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How to increase Android internal memory

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Unfortunately, not all Android devices come with expandable memory. There are many that, like Apple’s iPhone, have an internal memory of predefined size (eg 32GB, 64GB etc.) and force the user to deal with the latter.

If you are also in this situation, you have a device without expandable memory and you are looking for a way to increase Android internal memory , know that you have come to the right place at the right time. With today’s guide, in fact, we will discover together how to free up space on an Android device by deleting all unnecessary files, applications that are no longer used and cache data generated by applications.

This is perhaps a bit boring operation, not really fast, but extremely simple to complete: on this you can rest assured. Then I would say not to get lost in chat further and to see, together, what to do. Take a few minutes of free time and try to follow the instructions I am about to give you, in this way you should be able to free up some space on the memory of your smartphone / tablet without too much trouble. I bet you will be impressed by the amount of MB, or even GB, that you will be able to recover in a few “taps”. Have fun!

Which files to delete?

To increase the space available on the memory of a smartphone or tablet, it is necessary to delete the files that are no longer considered essential and that at the same time take up a lot of space inside the device.

To find out which files take up the most space on your device’s memory, you have two ways at your disposal: open the Android settings menu and consult the memory management panel or contact third-party applications, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store.

If you want to use the tools included “standard” in Android, go to the Settings menu (the gear icon located in the screen with the list of all the apps installed on the device), select the Memory item from the device and find out which contents take up the most space.

  • App (the applications installed on the device).
  • Photos and videos (photos and videos taken with the device’s camera).
  • Audio (the music).
  • Download (files downloaded from the Internet).
  • Cached data (temporary files that apps use to optimize their operation).
  • Various (other files of various nature).

If you prefer to resort to third-party solutions, open the Play Store and download DiskUsage . It is a free application that analyzes the internal memory of Android and shows, in the form of a graph, which files take up the most space.

Its operation is very intuitive. After starting it, select the Storage card item from the initial menu and wait a few seconds for the contents of the memory of the smartphone (or tablet) in your possession to be examined. At the end of the operation, a graph consisting of many rectangles will appear: each rectangle represents a different content (e.g. media for multimedia files, apps for applications, and so on) and its dimensions represent the amount of space that each element occupies on the device memory. In other words, the larger rectangles represent the files that take up the most space.

Delete media files

How to increase Android internal memory

Deleting multimedia files, such as photos, videos and music tracks, allows you to increase Android internal memory very quickly. It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out. Before taking action, however, it is advisable to create a backup of the data that will be deleted.

Data backup can be done both locally and in the cloud. To create an offline backup of photos, videos and other types of files, connect your smartphone (or tablet) to your computer and copy the data of interest to your PC’s hard drive. This is a very simple operation, really within everyone’s reach, however I remind you that I have also published guides on how to connect Android to the PC, how to connect Samsung mobile to PC and how to connect Samsung mobile to Mac which could be useful in case of difficulty.

Now let’s move on to the so-called “cloud” systems. To make an online backup of your photos and videos, open the Google Settings application (the one with the gear icon with the letter “G” in the center), select the Google Photos Backup item from its home screen and move the lever located at the top right to ON . Then make sure that your Gmail address is written in the Account field and that the High quality value is set in the Upload size field . Otherwise, “tap” on the Upload size item and put the check mark next to the High quality option. In this way, all photos with a resolution up to 16MP and all videos with a maximum resolution of 1080p (Full HD) will be automatically stored on Google Drive without the space available on your account being consumed (so you will be able to take advantage of a space of unlimited storage). Remember that to take advantage of the online backup functions for photos and videos you must have the Google Photos application installed on your device.

When it comes to music, if you use Google Music, make sure you’ve synced your favorite songs with your cloud music library. If you use Spotify instead, you don’t have to do anything, it is a streaming-based service and therefore the songs are already all online.

Delete photos and videos

Once you have “saved” the data you no longer want to keep on your device, you are ready to take action, that is, to delete the data from the memory of your smartphone / tablet.

To delete individual photos or videos, select them in the Google Photos application by holding your finger on their thumbnails, then press the trash can icon located at the top right and you’re done. The selected content will be moved to the Recycle Bin, where it will remain for 60 days. To delete them immediately from the device memory, press the hamburger icon located at the top left, go to the Trash menu and delete the files in the latter using the appropriate icon.

Delete music

To delete from your smartphone or tablet the songs you no longer intend to listen to, open the player you usually use to listen to music, select the items to delete and proceed accordingly.

For example, if you use Spotify , press the hamburger icon located at the top left, select the item Your music from the menu that opens and choose the album or playlist to delete. Then turn off the Available offline option to delete the songs from the device memory and that’s it.

