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3 ways to free up space on your smartphone or tablet

3 ways to free up space on your smartphone or tablet
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You're in the park with your family and one of the kids does something unbelievably cute. You quickly grab your smartphone to take a video and ... "Not enough room."

A full smartphone or tablet can't take pictures, download music, add new apps, or even install operating system updates that contain important security fixes. You need to free up some space fast, and I can tell you how without losing any important information.

Clear out apps

Apps can make your phone or tablet do some useful and amazing things. I have plenty of great apps from games and utilities to security and photo editors on my site, but they can fill up your available space before you realize it. You probably don't need every one of those latest addicting-must-have game apps, or three to-do list apps.

In Apple, iOS 8, go to Settings>>General>>Usage>>Manage Storage. For iOS 7 and earlier, it's just Settings>>General>>Usage. Here you'll see a list of apps and how much space they use. This helps you make an informed decision about where to go fat-trimming. To delete an app you don't want, simply tap its name. Then tap the "Delete App" button on the next screen.

In Android, go to Settings>>Applications (Settings>>Application Manager on some gadgets). Swipe left until you end up on the "Downloaded" tab. Here you'll see a list of apps you've downloaded and how much space they use. To remove an app, just tap the name and then tap the "Uninstall" button. Start removing the apps you no longer use, then take a look at the largest apps that are left and think about how much you really need them.

With Android, you can also go to Settings>>Storage to get a detailed breakdown of how much space you have and what's using it, such as Apps, Pictures, Audio, Downloads, etc. Tapping a category will take you to the relevant area of Android. So, tapping on "Apps" will take you to the Application Management screen while tapping "Pictures" will take you to your photo gallery app.

In Windows Phone 8, go to the Start screen and swipe left to get the App list. Tap and hold an app and then tap "Uninstall." Tap "Yes," and the app will go away.

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