You download a new app you need to get around town, order food or just to play a great new game when suddenly your Android is out of storage space. If you've had your phone for a while, or if it's got less than 128GB of storage, this might be your reality. But don't worry, there are ways to free up storage on an Android.
Android phones have a built-in tool that can help you free up space.
If you click on the different categories in the Storage section you can also see which apps are using the most storage.
In Storage you're also going to see a "Smart Storage" option. Turning this feature on will automatically remove backed up photos and videos after 30, 60, or 90 days, your choice. It will also automatically remove backed up photos and videos if your phone's storage is almost full. Smart Storage is a great, low-effort way to free up storage on your Android.
Pictures and videos take up a lot of space on our devices. It's a good idea to back them up not just to free up space but to protect them in case your phone gets lost or stolen, or in case you accidentally delete any photos. On an Android phone it's easy to back your photos and videos up to Google Photos. When you go to your main Photos app you should see a "Backup complete" notice at the top, but if you don't here's how to activate it:
If you want to delete apps you aren't using much, you can check the PlayStore to see the last time you used each.
You can also use a file manager app like Google Files to see what apps you haven't used much. It can also help you check file folders on your phone for space-hogs like junk files, duplicate files or just very large files. The file manager will ask you if you want to delete the items it has flagged and you can remove them to free up storage, or keep them if they're important to you.
Now that you've learned how to free up storage on Android phones if you're still running out of space it might simply be time to look into a new phone. Trade in your old Android and use the money towards a model with plenty of storage on board.
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