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  • 22-06-2017
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How To: Free Up Space on your Smartphone

by 3 Community Manager on ‎22-06-2017 02:21 PM - last edited on ‎21-01-2020 03:15 PM by 3 Community Manager (996 Views)

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There’s nothing more annoying than trying to take a photo on your phone or download an app, only to be told you’re out of storage. Luckily there are a few ways you can free up space on your phone – here’s how:


See what’s using up your storage

If your phone needs a spring clean, the first thing you should do is check which apps are using the most space. If you have an iPhone, you can do this by going to Settings > General > Storage and iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. If you have an Android, go to Settings > Storage > Apps for a detailed breakdown. From here, you’ll be able to see exactly which apps are eating into your phone storage. 


Delete apps you don’t use

An obvious step, but important all the same. Often when we first get a new phone, we download loads of cool games and useful apps that we end up using rarely or not at all. It’s important to review your apps regularly and delete any you don’t use, or those that take up too much space.


Back up photos, videos and other data

Photos and videos are usually the worst offenders for taking up phone space – videos in particular – so if you’re serious about sorting out your storage, they have to go! Fear not though – all you need to do is back them up.


The most popular way to back up your photos, videos and files is to use a cloud storage app, such as Google Drive or Dropbox. Google Photos is particularly useful, as it can automatically back up your photos and boasts unlimited storage for normal size photos. If you have an iPhone, you have the option of backing up important data on iCloud, which comes automatically on all Apple devices.


You can also back up your data by connecting your phone to a PC or laptop, or transfer data to a USB or external hard drive.


Clean up your apps

Many of us are unaware that apps themselves can store lots of data and for this reason, you may need to clean them up. For example, browsers (such as Google Chrome) hold on to your cookies and browsing data and music streaming apps hold onto playlists and albums you may have downloaded.


To free up some space, check out your app settings and delete any unnecessary data or downloads. For example, to delete the data from Chrome on iOS, click into the app and go to Settings > History > Clear Browsing Data.


If you have an Android, an easy way to thoroughly clean up your apps is to go to Settings > Apps, select an entry and you’ll have an option to clear the cache and temporary data for that app.


Stream instead of downloading

If you want to save even more space, we recommend streaming your music, TV shows and films instead of downloading them directly onto your phone. With Three’s All You Can Eat Data plans, there’s no reason not to.


Use a Micro SD card

Finally, one of the best ways to make some space on your phone is to add more storage. While not all phones support Micro SD cards, the vast majority of Android and Windows phones support cards that can store between 128 GB to 256 GB, adding a large amount of extra storage to your device. Simply purchase a Micro SD card that suits your needs, slot it into your device and you’re good to go.


Most Android phones let you decide if you wish to keep the card separate from the device’s inbuilt memory (portable storage) or create one large drive (internal storage).


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Ashling is the 3Community's resident wordsmith. With a passion for social media, innovative technology and all things mobile, she fills the 3Community with articles about tech news, app reviews and tips and tricks to make your life a little easier.



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