Not having enough storage space on your Android device is a common problem. You probably don’t realize you don’t have enough storage until you try to update an app and can’t. The solution to not having enough storage isn’t always buying a new phone.
You might have to make some tough decision on what you’ll need to erase to increase storage on your phone. But, doing some “Spring Cleaning” on your phone will give you that fresh start that will fix the not enough storage problem.
Uninstall Apps You Don’t Use Anymore
It’s easy to get carried away when you see so many fun apps on Google Play. You try one after the other but probably forget to uninstall them or just leave them, even if they’re not that great.
The problem with that is that some apps take up space that could be used for something more important. You can uninstall all those unnecessary apps either through Google Play or directly from your Android device.
To uninstall apps from Google Play, tap on the hamburger icon at the top left and tap on My apps & games. Select the Installed tab and browse through the apps.
If you tap on the uneven lines, you can organize your apps either in alphabetical order, last updated, last used, or size. Choose whatever makes the process easier for you. Tap on the app you want to install and then on the Uninstall button.
To uninstall the app from your phone go to “Settings” > “Applications” or “Apps” > “Application manager” and tap on the apps you want to uninstall.
Eliminate Apps That Use Too Much Memory
Some apps hardly use memory and others that use too much of it. If you don’t want to uninstall certain apps, you can try uninstalling the ones that use too much of your phone’s memory. Follow the steps previously mentioned on how you can organize the apps and choose Size. Simply uninstall the ones that use too much memory.
Follow the steps previously mentioned on how you can organize the apps and choose Size. Simply uninstall the ones that use too much memory.
To see the amount of memory an app is using go to “Settings” > “Applications” or “Apps” > “Application manager” . Right below each app is the amount of memory it takes up.
Save Your Files in the Cloud
Pictures may not take up too much space but videos surely can. Depending on your financial circumstances you can either opt for a paid account, or you can use a free account. One great way to save storage on your Android device is to take advantage of the Google Photos option.
Open the app and tap on the hamburger icon. Tap on the Free up space option and the app will tell you how much storage it can free up for you. Confirm, and it will start erasing everything it has saved for you.
Eliminate the Cache Files
Erasing the cache files on your Android device can help you resolve the insufficient storage problem. You can either do this through a third-party app or directly from your phone.
An app you can try is App Cache Cleaner – 1Tap Clean. It has 10 million downloads and counting. It’s easy to use and it literally only takes one tap to clean the cache files.
To clear the cache files from your Android phone go to “Settings” > “Storage” > “Internal Storage” > “Cached Data” > “Delete”.
Download: Cache Cleaner – 1Tap Clean (Free)
Transfer Files to the SD Card
You can also save space on your Android device by moving certain apps to your phone’s SD card. The only downside to this is that not all apps can be moved, but there are others that can.
To move an app to the SD card go to “Settings” > “Applications” or “Apps” > “Application Manager” > Tap the app to move > “Storage” > “Change” > “SD card“.
Buy an SD Card with a Larger Capacity
Not all phones have the ability to swap SD cards for one with a bigger capacity. If you have a phone that allows you to do this, then this is the solution to your problem.
Before you buy the SD cards, there are some things to consider. When shopping for a memory card don’t forget about the class, X rating, storage, and size. It’s a good idea to do some research on these four things and make sure that the card is compatible with your phone.
Still Don’t Know What’s Taking up So Much Space?
If you think that you’ve tried everything and you still can’t figure out what taking up so much space, you can always try a storage analyzer app. It analyzes everything on your phone and displays everything that takes up storage, not matter how small it is.
As soon as you install the app, it starts to analyze your phone and then displays your phone’s storage in different colors. Now, you can see why it’s so difficult to save space on your Android device.
A popular app that you can try is DiskUsage. It’s free, and it does all the work for you.
Download: DiskUsage (Free)
Transfer Files to an External Storage Device
Last but not least you can always transfer files you can’t erase onto an external storage device. It’s up to you whether it’s a USB drive or a hard drive, but it’s a great option to have files you need to save but don’t have room for on your phone.
With the above tips, you will surely have the extra space you need. You won’t have to deal with that annoying insufficient error message anymore. Did I miss a tip you use? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.