Maximizing Storage on Your Android Phone

You’ve taken thousands of photos, loaded hundreds of songs, and installed dozens of apps on your phone. You’re getting everything you’d hoped for from your smartphone and then one day you’re suddenly greeted with a message telling you there’s “not enough free space.” Don’t panic and start randomly deleting files; rather, take a few moments to manage your phone’s storage.

First, you need to review your phone’s total storage and determine how much is still available. You can do this by going to Settings > Storage which will display the Internal Storage (usually reserved for apps) and Phone Storage (where your media files, downloads and docs are stored). If your specific phone has an SD Card, you will see this storage capacity also.

Under Internal Storage you can tap “Apps” to see the storage requirements for each of the apps on your phone. There are also a host of third-party apps like “Disk Usage” which show a graphical view of how your storage space is being used.

Once you know what is taking up space on your phone, you can take a few simple steps to free-up storage:

Automatically save photos to online storage

Photos, videos and docs on the phone take up a lot of storage space. To reduce the impact on your storage space, you can set your phone to automatically upload photos to an online service (rather than store them on your phone). Launch your Camera app then go to settings and then tap “Auto upload.” Choose which service (Facebook or Flickr) and then set the upload schedule and privacy level.

If you prefer to use Dropbox or Google+, you can choose to have files instantly uploaded as well.  In addition to photos, Dropbox integration in the HTC One phones allows you to save documents (including email attachments) directly to your Dropbox account.

Move photos and videos to online albums

Simply open Gallery from your apps, select which album you want to view, tap “Share”, and then choose which service you’d like to use for your photos or videos (Dropbox, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, and more). Select the files you want to upload, click “Next,” then select the destination folder for the files you are sharing. Once the upload is complete, you can delete the copy on your phone.

If your phone doesn’t have Dropbox preloaded, you can download it from Google Play and enjoy the same Dropbox integration with your phone’s apps.

Remove unused apps and files

Do you have outdated navigation maps or games you no longer play? For general cleanup purposes, go to Settings > Storage, and then tap “Make more space.” Your phone will guide you through the process to clear the app cache. After this is cleared you will have an option to select any apps you want to uninstall. (Pre-loaded apps cannot be uninstalled, but can be disabled in Settings > Apps > All). If you ever need those apps again, check Google Play for a history of apps you’ve previously downloaded and quickly reinstall them.

You can also delete other content types, such as browser files, maps, or music, by selecting “Make more space” under the Phone Storage heading.  This will show how much space is taken by temporary files and applications saved to your internal storage.  Here you also have the ability to quickly select multiple files for removal to free up more space.

Export files and data to a computer

If you have work-related documents or other confidential files on your phone, you can easily move them to your computer.  Using your USB cable, plug your phone into your computer, and then select “Disk drive” on the connection type choice screen. Now your phone will be recognized as a removable drive, allowing you to access the file storage – which could either be the built-in memory or a storage card (if supported).

From your computer, look through your phone’s storage content and manually cut-and-paste the files you want to move. If you’re looking for specific files you’ve downloaded from your Mail or Internet browser apps, check the “Download” folder. And don’t worry about deleting any pre-loaded apps or personal data; those aren’t accessible from this view.You can also export data directly from some apps to make it easier to access it from file storage and move it to your computer. For instance, if you want to save your text messages for future reference, just go to Messages > Menu, and then tap “Back up SMS.” Once backed up, this file can be restored to the Messages app if needed.

For more tips, check out HTC user support or visit our online forums.  How about you? How do you maximize the storage of your Android phone?

  • http://twitter.com/yow_itsmarck mark fortin

    What about the contents of the folder, Temporary files from HTC apps? When I selected it, a note popped that I can either clear it or cancel. How would I know if the files inside the said folder are safe to be deleted?

  • http://twitter.com/Ken_Harrison Ken Harrison

    They never mentioned using Play Music for streaming your music to your phone. You can pin songs, playlists or albums to your phone to keep your data usage low. You can also Stream the music from your phone over Wifi at home or anywhere with free Wifi. It’s great having your entire music library available all the time.

    • Raymond Calbay

      Great tip!