Delete other files

To delete Office documents, PDFs and files downloaded from the Internet, use ES File Manager , a free file manager that allows you to easily manage all the files on the memory of Android terminals.

Its operation is extremely simple. All you have to do is press the hamburger icon located at the top left, select a folder from the menu that appears on the side (eg Download for the folder where the files downloaded from the Internet are stored) and keep your finger pressed on the file or the folder to be deleted. Then “tap” the Delete button to move the files to the Recycle Bin and empty the latter (by selecting its icon from the side menu and pressing the Remove All button ).

Uninstall unnecessary applications

How to increase Android internal memory

Another way to increase Android internal memory is to identify applications that have not been used for a long time, and uninstall them.

As for the files (which we have just dealt with), also in this case I recommend that you analyze the memory of your device and find out which apps take up the most space. To do this, go to the Android Settings menu and select the App or Applications icon from the latter.

In the screen that opens, swipe left twice to select the All tab ; presses the button (…) located at the top right and select the item Sort by size from the menu that appears. In this way the applications will be arranged in order of weight: from the one that takes up the most space to the one that takes up the least.

Now locate the applications you no longer need – possibly among those that take up the most space – and delete them, by pressing first on their name and then on the Uninstall button on the screen that opens.

Please do not uninstall system applications such as Google Play Store , Google Play Services or Google Services Framework : you risk seriously compromising the stability of Android.

Note: those who have a smartphone or tablet with expandable memory, and have proceeded to root on Android, you can “lighten” the internal memory of their device by moving applications to an SD card. I also made a tutorial on this topic: how to move Android applications to SD.

Clear cache and temporary data

How to increase Android internal memory

The last thing I recommend you to do is “clean” the Android cache.

The cache is the set of data that applications – and the operating system itself – store in order to retrieve more quickly the information that the user uses most frequently. It is very useful, but in some cases it ends up taking up too much disk space, and therefore needs to be deleted.

To clear the cache using the tools included “standard” in Android, go to the Settings> Memory menu , select the item Cached data from the latter and press the OK button . This will clear the cache of all applications at the same time.

If you want to clear the cache of a single application, go to the Settings> Android App menu , select the icon of the app in question and press the Clear cache button . If you press the Clear data button, you can also delete the “permanent” files contained within the apps, such as the data relating to your accounts, photos, music, etc. Use this function only in case of real need.

Other temporary data that you can get rid of are that of the browser: the browsing history and temporary data of the sites visited. If you use Chrome you can delete them by pressing the button (…) located at the top right and selecting the History item from the menu that opens. Then you have to press the Clear browsing data button and choose which data to delete. For more info see my tutorial on how to clear Android history.

Applications to increase Android internal memory

If you want to go deeper with cleaning cache files, or just looking for a quicker solution to increase Android internal memory , turn to one of the Android “cleaning” applications available on the Play Store. I recommend a couple immediately.

SD Maid

How to increase Android internal memory

SD Maid is one of the best apps in the category. It allows you to delete the residual traces of the applications uninstalled from the smartphone / tablet, to delete the application databases (eg the database with Spotify songs) and to remove the temporary files of the operating system. There is also a paid version (€ 2.44) that allows you to delete the temporary files of third-party applications and find duplicate files. It “runs” on all newer Android versions, but needs root for some more advanced cleaning functions. Having made this necessary premise, let’s see together how it works.

After starting SD Maid, presses the Remains of applications button to delete the residual files of previously uninstalled apps, presses the System cleaning button to delete the Android temporary files, or press the Database button to “lighten” the Spotify databases and other apps installed on the device. The Application Cleaning option , which is only available in the paid version of SD Maid, as easily understood, allows you to delete the temporary files of the apps still installed on the device.

Once you have selected the option of your interest, wait a few seconds for SD Maid to analyze the memory of your device and press the Clean button to delete all the files found by the application. Easier than that?

By pressing the hamburger icon located at the top left you can also access other useful tools included in SD Maid Pro, such as searching for large files , searching and managing files .


How to increase Android internal memory

CCleaner doesn’t need too many introductions. It is the Android counterpart of one of the most famous software for “cleaning” Windows and Mac PCs.

It allows you to clear application cache files, browser history, files downloaded from the Internet, “orphaned” apk packages and more. All at no cost and in a very simple way.

To use it, download it on your smartphone or tablet, press the Analyze button   and wait a few seconds for the list of files that can be deleted to be shown. Then select the type of data to be deleted, press the Clean button  and you’re done.

By pressing the hamburger icon located at the top left you can also find other interesting tools, such as the application manager that allows you to uninstall multiple apps at the same time.