1) Clear the cache - Many Android apps use stored -- or cached -- data 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 or 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 for all apps, go to Settings > Storage and tap Cached data to clear the caches of the apps on your phone. 2) Your downloads -Your Android phone has a downloads folder everything you download -- photos, videos, documents and other files -- is stored. Chances are most of the files in your downloads folder are not files you're particularly attached to. (For some reason my downloads folder is full of pictures of Pizza Hut's Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookies.) So you should be able to free up some storage space by deleting these unnecessary files. You'll find your downloads folder -- which might be called My Files -- in your app drawer. Tap and hold a file to it, then tap the trash can icon, the remove button or the button to get rid of it. 3) Take advantage of Google Photos Guess what? Google Photos lets you back up an unlimited number of photos. In other words, you can back up every single photo you take with your Android phone directly to Google Photos, and it will not count against your Google Drive space. Once your photos are backed up, you can delete them from your device to free up space. You will need to turn on Google Photos' Back up & sync feature to take advantage of this free cloud storage space. To do this, open the Google Photos app and go to Settings > Back up & sync and turn it on. You can choose to back up your photos at high quality resolution -- up to 16 megapixels -- or to back them up at the original size. Google Photos only offers unlimited storage for high quality photos, and any photos backed up at the original size will count against your Google Drive storage limit. Once you've backed up your photos using Google Photos, you can go to Settings > Free up device storage, and Google Photos will show any photos and videos that have been backed up. 4) Move apps to the microSD card Apps probably take up most of the storage space on your phone. If you've got an Android phone that lets you add a microSD card for extra storage, you may be able to move some of your storage-sucking apps to that microSD card. To do this, open Settings and go to Applications > Application manager and tap the app you want to move. If the app can be moved, you will see a button that says Move to SD card -- tap this button to move the app to the microSD card. (On some phones, you may have to tap Storage to find this option.) Only part of the app will be moved to the microSD card. How much of the app will be moved depends on the app and, unfortunately, many large games will not move a significant portion of their data to the microSD card. 5) Move apps to the trash- If you've tried these tips and you still need more space, there's no getting around it -- you will have to start deleting some things. You've probably got some (maybe several) apps on your device that you never use. To figure out which apps are taking up the most space, open Settings and go to Storage > Apps. You'll see a list of apps sorted by size -- the biggest apps will the at the top of the list.
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