How much room does your phone have left on it? Whenever you attempt to upgrade your Apps or add new applications, do you touch a wall? In order to free up space, what's the best way to transfer files that you want to keep? And how do you make good choices on what to retain and what to delete? Follow these steps to keeps your storage free and your phone fresh!
Back up your phone to the cloud
If you don't have the time or stamina to sift through old images and videos, or if you want to save all your media files, back them up to a cloud storage service and uninstall those on your phone that you don't want offline. You can opt to have your images automatically backed up anytime you have access to WiFi through cloud storage providers like Dropbox, so you can have a full-resolution backup.
If you are using an iPhone, the procedure is automatic if the iCloud automatic backup feature is allowed (Go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Photos and switch to iCloud Images. Then pick Optimize iPhone Storage. This stores your photos on your phone in a reduced resolution version and in iCloud at maximum resolution. Then go to Settings > Photos > Cellular Data and turn off Cellular Data and Unlimited Updates.
Consider Google Photos for Android and iPhone devices, which can be set up to conveniently back up photos and videos via Wi-Fi.
Make sure that you pick Original as the picture quality to preserve full-resolution images. Go to Settings > Backup & Sync > Upload size > and choose Original. Google Photos also has a Free Up Space option that eliminates photos from the cloud that you already have backed up.
Back up your phone locally
Back-up your files on your computer to avoid the cost and drawbacks of cloud storage. Of course, the downside is that when you have access to your device with a wired or wireless network, you can just do this.
If you own an iPhone and a Mac, you can save backups of your media files on your Mac via iTunes, iPhoto, the Photos app, or the Image Capture app. See the step-by-step instructions from Apple for how to go about it. AirDrop can also be used to transfer files without the need to connect your phone with a USB cable to your device. Apple has an instruction page on how to do so.
You can also use iTunes if you use a Windows PC; the measures differ according to the version of Windows.
Link your phone to your machine with a USB cable if you have an Android phone. You should be capable of detecting your phone as a mass storage or media storage unit on your Windows computer and you will be able to drag and drop your images and videos from your phone to your PC folder. Install the free Android File Transfer app on your Mac if you have a Mac, then you can then drag and drop onto your Mac.
Remove old attachments for emails and downloaded files
Although being able to read papers attached to your email and see pictures in your chat app is fantastic, you often don't need to keep them long-term. Finding and removing these old files is easy.
Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage for iPhone. You can see options for turning on Auto Delete Old Conversations and checking large videos and attachments to emails. Click "Show All" next to Suggestions if you do not see these choices.
Open your app tray for Android, and pick the Downloads app. To uninstall a file, tap and hold the file, then press Delete.
Uninstall applications that are not used by you
Although images and videos are the normal storage hogs, storage space can also be consumed by apps (particularly games). Removing applications that you don't use much is safest.
On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage . You can see a list of applications sorted by the volume of room available for storage. You'll have the option to uninstall it when you pick an app. Or in order to uninstall the app and all its info, you can long-tap the app's icon and tap the X overlay. You may also opt to offload any applications you haven't used in a while automatically. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores, then move to Offload Unused App. In the event that you wish to restart the software at a future date, this will uninstall the app but leave the data behind.
Go to Settings > Storage > Free up your room on Android. Tap the empty box on the right to pick an app to uninstall it and then tap Free Up.
Add space to your phone
Invest in a microSD card and transfer some of the data from your phone's built-in storage if you buy an Android phone with a memory card expansion slot. You will use a file manager program to transfer files around. Most phones come with file managers of their own. Download an ES File Manager if yours doesn't, or if you want a more versatile app (free in Google Play). You can also buy an optical drive that you can plug directly into the microSD and USB device of your device.
You can't connect a memory card to your iPhone, so you can buy a flash drive to insert the images into your iPhone or iPad and plug them into your device.
Shoot videos with a lower quality
Many of the higher-end phones today will record 4K resolution images. These high-resolution images, particularly if you watch them on a 4K-capable TV or computer, are smoother and have finer info. But video with a higher resolution takes up a lot of disk space than video in HD or full HD. To conserve disk space, set your camera to record images at a lower resolution if you don't need 4K footage.
Make space savings a routine
To spare yourself from the annoyance of running out of room at moments when you need it most, clear out space on your mobile daily. Keep lean and mean, so you're ready at a moment's notice to appreciate the features on your handset.
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