Storage space running out? Here’s how to fix

Insufficient storage could also have adverse effects on your device's performance and general functionality
The image shows phone storage on screen reading backup. — Freepik
The image shows phone storage on screen reading "backup". — Freepik

Although smartphones these days come with a significant amount of storage, we still somehow get caught by the hassle of lagging behind our storage needs.

Regardless of being an Android or iPhone user, you must have encountered the problem of insufficient storage space in your phone. Want to know how to fix it? Then give an attentive read to the guide below.

First of all, to save yourself from this adversity, keep your data organized and cleaned by regularly trimming unwanted data from your device storage.

Having insufficient storage could become more than a mere inconvenience, as it brings adverse effects on your device performance and general functionality, and doesn’t let you install crucial updates or new apps.

Ways to fix low storage problem on Android and iPhone

Solution 1: Backup photos/videos to the cloud

  • Depending on the device you’re using, Android or iPhone, head to Google Photos or iCloud.
  • Turn on the auto backup of your device’s photos and videos, and delete them from your device.
  • The photos/videos remain on your cloud storage even after being deleted from your device.

Solution 2: Uninstall unnecessary apps

  • Go to the settings of your phone.
  • Tap on Apps.
  • Now delete the apps that are not in your everyday use.
  • Target the apps you haven't used in over a week/month.

Solution 3: Clear cached data

  • Navigate to the settings of your phone.
  • Depending on your device, click on Storage/Storage & USB.
  • Tap on Internal storage/Device storage.
  • You’ll see how much storage is occupied by which category, such as photos, videos, apps, and more.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Cached data.
  • A message will pop up on your screen saying “Clear cached data.”
  • Tap OK to confirm.

With that, your device’s cached data will be cleared and you’ll have freed up some space on your device.

Note: If your device doesn’t allow deleting all the cached data at once, then you’ll need to delete each app individually by navigating to its storage settings.