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5 Simple Ways to Free Up Storage on Android

android storage tipsOne of Android’s best features is the ability to download apps and games for free from the Google Play Store. But when your Android lacks sufficient storage space, your fun can come to a halt very quickly, unless you take the time to free up memory on your device.

Are you having problems installing SideMoney or other apps on your Android device? Check out these five easy ways to free up extra storage space:

1. Uninstall Apps You No Longer Use

Before you do anything else, uninstall apps you no longer use or want on your device. Unfortunately, Android devices come pre-installed with apps you cannot uninstall, even if you don’t use them; however, you do have control over apps you installed on your own from the Google Play Store or another third-party source.

Navigate to Settings > Application Manager, tap on the “Downloaded” tab, then look for apps you once downloaded but no longer use. Then, tap on the app, select “Uninstall,” and wait for Android to remove the app from your device. When complete, the app will be permanently deleted, and you’ll have more storage space on your device.

2. Move Apps to SD Card

For existing apps taking up too much room on your Android, try moving these apps over to the SD card to free up device memory. Not all apps offer this feature, but it’s worth checking out.

Go to Settings > Application Manager, tap on the “Downloaded” tab, then select the app you want moved over to your SD card. If the option is available, tap on “Move to SD card.” Your Android device will take a few moments to transfer the app to SD and free up extra device storage.

3. Clear Data and Cache

Apps that use browsers — including social media apps — will save and remember data associated with your preferences, activities, and user behavior. For example, social media apps can save and remember your likes and passwords.

Navigate to Settings > Application Manager, select an app, then tap on “Clear data.” After data is cleared, tap on “Clear cache.” Keep in mind that next time you launch the app, you may have to sign back in and reselect certain preferences.

4. Manage Photos and Videos

If you love snapping photos and filming videos, it’s possible this media is taking up excess room on your device storage. Launch the Gallery, and take a few moments to browse and clean your photo and video collection.

Delete those 10 selfies you took before you finally nailed the perfect photo, and erase videos you may have accidentally taken of the inside of your purse or pocket.

Send any photos and videos you want to be saved to your personal email, or save them to a cloud storage service — such as Google Photos, Amazon Cloud Drive, or Dropbox.

5. Change Default Storage to Memory Card

Most Android devices save photos and videos to the device memory by default, but this can be changed in your Camera settings.

Launch the Camera app, then tap on the Settings icon, which resembles a gear. Scroll to and tap on “Storage,” then select “Memory Card.” Going forward, any photos and videos you take will save to your SD card by default, which frees up room on your device for new apps.

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