No one likes a cluttered, messy Android phone. When you’re using your Android device regularly, and not always following a neat and tidy Android device, files tend to build up. And, unfortunately, this leads to a bloated Android device. Old data files and leftover files from apps uninstalled months ago can linger; error reports that were cataloged–miscellaneous files, all the same.

It’s like the developers of Android knew regular use would lead to that. They created a way for you to delete miscellaneous files on your Android and cut back your Android device’s weight, leaving you more room to fill your Android with stuff that matters.

Deleting Miscellaneous Files Manually

Before you go dumping miscellaneous files from your phone, it should be noted that doing the process yourself can end up causing some software damage. For example, deleting a folder that is needed for a particular app to function and without it, it’s completely broken.

It’s a possibility you should consider and if you aren’t comfortable with the process, use an app like Clean Master. The instructions on how to delete miscellaneous files on your Android with Clean Master is listed below.

1. Open the Settings app. It’s the GEAR icon. You can find it among your list of apps or access it from your ‘Quick Settings Menu’ by touching your Android device’s dashboard and swiping down.

System storage

2. Among your list of settings, locate and select ‘Storage.’ You’ll notice immediately each category is ‘Calculating..’ Give it a moment and it will calculate how much space on your storage is used and the remaining amount.

And, on top of that, it even gives you a breakdown of how much space is currently being used by each different category, like audio and pictures, to name a few.

explore other files

3. First, select ‘Used space,’ and then ‘Other.’ It will prompt a window. Tap ‘Explore’ after you’ve read the window.

4. You’ll be presented with a list of different folders from different programs. It’s up to you to decide what you want to delete. And, as a warning, if you aren’t sure what a particular folder does, don’t delete it.

It’s better to not delete and need it than to need it and not have it. You can break apps by being unaware of the use a particular folder has. If you want a safe bet, choose ‘Downloads.’ Apps don’t store their processes in the Downloads folder.

tap trash icon to delete folders and files

5. Press and hold your finger on a file. This activates a file manager.

6. Select individual files to download or mass download by selecting several or all. Tap the trashcan icon when you’re ready to delete them. Confirm the deletion by tapping OK.

Use an App

The Clean Master app takes the uncertainty of deleting files yourself and does it for you instead. The Clean Master app is designed to recognize what can and shouldn’t be deleted. In fact, it gives you a helpful list of all the files that will be deleted in the process and gives you the opportunity to make changes before the process is ever even started.

Installing the Clean Master App:

1. Fire up the ‘Google Play Store’ app.

install clean master

2. In the search field, type ‘Clean Master’ and choose the app with a hand broom for an icon. Clean Master was developed by Cheetah Mobile.

3. Select ‘Install.’ The app will automatically be downloaded and installed right there on the spot.

Using the Clean Master App:

1. Fire up the ‘Clean Master’ app. It has a hand broom for an icon.

2. When prompted, select ‘Start’ to activate the process. The Clean Master app will automatically determine what can be cleaned, like unnecessary files, especially old files left behind from uninstalled apps or old data that can go.

clean Junk files

3. Tap ‘Clean Now’ if you’re satisfied. The Clean Master app also provides a handy list of every single file it’s dumping into the trash.

If there’s a file you’d like to keep, simply uncheck the box next the file name. It will keep it around. If it does have a checkmark, then it’s going into the garbage.

4. Keep scrolling until you see ‘Clean Junk.’ Select it. The files will finally be deleted.