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Ways to Free Up CRITICAL Space on your Android and iPhone


There are a couple of tricks to save space on your smartphone and I will be sharing some of them with you today.

What more can elicit grumblings and mumbling when you realize that your mobile phone cannot install that app update or download a file you really need because it seems to have become overstuffed, that it tells you to free up some space before you can update or download.

I tell you it is annoying. Not only do you begin to delete some of those files that are precious to you, it may get to a point that you may have to do a factory resets. So, how do you get to continue to save just enough space in your device to prevent the ‘not enough space’ message from popping up always.

This piece is a comprehensive list of ways we can save space on both our Android and IPhones.

First, let’s take a look at Android Devices

Letting Your Least Used Apps Go

At a point in time, there’s no telling that our Android phones gets stuffed with apps that catches our fancy from the onset. But with time, these apps becomes least used apps. They become apps we use for once (or never have used) and all forgotten.

The reasonable thing to do is to let these apps go. And coupled with this, there are apps that can track your app usage and tell you which apps you’re using the least, among them: App Usage, App Tracker , and QualityTime.

Ultimately you are the best judge of the apps you don’t want anymore. You can either browse your app drawer to find any apps you don’t need anymore, or check out your library in the Play Store.

Checking out your library in the Play Store gives you a list of everything on your phone. To do this,

  • Open the Play Store app
  • Tap the three-line menu button in the top right corner of the screen,
  • Tap My apps & games ,
  • Then tap the Installed tab.
  • Next, tap the Sort button near the top-right corner of the screen,
  • Then pick an option, such as Size or—better yet— Last Used.
  • After sorting according to last used, scroll to the very bottom of the list to see which apps you use the least. You should see those apps you seldom use.  
  • Tap it, then tap Uninstall.

Clear All Cached App Data

Digging into the Apps storage setting screen and tapping on an individual app, you will notice that each app has its own stash of “cached” data. Usually between few kilobytes to hundreds of megabytes, sometimes even more. These caches of data are essentially just junk files, and they can be safely deleted to free up storage space. Tap the Clear Cache button to take out the trash.

It could be herculean looking into each individual app for cached data and deleting. There is an easy way to this. Tap Settings > Storage > Cached data , then tap OK in the confirmation window.

Delete All Backed Up Photos

Android devices runs with the Google OS. Thus it has Google enabled products such as Google photo app. One of its best features is its ability to back up your entire photo library to your online Google account.

With your photos all Backed up, Google photo can delete these pictures that occupies space in your local storage. To do this:

Open the Photos app, tap the three-line menu button in the top left corner of the screen, then tap Free up device storage . The Photos app will let you know how many pictures it can delete from local storage; tap OK, and the app will delete them. Be rest assured that your photos are backed up and safe.

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Clear Download Folders

In a similar manner like your PC Or Mac, your Android phone has a download folder. This is where miscellaneous junk files from the web or your apps are hiding. They are occupying space.

How do you clear them up?

Open the app drawer and tap Downloads or Files to see what’s hiding there. Tap the three-line menu icon in the top corner of the screen and sort the list of downloads by size, then take a look at what’s hogging the most storage space. If you see anything you don’t need, tap and hold the file to select it, then tap the Trash button.

Use An SD Card

SD cards, commonly known as ‘memory cards’ are very affordable to get. And the brilliant thing is nearly all Android devices of this age has slots for expandable memories.

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Use  An SD Card

SD cards comes in different sizes. From the tiny 2GB to around 128GB. The best among the lots of them are the ones from Samsung and SanDisk. Once gotten and Inserted into the devices, you can easily moves files from the internal memory to the expandable memory.

Use Oreo Storage Tools

Recently, Google has built storage tools that enables you to track and manage your storage limits, and it comes with android version of Oreo.

If yours happens to be one, head over to the Setting app and tap the Storage tab. You will find a handy rundown of everything that’s taking up space on your phone.

Tap on any of the sections and you’ll see a list of related apps and how much space they’re using. Tap again, and you’ll be able to clear anything inside by selecting the “ Free Storage button. Just keep in mind that this will clear any files being help inside the app.

Make Use Of Google Drive

Funny enough, many individuals do not make use of this cloud storage by Google on their devices. Google Drive enables you to store and save those pictures, videos, and files that are very important. Google drive gives you a 15GB of cloud storage for free.

The beautiful thing is that if you have more than one email account synchronized with your device, you get more than one Google Drive cloud storage. Rather than continuing stuffing your phone with those videos, and pictures, and files, you can upload them to your Google Drive, and save up enough space.

These are tips for those with Android devices.

Let’s see that of IPhones

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Removing Photos From “Recently Deleted’’Albums

It will surprise you to know that your photos do not actually get deleted right away after you tap on the trash icon in the photos app. This is because when you delete your photos and videos by tapping on the trash icon, the content is sent to an album called “Recently Deleted,” which is actually cleared up after 30 days.

So it still consumes storage space on your device for 30 days until you delete the content from the “Recently Deleted” album by opening your Camera Roll / Photos app, tapping on “All Photos,” tapping on “Albums” and tapping on “Select” and “Delete” or “Delete All.”

Delete Apps That Take Up A Lot Of Space

Just as with Android phones, of the best ways of saving up space with your iPhone is deleting those apps you are not using any longer. There is no fear of losing those purchased apps as you can re-download them for free.

On your device, you can find out which apps take up the most space by going to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage under the Storage section, and then delete.

