We often have people in our shop looking to replace their old phone. More time than not, it’s a memory related issue causing the phone to slow down or give errors. But don’t dump your phone just yet, dump some unnecessary data taking up space on your device.
Uninstall Unused Apps
You probably have lots of apps on your device that you never use. Redundant apps with features probably already available on your device. If not, most features are available with a brief search online. Games that the kiddies installed and what ever else comes with these spam wielding apps.
To figure out which apps are taking up the most space, open Settings and go to Storage then Apps. You will get a list of apps sorted by size. Clear out all those memory hungry and unnessary apps. Tap uninstall to get rid of the app.
Clear the cache
For those that are left, clearing the cache can make a huge difference. Many Android apps use cached to give you a better user experience. Cached data can save a little time (and mobile data), but the files stored in app caches are for convenience and are not strictly necessary. If you need to clear up space on your phone quickly, the app cache is the first place you should look.
To clear cached data from a single app, go to Settings > Applications > Application Manager and tap on the app you want to modify. In the app’s Application info menu, tap Storage and then tap Clear Cache to clear the app’s cache.
To clear cached data from all apps, go to Settings > Storage and tap Cached data to clear the caches of all the apps on your phone.
Delete your downloads
Your Android phone has a downloads folder where everything you download photos, videos, documents and other files are stored. Chances are, most of the files in your downloads folder are not files you’re particularly attached to. So you should be able to free up some storage space by deleting these unnecessary files.
The downloads folder can be found in the My Files folder. When you see something you want to delete tap and hold then tap the trash can icon, the remove button or the delete button to get rid of it.
Use one of the many services like G drive, Dropbox or you Microsoft SkyDrive. This allows you to store your files and images online. Freeing up your device, and you can access your files as long as you have an internet connection.