Spring Clean Your Tech: How to Free Up Memory Space

The constant battle to free up space on your Smartphone is something nearly everyone can relate to. Here are some tips to get rid of the stuff you don’t need and make some room on your device.

Check Your Storage Usage

Android and iOS platforms differ in how to find and fix the major storage hogs on your phone.

On Android, go to Settings > Storage and find which apps and services are taking up the most space. On iOS, a similar menu is under Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage.

On Android, you can use this area to clear data for most apps and free up space that way, but on iOS you can’t. However, on both platforms, if you see an app taking up too much space, you can check your storage settings by going to Settings menu (iOS) or check it by going to Clear Data (Android).

Remove Bloatware

Bloatware refers to any unnecessary apps that come pre-installed on your phone. On Android, this can look different between carriers and manufacturers. Sometimes pre-installed apps are necessary or helpful, but if there are apps you know you don’t need, you should delete or disable them.

On iOS, recent updates have added more of these kinds of apps, but now allow more of them to be deleted than previously, so take the time to decide which are necessary.
On Android, click Settings > Apps and click “Disable” on the app that you’d like to delete or remove. On iOS, it’s as easy as hovering over the app icon on your home menu until it starts to wiggle, then clicking the X to delete it. Click “Remove” when the prompt comes up, and you’re done.

Backup and Delete Photos

For avid Smartphone photographers, photos can easily become the number-one storage challenge. Thankfully photos are easy to backup to cloud services.

On Android, you can automatically backup your photos for free with your Google account, without losing them.

On iOS, you can have your photos automatically backed up through iCloud. However, that space is limited. You can also borrow Android’s technology and download the Google+ app to backup unlimited photos to your Google account. However, after a certain cap your photos will be backed up at a lower resolution, which is similar to Android’s Google backup options discussed above.

Manage Podcasts and Music

Generally, podcasts you subscribe to will download automatically, so if you don’t listen for a while, they will start taking up a lot of space. After you’ve listened to them, they will eventually be deleted, but if you’re in a pinch, you can go in and manually delete them to free up some quick space.

Music can be an issue too, especially if you use streaming apps like Spotify or Google Play. These apps won’t get too cluttered if you always stream your music, but as soon as you save songs to play offline, that data adds up very quickly.

Managing memory space is a great way to keep your phone running smoothly, so get to “spring cleaning” and purge your phone and delete unnecessary data.