How to free up Samsung memory: You’re having some issues on yours Samsung smartphone or tablet, such as the inability to download one more app from the Play Store and / or to save videos and photos in the Gallery due to the limited space available on the device memory? Don’t despair: if you want, I can explain how to deal with it.
If you give me a few minutes of your free time, I will tell you in the next lines how to free samsung memory showing you all the operations you can take to remedy the situation, identifying data, photos, videos, documents, apps, etc. unnecessary taking up space on your device unnecessarily, and eliminating them.
Before starting, however, it seems only right to make a small but fundamental clarification: it is not possible to work miracles! In other words, if your Samsung smartphone or tablet has a small memory and, even worse, if it does not integrate a special slot for SD cards (through which it is possible to expand the storage space), you will not be able to improve. the situation of a lot. In any case, as they say, trying doesn’t hurt. Now, however, just chat and let’s get to work. Good luck for everything!
How to free Samsung memory from junk files
To begin with, let’s go and see how to free samsung memory from unnecessary files, that is, from all those files that accumulate on the device memory but which, in reality, are no longer needed, for example the files accumulated in the download folder and the temporary ones of Internet browsing.
Default tool for maintenance
The first tool I recommend you use for free up Samsung memory is Device assistance, which on older devices is called Device maintenance. This is a “standard” solution for the devices produced by the South Korean company, which, as deducible from the name, allows you to carry out various maintenance operations, including the possibility of freeing up the storage space from unnecessary apps and files.
To be able to use it, take your Samsung smartphone or tablet, unlock it, access the home screen and / or drawer and select the icon of Settings (the one in the shape of gear wheel). In the new screen that you now see, select the wording Device assistance or that Device maintenance, then tap the button Storage memory which is located at the bottom.
On the next screen, you will find a report on the amount of space occupied on the device’s memory, divided between data relating to the system / user, unnecessary data and available space.
At the bottom, however, there is a list of user data, organized into categories, which the device suggests to remove to save space. You can also view this information in more detail by tapping the button with i three dots vertically located at the top right and choosing the option Storage settings from the menu that opens.
If you want, you can directly free up the storage space by removing the items already selected from the device itself, by tapping the button Optimize now, Correct or Clean up now. If then before starting the cleaning you want to view and possibly modify the elements to be removed, tap on one of the categories below, personally select the elements to remove and then touch the wording Delete located at the top right.
Other apps to free Samsung memory from junk files
If the default tool for freeing up disk space on Samsung devices doesn’t appeal to you, you can consider resorting to alternative apps, such as those you find reported below.
- Google files – it is an app developed directly by Google. It is actually a file manager, but thanks to it you can not only quickly access everything stored on your smartphone or tablet but also empty the cache, identify potentially useless documents, less used apps, etc. It’s free.
- SD Maid – is undoubtedly one of the best applications to clean up the memory of Android devices. It allows you to delete the residual files of the apps deleted from the device, the temporary system files, the application databases and also allows you to view the most thoughtful files stored in memory on the fly. It’s free, but eventually comes in one paid variant which also allows you to delete the temporary files of third-party applications and find duplicate files.
- CCleaner – is the Android version of one of the best known tools for cleaning and maintaining Windows (and macOS). It is free, but it offers in-app purchases (at a base cost of € 1.49) to add more functions, it is very effective and it is also quite simple to use. It works by analyzing the entire device and then allows you to clean the cache, notes, browser history and downloads, as well as remove APK files. For more information, you can read my specific guide on how to use CCleaner for Android.
How to free Samsung memory from useless apps
Let’s see now how to free samsung memory from useless apps, thus going to remove all those applications on your device that you have never used or that in any case have not used for a long time and that do nothing but unnecessarily occupy storage space.
Uninstall the apps
If you want to get rid of the useless apps on your Samsung smartphone or tablet, the first move you need to make is to take the device, unlock it, access the home screen and / or in the drawer, locate theapplication icon you want to remove, press on it and, continuing to hold down, drag it to the symbol of trash can which appears at the top left.
