7 Steps to Free Up your Android Smartphone’s Disk Space

We all at least once are shown a pop-up or a notification in our Android Smartphone saying ‘Storage Space Running Out’. Keeping your phone clean may be a pain in the neck for most of the people but keeping your phone clean and free of junk files can result in an overall better performance of your smartphone. Junk files may include cache, useless apps and APKs, unwanted images and other media files. In this list I am going to cover the following topics in order to clean your phone;

·         Cache Cleaning
·         Advanced Cache Cleaning
·         Using Trash Cleaning Apps
·         Uninstalling Useless apps
·         Disabling System Apps that can’t be uninstalled
·         Usage of Cloud Storage for Media Files
Cache Cleaning
The first step in order to start cleaning your Android Smartphone is to go to Settings -> Storage. A window will be displayed showing different types of files and the amount of space they are consuming on your phone. You will see a type of file named ‘Cached Data’, tap on it and you will be asked to confirm the deletion of cached data. Cache Files are the unwanted and useless files. These files get piled up in your phone because of usage of different applications, thus, the more apps you use the more cache gets collected in your phone. You can clean the cache of each app on your phone separately but that would take ages, therefore, I recommend you to clean it all in one tap.

Advanced Cache Cleaning
Some cache files are spread across your internal storage. A cache can be in form of empty folders or unknown file types. Many of them are not detected while cleaning cached data in settings that we did in the previous step. To clean the hidden cache files and folders, you need to go to the file manager (or “My Files”) and tap on search (search option is usually in the options). In the search bar type in ‘Cache’ if the phone shows you to specify what you’re searching for by choosing the file format (For Example Music, Images, Documents, etc.) then you have to select all the file formats and also select the option saying “Other”. On hitting search you will be shown a lot of empty folders and many files that are not identified by your phone. These files are useless and are not needed. To keep your phone clean you must clean the cache on your phone at least once every 3-4 weeks by following the first and the second steps.

Using Trash Cleaning Apps

Many junk cleaning apps are available on Google Play Store. But, in my personal opinion, the most effective app is DU Speed Booster. It has a lot of features and also has a great trash cleaner which just throws out anything and everything useless stored in your device. To use the trash cleaner you need to first download and install the app “DU Speed Booster” and open it. On opening, you will see a small icon saying Junk Cleaner, tap on it and wait for a few seconds to let it scan the whole device and pick out all the junk. After it’s done, it will show all the junk with their exact location and the app that caused the junk to gather. Next, you need to check all the boxes and tap on clean and you’re done!

Uninstalling Useless Apps
The most important thing that helps a lot in cleaning your phone is to uninstall any application that you don’t need. Now uninstalling apps is really simple but different android versions have different ways to uninstall an app, usually, you need to hold the app icon and drag it to the top of the home screen towards the uninstall option and release the icon and press ‘OK’ if it asks for confirmation. But, here is a common way to uninstall apps, go to Settings->Apps/Application Manager/App Manager and then look for the app you need to uninstall from the list of apps sown to you, tap on the label showing the app you want to uninstall and tap on ‘Uninstall’.
Disabling System Apps that can’t be uninstalled
You may have been successful at uninstalling quite a few apps that you don’t need but there are many apps on every Android Smartphone which are called system apps/pre-installed apps. These apps consume a humungous amount of disk space. You may not be able to uninstall these apps like you did with other apps that weren’t pre-installed but, there is a way to stop them from functioning, reset them and drastically drop the amount of space they consume. Just like the previous step you need to go to Settings->Apps/App Manager/Application Manager and select the app you want to uninstall from the list. Now, tap on the button saying ‘Disable’, if it shows you a pop-up asking for confirmation then tap on ‘OK’. Just after disabling the app you need to quickly press the button saying ‘Force Stop’, a pop-up may be shown and if it does you need to just tap on ‘OK’ and the app is now “kind-of-uninstalled”. After doing this you may notice that app is now consuming lesser space than what it used to. Also, if you go to your home screen and scroll through apps you would notice that the app is no longer in your app drawer.
Usage of Cloud Storage for Media Files
A huge amount of disk space is consumed by media files in most of the smartphones these days. All the images you have downloaded from the internet or sent and received from apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger are stored in your phone’s internal storage. Now, two steps can be taken in order to avoid your device’s storage being consumed by media files that you don’t need. The first step is to manually delete the files and also delete the useless images, videos or images the moment you receive them. Secondly, once you have deleted the useless media files and are left with only the important ones then you can make use of apps like Google Drive or DropBox which provide you with cloud storage. Upload the files to the cloud and delete them from your phone. Another benefit of using these apps is that you can reach these files from any device that has a web browser and an internet connection. Another benefit of using these apps is that even if your phone gets damaged, broken, stolen or even if thrown in outer space the files will remain on the cloud FOREVER, unless, you manually delete them from the cloud (which is pretty obvious).
The Last Advice
The last advice for using less disk space is by using lite versions of applications like Messenger Lite, Facebook Lite, Twitter Lite, Skype Lite etc. Also, DO NOT USE GOOGLE CHROME! It uses a lot of RAM and also consumes a large amount of disk space, you may use any other browser.

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