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5 Ways to Free Up Space on Android Phone and Tablet

It doesn't take long for a new Android phone or tablet to get cluttered up with rolls of pictures, redundant apps, unused widgets, cached files and the troublingly vague "Misc" data. It takes up increasingly internal storage day by day and slows down your phone speed.

Now, follow these tips and take a few minutes to blow the cobwebs out of your device's cupboards and get your streamlined, lean gadget back.

free up android space

1. Use Android’s built-in storage tool to clear App cache

Modern versions of Android have a Storage pane that will show you exactly what is taking up storage on your device. To find this, open the Settings screen and tap Storage. You can see how much space is used up by apps and their data, by pictures and videos, audio files, downloads, cached data, and miscellaneous other files.

In order to clear App cache, go to Settings >Applications manager, find apps that take up the most space, and then tap on ‘Clear cache’.

android storage center

2. Uninstall apps

Apps that you no longer use can take up large chunks of the storage on your phone or tablet, particularly the more advanced tools and more complex games. Employ the services of a smart Android Management tool such as Syncios Mobile Manager to clear up useless apps to release phone storage.

android app manager

3. Move data to SD card

Many Android devices still ship with microSD card slots, although they are becoming less and less common on newer devices. If your phone or tablet does have a microSD card slot, you can gain more storage by changing SD card. The storage you gain can’t usually be used for apps and other system files, but you can store music, videos, pictures, and other media files there. Please keep in mind that not all the apps can be moved to the external storage. Some apps require to be stored on the phone internal storage and they can’t be moved from there.

 SD card for android

4. Backup data to computer to release phone space

Android enables you to expand storage by enlarging SD card storage, but you know, overloaded data dose slow down your device and even causes frozen interface. Given such situations, you don't have to obliterate all of your most precious memories, but you might want to consider moving them somewhere else.

For example. You can back up your phone data to computer to release more space, such as photos, music, videos, messages and more. Since there is not much android built-in backup tool can choose and USB can only backs up very limited kinds of data (go here to see comparison between 4 common backup methods), I'd love to back up Android device using One-click Android Backup Tool.

To do this, launch Syncios Data Transfer > click "Backup" > select data > click "Next".

Step 1 Start Syncios Toolkit on your computer after its installation. On the main interface, choose Phone Transfer to install the Syncios Data Transfer.

run from toolkit

Step 2: Now launch Syncios Data Transfer and connect your Android device to computer via USB cable. Choose 'Backup' function. Once your Android device has successfully connected to Syncios, the main interface will show like this. Before choosing certain data, click [...] to set the saving path. Then click 'Next' to select certain contents.

backup android device

Step 3: Syncios Data Transfer supports to transfer Camera Roll, Photo Library, Audio, Video, Contacts, Messages Chats, Call History, Apps and Calendar from Android to computer. Just simply tick desired contents and click 'Next' to back up.

choose android data to backup

5. Go factory reset

If you want to take a truly drastic approach to the problem, how about a factory reset? It would rest Android device to its original system state by erasing all of the information stored on the device in an attempt to restore to its original manufacturer settings. Doing so will effectively erase all of the data, settings, and applications that were previously on the device. However, don't forget to back up your phone content using Syncios One-click backup tool as we mentioned above.

factory reset


Above are five useful ways that we provide for you to free up space on Android phone and tablet. There must be something for you. Any other space-saving tips we missed that have worked for you? Share them below!