audio files, and downloads.
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Tap on one of the options to see what is exactly using space and immediately delete it. For instance, you should tap the Apps options to see the list of applications using up the most space and get rid of them. Get rid of the files that are not necessary and tap on the cached data to clear the data on all the installed applications.
Reclaim Drive and SD card space
Most Android handsets have two types of storage spaces: the SD card and the internal storage. Music and photos are mainly stored in the SD card while applications are stored in the internal space. The SD card option is very easy to clean up. You just need to delete any videos, photos, and music you don’t need. Moreover, if you see folders that look like settings for applications you have removed, delete them too.
Cleaning the internal storage space is also simple as you only need to uninstall unnecessary applications. Chances are you have a few applications or games you do not use anymore. If your internal storage is starved for and you can sacrifice any of your application, try moving them to the SD card instead. This frees up the internal storage and speeds up your smartphone. To do this, go to Settings > Apps > Manage Apps. Select an application and tap ‘Move to SD card’ button to move it. Some applications do not have this ability but the space-hogging applications have no issue leaving to the SD card.
Use DiskUsage to find a problem
DiskUsage is like a personal statement. The first step to cleaning your phone is finding out which type of feature or data is using the most space. The DiskUsage helps you in taking a keen look at the memory usage info on your tablet or smartphone.
After the scan, you are able to see the size of each application including how many voice files you have saved, and their cache. It also graphically shows you the biggest files and then it allows you to choose which ones you would like to delete.
Factory reset your smartphone
Restoring your smartphone to factory settings resets all your handset’s settings to how they were the day it was new. There will be no extra applications, settings, contacts or any type of data. Factory resetting your handset gives it a breath of life. Factory reset is recommended if you have had your handset for more than a year and you have never formatted it. In addition, make sure you have backed up important before you reset your device.
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