Free Up Internal Storage Memory on Android Devices

Edited by Leomar Umpad, Anonymous, Eng, Dougie

...More
Capture2 1.png

Have a problem with your Android's internal memory? Always getting an "insufficient memory" message or constantly having pop ups that says "phone storage is full, delete some files" on your phone or Tablet? Help is on the way. Whether you are have the Galaxy Note3 with the massive 64GB internal memory or have Galaxy Y's memory of about 200MB, the reality is, there will always come a time where you will encounter that there is not enough memory on your Android phone. There are different ways addressing these problems and all of these will be discussed in this article.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Ad

Ways of freeing up internal memory space on your Android device

There are generally four basic ways of freeing up the memory of your phone. Each of these will be expanded into different sections

  1. 1
    Using an external memory card.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Clearing your phone of cache.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Uninstalling unnecessary applications.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Getting rid of outdated and unused files on your phone.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Use an external memory card to free up internal memory on Android phones

For Android phones that support external memory cards, the least storage capacity supported is 8GB. Higher ends top the scale and supports micro-SD cards of up to 64GB. A micro-SD card can store photos, videos, applications, documents and other data. With a decent memory card, a phone with a 200MB internal memory can store data up to 20 times than its internal capacity.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Move multi-media files from your phone's internal memory card to your external memory

You can move your photos, music files, video files and other multi-media files from your phone's memory to a micro-SD card on your phone. To do that follow these:

  1. 1
    Insert a supported micro-SD card into your phone's memory card slot.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Go to your phone's file manager application.
    If for some reasons you can't find one on your phone, you can download Android file explorer applications such as ES File Explorer or Android File Manager.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    From the file explorer, go to the location where your multi-media files are located.
    Most music files are located on the Music folder, movie and other video files are on the Videos folder and photos and images are located on the Camera or Photos folder. Most file explorers also offer a Search feature so you can also use that feature to search for multi-media files using their common extensions, i.e., .mp3, .png, .jpg, .mp4, etc.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Once you have located the multi-media files, you may now proceed with transferring them to the memory card.
    Different Android versions have slightly different ways of moving files. For older Android versions, you may need to press the Menu key to view options to select and move files. For newer Android versions, you can select the file that you want to transfer by simply tapping on the tick options beside the file. Make sure that you choose "Transfer", "Move" or "Cut". Do not use the "copy" as copying will retain the file on its original location and making a copy to the destination location.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Using the file explorer application, navigate to the location for the external memory device.
    From the location on the micro-SD card, paste the multi-media files.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Wait for the transfer to complete.
    Depending on the total size of the files being moved, the transfer may take a few seconds to as long as few minutes.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    After completion of transfer, your phone's internal memory will now have more free space.
    You can check your phone's memory status to see an increase of the free space.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Use the memory card as the default download location for applications

You can use the external memory storage as the default download location whenever you download files using any application. Again, procedures may slightly vary from one device to another device. The application used and the application version is also a factor for the slight variance. There is a basic pattern though on how you can change the download location for an application. Check on these procedures and adjust depending on your device and application used. For discussion purpose, we will show how it is done through the native Internet application running on Samsung Android Jelly Bean Version 4.3. You can check on the detailed article on Use the Memory Card As Default Download Folder on Galaxy Phones

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    Go to your Home screen by tapping on the Home button or by tapping on the Back button for a few times.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    From the Home screen, tap on the Apps icon to view the applications on your device.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    From the application menu, tap on the Internet icon to open it.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    On the Internet app, tap on the Menu key to view available options and tap on Settings.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    From Settings, tap on Content Settings under Advanced options.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    On the Content Settings page, tap on "Default Storage" and choose "Memory card".
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    You are done with setting the memory card as the default storage for downloads on the Internet application.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Move applications from the phone's internal memory to the SD card

There are different ways that allow you to move applications from your phone's internal memory to the SD card. Depending on your device and it's OS version, then you may need to adjust to these steps:

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    Go to your Home screen by tapping on the Home button or by tapping on the Back button for a few times.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    From the Home screen, tap on the Apps icon to view the applications on your device.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    From the application menu, tap on the Settings icon to open your phone's settings.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    From Settings, Go to the application manager.
    Some devices require you to go to "More" tab, "Other" tab or different tab. The common thing between all of them is that application manager is always on the Settings app.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    From the application manager, you will see the list of applications installed on your phone.
    Most devices have different tabs for applications depending on where they are stored.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Tap on any application name to open it and tap on "Move to SD card" option to move the application to your SD card.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    The application, along with its data and cache will now be moved to your SD card.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  8. 8
    You will now see an improvement on your phone's internal memory space.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  • Take note that some applications, by default, cannot be moved to the external memory storage. These are critical applications needed by your phone to normally function. This to prevent possible problems that may be encountered once the memory card is removed or damaged.
Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Clear your cache and data to free up internal memory on your Android phone and Tablet

