What Are Some Possible Steps To Increase Storage Space Of Any Smart Phone

“Insufficient Storage Space”

Raise your hands if you have ever seen such a message on your smartphone. Let’s face it, at some point, we’ve all been there. And the worst part is that it often happens at key moments.

Running out of storage space on your smartphone is nothing less than a nightmare. All of a sudden, you can’t take photos, download new files, install new apps or perform any task that you usually do with your smartphone.

But don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. In this article, we will walk you through how to effectively manage and optimize the storage of your smartphone. 

Whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, here are a bunch of simple ways to expand your smartphone storage.

  • Take A Look At Your Storage To See What You’re Storing

First thing first, identify what is actually taking up so much space on your phone. No matter what kind of smartphone you have, it is easy to see exactly what’s on your phone and how much space it takes up. 

Find out whether the culprit is apps, photos, and videos, music, or documents such as PDFs, etc. Go to the “Storage” option of your smartphone and you’ll be able to see that. By tapping on each category, you will get even more detail, such as which apps are using the most space. Modern smartphones also give the details of the apps that you rarely use. 

  • Slim Down Your Storage Space

Once you have figured out that what’s taking up space on your phone, you can do something about it. For most of us, the best plan is to start with photos and videos, and then move on to documents, downloads, and apps.

  • Photos And Videos

Photos and videos clog up most of the storage space in your smartphone. So, your priority should be to get rid of them as much as you can. Deleting photos and videos sure is a drag. To avoid this pain, be at least a little picky about the photos you save. It’s a lot easier to delete unnecessary ones, as you go than comb through thousands of pictures later when you run out of space.

  • Apps And Games

When it comes to apps and games, we are often reluctant to delete them because we think we use them, even if we don’t. To free up storage space, you must make smart decisions about what to keep and what to delete. By going into the details of “Installed Apps” you’ll be able to see how big each of your apps is and when did you last use each of them. To delete an app, tap on its name and then tap on “Delete App”. You can also go for the “Hibernate” option for some built-in apps.

  • Documents, PDFs, And Other Files

If it’s not photos, videos, apps, or games that are sucking up your phone’s storage, then most likely downloads and documents are the culprits. We usually take just a glance at them and they end up in a dark corner taking up valuable space. Search your “Downloads”, “Documents”, “Voice Memos”, etc. and get rid of those that you don’t need anymore.

  • Use A Cloud

Once you are done with deleting all the unnecessary stuff, you can move the data you want to keep off your device on free online storage services. You can use Google Drive, iCloud, Microsoft One Drive, Dropbox, and Box to manage your files in the cloud. 

  • Copy Media Files On Your Computer

Constantly deleting media files sure is a pain. You can copy the media files from your phone storage, that you don’t readily need, to your computer. You can delete the original files from your phone once they have been successfully copied to your computer

  • Add Extra Storage With An SD Card

This might not be an option for you If you have an iPhone or a certain Android phone. But if you do have a phone with an SD card slot, expand your available storage by moving some data from internal storage to SD card. You can also set your phone to always store some stuff like photos, documents, etc. on the SD card.

  • Use A Dedicated Gadget

Another option is to buy extra peripherals, to boost the available storage. They work for your smartphone just like adding an external hard drive for your PC. You can supplement iPhone’s storage too with these external storage accessories. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, with up to 256GB of storage space. 

  • Clean your phone. 

You can clear out unnecessary files that accumulate on your phone by using apps that aim to clear your cache and free up some space on your phone. In case you are using an iPhone, your best bet is clearing history and website data. Also, try to have a little less conversation by removing chats and attachments both in WhatsApp and Messages.

Bottom Line

We use our smartphones for so many things these days, that it’s way too easy to run out of space. If your phone’s storage is often bursting at the seams, follow these simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to a less overloaded, more organized smartphone.

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