With smartphones holding limited amounts of storage memory, it can be hard to ensure that you have the space available for the latest apps and downloads that you simply need to have, so if you are one of the millions of Android phone users, you won’t want to miss out on these ways to keep your storage free.

Like what Apple iPhone users experience, lower priced models are released into the market with a smaller amount of storage space available and with the prospect of apps, music, photos, data files and cached data all collecting on your phone’s memory, those with smaller storage space realise just how quickly it can fill up.

With that in mind, we wanted to give you Android users the chance to claim back your storage and keep your options open when it comes to what you want to add onto your phone quickly and without warning, after all, you never know what the next big app is going to be, or how much space it will require.

Use the built-in Android Storage Tool

android storage tool screen

While some users believe that apps only take the storage allowance that they indicate on the Google Play Store, it is important to know that the figure that you see there is purely to allow the app to work.

When the app starts up and you log into it, the app then sources further information from the servers that the app connects to and testing has shown that apps from sites such as gambling platforms are heavy on data storage and we managed to replicate that on a number of apps that are mentioned online on sites that name the best gambling apps.

The later versions of Android have a built-in storage indicator pane that can be found within the settings menu on your phone, in there you will be able to see a quick and easy to understand table that breaks down what files and data are taking up the space your phone has.

Our testing was done on the William Hill Android app after reading about it on a site that named it as being a popular choice.

With the initial app taking up just a small amount of space, we were quickly able to rack up over 2GB of data files, all of which were being stored locally on the device.

The later versions of Android have a built-in storage indicator pane that can be found within the settings menu on your phone, in there you will be able to see a quick and easy to understand table that breaks down what files and data are taking up the space your phone has.

With each different space consuming data file broken down into apps, images, videos, audio, other and cached data, you can quickly see which of those are taking up the majority of the storage allowance you have.

Deleting the files within each of those categories can quickly be deleted in a matter of presses however you do also have the option to work through photos, videos and images to delete just the ones that you no longer require, so watch out for those as hitting a bulk delete without backing those up will mean that they are gone.

Use Apps to Help Clean Your Storage

diskusage app screenWhile apps can be part of the cause of your storage quickly reaching its limit, it is almost ironic that one of the better ways to clean up your internal storage space is to make use of third party apps that are designed to help you reach that goal.

One of the most popular storage cleaning apps on the Google Play Store right now is one that any PC owner will have seen before, DiskUsage, which is free and very quick and easy to use.

Running the app on your phone is as simple as running a scan, which will then allow the app to access all data and files on your storage and provide you with a visualisation of how your storage is being used at that moment.

Once you have been given the chance to see what is taking up space, you will then be able to quickly select to have data deleted, however, we always recommend that you only do this with cached data unless you have already backed up things such as images, videos and audio files.

Use an SD Card

This is something that Android users have the luxury to be able to do when compared to Apple iPhone users as most Android phones have a slot available for the use of an SD card, allowing you to be able to increase the amount of storage that your phone has via a secondary storage option.

SD cards come in a range of different capacities, meaning that you can boost your storage space significantly, at which point you can then request that all images, videos, audio and app data are stored on the card itself, rather than on the local storage.

Although it does mean that there will be the need to spend money on purchasing the card, with cards costing as little or as much as you would like to spend, with pricing based on the additional storage space that you would like to add.

For example, you can add 64Gb of storage to your phone for less than £20 if you were to use a SanDisk Ultra 64Gb SD card.