How Do I Free Up Storage Space On My Android Phone

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The #Samsung #Galaxy #J7 is one of the most affordable smartphones in the market that has a large screen. The phone features a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED display at full HD resolution ( for the 2017 variant) making it perfect for use in various multimedia tasks. Aside from this its other great features include an octa core processor with 3GB of RAM for a smooth operation, a 13MP camera, and a 3600mAh battery just to name a few. Although this is a solid phone there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Galaxy J7 running out of space issue & other related problems.

Smart Storage continually monitors your phone’s storage, and when it’s almost full, it deletes all backed-up photos and videos. If you need immediate assistance, you can hit Remove backed up. Move Apps to the SD Card Depending on your phone and version of Android, you can also move apps to the SD card to free up space. Users with Android Marshmallow and above can do this by formatting the SD card as internal storage. Then, the SD card will be seen as local storage on that device. To free up space on your Android phone or tablet, you can start by clearing your cache and deleting any apps you don't need. You should also delete unwanted files and photos, or transfer them to. Android phones come with two different types of storage spaces – internal and external.If your phone doesn’t support external storage, i.e., SD card, you will soon start filling up the. Clear data from an application to free up storage space Deleting data in Android applications gives you more space in your internal memory storage. This can give you a chance to download more applications when you have enough space in your internal memory. Here is the following procedure how you can delete data spaces in Android devices.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy J7 or any other Android device for that matter then feel free to contact us using this form. We will be more than happy to assist you with any concern that you may have with your device. This is a free service we are offering with no strings attached. We however ask that when you do contact us try to be as detailed as possible so that an accurate assessment can be made and the correct solution can be given.

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J7 Running Out Of Storage Space

Problem:I just recently purchased a Galaxy J7 to replace my note 3. It has 16g of storage and I put a sd card in also with 16g. My problem is I keep getting a message that I’m running out of storage. I moved all apps that I could to the sd card but some apps that should can’t be moved. I also deleted or moved all docs, photos, etc. Is there anything else I can do?

Solution: The first thing that you will need to do in this case is to check what apps are using the most storage space.

For Android Nougat

  • From any Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  • Tap Settings > Device maintenance.
  • Tap Storage.
  • View the Available space value.

For Android Marshmallow

  • From any Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Storage.
  • View the Available space value.

You can clear the cache and data of the app or group of apps that are using up too much space. You can also opt to uninstall them if you are not really using them.

You should also clear out some data on your phone by performing the following steps.

  • Delete unnecessary text messages and picture messages
  • Transfer pictures and media to a computer to remove them from the phone memory
  • Clear the browser cache, cookies, or history
  • Clear Facebook app cache
  • Delete call logs

In case the out of storage error message still appears then you should proceed with the additional troubleshooting steps listed below.

  • Wipe the cache partition of the phone from the recovery mode.
  • Backup your phone data then do a factory reset.

J7 Not Updating To Android Nougat

Problem:I recently replaced my Samsung Galaxy J7 for another one of the same model. The replacement is not updating to Android 7.0 nougat for some reason and my last phone did. Why is that?

Solution: There are several factors that can cause the phone not to get the official software updates which we have listed below.

  • The phone is rooted
  • The phone is running on a custom software
  • The phone has been unlocked and is running on another network.

In case your phone is not getting the update then try connecting it to a computer with Smart Switch installed then check if the update is available. If it isn’t then try doing a factory reset on your phone then check for the update. Make sure to backup your phone data before doing the update.

If the above steps fails to update the phone software then you should consider manually flashing the firmware update using Odin. You can download the firmware file of your phone from the Sammobile website which is also where you can get the instructions on how to flash your phone.

J7 Screen Has Flickering On Top Right Corner

Problem: My samsung J7 was fine, it was in my coat pocket when I was at home i tried to use it the screen never came on. Instead there is slight flickering light at the top right hand corner.

Solution: The first thing that you will need to do in this case is to perform a simulated battery pull which is done by pressing and holding both power and volume down buttons for at least 10 seconds. In case the issue still occurs after this then you will have to start the phone in recovery mode and from here perform a factory reset. Take note that the reset will erase your phone data.

If the issue still persists after performing the steps listed above then you will need to bring the phone to a service center and have it checked as this could already be caused by a faulty hardware component.

J7 Very Slow Gets Hot

Problem:all current updates installed, verizon, unlocked. new original battery about 8 months old.device runs hot often – not enough to shut down but i can feel it hot thru the case. phone is very slow now in every app i run – a lot of screen delay when typing on keyboard or clicking on links. battery drains super quick – i bought new battery to see if it would help and the phone behavior is the same. is this a symptom of not enough free memory? ( i know i’m running out of internal storage, sd card is about half full on 64gb card) otherwise phone operates well – no shut downs, charging works fine, no error codes – except sometimes can’t update apps due to low storage. should i factory reset?

