The internal memory and the RAM memory on an Android smartphone are never enough, but you can free up some space if you follow a few simple steps.
Almost all leading smartphones with Android own an internal memory of 16 GB and also have some 2 GB of RAM, pretty much sufficient to use a larger number of applications.
Unfortunately, current low-entry smartphones and phones that were released maybe one-two years ago as being top notch usually possess 4 GB of internal memory and about 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM, values which prove to be insufficient in the case of intensive use.
We should not be fooled by the existence of a micro SD card slot, since a lot of applications cannot be moved to the card.
This happens frequently because Android OS takes in most cases more than half of the smartphone’s internal memory. In addition, with some small exceptions, many phone manufacturers install proprietary applications that take up space and consume, in some cases, pretty much of the RAM.
Therefore, it is possible to wake up that you don’t have space on your phone if you have a smartphone with Android having limited internal memory.
So you must use some tricks to free up space, and we will explain exactly what steps must be followed.
Also, these tips are useful even if you have more than 16 GB of internal memory, since free space on a device is never enough.
The simplest solution is to uninstall the applications you do not use. (Although I’m sure you already did)
Check the list of applications you have installed over time (usually in the menu at: Settings – Applications – Manage Applications) and I guarantee you’ll find at least 5 application that have not been used for a long time.
The solution is simple: it’s time to uninstall those ones.
This fashion you get rid of tens or hundreds of MB memory occupied for no use (maybe a few GB in the case of more complex games) and you further release some RAM if your app had the bad habit to run in the background.
Clear the cache
Applications retain many unnecessary data in cache, which within a few days of intensive use can reach several hundred MB. An example is Chrome for Android which accumulates about 100 MB every few days depending on use.
No other applications are an exception, a good example being the UEFA sports app, which adds an amount of a few MB even if used less frequently.
The solution is simple: use an application such as App Cache Cleaner, which is includes an automatic function that clears your cache from time to time without your intervention.
Alternatively, you can manually enter each application’s menu (Settings – Applications – Manage Applications – Application name) and click Clear cache.
The good news is that emptying the cache settings have no effect on applications, even regarding the data logging, unless you select the function Clear date.
Do you really need a lot of widgets ?
We know it is very useful to have a widget for your favorite app or wallpaper to impress your friends when going out, but please note that such things consume much of RAM (each widget / wallpaper using a service which needs tens or hundreds of MB to run). In other words, the fewer widgets you’ll have so you have more RAM, and applications will run faster.
Shut down services you do not use !
Most applications run in the background certain services that use tens of MB of RAM.
Some of them are essential to the functioning of the operating system, other are needed for applications, but some of them run for nothing, especially if you do not use a specific app.
One example is the Facebook application that runs in the background a service that requires 50 MB of RAM memory to function. If you don’t have an account on this social network or you just do not access Facebook from your mobile, you can easily stop this service.
Enter at: Settings – Applications – Manage Applications – Running, select the service and select Facebook service and choose Stop to end process.
You can move applications to the micro SD card. Or maybe not…
Theoretically, the micro SD card is used to store photos, videos/movies or documents. However, phone’s limited internal memory has led to the possibility of moving some applications from internal memory on to the micro SD card.
To do this you can manually transfer one by one in menu at: Settings – Applications – Manage Applications – Application Name – Move to SD card.
However, please note that many of the applications cannot be moved to the micro SD card.
This includes applications using, among other things, notifications, widgets, certain services, wallpapers, sync alarms or data synchronization services. Moving an application to the micro SD card frees several tens of internal memory MB, but the disadvantage is that the application will run slower, whereas SD card speed is slower than the speed of phone’s internal memory.
Therefore, we recommend that you should not move the applications you use frequently to the card, especially if they occupy only a few MB of internal memory.
If you are a gadget freak – root your Smartphone
The root gets you more control over applications and services on your smartphone and you will have access to system files, but we strongly recommend that you do such an operation only after your research very well before and only if you are 100% sure of what you will be doing.
If the root operation does not go well you risk having a non-functional phone, and if you manage to root it you still risk to lose the warranty.
If your phone is rooted, you can use applications to block certain applications to start on their own or to better manage phone memory.
You can also install a so-called “custom ROM”, that is a modified version of the Android operating system that usually comes without the dozens of more or less useful preinstalled applications by the phone manufacturer. This way you get rid of a lot of apps that could not be uninstalled using the original operating system that came with the phone.
Choose a solution
Even if you use an Android smartphone with a small amount of internal memory and RAM, there are various solutions to save disk space.
You can either opt for simple solutions, which will require more time to be implemented or opt to root the phone, which brings a number of other benefits, especially if you install a custom ROM.
It is recommended to keep the phone more or less “clean” all the time , to avoid overcrowding internal memory and RAM with applications and services that hardly ever get used.