Then confirm what your intentions are, responding in a manner affirmative the notice you see appear on the screen, and that’s it. Repeat this process for each app you want to delete.
Alternatively, you can proceed as follows: go to the home screen and / or the drawer, tap the icon of Settings (the one in the shape of gear wheel) and press on the wording Application management, App or Applications on the displayed screen. In the list of apps that is proposed to you, locate the one you want to delete, tap on its name, press the button Uninstall and then on that OK. Also in this case, the procedure must be repeated for each application to be deleted.
If you are not sure which apps to delete, you can get a better idea by first identifying (and subsequently removing) the ones that take up the most space. To do this, tap the button with i three dots vertically that you find in the upper right part of the screen with the list of applications and select the option Sort by size from the menu that opens, in order to sort the installed apps from the one that takes up the least space to the one that takes up the most. Afterwards, go ahead with the elimination as I explained earlier.
Apart from the default features of your smartphone or tablet, to uninstall the apps on Android you can also consider turning to the use of some third party tools, which also allow you to intervene on multiple applications simultaneously. For more details on this, you can consult my specific guide on how to uninstall apps on Android.
If your device is equipped with support formemory expansion and you have inserted a microSD card inside, you can also free up space by transferring apps and data to it. To do this, take the device, unlock it, access the home screen and / or the drawer and select the icon of Settings (the one in the shape of gear wheel).
In the new screen that is now shown to you, tap on the item Application management, App or Applications, select theapplication to move, press the button Move to SD card in the screen that is subsequently shown to you and that’s it.
However, keep in mind that for some applications not allowed direct transfer to SD memory. In this case, to do this, you need to root the device and then use ad hoc tools to force the procedure. For more details, please read my post on moving apps to SD card.
If, on the other hand, you want to transform the memory card inserted in the device intomain storage unit of the same, I’m sorry to disappoint you but this is not a feasible operation on Samsung smartphones and tablets. In this case, the only thing you can do is to automatically and directly save the photo ei video you make with the camera in the external memory. Always better than nothing, don’t you think?
To do this, start the application, Room on your Samsung smartphone or tablet, tap the icon with the gear wheel present in the screen that appears, scroll the menu that is proposed to you, locate the item Memorization, click on it and choose the option SD card from the additional menu displayed. For more information, you can read my guide on how to move photos to SD card.
Other solutions to free Samsung memory
Another operation that can allow you to free up the memory on Samsung is that of delete photos, videos and music present on the same. No, do not get me wrong, I do not mean that you have to trash everything inexorably, but much more simply that you have to archive the data that you no longer consider essential to always have with you on mobile on your computer, as well as arranging more intelligently those to be stored on the your Samsung-branded device.
As for the transfer of data to the computer, you just need to connect your device to the PC and copy on it the files you deem appropriate to transfer by copy and paste. Then proceed to delete the data exported to your computer from your Samsung device. For more details about it, you can refer to my tutorial on how to connect Android to PC.
As for photos and videos, you can use the features of Google Photos, which allows you to automatically sync with Google Drive all images and videos, completely free and without consuming online storage space (limiting, in this case, the resolution of the contents to 16MP for photos and 1080p for videos). You can then remove the items you transferred from your device. For more details, refer to my guide on how Google Photos works.
If you don’t like Google Photos and in any case if you need to store other types of data elsewhere, you can consider contacting one of the many cloud storage services on the square, transferring everything to them. The most popular and popular are the aforementioned Google Drive, but also Dropbox and OneDrive.
Finally, if you also use your Samsung smartphone or tablet to watch music And movie, I advise you to rely on the use of one of the various audio and video streaming services available on the square, such as Spotify (for music) e Netflix (for movies and TV series). For further information on this, I suggest reading my guides dedicated to how to listen to music on the Internet and the best sites for streaming movies.