Full memory? No, thanks. Recover space on your mobile without deleting anything

When more space is needed on the mobile to install an app or take a photo, the message “Memory full” appears. It doesn’t fail. And it is that, running out of storage space on your Android mobile can become a drama. Occasionally we resort to deleting a few photos or deleting an app, but in the long run it ends up being useless because the space is immediately reoccupied. Fortunately, there are effective solutions .

There are many ways to free up space on a mobile, although most require resetting the mobile or deleting important information. However, there are effective ways to save space without having to delete anything . Or at least, nothing that could be important. In this post we tell you how.

Have you tried turning the phone off and on? It is not a joke

It is possible that when you hear that about restarting the mobile to solve a problem, you laugh internally and remember the computer jokes. However, we must tell you that turning your smartphone off and on can help solve more problems than you think .

Without going any further, this could save you space, since when a mobile is turned off, the processes it is running stop and with it many temporary files that are located in the internal memory of the device are also deleted. The savings may not be excessive and could occasionally be laughable, but it is more effective than one thinks. And if you haven’t turned off your phone for a while, all the more reason.

Don’t delete files, take them to the cloud

If you take advantage of your mobile to save files such as documents and other files, you are probably taking up significant space in the internal memory of the device. The most convenient thing is always to be attentive and delete what is not really important, but if you already have it up to date and they are essential, it is best to take them to Google Drive or another cloud .

In addition to freeing up space, having files in the cloud is an excellent way to keep them safe in case the mobile suffers a breakdown.

We say Google Drive because it is the option that best fits an Android mobile as this system is also owned by Google. However, any other cloud storage app like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive or any other can also help you.

In this regard, it would be convenient if your photo and video gallery were also in the cloud . Bearing in mind that these elements are the ones that ultimately consume the most space, you will be able to free up a lot of memory. In this aspect, many apps are also useful to you, although here Google Photos really wins, which is native and, depending on your mobile model, could even be the app that comes by default.

And how about an external memory for files?

Although cloud storage is very comfortable and practical, the truth is that we cannot ignore the possibility of using an external memory that is connected via the mobile’s USB-C . And more if your mobile does not have space to insert a microSD card.

A microSD card is still very comfortable to add extra space to the mobile, but not all devices are compatible with them.

Whether in a flash drive format or as a larger hard drive or SSD, you can easily connect it to your mobile and manage it from the Android file manager . Of course, it is recommended that you save files that you should not consult regularly, since it could be a bit tedious for you to have to keep the external memory connected or have to carry it with you always.

Delete files forever, but only duplicates

In many cases, and completely unconsciously, we tend to store many identical files. For example, photos that we receive by WhatsApp and that we already had or that are sent to us through different chats, documents that we have downloaded more than once, and a long etcetera. Therefore, it is convenient that you use tools with which to detect duplicate files .

At a general level, the Google Files app has among its functions that of cleaning files that can be deleted, including duplicates. If you add apps specialized in detecting duplicate photos from the gallery to this, you could benefit from considerable space savings.

Google Files to end junk files

Without leaving aside the premise of not deleting anything important, there are elements that are totally expendable and can be deleted. In the previous section we already talked about duplicates and the Google Files app. Well, this app is also capable of deleting other junk files that have little use in the system and that, however, can take up a lot of space.

You just have to open the application, go to the Clean tab at the bottom left and click on the Free up XX MB/GB button (the XX actually indicate the amount of data that can be deleted). It should be said that this action is also valid for deleting data from the cache memory, although precisely in the next section we will explain how to manually delete elements stored in said memory.

Cache memory can become a memory sprue

Eliminating the cache of applications is of vital importance in order to optimize the storage of the mobile . Only the web browser manages to store dozens of files that, no matter how small they are by themselves, end up assuming a considerable space occupied in the internal memory.

The process to clear the cache on Android is really simple, although it depends on the version of Android you have, with these different steps:

  • In Android 9 and newer versions: go to the mobile settings, then to Applications , enter each of the apps and click on Clear cache . You can also find optimization options in this regard by going directly to Storage and entering the Applications section .
  • On Android 8 and earlier (up to Android 4.2): Go to device settings, go to Storage , then Cached data and press the OK button to clear the registry of temporary files.
If all this does not work for you, you will have no choice but to proceed to delete apps or data that could be important. Though it might not be as dramatic.

At this point, there is little left for you to do to optimize the mobile space without deleting applications, photos or other files that may be important to you. Now, these are, in the end, the most efficient ways to free up space, so it would not hurt to proceed to them if the comments in this post have not been enough for you.

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