How to free up Huawei memory: You have been using a HUAWEI smartphone for some time and regret not having chosen the model with the most internal memory, because now you often find yourself having to delete files in order to take photos or install new apps. Sure doing it over and over can get nerve-wracking, right?
I think then it’s time to put an end to this situation and see how to free up HUAWEI memory , so you can finally get back to using your device to the fullest. You will be able to go back to taking photos, recording videos and downloading all your favorite apps without having to constantly decide what to delete to have some free memory.
How do you say? Are you not very practical when it comes to technology and are you afraid that the tutorial may be too difficult for you? Do not worry, I assure you that it is much simpler than you imagine. Take five minutes, make yourself comfortable and continue reading the next paragraphs.
App to free up HUAWEI memory
The easiest and fastest way to free up HUAWEI memory is to use specific apps suitable for this purpose. Using one of these apps, you can decide which files to delete and which ones to keep and clean the system and app cache (especially if you have had your smartphone for a long time). Once you have done all the operations using one of these apps you will be able to recover even several GB of space on your smartphone, which you can use as you wish.
Optimizer is an application that comes pre-installed on all the latest HUAWEI devices (previously called Phone Manager ). It allows you to perform various important operations to free up memory in the system: its main strength is that it is already installed on the device, so you will not have to download other apps and is present both on devices with Google services and on the most recent ones equipped with HMS .
Well, I’d say start. Grab your HUAWEI smartphone and open the Optimizer app . On the main screen you will find several options available, but in this case you are only interested in the one called Cleaning , which is also the first on the list. Then tap on the Cleaning icon and in a few seconds a scan of the whole system will be done.
Then you will see a list of data that the application you may want to clean up, for example File spam , Residual files or unused App . To proceed with the cleaning of each single type of file, all you have to do is tap the Remove button next to each item. Furthermore, by tapping on each single item you will find more information on the files that will actually be deleted. For example, tapping on the Spam files item will open a new screen that will actually show you which files will be deleted, for example System Cache or App Cache .
Returning to the Cleaning screen , scrolling down, you will find the Special Cleaning section , in which you will find the files that you could remove to free up space on your smartphone divided by category: Images, Videos, Audio, Large files, Applications and Apps . Obviously, be very careful what you delete, as you may remove some files you need (maybe first make a nice backup of Android, understood?).
Another very interesting application to free up the memory of your smartphone is Google Files , but in this case a necessary clarification is necessary. This app is available for download exclusively on the Play Store , so it cannot be used on the most recent HUAWEI devices, which are equipped with HMS and AppGallery .
If you have a HUAWEI device with Google services, open the Play Store, search for the Google Files app through the search box and press on its icon (or connect directly to the download link that I have provided you above, to do first ) and press the Install button . Well, now open the app and tap on the Continue button and then on the Allow button in the pop-up that asks you for permissions to access the files on your device. At this point, tap the Delete button in the bar at the bottom and a screen will open in which the app will give you some advice on the files that you could delete from your device. The first box called Junk filescontains the temporary files of the apps that take up space: if you want to delete them just tap on the Delete button followed by the number in MB / GB of files that will be freed and again on the Delete button from the pop-up that appears. The second box called Delete large files , from which you can select large files that if deleted will free up a lot of space from your device. Just tap the Select file button , choose the files you no longer need by tapping them and then tap the Delete button at the bottom.
The other boxes, relating to WhatsApp multimedia contents, WhatsApp videos and downloaded files, can be deleted by following exactly the same procedure I indicated to delete large files.
If, on the other hand, you want to manually delete some files, you can tap the Browse button in the bottom bar, from which you can access all the files on your smartphone, but divided by category, so you can quickly access the Images , Video, Audio, Documents and Apps .
SD Maid is one of the best third-party apps dedicated to cleaning Android systems, because it allows you to clear the system cache, residual files of deleted apps and application databases in a reasonably safe way and without invasive advertising or privacy risks. SD Maid is currently available both on the Play Store and on alternative stores for devices without the Play Store: to install it, search for it in the store of your device, press on its icon (or connect directly to one of the download links that I have provided you a little while ago. indeed, to do first) and press the Install button .