Solution: The low available storage space in your phone is a very likely reason why the phone is running slow and gets hot. You should definitely consider doing a factory reset. Just make sure to backup your phone data before doing the reset.

J7 Freezes When Switching On

Problem:freezed when switching on. Only logo appeared and nothing else happened. I performed soft reboot then hard reboot to factory settings as you adviced in website but situation remains unchanged. While performing rebooting operations, a lot of red letters appeared saying error and file not found. I can send photos if requested.

Solution: It looks like the phone has a corrupt software. The best thing that you can do right now is to flash it with its updated firmware file using Odin. You can get the firmware file from the Sammobile website which is also where you can get the instructions on how to flash your phone. In case this does not work then you will need to bring the phone to a service center and have it checked.

J7 IP Address Unavailable When Connecting To Wi-Fi

Problem:when I go to connect to my homes WiFi which is a Hughesnet modem it keeps showing IP address unavailable. I have tried all the fixes I’ve came across but still no luck. All other devices connect without a problem and I have no problem connecting to other WiFi sources so I’m at a lost. Can you please help?

Solution: What you should do in this case is to forget the Wi-Fi network from your phone then restart both your phone and the modem. Once both devices are on then connect to the Wi-Fi network again.

If the issue persists then proceed with the additional troubleshooting steps listed below.

  • Wipe the cache partition of the phone from the recovery mode.
  • Backup your phone data then do a factory reset.

J7 Integration Verification Unsuccessful

Problem: I woke up this morning and sam. galaxy j 7 said integration verification unsuccessful…. do a factory data reset i could not get off this screen i have to hit ok to factory reset it has been resetting on its own for about a week now and now this?

Solution: Try doing a factory reset from the recovery mode. Take note that the reset will erase your phone data.

J7 Not Getting Text Messages

Problem: Up until 2 days ago, we could text or calm each other with never any problem. Now, I can still receive calls and texts from him but he can only receive calls from me… Absolutely no texts from me. He receives texts from friends… But the sound notification doesn’t come on. A real mystery. I checked everything I knew to check, including following your info step by step online. I notice when I go into sounds and notifications… And click on the sound he has chosen… It doesn’t make the sound, whereas it used to. None of the sounds can be heard. So.. The main problem here.. Can’t receive MY texts and text message sound/notification can’t be heard. This all happened out of the blue… Is his phone now too old? I hope you can help. I also checked into his settings and my number isn’t blocked. Thank you.

Solution: Try checking if your number has been placed in the block list.

  • From any Home screen, tap Messages.
  • Tap the MORE or Menu icon.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Block messages to select the check box.
  • Tap Block list.

If the number is included then just remove it from this list.

As for the notification issue you should perform the troubleshooting steps listed below.

  • Restart the phone.
  • Start the phone in Safe Mode. Does the issue occur in this mode? If it doesn’t then it could be caused by an app you downloaded. Find out what app this is and uninstall it.
  • Wipe the cache partition of your phone from the recovery mode.
  • Backup your phone data then do a factory reset.

Have you deleted apps only to find that your Android phone's memory is still full? Does it lack a micro SD card expansion slot? Maybe it's chock full of photos and videos that you just don't want to delete.

These problems are common on all smartphones. But unlike iPhones and iPads, Android devices make it easy to free up space through tools built into the OS, as well as Google's free cloud services. This guide will explain all the ways you can de-clutter your Android phone or tablet and maximize your available storage.

NOTE: The following advice assumes you're using Android 4.4 KitKat or higher. Even in that case, there may be some inconsistencies with phones using heavily manufacturer-customized operating systems, like the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Check Your Usage

First and foremost, you'll want to check out your current storage situation to see what's using the most space. 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. Check out the following sections for tips on how to tackle the worst offenders.

Pictures and Video

If you're like most people, your smartphone is your go-to camera. That means there's a good chance pictures and video are some of the biggest storage hogs on your device. But don't worry: You don't have to permanently erase those memories in order to free up space.

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Instead, you can back them up to any number of cloud photo storage services. While there are dozens to choose from, one of the best services Android users is the new Google Photos. What was once part of the Google+ social network is now an incredibly powerful, totally free standalone cloud solution for not only backing up your memories, but keeping them within easy reach.

RELATED: How to Free Up Storage on Your iPhone or iPad

Better still, thanks to Android's open and user-adjustable design, you can let Google Photos take the place of your default Gallery app, and even automatically upload your photos and videos as you take them. Viewing them at a later date is just as easy as browsing your local gallery, assuming you have a good cellular data or WiFi connection.

