If you’re choosing a new phone, chances are one of the first things that you look at is the internal storage. The storage space varies vastly between phones, but now it’s likely that most phones have at least 64 GB.

One of the things that might hamper the phone’s storage is the storage used by the operating system and pre- installed apps that you cant control. This can be annoying because a phone marketed as a 32 GB phone might have 10GB used already, so you basically only have a 22 GB phone.

You need to assess the internal and external memory to get a sense of what kind of storage you’re dealing with when you select that phone.

Difference Between Internal and External Energy

There is a big difference between internal and external energy, and it’s a factor that you should take into consideration. Internal memory is chosen by the manufacturer and you can’t change this amount of storage. This is where the pre- installed apps, operating system, and other software is installed. If all you have is internal memory, then that’s all the space that you’ll have available on your device and you’ll have to share it with everything that’s needed to run the device.

External Storage is expandable and removable. It’s usually a microSD card or something similar. Many devices made recently are sold with a microSD slot and a card already inserted. Not all, however, have this extra storage space. iPhones and LG Nexus devices are known for not giving users the option to expand their storage, so if having tons of storage is important for you, then phones with the SD slot should be on your radar.

What Happens when you run out of internal storage?

You’ll get a notification that says “Insufficient Storage Space available” when you try to download something. If you want to attempt to change this, then there are a few things that you can try to clear up space.

SD Card

Most Android devices have a microSD slot, which means that you can merely provide your phone with more space. MicroSD cards are rather cheap and you’ll be able to find one online easily. MicroSD cards are great because you get to choose the expandable storage that you need. Choose a large one so that you have more than what you need, especially if you have tons of music or play games that require a lot of memory.

A tool to remove any current SD card in your microSD slot should have been provided to you in your phone packaging. If not, look at the hole in the slot and see if you have anything that might be small enough to enter it. All you have to do one you get one microSD out is enter the one that you purchased. This is simple enough, but there’s a process that you’ll need to do.

First, you’ll need to partition the memory card. This takes all of your memory and isolates it into subdivisions, which will help you save space. You’ll need a tool for this. Also, make sure that you have your phone backed up to something so that you can still keep everything you want. Use Google Drive, OneDrive, or any other cloud that you might want to use.

1. Download the Link2SD app on the Google Play Store.

2. Partition the memory card by using MiniTool Partition Wizard on your computer.

3. Use a tool to remove the microSD card from your phone and insert it into the card reader. Connect the card reader to your computer.

4. Launch the MiniTool Partition Wizard on your computer.

5. Right click the memory card and click on the option on the menu that says “Delete All Partitions.”

6. Click the same memory card and select “Create Partition” on the panel that appears on the screen.

7. Make that partition the primary one and select the file system and size on the screen.

8. When you’re done, select “Create” at the bottom of the screen.

9. You’ll be able to select “Apply” now that you have 2 partitions.

Now, you’ll need Link2SD app that you downloaded from Google Play.

1. Take the card out of your computer and insert it back into your phone.

2. Launch the Link2SD app.

3. Select the partition on the screen that you set up in the previous steps and hit “OK.”

4. Restart your device when prompted.

5. Launch the app again once your device is restarted.

check the autolink

6. Tap the settings option and select “check the autolink” to move apps that you download in the future straight to the SD card. Select “Create Link” also if you have apps that you already want to shift to the SD card.

Now, you’re all set to continue installing apps and downloading files however you please. Of course, this is a more involved method, so here are a few simpler choices for you when you’re looking to increase your internal storage.

Delete Unwanted Apps

You probably have a few apps that you’ve convinced yourself that you needed. Everyone does this. There are probably more than a few apps that you haven’t opened in a while. Deleting these apps will free up space for any files or apps that you want to download in the future. This isn’t increasing your internal storage, but it is freeing up what you have and increasing the amount that’s available. This is one of the easiest ways that you can free up internal storage. Here’s how you delete apps on your Android device.

app list

1. Swipe up on your screen. This will open the app list on your device.

2. Locate the app that you don’t use often.

Uninstall

3. Tap and hold on the app once you locate it and a menu will appear.

4. On the menu, select “Uninstall” and confirm that this is what you want to do.

This will uninstall the app. There are a few considerations that you should make. Delete shopping apps because you can just go in your web browser and navigate to the site. Also, if there are games on your phone, consider deleting a few or one with the highest amount of memory taken up.

You can see if these are apps that you can get on a tablet or a computer so that they can stop taking up space on your device. You might want to have a tablet for games if you find that you have a lot of games on your phone.

Clear Cached Data

This wont free a lot of storage, but it’ll help if you find yourself in a bind with storage. Here’s how you clear cached data on your device.

1. Launch the settings menu on your Android device. The icon is usually a gray gear.

2. On your settings menu, select “Device Care.”

Storage

3. On the device care menu, select “Storage.” This will take you to information about your storage.

4. You should see the option to optimize your device at the top of the screen. This will removed cached data and other forms of unnecessary data that you have on your device. If you’ve never done this before, then this can be as much as 2 GB of storage, so you might want to do this every once and awhile.

Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage is great because you cant move your apps there, but any video, photo, or files that you’ve downloaded can be moved into the storage so you can have more room for your apps. Dropbox is one of the most popular options since you can access whatever you put in there on your computer. Some of your other options include Google Drive or One Drive. Although these might have storage limits on the free versions, you can pay to expand if needed. Either way, most give you at least 15 GB for free, so if you can move 15 GB of files from your phone to the cloud, you’ll have significantly more storage than you once had.

Consider a New Device

One of the best things that you can do is get a new device with more storage. Although this may not be possible, check when you’re due for an upgrade on your device. This is what you might want to consider if you’re constantly needing more storage to get the best out of your phone. You can also buy a tablet to separate your games and certain apps from your mobile phone. Either way, a new device might make your life a lot easier.

These are some of the options that you have to increase your internal storage. Hopefully, one of them makes your device easier to use.