Free Up Android Phone's Internal Storage

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Most Android smartphones running ICS 4.0 and higher operating systems have had the "Install to SD Card" option disabled by Google. You can no longer install apps and game data to your external memory card. Here are some ways to free up your phone's internal storage, as well as tips on moving your media files to external memory storage.

Uninstall Unused Applications

Chances are, you have an application or two in your application drawer that has not been used for the last three months. Either you forgot to delete it, or you were thinking that maybe you could use it in the future. Consider deleting or uninstalling it. If in the future you need it, you can download it again. To uninstall applications:

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    Go to your home menu
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    Go to "Settings".
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    From Settings, tap on "Applications".
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    In the Applications menu, tap on "Manage Applications"
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    On the upper tab, click on "All" to view all installed applications.
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    Choose the application that you want to uninstall
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    You can sort the applications based on their sizes, to see what applications are taking up the most space.
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    Tap on the application that you want to uninstall.
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    You should see the application details and an "Uninstall" button on the upper right.File:Screenshot 2013-09-27-16-50-29.png
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    Tap on the "Uninstall" button and confirm it
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    Confirm the uninstallation.
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    You have deleted the application
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    Repeat the steps with other applications you wish to delete.
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Delete Unnecessary Files

Your phone's internal memory may store some files on it. These files may be in forms of mp3s, pictures and videos. These take up considerable amounts of your phone's internal memory. Deleting these unnecessary files can give way for more important applications and files on your phone. Follow the steps below to delete unnecessary files:

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    Choose the application that you want to uninstall
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    You can sort the applications based on their sizes to see what applications are taking up the most space.
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    Turn off your phone.
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    Remove the battery.
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    Remove the memory card
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    This is important so that you do not get confused on where to look for the files to be deleted on your phone.
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    Turn your phone on after putting the battery back.
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    Go to your home menu.
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    Go to your "My Files" folder
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    Some phones have a different name. Some have the word "Explorer" on it. You will know you are on the right folder when you see sub-folders when you open it.
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    Navigate through the folders, especially those with names containing mp3, video, audio, others, and DCIM.
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    Check for a file that you think you can do without.
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    Long press on it and you should see available possible actions.
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    Choose "Delete".
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    Do this until you have deleted all those unnecessary files.
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  • Tip: Do not use "Root Explorer" when doing this to avoid complications on your root/protected files.

Clean Your Cache

The longer you use your phone, the bigger cache it will have. Cache can be important, as it speeds up data retrieval. However, these are stored in your phone's internal memory and most of them are not frequently used. Clearing the cache is a good way to get more internal space. Follow these steps to do this:

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    Go to your home menu.
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    Go to "Settings".
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    From Settings, tap on "Applications".
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    In the Applications menu, tap on "Manage Applications".
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    On the upper tab, click on "All" to view all installed applications.
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    Click on each application to see its details
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    You should see the "Clear cache" button on the bottom right of the application details
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    Tap on it to clear the application cache.
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    Do this with other applications as needed.
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Software to clean the internal SD storage in Android device

Manually cleaning the cache of each application can be very tiring. You can use software to clean the internal SD storage in Android device. The following applications have been proven to work well with your Galaxy S4.

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    Download third party cleaning applications on Playstore
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    You can choose from any of the three:  
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    Install the chosen application to your phone.
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    Open it and start cleaning and clearing your cache.
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Backup and Upload Your Photos

Your photos are taking a large chunk of you phone's memory. And the reality is, you will not view most of them anytime soon. If you do not want to delete your photos, you can make a backup on your PC to free more internal phone memory. You can also use websites that host uploaded photos. Check on the ways to save your photos to your PC.

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    From your phone, transfer the files to your memory card
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    You can do this by going to file and explorer, choosing the photos that you want to transfer. Press on Options and tap on Cut. Go to your SD card location and. Tap on the Options Menu and choose Paste. Wait for the process to finish. The more pictures you are transferring, the more time it will take to complete the process. Once done, remove your SD Card and transfer the files to your PC by using a card reader. You can also directly use your phone by setting its developer options to USB storage. If you do this, you won't have to remove your SD Card.
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    Directly transfer files from your phone to you PC by using the right software for your phone
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    You can use the software intended for your device to transfer files from your phone to your PC. To do this simply install the correct software for your phone on your PC. Connect both devices using a USB cable and proceed with the transferring.
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Move Applications to SD Card

Using your phone's native app to SD function, you can move application from your phone's internal memory to your SD card. However, not all applications are movable. By default, Android locks system related applications from being moved to the SD card. This is for the purpose of not messing up with your phone. Follow the steps below to move applications using your phone's move to SD function.

