Free up space on your phone
How did people live before the advent of smartphones? If you use an iPhone or Android smartphone, you can’t live without it.
Well, your everyday life wouldn’t be so much fun without it. You are constantly taking photos and videos that you share with friends and family around the world on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Tap or click here for 5 ways to take better photos and videos with your phone.
You use the phone, especially if you work or drive from home. You send thousands of text messages every year, and there’s a lot more to it, like getting directions, finding out what time a drugstore closes, and checking your bank balance.
So it’s understandable that you cringe when you see a message pop up on your smartphone. The worst part is telling you that your battery is low and you have just arrived at a business meeting where you will need it all day!
Still, when it comes to dreaded smartphone messaging, there’s a close second. That’s “Your storage space is almost full.”
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Let’s be honest. You’ve deleted just about everything you can do without, including photos and videos. But you need more space, so start recklessly removing the big storage munchers like Facebook, your banking app and more. There must be a better way.
Here are some of the best ways to free up space and how to do it.
1. Uninstall apps
The way you uninstall an app depends on whether you’re using an Android or iPhone, and what model you’re using. However, the steps will most likely be similar to this one.
Android: Start by going to your Settings app. Select Apps or Apps & notifications, then tap an app you want to remove. Just tap Delete.
iPhone: It is easy to delete apps on your iPhone or iPad. Start by long pressing the background on your screen. This makes all apps seem to vibrate. At the top left of each app you will see a minus button. Tap that button and a pop-up menu will appear. Select Remove App. Repeat for each app you want to remove.
Bonus: Do you have a podcast app to listen to podcasts like Kim Komando Explains? That’s great, but free up space on your smartphone by storing your podcast in the cloud, rather than gobble up storage space by storing it on your phone.
2. Delete old text messages
You will be amazed at how much storage space your text messages take up on your smartphone. You may not even realize those messages are stored on your phone.
Don’t worry, you can delete them. Make sure to delete messages with photos and videos first – they take up the most space.
Here’s what to do if you’re using an Android. Go to your Messages app and press a message or conversation until you see a checkmark and the word Delete.
If you’re using Messages on iPhone, long-press an SMS thread until a pop-up menu appears. Tap Delete. That is it. The entire message thread is now gone.
3. Back up photos and videos before deleting them
If you’re like most people, you use your Android smartphone or iPhone to take photos and videos all day long. From beloved family gatherings to your masterpiece wedding cake.
That’s great, but those photos and videos take up a lot of storage space. There’s just no reason to keep all those images on your phone.
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