We love our phones…and our apps. But we can become quite like little gremlins when our device runs out of storage space. Inserting a microSD card may offer a temporary solution, these nifty solutions may put that dreaded storage issue at bay.

Do a review of apps stored:

You may want to have a look of your downloaded apps that are saved onto the phone. We seldom use ones that were loaded onto the device by default but deleting them solves the problem in its entirety. Plus, you can always reinstall them at a later stage.

To check which apps are on the phone memory or the microSD card, go to Settings, then Storage and the Apps (or in my case just tap Apps) and check which apps are using more storage space and which are on the microSD card. Usually, games take up the most space so when you’ve completed a game, delete immediately.

Store photos on external source:

Unlike the iOS system, Android isn’t quite as sophisticated so when it comes to offloading media, it’s a tedious job yet there are some tools that can help.

If not downloaded onto the device, download Dropbox from the Google Play Store and use the app as a cloud storage service. Alternatively, use can Google Drive or Google Photos for additional storage options.

To set up Google Photos, tap the icon on your menu and then tap Get Started. On the Welcome page, adjust your settings so that you can upload using bothe cellular data and Wi-Fi and tap Done.

Stream, not download

There’s a good reason why we should stream videos and music. Downloads will take up space on your Android device, whereas streaming will allow you to access your catalogue of videos and music files without the storage issue.

Another option is to convert your PC into a streaming service. How? By installing Plex Media Server onto your Windows, Linux or Mac and then set it up once the download is complete.

If all else fails, then backup everything onto an external source like a USB flash drive or a USB HDD (hard drive disk).

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