It is also available in a paid version , at a cost of 3.69 euros , which allows you to clear the cache of third-party applications, find duplicate files on the device memory and more: if you decide to use SD Maid it is an almost obligatory purchase and definitely worth it. Also, if you have a device you have rooted on, I recommend that you grant SD Maid the highest permissions: in this way, the app will be able to act more “deeply” and delete a greater number of temporary files.
After downloading the app on your smartphone, start it and, if possible, grant it root permissions by not clicking on the Grant button in the pop-up that appears. On the home screen, tap the Scan button at the bottom and then proceed with the configuration. From the pop-up that appears, tap on the Next button , then on Allow , Next and Allow , finally tap on the Done button to complete the configuration.
The app will start scanning and, in a few seconds, it will return the result, listing you in which sections it will have to intervene including: Application remnants (the residual files of the apps removed from the device), System cleaning (the system cache) , Application cleaning ( application cache, can only be deleted with SD Maid Pro) and App database .
To proceed with the cleaning you have to tap on the Run now button , which will delete all the superfluous data identified by the app, but if you do not want to remove everything and want to operate manually you can tap on the individual items to view the data that the app would go to cancel and decide, therefore, which ones to cancel and which ones to keep.
The functions present do not stop there, in fact by tapping the ☰ button at the top left you can access other functions (some require the Pro version), such as the one that finds duplicate files in the smartphone. In addition, there is also the Storage Space Analyzer function , very useful if you want to understand which files take up the most space, sorted by their size.
Move data and apps to SD
An alternative to free up space from the internal memory of your HUAWEI smartphone could be to move data and apps to SD . In this case, however, before proceeding make sure that your smartphone has support for memory expansion (on microSD or, in more recent models, NM Card ).
After making sure your smartphone has memory expansion support, you can buy one (if you don’t have one) and insert it into your smartphone. If you have no idea which microSD to buy for your HUAWEI device, you can check out my tutorial on which microSD to buy.
Set the SD as the main storage unit
Once you have installed the microSD in your smartphone or tablet, you might opt to set the SD as the main storage unit of the device. However, this procedure is only recommended for older smartphones, which have limited amounts of internal memory, for example 8/16 GB. Also, with the latest Android versions, it is no longer possible to use microSD as main storage.
However, if you have an older HUAWEI device, you can check if this feature is still present: to do so, go to the Settings , recognizable by the gear icon, and then tap on the Advanced settings and Memory & storage items .
In this screen, tap on the item Default position and from the menu that appears select your microSD . For the changes to take effect, you will be asked to restart your smartphone (or tablet). After restarting the device, some application data, photos and videos will be saved directly to the microSD instead of the internal memory. The card, at that point, cannot be used in other devices, unless after proper formatting.
Force moving apps to SD
How do you say? Do you have a newer HUAWEI smartphone and therefore do not have the possibility to move apps within the microSD? Don’t worry, all is not lost. In the most recent versions of the EMUI, which is the custom interface of Android made by HUAWEI, there is a hidden setting to force the movement of apps to SD , which could be for you.
To access it, open the Settings of the smartphone, recognizable by the icon of a gear, and scroll down until you find the item Phone info . Now repeatedly tap on the Build number item and, after a while, you will see a small pop-up appear that will notify you that you are now a developer.
Well, go back by tapping on the arrow at the top left and press on the System and updates item . Among the various items present, you will notice that Developer options has appeared : tap on it to open the system’s developer functions, normally hidden.
A new screen will open containing several options within it, but in this case you only need to focus on one in particular: Force app permission on external storage . This function, if enabled, will allow any app to be written to the external memory (microSD or NM Card): to enable it, tap the activation lever next to it. Perfect, now restart the smartphone and from the next restart you will have the possibility to move certain apps to SD by installing them from the store or by going to the Settings> Apps (or similar) menu and pressing the button to change the position of the selected app.
Move files to the SD
How do you say? Would you like to move files to the SD without setting it as the main storage unit? No problem, it is a very simple procedure, now I’ll explain how to do it.
To move your data from the internal memory of the smartphone (or tablet) to the microSD or NM Card, all you have to do is start the File Management app , present by default on all HUAWEI home devices. Once the app is open, tap on the Browse icon in the bottom bar and then tap on the Phone item , which will allow you to access the internal memory of the device. Now you need to locate the files to move to the external memory, for example the files in the Downloads folder or the photos and videos made on the device that are located in the DCIM folder .
