Running low on storage for your photos, apps, video, music and other files? Did you receive that annoying message that there’s insufficient storage available on your device? This is a problem that most android users have to grapple with, at one time or the other. The good news though is that you can do a number of rather simple things to get more storage on your Android handsets.
Get a new microSD Card
This is the easiest way to add more storage on your Android device, whether or not it supports microSD storage. Before you jump right ahead and buy a new card, make sure that you read the manufacturer specifications on your phone to see what it supports. Most devices available in the market will only support a maximum of 32GB microSD cards. Higher-end devices, on the other hand, will accommodate up to 128GB. You definitely don’t want to pay for 128GB only to realize that it doesn’t work on your handset.
If your phone or tablet doesn’t support microSD technology (which is increasingly rare nowadays), get a wireless microSD card reader. There are many of them available on Amazon and other online marketplaces. You can use this to store some of your media files and then access them wireless from your device using the appropriate app (e.g. the Verbatim Mediashare Wireless Mini app
). The good thing with this connection is that it allows up to 5 people to simultaneously access files, and you can also password protect the storage drive.
USB OTG Storage
Most Android smartphones and tabs offer inbuilt support for USB OTG. What this means is that you can use external peripherals (including storage devices) on the go. Download the USB OTG Checker app from the Play Store to find out whether your phone has this feature. If you find that it does, purchase an OTG adaptor such as the Inateck HB3001G
which is available on Amazon. This makes it possible for you to connect your Android device to all sorts of peripherals, including card readers and USB slots. It’s a way of adding an external hard drive to your phone!
Remove unwanted apps and clear cache
Sometimes, you just need to clear unwanted apps on your handset to get some more storage space. Launch the Settings app on your Android handset and go through the list of installed apps. Identify those that you no longer use and uninstall them. Also, use a cache cleaner app to erase all traces of left-over files or data that has no use in your handset. You’ll find that you can clear quite some storage this way.
Backup your files in the cloud
Another great option is to backup your files (e.g. photos) in the cloud. There’s no use having 10 GB of photos that you’ve captured over the last 2 years on your phone. Simply use cloud services
such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Cloud Space to safely backup these files, then delete them to free up space on your handset. Of course, you can always retrieve them by logging into the backup service any time when you so wish.
Don’t let the lack of adequate storage space hamper your smartphone experience. The options highlighted above should get you sorted!