Depending upon the type of smartphone you purchase, and the amount of memory you are paying for, you may find out fairly quickly that you are running low on space. Lower-end devices may only include a few gigabytes of storage. This is a tricky problem to deal with, do we have to offload all the pics? Delete some apps that aren’t used that often (but from time to time we DO use them) ? Or make other choices that we would surely wish not to do.
To free up space on the internal storage memory of an Android smartphone or tablet, you can erase the temporary files of applications. For some applications, you can optionally move this so-called cache memory to the SD card. Tap the application, and next tap Erase Cache. Modern versions of the Android operating system have an icon that allows you to see what files and applications and other items are taking up memory on your particular device. To locate this, open the Settings screen and tap Storage.
You can see how much space is used up by apps and their data, by pictures and videos, audio files, downloads, cached data, and miscellaneous other files.
For an iPhone®, go into Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage (to see what memory is being used by what type of programs/apps). For a Windows Phone®, go into App > Storage Sense > Phone or SD Card to get the same type of information.
Some apps like Facebook® require 89.5 MB of space when installed, but in time can explode to 400-500-600 MB of space. Smartphone apps regularly cache web pages and profile pictures to speed up future downloads, and that can add up to a lot of memory in a short period of time. You can clean out cached data by deleting and re-downloading the app quite often.
If your smartphone has an SD card you should consider placing memory-clogging photos and documents on the card. Instead of downloading music, you can free up space by streaming songs with an app like Spotify, which both of my kids use and love !
Probably your best way though of freeing up space on your smartphone is to store all your files on a service such as Verizon Cloud, which houses music, videos, contacts, call logs and text messages. The first 5 GB of storage is included with Verizon Cloud. Many other cloud-based services are out there on the internet and most will offer some degree of free space !