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Ten tips to free up space on your Android phone | Utilities

For several users, having space available on Android is a challenge. Even models with powerful storage become full in a short time and the reasons can vary, whether due to the size of the system itself, the applications or the habit of downloading many media files. However, there are some features capable of freeing the internal memory of the phone with Google's operating system. Those interested can clear the cache memory, delete duplicate items or even install file managers, such as ES File Explorer, for example.

To help with this task, the TechTudo below are ten tips to keep your Android smartphone always free of useless records and with plenty of space. The guidelines can be adopted in different versions of the system, and encompass both native tools and applications that help in optimization. It is worth remembering that all topics indicate maintenance tactics, that is, the execution must be done periodically.

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The cache memory is a quick access memory, as it contains the data and instructions most used by the processor. The objective is to speed up the execution of the system, considering that a large part of the data will already be stored when an application remains active or is opened again.

The downside is that these files take up space on your cell phone and, over time, this storage may be lacking. To avoid or solve the problem, clear the cache periodically. The procedure varies slightly between Android O and previous versions of the system, but the change is not very sudden.

To perform the operation, the user must enter the "Configure" menu, then go to "Applications" (or "Apps and notifications") and select the software in question. Up to Android 7 (Nougat), the "Clear cache" button is already available on this screen. From Android 8 (Oreo) I need to go to "Storage" to find the resource.

Memory cleaning done natively on Android and helps free up space Photo: Reproduction / Raquel FreireMemory cleaning done natively on Android and helps free up space Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire

Memory cleaning done natively on Android and helps free up space Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire

2. Uninstall apps you don't use

Try to uninstall applications that are no longer useful to you. This can be done manually by opening the Android application menu and reviewing it one by one. During the common process you find forgotten software, which can make way for other really useful programs and files.

A trick on Google Play itself can make this task easier without having to install anything else. Open the Google app store, go to "My apps and games" and select the "Installed" tab. Click on the "Sort by" tool and choose "Last used". At the end of the list will be grouped all the applications useless to the user.

Google Play Store shows installed applications that you no longer use Photo: Reproduction / Raquel FreireGoogle Play Store shows installed applications that you no longer use Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire

Google Play Store shows installed applications that you no longer use Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire

3. Remove files and folders from uninstalled apps

It is not always possible to get rid of all files of an application when uninstalling it from the operating system. Several programs leave traces that take up storage. To get rid of them, a tip is to use the ES File Explorer file manager.

Install the app on the TechTudo page, open it and enter the "Cleaner" tool. Check the "Residual trash" field, which indicates the space that useless files use on your phone. Select the other fields, if desired, and press the item "Clear now" to free up memory automatically.

ES File Explorer file manager emilina app files already uninstalled from Android Photo: Reproduo / Raquel FreireES File Explorer file manager emilina app files already uninstalled from Android Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

ES File Explorer file manager emilina app files already uninstalled from Android Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

4. Use the native Android tool to free up space

Android 8 (Oreo) introduced more native features to optimize space management. When entering the "Storage" menu, the user identifies the "Free space" button, which displays a list of useless files, according to the system's own criteria. Just select the unwanted media and click on "Release", where the size to be saved after action will be indicated.

The panel also started to offer a "Storage Manager", capable of deleting photos and videos from a selected period (more than 30, 60 or 90 days). For security, the feature only excludes media backed up to the cloud. The initiative will prevent interested parties from losing important content by carelessness.

Use the new Android storage management features O Foto: Reproduo / Raquel FreireUse the new Android storage management features O Foto: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

Use the new Android storage management features O Foto: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

5. Backup with Google Photos

Google Photos is factory installed on Android phones and has an integrated tool to free up space on the phone. It identifies all photos and videos saved in Google's cloud backup, Google Drive, and removes them from the device.

To use the function, open the photo application, enter the main menu and go to "Free up space". Confirm the operation by pressing the "Release" button, on which the average size will be written together. The operation requires having previously enabled backup and synchronization.

Google Photos feature to free up space removes photos and videos already saved in the cloud from the cell phone Photo: Reproduo / Raquel FreireGoogle Photos feature to free up space removes photos and videos already saved in the cloud from the cell phone Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

Google Photos feature to free up space removes photos and videos already saved in the cloud from the cell phone Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

6. Use an optimization app

Android has a varied list of specific apps for system optimization. Most have space-saving features, such as Google's DU Speed ??Booster, The Cleaner and Files.

Each has a mechanic to clean the system and delete useless files. O TechTudo rene several tutorials to teach you how to use apps enabled to optimize Android, such as the one for the DU Speed ??Booster and this one, which shows the step-by-step how to use the All-In-One Toolbox.

All-In-One Toolbox brings several integrated features to clean and optimize Android Photo: Raquel Freire / TechTudoAll-In-One Toolbox brings several integrated features to clean and optimize Android Photo: Raquel Freire / TechTudo

All-In-One Toolbox brings several integrated features to clean and optimize Android Photo: Raquel Freire / TechTudo

One of the great advantages of Android over the competitor iPhone (iOS) is the support for memory card. Therefore, the user must take advantage of this capability. In this way, it is possible to move applications to the microSD, transfer documents, photos and videos, and leave the internal space free for what really needs to be on the device, the most essential features.

Use the microSD and move documents, files and apps to a memory card Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudoUse the microSD and move documents, files and apps to a memory card Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo

Use the microSD and move documents, files and apps to a memory card Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo

8. Remove the download files

All files saved in the Google operating system are saved in the "Downloads" folder. Over time, the directory becomes full of images, videos and PDFs that, in some cases, have been downloaded to be used only once and are therefore expendable.

Interested parties can get rid of this garbage in a simple way. Just open the file manager of the system or your favorite app, locate the "Downloads" folder and check what's in that place. Select the items to be discarded and throw them in the trash.

Delete the files saved in the Downloads folder Photo: Reproduo / Raquel FreireDelete the files saved in the Downloads folder Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

Delete the files saved in the Downloads folder Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

9. Delete duplicate files

Duplicate files are a common cause of unnecessarily spent space. The former Files Go, currently called Files, is one of several options for apps that have a dedicated tool to delete duplicate media. An advantage of the Google app is that this function not only analyzes photos and videos, but also covers files, documents and any other types of files.

When opening the software, note that the functionality is displayed on the main screen, opened by default on the "Clear" tab. Then, go to "Duplicate files" and click on the circle in the upper right corner to delete all copies or select one by one. Press the "Delete" button and the older versions of the files will have been deleted from the device.

Google Files has a tool to delete duplicate files and free up space on Android Photo: Reproduo / Raquel FreireGoogle Files has a tool to delete duplicate files and free up space on Android Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

Google Files has a tool to delete duplicate files and free up space on Android Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

10. Remove the WhatsApp media

Removing WhatsApp files constantly is almost a must for anyone who uses the messenger frequently. The files, videos, photos and documents sent and received are saved on the device even after deletion in the chat window. This gives the false impression that the space has been released.

To effect the removal of these contents, download Power Clean and open it in the central tab, which combines the advanced features. Go to "Clear WhatsApp" and select each media category. Mark the ones you want to remove and, in the sequence, press the corresponding button to confirm the deletion.

Apps like Power Clean exclude WhatsApp files Photo: Reproduo / Raquel FreireApps like Power Clean exclude WhatsApp files Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

Apps like Power Clean exclude WhatsApp files Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire

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