One of the problems Android device users may encounter — especially on devices that ship with low on-board memory, lack microSD expansion or have plenty of preinstalled bloatware on board — is that storage issues can cause devices to bog down. However, Android users have the opportunity to keep their storage in check without actually rooting the device. While rooting an Android smartphone or tablet will give the user total control on what the device can and can’t do, and help restore order to storage chaos, there are a few simple tips that don’t involve rooting and will keep your handset running smoothly.
That’s why CNET suggests three things that all Android users can do to free up more of their built-in and expandable memory, including getting rid of downloaded files (or moving them to other devices and/or cloud,) automatically backing up pictures and videos taken with a device, and clearing cache data from their installed apps.
To help with downloaded files from emails and other sources, file manager apps can be used, allowing owners to explore what’s currently found on their devices. CNET recommends ES File Explorer, an app that can be integrated with Google Drive, Dropbox and other cloud services.
When it comes to photos and videos, users should set up automatic backup-to-cloud services, since not all of this media is needed on a phone at all times. Alternatively, users can simply hook their devices to a computer and transfer their Gallery files, thus freeing more space on the handset.
Finally, the publication says apps like 1Tap Cleaner and Clean Master are two apps that can help get some of their storage back from various other apps that save caches locally. “Each time you watch a video on Instagram the data is cached (stored) on your device, which allows the video to load quickly if you try to view it again,” the publication writes. “But how many times are you going to watch the same video (unless it’s ridiculously funny or cute)?”
Of course, upgrading microSD storage to an 128GB card, like the one launched recently by SanDisk, could also significantly help fixing storage issues.
In addition to optimizing storage on their devices, Android users should also check out these tips that will help them get the most of their smartphones and tablets, when it comes to performance.