5 Ways to Gain Space on Your Android Device

Clear the clutter for OS updates, new apps, and more

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Running out of space on your Android smartphone is frustrating, especially if you want to update your OS. Luckily you can find out how much storage you have left by going to Settings > Storage. Here you can see the available space on your device and which types of data are using the most room: applications, pictures and videos, music and audio, files, games, and more.

There are many ways to clean up your Android smartphone or tablet.

Note: The directions below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

Delete Unused Apps and Old Downloads

Take inventory of your app drawer, and you'll probably find plenty of apps you used once and then forgot they existed. Purging apps one by one is tedious and time-consuming, but it will gain you back a lot of space. Go to Settings > Storage, and press the Free Up Space button, which takes you to a page with backed up photos and videos, downloads, and infrequently used apps. Select what you want to delete and see how much space you can space. This method is way more pleasant than removing apps and files one by one.

Back Up and Move Photos and Videos

Take advantage of Google Photos to back up your photos and videos to the cloud. It's also a good idea to save your favorites to your computer or a hard drive for safekeeping. Don't forget to check your memory card, if you have one.

Banish Bloatware

Bloatware has to one of the most frustrating aspects of owning an Android device. These pesky pre-installed apps aren't removable unless your device is rooted. What you can do is roll back the app to its original version, stripping away any updates you've downloaded, which will save a small amount of storage. Make sure to disable automatic app updates as well.

Root Your Phone

Finally, you can consider rooting your smartphone. In this case, rooting comes with two immediate benefits: killing bloatware AND getting instant access to new Android OS updates. Rooting is no small task though and comes with its pros and cons.