Turn off Keep ‘Normal Photo’

Another way to prevent the Camera app from using up too much storage space is by turning off the setting that causes duplicate photos to remain on your iPhone while in HDR mode.

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By default, your iPhone settings are set to “Keep Normal Photo” under the HDR section — which means that you are saving the normally exposed photo in addition to the HDR version. By turning this feature off, you will only keep the HDR version of the photo.

You can adjust this setting by going to the Settings app > Photos & Camera > Scroll to the very bottom where it says HDR (High Dynamic Range).

Deleting Podcasts You Have Finished Listening To

You are a great listener of podcasts and you happen to be done with a podcast series, another way to save space is by deleting the podcasts that you have finished. Notice that when you download video podcasts, it eats up space pretty quick.

To see the podcasts downloaded on your iPhone go to the Settings app > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage under the Storage section > Podcasts. Then you can delete the podcasts by tapping on Edit and the delete button.

Delete And Re-Download Certain Apps

The more you use an app on your iPhone, the more the Documents & Data (cache) builds up. You can see how much storage that the Documents & Data consumes for each app by going to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage under Storage > Tapping on the specific app you want to see .

You will notice that some third-party apps consumes space on your iPhone ranging from few bytes, kilobytes, megabytes,  to even gigabytes. Deleting these apps and downloading them again can free up quite a bit of space.

Turn Off Photo Stream

The Photo Stream feature automatically uploads new photos and sends them to all of your iCloud devices when connected to Wifi. By having Photo Stream turned on, the photos you have saved on your iPhone, iPad and Mac sync together. Turning off this feature could save you some space. You can turn off the feature by going to the Settings app > Photos & Camera > My Photo Stream.

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Delete Built-in Apple Apps

The good news with the iOS 10 update is that Apple added the ability to remove built-in apps from the Home screen. When you remove a built-in app from your Home screen, it also removes any related user data and configuration files.

The built-in apps that you can remove from your Home screen include: Calculator, Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, Find My Friends, Home, iBooks, iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, Music, News, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Stocks, Tips, Videos or TV, Voice Memos, Watch and Weather.

However these apps occupy little or substantial space. If every megabyte is important to you, you could remove the built-in apps you don’t make use of.

Delete Siri Voices You Don’t Use

Siri voices is a built-in voice over text that  enables you to use your iPhone without touching it. With Siri voices, you can send a text message, call a person, Operate an app, play a music or video etc, without touching your phone.


You can save space by deleting the Siri voices that you do not use. To see which Siri voices are downloaded to your iPhone, go to the Settings app > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Speech . Some of the voices add up to hundreds of megabytes. You can delete them by tapping on the voice name, tapping on “Edit” and then hitting delete.

Preventing Your Mail App From Downloading Images Automatically

If you get  emails with images, these images becomes downloaded automatically, thus occupying space. You can save some space by blocking the app from downloading the images automatically.

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It is pretty to set this up by going to the Settings app > Mail > Slide Load Remote Images to ‘off’. When you want the Mail app to load images, you just have to tap on “Load All Images.”

Deleting Voicemails

Voicemails are automatically saved on your IPhone,  and this takes space on your device. So you should delete your voicemails on a regular basis.

If there happens to be certain voicemails you want to save before deleting them, you can simply go to the list of your Voicemails and tap on the share icon at the top right. The share button will allow you to save the voicemail to iCloud Drive, the Messages app, the Notes app, Dropbox, Google Drive, the Mail app, etc.

You can delete the voicemails by: opening up the Phone app, tap on Voicemail, tap on Edit, select voicemails you want to delete and then tap on “Delete.” After that, scroll to the bottom of the Voicemail section, tap on “Deleted Messages” and then tap on “Clear All.”

Listen To Your Music With Pcloud

As appealing as it is to keep all your music on your phone, you probably do not have enough space for that. With the pCloud app you can upload all your music to the cloud and then listen to it on demand. If you have a massive collection of music, the pCloud app can be a significant space saver for your device.

Clear Your Browser Cache

Internet browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc. save things like browsing history, cookies, and other temporary files to make the internet experience smoother and seamless, but all of those extra files take up a lot of space – especially if you use the particular browser a lot. To clean up the cache, simply go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data.

Download Apps To Clear Up Space On Iphone

When you connect your iPhone to Itunes you see a category called “Other” consuming a good amount of your storage space. It could be a nuisance as  this “Other” section includes the operating system, cookies on Safari and other temporary files.

Fortunately, applications like PhoneClean –  will remove files that are not necessary and are classified as “Other.” PhoneClean will also back up your files before removing the files just in case something goes wrong. PhoneClean works for not only iPhones, but also with  iPads and iPods.

Save Your Photo From Burst Mode

When you push down the shutter button or take photos using the timer, burst mode is activated. Burst mode means that multiple photos are taken at a time in order to capture the best moment during an action shot. Currently, it is not possible to deactivate Burst Mode while using the timer.

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You can save some space by keeping only your favorite photos saved from a burst mode set of photos. This is possible by opening a photo that was taken in Burst Mode and tapping on Select.

Then scroll through the set of photos at the bottom of the “Choose Favorites” menu and check mark the ones you want to keep by tapping on the circle at the bottom right. Once you have selected the photos you want to keep, tap on Done. And then tap on “Keep Only Favorites.”

Start All Over

If after  the above you find difficult saving up space in your device, then you might want to consider resetting the device to the factory settings. You can reset your iPhone to factory settings by going to the Settings app > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings .

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