Is Your Smartphone Storage Running Low? Here Are 6 Things You Can Do To Optimise It

Gotta make use of what we have, amirite?

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Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives, but with so many apps, photos, and videos taking up storage space, it's easy for our phones to become cluttered and slow

No matter how much storage space you have, it never seems like enough. And especially if you're using a phone with 64GB ROM or lower, you probably already know that half of it goes to storing software, so you'll have to make do with whatever's left.

Imagine, you're dressed up all nice with your pose ready to go, and just as you're about to snap a pic — BAM! "Storage Full". Aiyaaaaa :')

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to manage this problem:

1. Identify the biggest storage culprits

Identifying what is taking up the most space on your phone is the first step in optimising your storage.

By going to your settings and checking your storage usage, you can determine which files and apps are taking up the most space. Photos, videos, and games are often the biggest culprits, so it's a good idea to focus on those first.

2. Delete unneeded apps and reduce data usage

One of the easiest ways to free up space on your phone is by deleting apps that you no longer use. Go through your app list and delete any apps that you haven't used in a while or no longer need.

If you can't bear to delete an app because sayang, check if there's a way to reduce the app's cache or data usage. This can help free up space without having to delete the app entirely.

3. Compress files

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Compressing files is another great way to save space on your phone. The purpose of compressing a file is to create a smaller version of it so that it's easier to share around. Yay!

By using third-party apps like PDF Compressor or Video Compress, you can reduce the size of your files without losing any quality. This is especially useful for large files such as PDFs and videos that can take up a lot of space.

4. Always keep your phone updated


Keeping your phone updated is important for not only security reasons, but also for the optimisation of your storage space.

Software updates often include bug fixes and performance improvements that can help free up space on your phone. Make sure to check for updates regularly and install them as soon as they become available.

5. Use a third-party 'cleaning' app

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Cleaning apps like CCleaner can help speed up your phone and free up valuable storage space by cleaning out your cache, cookies, and other temporary files without the need of you scrutinising your files manually one by one.

This can help improve the performance of your phone and free up space that was previously being taken up by unnecessary files.

6. Transfer your files to an external storage or utilise cloud storage platforms like Google Drive and iCloud

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Transferring files to external storage or cloud storage can help free up space on your phone while keeping your files safe.

Services like Google Photos and iCloud allow you to store your photos and videos online, so you can access them from anywhere. This can help free up space on your phone while keeping your files safe and easily accessible. Only drawback is, you may have to spend a little.

Here's a breakdown of the prices of the cloud storage services:

iCloud Prices in Malaysia

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Google One storage and prices breakdown in Malaysia.

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With these tips in mind, you can confidently take on the task of optimising your phone's storage space and enjoy a clutter-free and speedy device ;)

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