  • veronica buencamino

    My HTC wildfire has been with me for a year to date. When I first bought it, I was so happy cuz it’s a smartphone. You can upload easily to social working sites and I’m able to easily read my fave readers. I don’t have a lot of apps. Just the usual social networking sites and my google reader and email. I’m not interested in games and the likes, so I don’t have them. Until one day, I started having problems. I couldn’t text, reply to a text, make a call nor answer a call. It always says that my internal storage is low. I followed the prompts on settings saying that I need to clear or transfer to my SD card but it also says that I have nothing to move to my SD. I was forced into clearing my usual sites, etc. Still having the same prob. Until I reset factory settings just so I can start all over and be able to use the phone. Nothing. And I lost all my contacts by trying to troubleshoot it. I transferred everything I can to my computer and still nothing. What to do?

    • http://www.facebook.com/hossam.powerlovers Hossam PowerLovers

      plz if u know anything for that problem tell me

    • Brad Fennell

      You really need to have google back up your contacts in the future. Then when you have to reset a phone when you sign into google you will be able to restore your contacts. The suggestion for google+ is good too.

      • Brad Fennell

        One other thing too, is sense has an option to save your contacts to your sd card.

        • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

          You can export your contacts to google. However, contacts weigh less than 4 kb per each.

        • http://twitter.com/BradyTanspk6 Trinette Brady

          If you save your contacts to your SD Card, how can you retrieve them to put them onto another phone? Or better yet, is there a way to look at them on the computer and arrange them, so they can be put on to a new phone without all the duplicates?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jenna.white5 Jenna White

      There is no solution for this ridiculous problem unfortunatley apart from options that void the warranty which I cant do to my work phone. I wish all app makers were forced to make apps that save to SD.
      It sure isn’t photos or other things saving to my SD card.
      I also wish there was a simple way to ensure everything saves to SD card, whats the point of having one if barely anything goes to it? i have a SD card with 90% free space and internal memory constantly complaining. I fix it by clearing my app caches every month, still frustrating and the reason I wouldn’t recommend a wildfire to anyone.

    • James

      I also have a wildfire , bought 1 year ago – I love it , I hate it. I have 4 apps I downloaded because I want them. No more space for other apps I would like to use. I have about 100? (too many to count) apps which came with the phone and most I never use. I cannot remove them. When I got the phone I went through 2 factory resets to try to make it work better. And hours of talking to HTC support. That did not really fix anything. I hope new HTC phones have fixed this f**ked up system. I also have a 16 GB SD card for more space. It’s 90% empty because these useless apps cannot be moved to it. Only 4 apps are allowed to be transferred to it. The phone does do some things extremely well and so I will live with it another year and then upgrade to something better. btw, I don’t even use gmail (cannot be removed) or facebook(cannot be removed). The phone is just too slow to handle them. And back up with google ? that is another nightmare story – more trouble than help. It transfers 600 names from my e mail list to the phone – not exactly what I would like but it gives no option. I could go on and on but I’ve learned to live with it.

  • David Hayes

    I’d like to be able to delete the unused and built-in apps from Sprint – any thoughts on that?

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.lewis.961 Robert Lewis

      Try an app called No Bloat Free. Just remember to back up what you remove especially system apps. Even if you remove and backup preinstalled software, it won’t be able to put it back where it belongs if you have any problems and wish to restore them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shitday Tony Shitday

        Apps discription
        Get rid of unwanted apps!ROOT REQUIRED.
        NoBloat lets you delete unwanted apps that come pre-installed with your phone. Simply select the bloatware that you want to get rid of and click delete. NoBloat can automatically place backups on your external storage which you can restore at any time.
        Remember, though: ALWAYS have a backup of your phone. Important features might break when deleting system appsSo if you do not have a rooted phone you cannot use this, and if you had a rooted phone you could get rid of the rubbish anyway????

      • vir ingens

        Why u no just use a file explorer?

    • Matthew Schmidt

      One word…ROOT.

      • David Hayes

        Another couple words: warranty void

        • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

          This is not a feature that can easily included in devices. Companies like htc have their dealings with facebook, google, twitter etc. They have to include apps.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lorianne.ferullo Lori-Anne Ferullo

            It still sucks badly that we can’t just get rid of it if we don’t want it, We do pay our Bills so we should be able too do what we want but again its not up to us.

