Using your Android phone for quite some time can lead to an accumulated volume of junk in your system. This bulk of trash can cause frequent freezing and affects the performance of your Android device.
Quick and Easy Ways to Empty Android Trash
Fortunately, there are several ways to get rid of the collected trash in your Android system. Below are the easy steps you can try.
- Deleting your cached data can be done from the phone’s settings or by application. Follow the steps below:
- Tap the “Settings” button from your Android device
- Scroll down and look for “Storage” or “Storage and USB”
- Look for the “Internal Storage” option and tap to open
- Internal storage will show the total space used. Scroll down and look for “Cache Data”
- Tap on the “Cache Data” button to clear data. Just tap OK when prompted to confirm the action
- Check the “Cache Data” option again after to see if data has been cleared
Clear Cache through Apps
You can also clear cache for individual apps to maximize your Android phone’s storage
- Go to “Settings” and tap on it to open
- Look for “Applications”, “Apps and Notifications”, or “Apps”
- Tap the app you want to clear the cache. To cite, select Google Chrome, and details on the accumulated data will be displayed. See how much of the data have taken up your Android phone’s space
- Click “Clear Cache” to delete temporary files and data
Delete Unused Apps
With so many applications available about almost anything, most likely you have installed different apps of the same use. These unused or duplicate apps can take up that much space on your phone, thus, needs to be deleted.
Uninstall these unnecessary apps to free up some memory. Here’s how:
- Go to your phone settings
- Look for “Apps” and tap on it
- Select the app you want to remove or uninstall
- Tap the “Uninstall” button
- Repeat the steps for the rest of the apps you want to get rid of
Delete Duplicate Photos or Unwanted Photos
Photos from your mobile are also stored in 3rd party apps when shared. These photos are stored multiple times depending on how many times you have shared the same photo.
For example, if you shared the same photo thrice in your Instagram account, then the sharing app will have 3 copies of the same photo.
With the duplicate photos stored on your phone, this will accumulate and can use up much of your phone storage. Duplicate photos need to be deleted manually by going through each app.
- Go to the phone gallery
- Look for the “Instagram” folder and tap to open
- From there you will see all the photos you have shared on this app. Make a selection of the photos you want to delete or choose “Delete All” if you want to empty the folder
- Follow the same steps for the rest of the file sharing or social media apps you have on your mobile
- The process will only delete photos on individual apps and will not delete the main photos from your mobile’s gallery
Delete Downloaded Files
Most of the time, phone users tend to forget the “downloaded” files only to realize that these forgotten files have used up much of their phones’ memory. Simply delete the files from this folder and clear up your phone system.
- Go to the “downloaded files” folder
- Select the files you do not need anymore and delete them permanently
Move Important Files to another Device
Make use of the dedicated external memory slot on your Android device. This will not only expand the capacity of your phone but also backup important data or files.
- Purchase an SD card compatible with your Android device
- Insert the SD card; follow the prompts to set it up
- Transfer all important data from your phone to the SD card
- You can also transfer mobile apps to the memory card to free up some space. However, this feature is not supported by some apps. Even so, most Android apps are compatible with this feature
Keeping your phone’s optimum performance can be done by following these quick steps. But if you think your phone’s memory is not enough to keep all your important files, then, use external memory.