Our mobile phone is our go-to device. Whether we want to take a quick photo, check our work email, calculate something or jot down notes, it's often the first thing we reach out for. We use it for communication, entertainment, engagement and storage. We take photos of things we need to remember instead of writing it down, save all the WhatsApp images and memes our friends have shared with us, and download app after app. After all, that's what all the storage is for, right? It's only when that bar turns red, indicating that are we are approaching the maximum level of storage, that we realise our device is running out of memory…and panic.
But, there is no need to panic. There are several ways you can free up space and use your Samsung mobile phone's memory more efficiently. Here are some tips to help you out:
Delete unnecessary apps
In an excitement of trying something new or following friends' recommendations, we tend to download several different apps – some that we may not even need. If you haven't used an app in more than six months, chances are you won't be using it any further. Delete unwanted apps to create more space.
Delete temporary files
Just as your computer stores temporary internet files, your smartphone apps often store temporary files in your device's internal memory.This temporary data can pile up and eventually take up a considerable amount of space. Delete such files occasionally to free up more space. Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge feature a Smart Manager, which allows you to manage your device's storage and easily delete unnecessary data with a tap of a button through Clean Master. You can even download the Clean Master app on other phones to manage storage. On your Galaxy Note 4 and some other devices, you can go to Settings -> System -> Storage -> Cached data and click on it to erase unnecessary files (Scroll to the end of the page for clear steps).
Remove irrelevant data
Old downloads can often take up space in your device's memory. You can start making more room by deleting downloaded files that are no longer relevant. For instance, you may have downloaded an office document to read on your way to work a couple of months ago. It's time to let that go or save it elsewhere.
Back up old data
You don't always need direct access to your old photos or documents. Save them on an external hard drive or on your computer for later access. The Google Photos app also offers an Auto Backup option, which can back up all your images and videos to your Google account. You can access and organise them using apps such as Google+ and Google Drive.
Put it on the cloud
Save rarely-accessed data on the cloud. That playlist you created five years ago may not match your taste anymore, but you may want to listen to your old favourites again. Put it on the cloud for when you want to re-visit it in the future. You can even save current images, photos and videos on the cloud to be able to access them on the go. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge come with 100 GB of free cloud storage with OneDrive for up to two years. Several other cloud options exist, such as Dropbox, which comes pre-installed on many Samsung smartphones.
If you still want more space and are looking for options aside from replacing your SD memory card, there are other ways to enjoy expandable memory with your device. There are USB On-the-Go solutions available in the market, which allow you to connect a portable USB with your mobile phone through a small cable. One end of the cable connects to the USB and the other to your device's charging port, resulting in additional storage. Samsung USB On-The-Go products will also be hitting the shelves soon to offer you portable memory.
Wireless hard drives
A range of wireless options also exist in the market to address your storage needs. Samsung, for instance, offers wireless external hard drives that can be accessed from your mobile device. The storage of these drives can range up to 1.5TB, which is plenty of capacity for photos, videos and other forms of content.
HOW TO CLEAR CACHED DATA
From your Home screen, go to Settings.
Settings page, scroll down to the options under System. Then select Storage.
Storage page, click on Cached data.
The following window appears. Click OK to clear cached data.