How to Delete Downloads on Android

When it comes to phones, Android or iOS, people tend to hold onto every single file. If you keep telling yourself, “I might need it for later,” or “What if it’s important?” then now is the time to consider deleting your downloads on your Android device.

Delete Downloads via App Manager

1. Locate and launch App Manager or the File Manager app. It varies between manufacturers. Its icon is, generally, a vanilla folder. Take a look on your home screen for it or inside your App Drawer.

select downloads

2. Any downloads you’ve made are filed neatly into the Downloads category. However, if you moved a downloaded file somewhere else, you’ll have to locate that file. At any rate, head into Downloads.

check mark the file

3. Locate the file you’d like to delete. Take your finger and tap and hold it against the file icon. After a moment, a small checkmark will appear in the corner of the file or on the left or right hand side. This indicates that it has been selected for additional options.

4. At the bottom, or the top, you’ll see several icons have joined the party. These are your additional options. To delete the file you’ve selected, tap Delete. Its icon is that of a trashcan.

5. If you’re sure you want to delete the file you’ve selected, go ahead and confirm the deletion by tapping OK. After a moment, the file will be deleted.

You can mass delete files by repeating Step 3, but then afterwards, simply tapping additional files. When you perform Step 4 and 5, it will mass delete every single file you selected during Step 3. And yes, you can delete entire folders, if you so choose.

Delete Downloads via Settings App

1. Locate and launch the Settings app. Its app icon is a gear. You should find it on one of your home screens. If not, you’ll definitely find it in your App Drawer. All apps are stored in your App Drawer.

Or, alternatively, you can open the Settings app through your notification shade, or taskbar. At the top, where you notification bar is, tap the notification bar or tap and swipe down. This will expand the notification bar into the notification shade. Locate and select the gear icon within.

2. Head down the menu until you locate Apps or Applications. Select it.

3. Locate something you’d like to remove. Select it.

uninstall downloaded apps

4. Select Force Stop and then, afterwards, tap Uninstall.

5. Confirm the uninstall by tapping OK.

Delete Downloads via Download App

1. Locate and launch the Download app. Its icon is, generally, an arrow pointing down. You can find it on one of your home screens or in your App Drawer.

checkmark the file

2. Once it’s launched, it will provide you with a list of your all, and recent, downloads. Simply tap the empty box next to the file, which will place a checkmark in it.

3. After you’ve selected the download files for deletion, tap Delete. Its icon is that of a trashcan. You can find it at the top or bottom.

Delete Downloads via App Drawer and Home Screen

1. Open the App Drawer or head to your Home Screen.

2. Locate the app you’d like to delete.

hold the downloaded app

3. Take your finger and tap and hold it against the app. After a moment, you’ll ‘pick it up’ and free to move it around the interface. But, more importantly, move it towards the top to Uninstall.

4. Once you’ve placed the app in Uninstall, your Android device will prompt a confirmation to delete the app. If you’re sure, select OK. Your Android device will immediately uninstall the app and delete its files.

Delete Downloads via Cached Data

1. Locate and launch the Settings app. Its app icon is a gear. You should find it on one of your home screens. If not, you’ll definitely find it in your App Drawer. All apps are stored in your App Drawer.

Or, alternatively, you can open the Settings app through your notification shade, or taskbar. At the top, where you notification bar is, tap the notification bar or tap and swipe down. This will expand the notification bar into the notification shade. Locate and select the gear icon within.

2. Depending on your Android device, you’re looking for the menu option Storage or Device maintenance.

3. Once inside, you’re going to want to select Phone or Internal Storage. This will redirect you to additional options for your internal hard drive.

Important: Before you nuke your cached data, you should know that doing so will delete more than your downloads. Deleting your cached data includes deleting videos, audio files, images, documents and various other data that you might want to keep. This method isn’t recommended for those looking to delete just their downloads. You have been warned.

select cached data

4. Locate and select Cached data.

select Ok

5. Again, your Android device will want you to confirm your decision. If that’s what you want, select OK. Afterwards, it will take a few moments to delete all the files. It depends on how much needed deleted.