Similar to most other gadgets, Android Operating System-based devices are available with fixed storage capacities that may or may not be expandable with the use of external memory cards. Continuous use of these devices will definitely result in gradual data accumulation. Consequently, the storage capacity becomes full and ‘Low on Space’, ‘Insufficient Storage Available’ or ‘Low Memory Warning’ notifications are displayed.
Storage capacity reduction can be attributed to a number of reasons. The most obvious cause of this memory storage shortage is through the extensive download of apps, and also the considerable storing of data such as image, music and video files. Additionally, another major contributing factor to declining memory storage experienced in Android devices is the fact that the Operating System as well as the installed system applications are continuously updating. This ceaseless system application upgrade consumes and/or utilizes more memory space. Storage capacity in Androids can also be depleted through the perpetual accrual of residual/ cached data over extended periods of use.
Having an Android device that is running low on storage space has a debilitating effect on the overall performance of the system. For instance, the speed/ rate of writing and reading data drops significantly, while in some cases, some apps and features of the device cannot be used. Furthermore, saving new files and information becomes impossible.
In order to prevent/ resolve the pitfalls associated with low storage capacities in Android devices, the following approaches can be adopted to free up space.
- Uninstall Unused Apps
Unused apps occupy a sizeable quantity of system memory space in Android devices. Uninstalling these unneeded apps can help to restore and regain significant portions of memory space.
- Clear Cached Data
These are retained and/or residual fragments of data that remain on the Android device after an app has been used. Continuous stockpiling of these cached data results in notable encroachment of storage capacity. Deleting this residual cache of data provides an effective way of freeing up space in Android devices.
- Delete Old Downloads
Previous downloads are stored in a dedicated folder on an Android device. Occasionally, deleting unwanted download files and folders from an Android’s system memory helps to release more storage space.
- Transfer Data To External Storage
Moving data from the inbuilt device storage to the external storage such as memory cards is an impressive way of freeing up data on Android devices. Image, music and video files take up conspicuous storage space and thus, transferring these files to external storage devices is of paramount importance when attempting to free up storage space.
- Use Cloud Storage
Engaging in the use of Cloud Storage is a very practicable method of freeing up space. Cloud Storage refers to the method of storing digital data on remote servers available over a network. Image, music and video files can be moved from the Android device to Cloud Storage apps such as Dropbox and Google Drive to liberate more storage space.
- Use Storage Cleaning Apps
There is an array of effective Android storage cleaning apps available for direct purchase or free download on Google Play Store that are capable of conveniently cleaning the system storage to obtain more space. Examples of storage cleaning apps for Android devices include AVG Cleaner, Booster and Battery Saver for Android as well as the Avast Cleanup and Boost.
- Delete Browsing Data
Removing browsing data from an Android device greatly contributes to increases in free storage spaces on Androids. Browsing data such as browsing history, passwords, autofill data, cookies and media licenses can be cleared in order to free up more storage space.
- Delete Offline Playlists And Podcasts
Offline music or video playlists as well as podcasts usually take up ample storage space in Android devices. Deleting some of these playlists and other downloaded digital audio files can assist in freeing up memory space.
- Use Android Storage Manager Apps
Similar to storage cleaning apps, there are storage manager apps available on the Android OS platform that can help to analyze and store data in organized ways such that minimal system storage space is taken.
- Practice data Deduplication
Data deduplication is a means of increasing data storage space in smart devices. This process eliminates the possibility of the same files being stored in different folders and/or under different names/ extensions thereby taking up more space. Multiple files with the same content are deleted, and thus, more storage room becomes available.