        • http://www.facebook.com/graham.mabb Graham Mabb

          pre-installed apps would not be a issue if you could move them to the SD card. I’m now due a new phone, will it be another HTC? I don’t think so.

          • http://twitter.com/BradyTanspk6 Trinette Brady

            I couldn’t agree more!! I have had more issues with this HTC than with any other phone I’ve ever had!! I am now on my 5th phone through warranty and simply waiting on my iPhone 5 to get here.

    • Raymond Calbay

      You can “disable” preloaded apps you don’t want to use – those apps would be hidden from the All apps screen. Go to Settings > Apps > All, select a preloaded app and tap “Disable”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/volodja.german Vladimir German

        This worked for me, and it even let my battery live longer.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shitday Tony Shitday

        Does not work on HTC Wildfire S. You do not have the option to disbale any pre loaded app :o(

        • James

          HTC Wildfire is a sh*t phone – sorry, I’ve had mine 1 year and it will be my last HTC phone

    • http://www.facebook.com/lorianne.ferullo Lori-Anne Ferullo

      I know I would LOVE too do that as well, Why is it that we can’t ??

  • http://www.facebook.com/luxastyle LuXa Flex

    one x one phone thats fast and wasting speed at the same time…
    so many apps running in the background and i never started them or asked for it to start

    • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

      Social apps, Voip’s, chat machines and etc have to be running in order to keep you online .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allan-Phillips/668376856 Allan Phillips

    Wouldn’t it just be better to make sure you have a phone with a microSD card slot? Then you can never run out of storage – just pop another card in. Having your videos online isn’t much use if you want to watch them when you don’t have internet access.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

      Switching SD’s is not a solution. Many big apps such as dictionaries and games have their cache files stored in the SD. It means that you will have to make a copy of all cache files on each SD in order to use it. And one more thin. Simultaneous opening of the rear cover may crack the holders or the cover itself.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allan-Phillips/668376856 Allan Phillips

        Not having an SD slot at all and having to use cloud storage is even less of a solution!

        • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

          Actually, yes, I agree with that but having more than 10 GB of space would’ve been pretty enough for me.
          Of course, in comforts me, not everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/haiderabbasshah1 Haider Abbas Shah

    i would like to delete all the damn apps pre installed from telsa?

    • Raymond Calbay

      There’s a disable option for preloaded apps – see if it’s supported on your phone. Go to Settings > Apps > All, select a preloaded app and tap “Disable”. Disabled apps would be hidden from the All apps screen.

      • http://www.facebook.com/haiderabbasshah1 Haider Abbas Shah

        There is no disable button T_T

        • http://www.facebook.com/ahmad.ghazali Ahmad Ghazali

          You might need to click on “Uninstall Updates” and then the button for “Disable” will show there..

      • vir ingens

        But not deleted, so the disk space issue is not fixed

  • Olumuyiwa

    Any idea on how to connect my htc sensation 4G to a printer.

  • Olumuyiwa

    How do i connect my Sensation 4G to a printer and also get ICS?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Doozer17268 Dwayne Selby

    Just buy a bigger ad card for photos, pics and music. That’s what I did and ive got tons of space on my Htc Sensation. I’d like an app for Root tho. There are a lot pf garbage apps

    • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

      It is not a problem of space on the external memory
      the problem lies within the phone.
      Some apps as well as the system cache and etc. are all stored in the internal memory. It is impossible to move the on your sd card.
      Sensation has more internal memory than Wildfire or Wildfire S.
      This is not a solution for many of devices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ksmithmerseal Karen Smith Merseal

    Thank you for the awesome info. I usually dont read things like this due to not understanding the lingo. You made this very easy to understand and follow. Thank you.

  • venkatesh

    why don’t you leave the price when you are launching the new product?

  • http://twitter.com/parora1985 pradeep

    any which way possible for gaining space in HTC salsa then please post.

  • duni thakur

    [ I
    have HTC Chacha last month its touch stop start work and i go for the
    service station (CHDNGIGARH) they take one month to resolve. when i go
    to receive my the phone is same condition. even i call on customer care
    center to get mail id for complaint, the person send i m not giving
    mail do what you want do. what the set is this i am real feed-up. please
    help me out for the same problem. ] mail me at duni1208@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/maurice.medebielle Maurice Medebielle

    Why my HTC wildifire S supposed to have 500 Mo of memory but I have only 32 Mo available with 112 Mo used….total is not 500 Mo if I am correct, why?