Google Photos

  • You can view photos stored locally on your device by tapping on 'Device folders' in the Google Photos app's menu.
  • Once you have selected the photos you want to delete from your local storage, tap on the three dots to reveal the 'Delete device copy' button.
  • Tapping the 'Delete device copy' button will remove the photos from your device. Just make sure they were backed up before you do so.
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    You can view photos stored locally on your device by tapping on 'Device folders' in the Google Photos app's menu.
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    Once you have selected the photos you want to delete from your local storage, tap on the three dots to reveal the 'Delete device copy' button.
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    Tapping the 'Delete device copy' button will remove the photos from your device. Just make sure they were backed up before you do so.

Of course, you'll still need to delete the copies in your local storage. Luckily, that's something Google Photos makes dead simple. Here's how:

How Do I Free Up Storage Space On My Android Phone
  1. Tap the Menu button (in the upper left corner of the screen) and select Device folders.
  2. On next screen, select everything you want to delete.
  3. Tap on the three-dot symbol in the upper right corner to access the Delete device copy button.

The procedure is similar for other media, like movies and books. You can easily delete local copies while still making them available for streaming. Google Play Books and Movies both have Manage downloads pages in their settings menu, where you can delete local copies. If you prefer the Amazon Kindle app, you can do the same there.

Music and Audio

If you're really into music, you're probably using either Spotify or Google Play Music. Both of these services prioritize streaming, but also allow you to download local copies for offline listening. That's a great feature to have, but you can easily forget what you've downloaded and fill up your storage with music you haven't spun in months.

Luckily, it's easy to delete these downloaded copies. Like Play Books and Play Movies, Google Play Music also has a Manage downloads screen in its settings. For its part, Spotify simply has a Make available offline toggle. If you don't want to keep the music around anymore, just flick it to the off position on a case-by-case basis.

For other audio files on your device (like ringtones and voice recordings), tapping on the Audio category under Storage in Settings app will bring up a simple file manager, allowing you to easily get rid of any files you no longer need.

Google Play Music

  • If you scroll down in the Google Play Music app's settings, you will find the 'Manage downloads' button.
  • On the 'Manage downloads' screen, tapping on the orange checkmark circle next to a song will bring up a prompt to delete the downloaded copy.
  • On the 'Manage downloads' screen, tapping on the orange checkmark circle next to a song will bring up a prompt to delete the downloaded copy.
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    If you scroll down in the Google Play Music app's settings, you will find the 'Manage downloads' button.
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    On the 'Manage downloads' screen, tapping on the orange checkmark circle next to a song will bring up a prompt to delete the downloaded copy.
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    On the 'Manage downloads' screen, tapping on the orange checkmark circle next to a song will bring up a prompt to delete the downloaded copy.

Apps, Cached Data, and Downloads

Before we go into dealing with apps themselves, we recommend you first see how much room you can make by deleting your cached data and downloads. This is the crud that builds up in your phone's memory during day-to-day use, and cleaning it out once in a while is simply a good policy.

If you tap on Cached data in the Storage settings menu, a prompt will appear asking you if you'd like to delete cached data for all apps on your Android device. If you've never done this before, it could end up freeing up a substantial amount of space. (On one well-used phone we managed to clear 2.78 GB.) The Downloads category works much like the Audio category described above, with a file manager where you can manually select what to dispose of.

Android Settings App

  • Tapping on 'Cached data' in the Storage menu will bring up this prompt to delete all cached data on your device.
  • If you tap on Apps in the Storage menu, you will be taken to this list of installed apps.
  • Tapping on an app will bring you to this screen, allowing you clear the app's cache and data, or uninstall it.
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    Tapping on 'Cached data' in the Storage menu will bring up this prompt to delete all cached data on your device.
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    If you tap on Apps in the Storage menu, you will be taken to this list of installed apps.
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    Tapping on an app will bring you to this screen, allowing you clear the app's cache and data, or uninstall it.

Finally, there are the apps themselves. If you've moved all your media to the cloud, cleared your caches, and deleted extraneous downloads, but still need more space, it's time to start purging apps. Tapping on Apps in the Storage menu will bring up a list of all the apps on your device, sorted by how much storage space they use.

From there, you can tap on individual apps to do a few different things. First, you can (and should) Clear Cache, assuming you didn't already clear cached data for all apps. Then, if necessary, Clear Data. Keep in mind that this will get rid of login info, stored preferences, and other assets—in essence, it's like returning an app to its newly downloaded state. And if you want to get rid of the app entirely, you can simply tap Uninstall and follow the prompts.

Using these tips, you should be able to dramatically increase the amount of free space on your Android phone or tablet. But if you're in the market for a new phone, there are things you can do to avoid having to employ any of these methods.

If you're not comfortable surrendering your data to cloud services, we recommend that you look into getting an Android device with expandable storage. Google's focus on the cloud means fewer Android phones come with MicroSD card slots, but those that do can typically accept cards as large as 128 GB, giving you plenty of room to play with. It's an added expense, to be sure, but you'll be grateful for the room when you really have to get that shot.

Clear Storage On Android Phone

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