Clearing the cache and application data on your Android device will release some free space on your phone's internal memory. Cache is useful as they help applications load faster. What's not so desirable about them is they tend to pile up and in a few weeks you may just find yourself running out of your precious internal memory. You need to regularly clean your cache and application data to have more space on your device. To clean cache and application data, follow the procedures below. Depending on your device and its OS version, you may need to slightly adjust with the instructions.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    Go to your Home screen by tapping on the Home button or by tapping on the Back button for a few times.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    From the Home screen, tap on the Apps icon to view the applications on your device.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    From the application menu, tap on the Settings icon to open your phone's settings.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    From Settings, go to the application manager.
    Some devices require you to go to "More" tab, "Other" tab or different tab. The common thing between all of them is that application manager is always on the Settings app.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    From the application manager, you will see the list of applications installed on your phone.
    Most devices have different tabs for applications depending on where they are stored.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Tap on any application name to open it and tap on "Clear data" and "Clear cache" options to delete these stored cache and data on the applications.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    Stored cache and data on your device are now deleted.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Uninstalling unnecessary applications to free up internal memory on your Android device

You may not realize it but there are applications on your phone that are not used anymore. You may be surprised to know the number applications on your phone that you have not used for the past few months. These idle apps eat up your internal memory space. To uninstall them, you may need to follow the procedures below. You may need to slightly adjust with the instructions to fit your device model and O.S.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    Go to your Home screen by tapping on the Home button or by tapping on the Back button for a few times.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Tap on the Apps icon on your Home screen to view the application menu.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    On the application menu, tap on the Setting icon to open it.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    From Settings, go to your Application Manager.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Application Manager will show a list of all applications installed on your phone.
    Tap on the application that you want to uninstall and choose "Uninstall" option on the application page.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    The application is now uninstalled and you have just freed up some of your internal memory.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Getting rid of outdated and unused files on your phone

Aside from applications, idle files like photos and videos may be sitting on your phone. Clean your phone from these unnecessary files. To do that you may follow these suggestions:

  1. 1
    Upload your photos and videos online.
    There are a lot of online storage sites or social networking sites such as [www.facebook.com Facebook] that allows you to upload and save photos and videos to their servers.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Delete old files that are not used.
    Check your phone for unused files and get rid of them.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Check for duplicate files.
    Some files, especially music files may be duplicate. Go through your files and remove similar files.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

    Advertisement

Citations:

Troubleshoot issues related to low internal memory on your Samsung Galaxy S II. 2013. http://support.sprint.com/support/article/Troubleshoot_issues_related_to_low_internal_memory_on_your_Samsung_Galaxy_S_II/WTroubleshootingGuide_542_GKB50652-Trend?INTNAV=SU:DP:OV:TSIS:SamsungGalaxySIi:TroubleshootIssuesRelatedToLowInternalMemoryOnYour (accessed March 08, 2014)

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Troubleshoot issues related to low internal memory on your Samsung Galaxy S II. n.d.. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/clear-insufficient-storage-galaxy-73791.html (accessed March 08, 2014)

How to Free Up Internal Memory on Android [Get Rid of 'Insufficient Storage Available']. 2013. http://webtrickz.com/how-to-free-up-internal-memory-on-android-get-rid-of-insufficient-storage-available/ (accessed March 08, 2014)

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Questions and Answers

How to use the internal storage memory in Android application?

I want to take a picture and store it in the internal storage memory and send it to a local java server via network

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.




Walakobay
Featured Author
239 Articles Started
6,741 Article Edits
67,045 Points
Walakobay is a featured author with VisiHow. Walakobay has achieved the level of "Major" with 67,045 points. Walakobay has started 239 articles (including this one) and has also made 6,741 article edits. 10,712,000 people have read Walakobay's article contributions.
Walakobay's Message Board
Walakobay: Hi, my name is Walakobay.
Walakobay: Can I help you with your problem about "Free Up Internal Storage Memory on Android Devices"?
 

Article Info

Categories : Android

Recent edits by: Eng, Anonymous, Leomar Umpad

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 1,689 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article
x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No