7 Tips to Survive on Android with Low Internal Storage

Namrata Gogoi

Surviving on an Android device with low internal memory is not only tough but also requires a lot of managerial skills. If you have to take new pictures, you should know exactly which old ones to delete. And if it’s a new app that you want to download, then you have to kick out the least favored app just to make the place for a new one.

Yeah, as I said, it does require managerial skills. But then, it isn’t feasible to do this every day just to free up space on your Android. So how do you cope up?

Let us make this survival a little bit easier with these tips and tricks for Androids with low internal storage. Let’s check them out.

1. Backup Pictures

It won’t come as a surprise when I say that pictures gobble up a huge amount of space on the memory. Instead of deleting or doing a cleanup manually, the safest option is to use the Google Photos app to backup all your photos into Cloud.

  

This not only saves an ample amount of space but also ensures that you have access to all your pictures in the unfortunate incident that your phone gets stolen.

All you have to do is get the Google Photos app and sign in using the same credentials used on the phone. Head over to Settings Backup & sync and turn the backup on. Plus, you can choose the time and scenarios when you’d like the backup to happen.

2. Go for Light Apps

Some of the popular apps that everyone uses on a daily basis are considerably larger. If it were to run on a phone which has a good processor and a bigger storage, then it would be a breeze.

But if the same app were to run on a budget device, then it would hog up a considerable amount of space.

A step in the right direction would be to swap the native app for its lighter version.

Or better even, if you could get one app which would translate most of the apps into light apps.

A perfect example is the Hermit app, which would increase both the storage and the performance of your Android.

3. Clear Cache Once in a While

The Android system stores temporary files like images, videos and even text files for later references. This is done to save both time and bandwidth when the app is launched.

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But over time, the app collects too much of cache resulting in the app slowing down and taking up space in the storage. So as part of regular device maintenance, do clean up the cache on frequent intervals.

To clear it, head over to the App Settings > Storage and tap on Clear Cache.

4. Get Rid of the Whatsapp Pictures Intelligently

If you are part of several WhatsApp groups, then you might already know the pain of cleaning the WhatsApp folders of the images, videos or memes. But in this era of everything smart, it would be a shame if you do so manually. Say Hi to the Siftr Magic Cleaner.

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Siftr sifts through your phone’s gallery and intelligently separates all the junk photos and duplicate files. So, the only job you need to do is start the analyzer and click OK at the end.

5. Stream Music Online

We all know the perils of storing large file systems in Android smartphones with less memory. The same can be extended to the music files (rather songs) when they are downloaded offline. Though most of us often neglect this aspect, imagine my surprise when I found that my offline songs hogged around 3.9 GB in storage.


If your analysis also renders the same amount of data for offline song storage, the ideal option would be to switch to an online song streaming app like Spotify or Google Play Music.

6. Store Files in External Storage [Requires Root]

Howsoever big the external storage is, all the app files and folders are stored in the internal storage. And if this size gets bigger, it eventually bars you from downloading new apps or doing any activity which requires more storage.

If your phone is rooted, you can use an app called FolderMount [ROOT] which creates a mapping between the two storages, thus letting you save your app files directly into the microSD card.

Plus, don’t forget to clean up the junk files left by apps which are no longer in use.

7. Check for Adoptable Storage

If your phone isn’t rooted, then probably the next good thing is to check for Adoptable storage. Adoptable storage, as the name suggests, formats the microSD card and adopts it as part of the system. Though you won’t be able to remove the SD card, it’s still a better alternative than the “Low Internal Memory” message flashing every now and then.

This method is possible only on phones with Android Marshmallow and above and requires a high-speed class 10 SD card.

That’s All, Folks!

So, don’t despair when the ‘low internal storage’ pops up next time, instead, tackle it using these simple yet effective tricks.

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.