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The 3 Easiest Ways to Freeing Up Space on Your Android Device

Unless you own a phone with 128GB, chances are, you’ve encountered storage space issues before. Installing apps, especially games, and downloading tonnes of drama like Game of Thrones can easily flood up your Android device’s internal memories. If you don’t have a microSD, you could be struggling to keep everything within the constraints of a sad 16GB phone.

But here’s how to free up some space before trying to clear your gallery of your memories.

Destroy the Memory Hogs


Settings >> Storage >> Apps

Some apps, which you don’t even use on a regular basis, might occupy a huge chunk of your storage space. These apps are usually graphic intensive games, or  highly complex photo-editing applications. Chances are, you might not be playing Need for Speed, Asphalt and Modern Combat everyday, so it doesn’t hurt to delete some of these huge apps and focus on more productive things.

GTA for instance can occupy up to 2.4GB, which is over 1/4 of a phone with an 8GB internal memory.

Transfer Files to OTG or microSD

Other than apps, the biggest memory hogs would be photos and videos. From time to time, take the effort not to delete, but transfer your photos and pleasant memories to either your computer or even just an OTG, which can act as a thumb drive for your smartphone. This OTG has a USB port that allows you to plug it into computers and another end that allows you to plug it into your smartphone, making file transfer and file storage much easier.

The perks of using an Android instead of iOS device is perhaps the ability to use microSD cards. Android smartphones often let you insert an expandable storage that ranges from 16GB to 128GB in size. They are often quite cheap and can be bought for under $50. Reputable brands include SanDisk, Kingston and Samsung.

Upload Photos to Google Photos, Flickr or OneDrive


If you don’t want to transfer files the normal way and you want to still be able to access your photos and videos from your phone at any time, consider uploading it to Google Photos or Flickr. There are automatic backup options to allow you to automatically upload any photo you take up to Google’s cloud service, and high-quality uploads actually have no limits.

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If you want uncompressed images, Flickr would be a better choice and if you are using hotmail, live or simply prefer to be tapped into the Microsoft ecosystem, perhaps OneDrive would be your better bet.

Zayne Seah
A tech geek going beyond specs.

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