    • http://www.facebook.com/volodja.german Vladimir German

      i walked one year with my wildfire s, and unfortunately i must throw it out, because it ran out of memory, especially after installing HTC sense and Android updates

    • http://www.facebook.com/sukhjit321 Sukhjit Singh

      I rooted my WFS and Installled CM9. I loved sense but was sick of lags and bloat.
      I now use CM9 with link2sd for extra space and I have about 100+ apps and still 80 MB free. 😀
      But yeah warranty is void.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.carlo.319 John Carlo

    Why my music gets deleted whenever I clear temp files?

  • http://www.facebook.com/prakharya Prakhar Arya

    First Root your phone that use App2Sd to partition your memory card and use it as a internal memory.I used HTC salsa,it had only 128 MB but thanks to the above solution i now have 1 GB of internal memory. :))

  • http://skotgat.com/ Pranay Patel

    This is just like Rooting. Yes. Exactly the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ravi.soni62 Ravi Soni

    hTc is best company in mobile industry.. i was not thought this but when i use this phone,, i feel superb experience…. Thank you hTc

  • http://www.facebook.com/iqshit Iqshit Dhawan

    Tell us how to move Facebook and Whats app like apps without rooting…

  • http://www.facebook.com/sunitha.suni.3323 Sunitha Suni

    nothing is usefull in this post..

    1. storing online : every one dont have internet every time he wants to see pics.

    2. storing on system : We purchased mobile to store data in it.. not on system.

    3. uninstalling apps : we wont install useless apps.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Amr.Mostafa.Issa Amr Mostafa

      have you found a solution to your problem after three months of asking because you described my status perfectly, i only want to add that the memory card is almost empty but the internal memory is fucking dead

  • http://www.facebook.com/rizkymackenzie Rizky Mackenzie

    Great shares Raymon

  • http://www.facebook.com/kapil.gadge.7 Kapil Gadge

    How can i manage a internal memory maximum for my htc chacha….pleas tell

  • http://twitter.com/Nugstar E

    Best way to save space: remove Sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joanne.may.391 Joanne May

    My internal storage is 150MB, which as everyone knows gets fill up really quickly. But when I look at the apps which can’t be transfered to SD card, it only amounts to about 50MB. What is the other 100 MB being used for? Is it just the running of th phone or is there storage I am not accessing somehow?

  • Desaray

    I just got my HTC one x nd I wanna download songs on here nd I only have 5 songs nd it says I can’t download anymore because of insufficient storage space but when I got to my storage space it says I have over 9.33 gb left please help?

  • http://www.facebook.com/colette.cunningham.589 Colette Cunningham

    i can’t use the letters A and Q on my htc salsa. What can i do?

  • http://www.facebook.com/belle.frizell Belle Frizell

    I want to move my apps to my ad card, is that possible?

  • WMD

    I need so help it possible. I have a HTC Incredible (I know it not the latest or greatest) I am getting an alert saying “low on space” I have an 8 gb micro sd card installed and have moved everything I can to the sd card via an app called APP 2 SD. I have used 735.5 mb and have 278.38 free of internal memory. most of the micro sd card is free. So what can I do? I don’t believe I have the skills to root the phone so I don’t think that’s an option for me. Thanks in advance

  • Jasbir

    Please suggest me how to root my phone

  • Dianna Hofbeck

    Have an HTC Thunderbolt. Friend just introduced dropbox. How can I transfer text pictures or music to my pc. Is this possible ?? Please… Not tech savvy. Answer as simply as you can. Thanks !! Do I need a NEW HTC phone to get more Free gigs ??

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.m.larkin.3 Linda May Larkin

    I have a HTC Sensation, love it! A while ago it was replaced and now I can’t put in My Profile, I get a blank screen that quickly fades out and am back to People. If I keep at it I get an error message android acore has stopped. Any ideas? I used to use this a lot to send contact details by vcard.

  • Ubaid Rabbani

    I had remove 60% of data from my phone but still that dirty message is comming and when i try to connect it to htc sync (pc) it didnt connect From it.plz some one help me. 🙁