Clear System Storage Android

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Unless you bought a new Android phone with a mammoth 256 gb of space or the Google Pixel 2XL that offers unlimited storage pace for all your photos, you are sure to feel the need for more internal space on your Android. Sure SD cards may seem to work but they also do slow down your phone a lot and you wouldn't always want to depend on it. It's an effective method only if you want to increase a little bit of space. Android internal memory seems limited no matter what the capacity is. The regular app and system updates, images, music, videos, apps and other files fill up the internal memory over time. Then comes one day you don't have space for anything else!

Use ‘Clean up’ option on your device. Almost all Android devices these days give you an option to. Simply go into Android's Settings menu and tap Storage. That will bring up a screen that breaks your local storage down into six categories: Apps, Pictures and Videos, Audio, Downloads, Cached Data, and Misc. Inside the Storage menu, you can click on each category to go to the appropriate app for managing that particular type of data.

If you find yourself in such a situation, use the following ways to free up your Android internal memory.

Solution 1: Insert An SD Card into Your Android Phone/Tablet

If your Android permits the use of SD card, go get one! Be sure to note the capacity of SD card that your mobile supports. The SD card can be used to store music, videos, images, apps and anything that the internal memory holds. This will keep the internal memory free for updates and system files only.

Solution 2: Move Apps to SD Card

The apps stored in the internal memory can be moved to the SD card to free up internal space. To achieve that, you should:

1. Access internal storage from Settings and then choose an app to move.
2. Spot and click on the 'Storage Used' section on top, choose SD Card and tap Move.

Please note that you cannot move system apps to SD card. You can also set your Android to install apps on SD card by default.

Click here to learn how to transfer Android apps to SD card in steps.

Solution 3: Delete Useless Apps and Data

1 out of 4 mobile apps are never used after the first time. You will have many apps stored in the internal storage that you don't use anymore. Go ahead and uninstall them to free up internal memory.

Here is a guide telling you how to delete Android apps.

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Solution 4: Clear App Data and Cache

Apps store cache files and other offline data in the Android internal memory. You can clean up the cache and the data in order to get more space. But deleting data of some apps may cause it to malfunction or crash. Also, the offline files may not be available anymore.

To clean your app cache head right over to Settings, navigate to Apps and select the app you want. Now select Storage and tap on Clear Cache to erase cached files. You can also clear app data from the same page if you wish to.

Solution 5: Remove Bloatware and System Apps

Android devices come with many preloaded apps from the manufacturers. Not all of them are useful and lie unused for their lifetime. But unfortunately, you cannot uninstall them from the Settings menu. You can root your Android device and gain control of uninstalling system apps and bloatware. There are many Android rooting tools which you can use to root your phone.

But don't uninstall any app unless you are sure what it does. Otherwise your Android can crash or cause problems.

Solution 6: Transfer to Cloud or Computer

You may not need to access all the files stored in your internal memory at a given time. The files can be easily transferred to Google Drive and stored in the cloud. You can also move them to a computer by connecting your Android with a USB cable. After transferring delete the files from internal memory to get more space. To transfer Android files to computer with one click, you can use Coolmuster Android Assistant.

That is all that you need to do!

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Last week on our Android customization post, you got to play with image files and change up your wallpaper on your Android device. After messing with all those image files, you may be finding that your internal storage space is strangely low, so we should try to fix that.

There are many things you can do to clear up the internal storage of your Android device. Uninstalling apps, deleting files, moving apps and files to your microSD card, if you’ve got one, are all great places to start, and when things get really bad, you can always perform a full system reset.

Before you go so far as to wiping your entire device, there is something else you might try, clearing your system cache.

Before we get started

We do not require anything special today, clearing system cache can be done right from your Android operating system. As always, you’ll find that we are working on a vanilla Android device, your device may have slightly different steps, but it should offer the same functionality.

Why should you clear your system cache

Let us start with a basic understanding of what your system cache is exactly, and why you might not want to clear it. Cache files on an Android device are a collection of all of the images, videos, text files and more that are required to display things like web pages, advertisements and more.

You may have noticed that the very first time you load certain apps or web pages it takes much longer to do so than the next times you load them. This is where cache comes into play. That first time around, the images and other elements have to be downloaded from the internet, or extracted from compressed app files or even have to be manually generated on the fly, as with photo thumbnails. These files are then saved into your system cache, so the next time around your app or webpage can pull the file from a local store, which makes it load much faster.

For the apps and web pages that you frequent, cache is a wonderful tool. But what about all those images for those web pages that you will never visit again, social media posts that you’ve already read or files for apps that you’ve uninstalled? They take up valuable space on your device, and it’s probably a good idea to make them go away.

Don’t fret, clearing system cache is easy. We’ll start out by heading into your main system Settings.

Choose Storage.

Choose Cached data.

In the popup confirmation box, choose OK.

That is all there is to it.

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As you might imagine, this cleared all cache on your device, so the next time you start up your apps and websites they may take an extra little bit to reload the elements into cache again. This is OK, just remember to come back here again as frequently as needed to clear things up again.

If clearing cache for everything on your device is too invasive for your needs, Android offers a method to clear cache on an app-by-app basis.

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In your main system Settings, tap on Apps.

Tap on each app that you wish to clear cache.

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Tap on the Clear Cache button.

It can be very time consuming to go through your entire list of apps, clearing cache for each as you go, but if it is worth the hassle for you, it is great that the option exists.

What’s next

You’ll find that many apps can handle their own cache settings. Myself, I have both Dolphin browser and ES File Explorer automatically clear their own cache each time I exit the app. If you’ve been following me for long, I am sure you can imagine that my image thumbnail cache for my screenshots folder gets pretty big in no time, having ES clear that cache automatically is a life saver.

However, there are certain system app cache that do not get cleared with the above steps. The absolute worst offender in my experience, your camera/photos cache.

To clear your camera/photos cache, which I try to do after every couple hundred pictures taken, or photos viewed in the Photos/Gallery app, you’ll need a file explorer installed that is capable of viewing hidden files. Of course, I turn to ES File Explorer, but you should be fine with your app of choice.

Head into your files, look for DCIM, then .thumbnails. I usually just go ahead and delete all of the files in here, but you may wish to transfer them to SD card or other as a backup, just in case. Either way, you can see that my Christmas day photos on the phone ran up a thumbnail cache almost 600MB. Since I have removed the photos from the phone for sharing and further processing, I don’t need these cache files at all. Delete!

Next week

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With all this extra space now available on your Android device, we will use next week’s Android customization post to load you back up again. How would you feel about a little home-grown device security? I’d like to show you how to use Tasker to discreetly take and store a photo from the front camera of your device every time an intruder turns on your display.

Are there any other hidden cache or thumbnail stores on your device that you regularly delete?

How To Clear System Storage On Android Phone

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