Here's what to do when your smartphone's memory is full

Trying to keep track of the charge on your smartphone is enough, without also having to worry about running out of internal memory. When we do happen to notice that our storage capacity is getting low, we tend to start deleting a bunch of pics, old texts, etc. But there are actually other ways of increasing your phone's storage without having to delete data or uninstall apps.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your phone's internal memory...

Whether you use an iPhone or an Android device, the most common "memory hog" on any phone are the photos. Deleting them defeats the purpose of having them there in the first place — you want them with you so you can look at them and show them to other people. 

So instead of deleting them — or saving them on an external drive where you still won't have quick access — why not try a free cloud service? 


Various cloud storage services offer the option of saving and managing images and videos on a server that you can access online. Then you can simply use your phone or tablet to view them anytime you want (as long as you have an internet connection). This is a great way to free up a ton of storage space on your devices.

  • "Google Photos" offers you unlimited storage space for images with up to 16 MP resolution and videos of up to 1080p. The app will even delete the images from your phone automatically once they're uploaded to the cloud.
  • Flickr offers 1,000 GB of storage space with a maximum file size of 200 MB per image. Videos can be up to 1 GB or three minutes long. The Flickr app also has a handy automatic upload feature so you'll never have to wonder if you've already saved your files in the cloud.
  • If you're already an "Amazon Prime" subscriber, "Amazon Drive" offers you unlimited storage space for photos and 5 GB of additional storage for videos and other files. Simply download the app to your devices and you're ready to go.
  • "Shoebox" is a small but very cool app that you can use to upload your images to the cloud and organize them. Because it's a free app, it has its limitations. Images have a maximum resolution of 10.6 MP and pics with higher resolutions are compressed. If you upgrade to the paid version, you can save your images at higher resolutions.

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If you find that saving your photos in the cloud still isn't freeing up enough memory, here are some other things you can try...

For Android users

  • Go to "Settings" > "Storage" and take a look at your internal memory. Here you can delete old data and/or empty the cache instead of uninstalling apps.
  • Some Android devices have slots for additional memory cards like this microSD.
  • If your device doesn't take SD cards, you can try connecting a USB drive.

For iPhone users

  • Delete your browser history.
  • Delete old text messages.
  • Deactivate the app notifications.
  • If you use music apps such as Spotify, deactivate the option for making your playlist accessible offline.
  • In some cases your deleted photos aren't really deleted and might still be in the "Recently Deleted" folder that is only emptied every 30 days. Empty this folder.
  • Delete all old voicemail.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you to free up some space on your phone and get back some internal memory. Which method worked best for you? And what else do you do when you run out of storage space on your phone?




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