How to save more space on Android

In modern smartphones, the average amount of permanent memory (ROM) is about 16 GB, but there are models with a volume of only 8 GB or 256 GB. But regardless of the device used, you notice that over time, the memory begins to be lacking, as it is filled with all sorts of garbage. Is it possible to clean it?

What fills the memory on Android?

Initially, only 11-13 GB will be available from the mentioned 16 GB ROM, since the operating system itself takes some place, plus, special applications from the manufacturer can go to it. Some of the latter can be removed without causing much harm to the phone.
Over time, the use of the smartphone memory quickly begins to “melt”. Here are the main sources that absorb it:

  1. Apps that you have downloaded. After acquiring and turning on the smartphone, you probably download several applications from the Play Market or third-party sources. Surely after buying a phone you downloaded a cool game and played it, thereby checking the performance of the device processor (learn the coolest games on However, many applications do not take up much space, as it might seem at first glance.
  2. Photos, videos, and audio recordings taken or uploaded. The percentage of fullness of the device’s permanent memory depends in this case on how much you download/produce media content using your smartphone;
  3. Application data. The applications themselves can weigh a little, but over time, they accumulate various data (most of them are important for work,) increasing their share in the device’s memory. For example, you downloaded a browser that initially weighed 1 MB, and after two months it began to weigh 20 MB.
  4. Various system garbage. It accumulates in approximately the same way as in Windows. The more you use the OS, the more junk and broken files begin to clog the memory of the device.
  5. Residual data after downloading content from the Internet or transferring it via Bluetooth. Can be attributed to varieties of garbage files.
  6. Older versions of applications. When you update the application in the Play Market, Android creates a backup copy of its old version so that you can roll back.

Method 1. Transferring data to SD-card

SD-cards can significantly expand the memory of your device. Now you can meet instances of a small size (approximately, like mini-SIM), but with a capacity of 64 GB. Most often they store media content and documents. It is not recommended to transfer applications (especially system applications) to the SD card.

If you do not have the opportunity to use the SD-card, then as an analog you can use various cloud-based Internet storage. To work with them is easier, they provide a certain amount of memory for free (an average of about 10 GB). For SD-card you will need to pay. However, cloud storage has a significant drawback — you can work with files that are stored in the “cloud” only when the device is connected to the Internet.

Method 2. Disable automatic updates of the Play Market

Most applications downloaded to Android can be updated in the background from a Wi-Fi network. However, new versions can weigh more than the old ones, so the old versions are saved on the device in case of failures. If you disable the automatic updating of applications through the Play Market, then you can update yourself only those applications that you think are necessary.

However, some applications from the Play Market can bypass this lock if the update is very significant (according to the developers). To completely disable any updates, you will have to go into the settings of the OS itself. By disabling automatic updates, you can not only save memory on the device but also Internet traffic.

Method 3. Cleaning up system debris

Since Android produces various system garbage, which eventually litters the memory very much; it needs to be cleaned regularly. Fortunately, for this, there are special applications, and also some smartphone manufacturers make a special add-on to the operating system, allowing deleting garbage files directly from the system.

If you do not have a specialized add-in for cleaning your smartphone from various garbage, then as an analog you can download the application-cleaner from the Play Market.

Method 4. Reset to factory settings

It is used extremely rarely and only in emergency situations since it entails the complete removal of all user data on the device (only standard applications remain.) If you still decided on a similar method, it is recommended to transfer all the necessary data to another device or to the “cloud”.

It’s not so difficult to free up some space on the built-in memory of your phone. In extreme cases, you can use either SD cards or cloud services.

1 thought on “How to save more space on Android”

  1. Hi Emily,

    You have shared a very informative post. Shortage of space in Android phones are a common problem. We all go through it at some point in time. However, your post provides good information about the causes of space shortage as well as how it can be taken care of. To add to it, we can also clean our phone with third party cleaning software.

    Thank you for sharing this post. Have good day. 🙂


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