Android’s marketing strategy relies mostly on delivering neat features packed in an affordable model. While this has heavily facilitated smartphones into becoming everyday commodities, it also paves way for certain gaps.
It is all too common to spot phones with a little warning sign up on the status bar: Insufficient Storage. It is frustrating, as it beats the whole point of having a smart device that can house all your important data. And soon you find yourself trying to micromanage your storage space.
Let us take a look at few ways you can avoid running low on memory space.
Audit old or unused apps
With a plethora of exciting apps at your disposal, thanks to the Play Store, users often stock up on them. More often than not, these apps catch your attention only for a while and soon are no longer of much use.
So, here’s our first step: remove old or unused apps.
It is important to segregate apps that you need regularly versus those you haven’t used for ages or could do without. Games tend to use the most space, and once done with, could give you a huge amount of memory back.
To know which apps take up the most space, go to Settings, then look for Storage (which may be listed as Storage & USB on some devices) and tap Apps.
Another alternative could be clearing app cache. Often apps like Spotify with a profusion of offline songs amass to a whooping cache of a few GBs. Needless to say, clearing cache is only a temporary solution, as it will build up again as you use the app.
Use an external storage
If none of the above provide a convenient solution, the next thing would be to extend on your inbuilt storage. Almost every device has a microSD card slot, that allows a reasonable extension of storage space.
An SD card is a cheap solution to most storage problems with 32GB SD cards available at as low as $10. After installing it, format it as a portable or internal storage (for Android 6.0+) and you’re good to go.
Once you have an external storage, you can store all your music, media and files here without clogging up device space. Most importantly, you can even move apps to the SD card, depending on your phone and Android version.
If you are running a pre-Marshmallow version of Android, you can move some apps using Android’s built-in features, or move any app by rooting your phone and partitioning your SD card.
For Marshmallow and up, if the SD card is formatted as internal storage, the system automatically spreads all data over the new expanded storage. However, the SD card cannot be used on another without reformatting it.
Migrate to the cloud
The more snapshots and movies you capture with your phone’s camera, the bigger the dent in your available storage. After a year or two capturing life’s important moments (to say nothing of countless selfies), it’s not uncommon to face a storage crisis.
The best solution is to offload these memories from device and store on cloud. Many services like Google Photos, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Flickr offer such advantages.
In fact, Google Photos gives you unlimited storage for both photos and videos, the only limitation being that photos must be smaller than 16 megapixels and videos 1080p or less. Moreover, it can automatically delete from your phone those items it has already backed up to the cloud, potentially freeing up gigabytes of space.
To access that feature, just load the Photos app, tap Menu > Settings, and then hit Free up device storage.
Not just photos, the same works with other files taking up a lot of space on your device: music, documents or other files.
Music is very often the major accumulator of memory. It is understandable to store a vast array of music on your device when you’re out for a vacation and can possibly not access Wi-Fi.
However, in other cases. streaming music is a better option. Not only can you have a playlist of your favourite songs, you can find new tunes without junking up your phone.
In fact, you could also turn your PC into the music-streaming “service.” A media-server software such as Plex can give you the advantage of turning your PC with a mammoth storage into your media storage.
Apart from these standard methods, you can also switch to web apps which are considerably lighter and are as easy to use. While these methods can save you a considerable worry about storage, if it is still insufficient, look for a model that allows you more storage. Meanwhile, we hope you’ve managed to avoid the “Insufficient storage” warning with these little tips!