Who doesn’t hate the “Storage is getting low” notification? I know I do. No matter how big your internal memory or SD card is, it will get full sooner or later if you don’t keep an eye on it. And the more you take time to realize this, the harder it will be for you to manage it later. Internal memory or the SD card is the spot where everything gets reserved. From apps to movies and pictures you download from the Web, thee memory saves it all. And when you download, some of the space in the memory gets filled up. Here in this tutorial, we will learn to manage the memory of an Android device.
How to Manage the Memory of an Android Device.
There are 4 basic way to manage you device’s memory – Clear Cache, Move to SD card, Clear Data and Uninstall. All these can be accessed by going to Settings > Apps/ Applications/ Application Manager and selecting an app.
Cache is like the library for your apps. The apps you download store certain data to retrieve it later on. This is why some post you previously saw on your Facebook app while you were online can also be seen while you’re offline. Cache size gets bigger over time. Clear it to free up some memory. Clearing cache can also make some apps work that didn’t run properly previously; like clearing cache of Google Play Store can make it work if the update was unsuccessful.
This feature can be found on android phones running JellyBean and above. What this does it that it moves the entire application to the SD card from your phone memory. If your device is rooted, you can also move system applications to the SD card but this is no recommended as moving system app onto SD card can make your device unusable. Some device running Ice Cream Sandwich and below can also move the applications to SD card it their device is rooted. There are various tutorials over the Web.
Clearing data of any application will clear up all the data of the application. This is not recommended. If you’re clearing up data of Facebook or Instagram all the data related to the app will be related such as account info and cache. But not all apps behave like this. If you clear data of apps that downloads database after you install it from the Play Store such as Asphalt 8, you will need to download the database again when you open the app. Clear data at your own risk.
This, as the title suggests, removes the app from your device. Do this only if you don’t need an application anymore. You can free up memory by uninstalling the app you downloaded previously but you dot use it anymore. For best result, clear the data of the app you want to install before actually uninstalling the app. This will ensure that no residue is left after the app is removed.
So in short, you can clear cache, move to SD card, clear data and uninstall the app to free up some memory. If you have any other method, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
Amogh is a tech savvy & technology enthusiast. He loves to crack any issues which he faced or any user has stumble while using their devices.
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