How to free smartphone memory

Have you accumulated photos, videos, downloads and apps on your smartphone and now the memory is full? No need to buy a new SD card, here's how to free it

Have photos, videos and downloads used up your Android smartphone's memory? Would you like to free up some space, but don't want to lose data and images? There are several solutions you can adopt: from emptying the cache, to using cloud and SD cards. The internal memory will thus be freed up and your phone will be faster, offering you better performance, to run better and faster.

If you've noticed a slowdown when opening apps and that your Android smartphone seems to be struggling, it's time to do some cleaning of its memory. Sometimes, it's the phone itself that notifies you when the memory is full, maybe just while you're trying to download an app you need as soon as possible, or you try to save on the internal memory the beautiful photo from a moment of pure inspiration, receiving back the obnoxious message "not enough memory space". There are several solutions available to you and we explain them step by step.

How to check that your Android smartphone memory is full

If your smartphone has not yet prevented you from performing an operation, downloading a video or saving a file by telling you "memory full", it is not certain that you have unlimited space available. To check your memory status, open your smartphone's "Settings" app and select the "Storage and Memory" option. That way, you'll see the fill status of your smartphone's internal memory and SD card, if you have one.

How to clear cache to gain space

One trick to gain memory, without necessarily uninstalling apps or deleting your data from the phone, is to clear the cache. This is a "fast" memory on your device that stores data about an app so you can run it faster. The data collected in this way is "invisible" to the user, but it takes up memory space, also accumulating many precious KB.

Regularly clearing the cache frees up space without deleting your data and is a good habit to keep. To clear your Android smartphone's cache, you'll need to perform the task we propose on every single app on your phone. The path to use, which changes slightly depending on your Android version, is as follows:

Settings > Apps & Notifications > App Info.

Now, the screen of the apps installed on your smartphone will open and you'll have to select the one whose cache you want to clear, following this path:

Selected app > Storage & Memory > Clear Cache.

This app-by-app cache clearing operation takes time and patience, but there are several "cleaner" apps that can clear cache and temporary app data on your Android smartphone in one go. By now, almost all Android smartphones come with preloaded apps from the manufacturer that allow you to scan the device's memory and perform cache clearing of all apps at once. If not, you can use apps like CCleaner, which is free for Android devices.

Other solutions to clear your Android smartphone's memory

Have you cleared your cache, but your Android smartphone's memory is still full? There are other ways you can follow to free up memory without losing data and images. For example, you can choose to upload data and images directly to cloud, such as Google Drive or Dropbox. This way, by backing up to the "cloud" you can free up space and always keep photos, videos and downloads at your fingertips by accessing your cloud with your internet connection.

Another way is to purchase an SD card, of the size supported by your phone, and transfer files, applications and data to it. This way, you can free up your phone's internal memory, improving its performance, without having to give up having your data always with you.