Over the years smartphones have become responsible for more than just storing contacts and text messages, and with an army of apps, movies, music and pictures all competing for space, it leaves little room for much else.
So if you’re a user who always finds yourself running out of storage on your handset then read on to discover the main ways you can help free up some much needed space to cram more of what you need into your device.
Get rid of unwanted apps
Browsing through your phone every now and again allows you to see what apps you’ve got and clear out the ones that you no longer use.
If there’s an app that you’ve paid for but don’t want to delete then don’t panic because all your purchases are managed by the account linked with your handset. So, whether you’ve got an Apple ID, Google account, BlackBerry ID or Windows Live account,t as long as you’re signed in any downloaded app can be reinstalled at a later date.
Lots of apps these days can also be run directly from a handset’s memory card to save users from saving it to the internal memory of a device and risk it taking up lots of space. You can check and modify where each application is stored via the Settings menu.
Clear unnecessary data
When some data heavy apps such as Facebook and Google Maps are downloaded they come with lots of temporary files which are automatically stored within internal memory. For app lovers, these files can build up over time so clearing them out regularly will help conserve space for more important things.
On the topic of unwanted data, it’s also wise to clear out all the temporary internet files that are stored by the web browser. Depending on how much the internet is used, you may want to wipe your cache every few weeks or so.
Text messages and emails also zap crucial storage (users of WhatsApp will notice that as soon as an image is received it saves to the handset) so it’s certainly worth browsing through your phone on a regular basis and deleting anything you don’t need.
Store files in the cloud/back-up to other devices
Cloud services have become extremely popular with smartphone users and many handsets now come with cloud storage solutions straight out of the box.
If you don’t already have one of the many cloud based applications such as Dropbox and iCloud then it’s well worth getting one. It’s a great way of storing pictures, videos and other media files, which can then be accessed across a range of devices, be it tablet, desktop or mobile, as well providing a secure and convenient solution to data storage.
Many cloud service are free to set up although storage capacity can vary from provider to provider with some offering premium paid-for options with greater levels of storage. With this in mind, it’s worth shopping around before signing up to one. Backing up files to the cloud means you can delete them from your mobile device and rest easy that if anything happens to your handset your files will be safe.
Check your microSD card
While the likes of Apple have ditched the microSD card in favour of non-expandable storage, many handsets still give users choice of upping their phone’s memory via removable storage media.
If you’re in need of a storage boost, check that the microSD card in your device is the largest capacity the handset will take. The likelihood is if you’re using a microSD card from an older device you could be missing out on extra space in your new handset.
These are just some of the actions you can take to ensure you’re never short of storage space. Clearing out unwanted apps and files not only stops your handset getting clogged up with unnecessary data but in turn this can boost the level at which your smartphone performs.