To select the file you are interested in, or the entire folder, all you have to do is make a long tap and then tap the Move button in the bar that appears at the bottom. Then, to move to the external memory, tap the Other position button , present in the bottom bar and then tap the External memory item on the next screen. To start the file or folder transfer, tap the V button at the top right and wait for the transfer procedure to complete. It wasn’t difficult, was it?
Save photos and videos on the SD
You are a type who takes several photos and records many videos and for this you would prefer that they be saved directly inside the external memory (microSD or NM Card) of your HUAWEI device, without having to operate manually, as I showed you in the previous paragraph. Quiet, below I will show you how to save photos and videos to SD .
Open the Camera app , access its settings by tapping on the gear icon at the top right. A menu with different options will open, but in this case you will have to focus only on enabling saving to SD.
To activate this option, all you have to do is enable the Save to SD card option by acting on the activation lever next to it. If any step is not clear to you, consult my tutorial in which I explained to you in detail how to move photos to HUAWEI SD card.
Other useful solutions
At this point in the tutorial you should have already managed to free up memory on your HUAWEI device. However, if you need to reclaim even more space, here are some tips that might come in handy.
- Connect your device to your computer and transfer to it the data that you don’t need to always carry with you (e.g. videos you have recorded and that you don’t need to watch often). If you don’t know how to connect HUAWEI to PC, read my tutorial dedicated to the topic.
- Use Google Photos . If you have never heard of it, Google Photos is a Google service that allows you to store photos and videos on the cloud, automatically taking them from the device’s Gallery. It offers up to 15 GB of online space for free and you can decide whether to upload files in original quality or with a slightly lower quality (limit in the resolution of photos at 16MP and videos at 1080p) and allows you to free up the space occupied by photos and videos on your phone / tablet with a simple tap. The only drawback, if we can define it that way, is that it is no longer possible to use it with HUAWEI devices without Google services. To find out how it works, read my dedicated tutorial.
- Use music streaming services . Applications such as Spotify , Apple Music and Amazon Music allow you to access huge streaming music catalogs, without necessarily having to occupy the device memory with “tons” of songs. For all the monthly cost is around 9.99 euros / month, but usually there is always a free trial of 30 or more days. If you want to know more, read my posts on how Spotify works, how Apple Music works, and how Amazon Music Unlimited works.
- Use cloud storage services . Instead of keeping every document that is sent to you on your smartphone (or tablet), rely on cloud storage services and keep files on the Internet, then maintaining the ability to recall them locally when necessary. Among the most reliable cloud storage services I point out Google Drive (not usable on HUAWEI devices with HMS), Dropbox and OneDrive , of which I told you in my tutorials on how Google Drive works, how Dropbox works and how OneDrive works.
How to free up HUAWEI cloud storage
In addition to physically occupying the smartphone memory, your data may also occupy the cloud space of HUAWEI . If you have noticed that the smartphone often notifies you that the storage space inside the HUAWEI cloud is full, you can free it, choosing which files to keep and which to delete. By default, in fact, the space available for free is only 5 GB , which I can immediately saturate if you activate the online backup of all the photos and the entire device.
How do you say? You often get this notification, but don’t know how to free up HUAWEI cloud storage ? Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for. Open the Settings on your smartphone, recognizable by the icon of a gear and tap your HUAWEI account from the first section at the top. Among the various options available, tap on the Cloud item and on the next screen you can get an overview of the status of the occupied memory and decide which files to delete to free it. Well then, tap the Memory management button and from the next screen you can get an overview of the data occupying the cloud space.
On this screen, you’ll find a section called Entire Device Cloud Backup , which will only appear clearly if you’ve ever done a full backup. In this case, if the backup is not very recent and you think you don’t need a full backup of all apps and more, you can decide to delete it. To do this, simply press the backup Cloud item and on the next screen tap your device from the list that appears and then tap the Delete backup button . If in the list you find backups that refer to other devices, perhaps if you have had other HUAWEI previously, I recommend that you delete those backups.
Returning to the main page of the HUAWEI Cloud, scrolling down you will find a section, called Apps that use the Cloud , which shows a list of apps (only the system ones), which use the HUAWEI Cloud. If you no longer want to synchronize some data, such as contacts or notes, all you have to do is deactivate the synchronization by acting on the activation lever next to each individual item.