I know you've gotten the "not enough storage space" message on your phone or tablet before. It happens to everyone. Then, all of a sudden, you're scrambling to clear out apps you don't use, photos or videos you think you can part with and on and on.
And that's exactly why the Google Play Store has the "Uninstall Manager" to tell you which apps to delete when you don't have enough space to download a new app. Meanwhile, Apple's newest iPhone models have a minimum of 32GB of storage.
But instead of deleting photos and getting rid of apps, here are three apps you can use to help clear up storage space on your phone or tablet.
Google created a solution for when photos and videos are eating up too much of your storage space. Google Photos automatically transfers your photos and videos to Google's servers, which is a nice time-saver. However, its other features are what really set it apart.
The first important thing to know about Google Photos is that it gives you unlimited storage for free. Even better, Google isn't going to compress your photos or videos to save space. Under the "High quality" plan, you can upload pictures up to 16 megapixels and HD videos up to 1080p, which is more than enough for most people.
Plus, you can search for your photos of your family and friends, and create online photo albums that have them in each photo. Or create online photo albums of trips you've taken.
Just because you delete an app, doesn't mean that it's completely gone. Many apps leave behind logs and other remnants that take up unnecessary space. An app like SD Maid can handle cleaning chores aimed at giving you back your lost storage.
It keeps things simple with an easy interface and no magical performance-boosting promises. A quick scan will tell you how much room SD Maid can free up. You then get the option to trash those unwanted files and reclaim your storage space. It can also detect lingering files from uninstalled apps and duplicate files saved in different places.
It detects the lingering files from uninstalled apps and duplicate files saved in different places. The basic version is free, but the more capable, upgraded Pro version will run you $3.49 from the Google Play store.
1-Tap Cleaner gives you a rundown of all the apps, programs and media items taking up space on your gadget and will tell you how much space you will save by wiping out a specific item. You can also manage the memory use of your home screen widgets. You'll be the storage master!
The app can also wipe out the cache, call, text and internet history with just the touch of a button. Not only does that free up space, it can improve your privacy.
You might find this app especially useful to give you space for the barrage of family pictures that are taken during the upcoming holidays. Memories of trick-or-treating, family dinners, gift-giving and everything else will fit into plenty of space on your smartphone or tablet.
But what about iOS gadgets?
There are no reputable Apple cache and history cleaners that I feel comfortable recommending to you, but that doesn't mean you're left out. Here are instructions to clean out your iOS gadget.
- To clear your web browser like Safari, click the Settings app. Then, select the browser from the drop-down menu and you'll see buttons to delete the cache and history.
- For other apps, click the Settings app and select General. From there, you can select the usage option. The top of the area will show you how much space is available on your gadget and how much you've used so far. This area will contain a list of every app you have and show you how much space each one is taking up. To clear out an app, just click it. If the app has a clear cache option, you'll see it here.
- You can also clear out your messages and call logs to save space. To delete old texts, click the iMessage app. Then, click the Edit button in the upper left-hand corner. Use the red circles to delete conversations. You can also go into conversations to delete specific messages. You can clear the call log in the same way by clicking the phone icon.