Many Android user faces the problem or received an error message “You have Insufficient storage available” because Android phones and tablets can fill up quickly as you download apps, add media files such as music and movies, and cache data for offline use. There are a couple of super simple ways to instantly give you more space for music, apps, photos and more.

How To Free Up Space On Android Device

#1. Use Android’s Built-in Storage Tool

To begin freeing up your storage space on Android, first thing you need to know is what exactly taking up so much space.

Head to settings > Storage and you can see how much space is used by apps and their data, by pictures and videos, audio files, downloads, cached data, and miscellaneous other files.

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You could tap Apps to see a list of apps using up the most space and remove them. Tap donwload to view your download list where you can remove files and tap cached data to clear the data of all installed apps. Remember, the App itself, its data, and its cache all add up to the total space used by the app. For example, if you have Facebook installed, you’ve cached lots of images and videos using over 500MB of space. In my case, Google Play services is only 35.43MB in size on its own, but it’s storing 159MB as total size. To free up space in Android phone, you can tap “Clear Data” and “Clear Cache” on apps settings.

Note : If you tap on “Clear Data”, it’ll delete all the data stored in app.

Android’s built-in tool is helpful for visualizing the space used by different types of data, but not the exact amount of space used by individual folders and files. For this, you’ll need a third-party app like the excellent and free DiskUsage. Install it from Google Play, launch it, and you can scan your device’s file system.

#2. Add an SD Card and Move Data There

If your phone or tablet does have a microSD card slot, you can purchase a microSD card and insert it into your device to gain more storage. After installing the SD card, format it as portable or internal storage, if your phone has Android 6.0 Marshmallow, then connect your device to your computer and move your music, media and other files to the SD card’s free space. You can also move apps to the SD card to free up space, if you are running a pre-Marshmallow version of Android.

You can also use a wireless USB stick from Sandisk that adds storage to your phone and tablet much like a regular USB drive.

#3. Move Photos to the Cloud

Photos can take up a lot of space on a modern smartphone. Rather than storing them all on your phone, you could use an app that automatically uploads photos you take to an online account like Google Photos, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Flickr, or something else. Google Photos is integrated into the “Photos” app on your Android device and offers unlimited storage of photos. You can access them from within the Photos app or at photos.google.com on any computer.

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