If you’re a fan of Android phone, you probably download many apps and games as you like. Apps, games, images, videos and other files can fill your Android phones storage quickly if you use your phone a lot.
Our phones never seem to have enough storage space especially the old-lower end devices. Sooner or later, you will probably get the alert warning “insufficient storage available” or maybe “not enough storage”.
However, there are ways on how to increase storage space on your Android phone, so don’t bother anymore. Just follow our tips below on how you can get more storage space on your Android phone.
NOTE: Unfortunately some of the tips below will not work if your phone doesn’t support SD card
8 Tips to increase storage without rooting your phone
1. Remove apps and games that you don’t use
One of the most effective way to increase storage without rooting your phone is to uninstall or remove apps or games that you don’t use anymore. Just go to Settings then tap Apps. The amount of storage you should expect to re-gain is the storage indicated under its name.
Find the software you want to removed. Even the app that you want to retain can infuse more space than they require. So if you don’t use them, removed them. If you later need them, then just download it again.
2. Check you downloads folder
If you download anything from the internet, it’s default folder will be the Download folder. Check your downloads folder and see if you’ve downloaded any large files. Remove all the files that you don’t need anymore or you can just copy it to your computers hard drive.
3. Disable “useless bloatware apps”
When you buy an Android phone, it comes with bloatware apps or software. These “bloatware” apps are the pre-installed apps or extra software apps which phones manufacturers includes with their flagship phones.
These apps usually eats up space and sometimes run in background, thus draining your battery. Bloatware apps can be remove if your phone is rooted. However, if your phone is not rooted, then we will just uninstall it(Meaning to remove the updates. Think of this as resetting to factory defaults) and disable it.
To disable it, go to Settings then tap Apps then slide it to All then choose the app you want to disable then click “Uninstall Update” then after that click Disable. Be careful NOT to disable any System Apps because it will ruin your Android phone. Disable only apps that you know and you really know. In my asus tablet, here are the apps that is disabled:
If you need a hand with this, provide me screenshot of all of your apps and post to comment section below this article.
4. Move your app data to SD card(if your phone support this)
You can ignore this tip if your phone doesn’t support SD card or moving app data to SD card. However, if your phone support this, then you’re good to go. Moving app data to sd card can drastically increase storage of your internal memory.
By default, our Android phone installs apps to internal memory. Some of the phones doesn’t support moving app data to SD card even if they have SD card. But be careful when moving app data to SD card. Once you open your Android phone without SD card, the app will not function because it cannot find its app data. In short, it will be corrupted.
Once you do this, don’t often removed your SD card for safety purposes. To do this, navigate to Settings > Apps then slide to Moveable. Then you will be presented with the apps that you can move its app data to SD card. Simply click the app you want to move then click Move to SD card
NOTE: Don’t move app data to SD card which the phone frequently use such as Launcher and Lockscreen apps, etc. This, however can be move to SD card but the response will be slower than before. Move only apps which is recommended by the phone.
5. Move your images and videos to SD card
The videos that you download can fill your storage quickly. So move it to your SD card or to your computer or back it up to your cloud storage. If you don’t need it anymore, then just delete it. Simple.
6. Use browser instead of individual apps(if necessary)
If you prefer more storage over design, then it’s time to remove apps and start using browser. For instance, if you use Facebook app, then remove it and browse Facebook through browser and so on and so forth.
You can disable or remove apps such as Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, GMAIL, Yahoo, YouTube, Google+, etc. However, there are some features that are only available only in app and you cannot do it on browser. But who cares? You can just do it on your computer.
7. Clear app cache (and clear app data if necessary)
Over time every apps and games on your phone can fills up your storage space with cache files and data. You can save a lot of storage if you clear app cache. But if you really need more storage, then delete app data. You can refer to this posts on how to clear app cache and data.
8. Buy higher sd card
If all of the tips above doesn’t help you or you still need more storage, then why not buy a higher memory SD card. For instance, 64 GB SD card will do as long as your phone support it. Some phones support up to 128 GB of SD card(Disable AdBlocker to view the best seller SD card from Amazon below)
Congratulations. You now increase storage space on your Android phone. If you need any help, just post it on the comment section below. Have a nice day!