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    Go to your home menu.
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    Go to "Settings".
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    From Settings, tap on "Applications".
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    In the Applications menu, tap on "Manage Applications".
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    On the upper tab, click on "All" to view all installed applications.
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    Choose the application that you want to move to the SD Card
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    Tap on it and see if there is an option to move it to the SD Card.
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    If there is, tap on the button and the application should be moved.
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    If there is no button to move to SD Card, it means that the phone has protected that application from being moved.
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What takes up internal memory on android

The internal memory, as opposed to the internal storage, is the short term memory that is used by your Android device. It is more commonly known as the RAM or Random Access Memory. This is the temporary memory used when you open applications on your device. These make use of your internal memory:

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    Applications
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    These applications should be closed when not in use.
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    Widgets
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    The widgets update almost all the time, like Weather widgets or Clock Widgets. You can deactivate these or delete them when not in use.
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    Games
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    There are games that consume much internal memory, and when the device cannot handle it, it may slow down or worse, it may shut down. Exit from the game after playing.
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    Browser
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    Pages that you browse consume temporary memory. Clearing the cache once in a while helps to lessen the internal memory usage.
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    Operating System
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    Your Operating System makes use of internal memory to make your device perform at its best.
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    Themes
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    There are themes that use a large portion of your RAM. Try other themes to see if they use less internal memory.
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    Almost everything that runs in the background also takes up internal memory.
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If you know what you are doing and you are sure that you won't mess up with your phone, you can use third-party applications to move the system-protected applications to your SD card. Make sure to do a backup before proceeding with the transfer, so that your important files and data aren't lost. Below are five applications that enable you to move applications to your SD card. Each has its own pros and cons:

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What files are considered safe to delete when phone storage is full

Imagine you are taking in photos or videos for a special event and then suddenly your phone flashes a notification that your phone storage is full and you cannot take more photos or record more videos. Now you are in a hurry and want to delete some files but not sure what are the files you can delete.

Here are the files you can consider deleting:

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    Pictures that are already uploaded to your Dropbox or social networking sites.
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    Files that you downloaded and used before.
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    Applications you installed and are not being used anymore.
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    Videos or movies that you copied from your computer.
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    Music that you transferred from your computer to your phone and still have on the computer.
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Will clearing internal storage remove all my pictures?

You clear your internal memory and then, boom, all files are gone, even those throwback pictures that you treasure so much. To avoid this kind of scenario you must learn how to back up and make sure that your precious files will not be deleted. You have several options on how to backup your files.

Backup file options:

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    Dropbox
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    This is an online storage app, which allows you to upload your files and photos online. To download the Dropbox app, go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dropbox.android&hl=en
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    SD card
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    You can purchase an external micro SD and transfer all your files there.
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    Transfer to another phone
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    You can transfer your files to another phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and get them back after clearing internal memory.
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    Transfer to computer
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    Download important files onto your personal computer.
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    Other Online Storage
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    You can use other websites like MediaFire to back up your important files and photos.
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Clear internal memory in Android using PC

There are ways of clearing the internal memory of an Android device using a PC. It can be process by your own. You can do the process safely and easily. Here are the steps:

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    Connect your Android device to a PC by using a USB cable.
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    When it's connected, the two storage folders will pop up in the PC, the external storage and the internal storage
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    Go to "My Computer"
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    You can see both storage folders. The one named "Removable Disk" is your internal storage that you will clear.
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    Now right-click the removable disk
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    An option will pop up to choose the format option.
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    After clicking "Format", another option will pop up
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    With this, you can clear up your internal storage. Check the quick format, then follow by clicking "Start".
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    Wait for it to process clearing your internal memory
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    When it is finished, you have cleared the internal memory.
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Delete data in android applications to clear internal memory

Deleting data in android applications gives you more space in your internal memory storage. This can give you a chance to download more applications when you have enough space in your internal memory. Here is the following procedure how you can delete data spaces in android devices:

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    Go to Home Menu
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    Go to Settings
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    From Settings Tap on the Applications
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    All applications in the internal memory will appear.
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    Now, Choose one applications to be clearing up it's data
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    Click the circled one Clear Data
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    An option will pop up
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    Choose Okay to proceed in deletion.
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    Now it's deleted.The data of the application is now cleared.
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You can repeat this steps back to one for the another applications that you may want to delete data.

How to transfer phone memory to internal storage

Phone memory is the system storage where the operating system and the system applications are installed. You cannot transfer the data saved in the phone memory to the internal memory of your device. Because phone memory is your built in Read Only Memory This ROM is cannot be editable. All the system data is saved in this memory that cannot be edited and cannot be moved by any other storage. This is where the system applications process.

Internal storage or the internal memory is your built it memory that is direct from your device. It's the memory saved right to your device that allows you to run applications and to open some document files. It can save also the data filled amounts of the applications. To prevent internal storage problems, always run regular maintenance for your internal memory:

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    Always clear your data at your phone storage
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    Always clear the applications cache, cookies and history too
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    If an application is not one you need often, its better to uninstall it to have more space in your internal memory
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Questions and Answers

Is there any system files in internal storage?

is there any system files in internal storage? There is a folder in internal storage named as "Android". isnt it a system folder?

Yes, in the internal memory of the device there are stored files in the memory. This happens because the device at times do not come with SD cards for extra space so all of the system files are located in your internal memory.

How can i free up internal storage on my phone without having to root it?

I have access to a computer, but time is an issue.

You will not need your computer in order to free up storage in your device in terms of internal storage:

1. Visit settings 2. Go to applications 3. Go to Internal Memory 4. From here you will be able to delete certain things from your device.

See more questions like this: When I open my mobile phone there's a message "not enough storage to run Viber" below the blue line is another message " try clearing storage space from your device and reopen Viber"

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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