Short On Storage Space: Ways To Increase Internal Memory On Android

Any new smartphone, even with shining technical specifications slows down with time. Over time, a user begins to notice that the device is turned on much longer. When launching applications, many of them slow down, and the stability of the smartphone as a whole leaves much to be desired.

This is the result of clogging the phone’s memory with data of different origins. It is possible to draw an analogy with old age, but by and large, it will be true only partially. To free up the space of internal memory, android-smartphone are quite real. This problem is especially relevant for budget gadgets with a relatively small amount of internal storage. There are many ways to increase internal memory (to be more punctual, we need to talk about memory release), and not all of them are harmless and safe. So the cleaning procedure should be done wisely, and our task is to give readers valuable information on this issue.

Using memory cards or external drives

Everyone knows that you can insert an SD card into your smartphone. However, some do not do this because of a combined slot on the phone, preferring to use two sims from different operators. For others, this problem is not relevant if their phone model has the volume of its memory comparable or exceeding the typical volumes of memory cards (and 64 or 128 GB today is not uncommon).

The third, expanding the internal memory of the SD card, did not see any improvements and spat on this case. This is not surprising – on external memory, you can record only user data (photos, music, videos), new applications will still be put directly on the smartphone.

But there’s a way to turn an SD card into a full-fledged internal data carrier. Consider an algorithm that allows you to increase memory on Android at the expense of the memory card. For smartphones that have only 8-16GB of their internal memory, the addition of 32, 64, or even 128GB can dramatically solve the deficit problem.

To do this, we’ll need two third-party tools that can add an SD card to your computer’s shared internal memory pool. The procedure consists of two stages.

1. Create Partition

To begin with, we need to find, download and install the EaseUS Partition Master. This is a free section manager that can be used to expand your Android smartphone memory. To do this, the entire SD card workspace must be divided into two sections – the main one with the Fat32 file system and the main one under Ext2 (Ext3/4).

How to do it:

  • We run The EaseUS Partition Master
  • Select unoccupied space on the external media, press your finger to the screen, and hold it pressed until the context menu appears.
  • Let’s let go, choose the “Create” item;
  • Set the parameters of the new size (mark, volume, file system type), confirm by clicking OK;
  • Tap on the “Run Operation” button and then the “Apply” button.

2. Expanding internal memory with Link2SD

Creating two sections is not enough for Android to see them as their own. But link2SD is a success with this task. It allows you to expand the memory of the Android smartphone by section of the Ext card SD.

Step-by-step algorithm:

  • Load the utility onto your phone.
  • We get root rights – without them, the app will not be able to access the phone’s file system;
  • Insert a prepared card (broken into two sections) in the appropriate slot;
  • Start Link2SD
  • On the main screen, choose the Ext section (whether Ext2,3 or 4), the press is OK;
  • Reboot your smartphone and restart the utility.
  • Click on the Settings tab, select Automatic Link to allow existing apps to move to the map once the installation is complete;
  • If you already have several apps installed, click “Create”;
  • you can now choose “Storage Info” in your settings to see your current status and internal memory – it should increase by the size of the Ext section.

You can now use the total amount of ROM available to install a large number of new applications. But for them to run quickly, the MicroSD card used must be at least 10th class.

3. Adding memory to flash media

Finally, adding memory to an Android phone is to use regular USB flash drives. 

However, it would be best to find out beforehand whether your smartphone supports the USB host function by looking into the technical documentation or asking connoisseurs on thematic forums. Of course, the adapter is not the best way out. But there is an alternative – a flash drive with a built-in Type-C inserted directly into the smartphone without using an adapter. Usually, these flash drives have a classic Type-A located on the back of the device. So there will be no problems with the storage connected to the PC. However, the benefits of such a solution will be a little: the flash drive can be used only as an additional external medium, that is, to store user files. But in some cases, this is a good thing – for example, if you carry a collection of movies or a large series that you watch at any opportunity.

Connecting an external SSD, much less an HDD drive, will be problematic for one simple reason – the phone cannot provide the much-needed accessory with the necessary amount of electricity.

IMPORTANT. If you want to add memory with external media, don’t forget to pre-format it in FAT32 – your smartphone only understands USB drives in this file system format, even if it can read exFAT-issued memory cards.

Removing Unnecessary Apps

When installing a new application on a smartphone fails with the shortage of space in the ROM, it is prevalent. This usually happens when a new program needs to be installed urgently, and there is no possibility of transferring user data to the cloud or external media.

The problem can be solved quickly and simply with the help of built-in mobile operating system tools, at the same time finding out which source is the most voracious about internal memory.

So, we go to the phone settings, go to the tab “Apps,” and after pressing the button “Menu,” sort them by the amount of memory occupied – most users of Android smartphones have done this operation more than once. Still, let’s try to analyze which preset applications are the most demanding to internal memory.

Usually, some of the “heavy system apps” are needed, so we do not touch them. Examples include Google Maps. Google Play Services is not recommended to clean either, even if some of them you don’t use – they all interact with each other, and it is not known how this will happen. Another thing – Chrome browser, YouTube service, customers of popular social networks such as Instagram, Facebook, or Dropbox service. The appetites of these apps can and should be tempered by clearing the cache (this button is in the “Memory” section).

Cleaning the cache can free up 200MB to 1GB, depending on how long you haven’t done this kind of cleaning. If you only have 8GB of internal memory, then this is an excellent indicator. In addition, you can read our guide- Clean Up Your Android Cache: What You Need, How Often You Can Do It, How To Delete Cached Data.

If you come across ads for utilities that clean cache automatically, it’s best not to download or use them – many of these apps remove cached files that you shouldn’t touch (such as Google Maps or Games), so you’ll have to download them anew.

As for removing pre-installed applications, you can find lists of those without which the operating system will remain stable. But, first of all, these lists are highly dependent on the Android version, and it is not a fact that there will be those files that you see in your guide. Secondly, some of them will not be removed by the standard OS tools – you will not have such an opportunity. Finally, many built-in apps are needed, although, without them, Android will not lose functionality. So this possibility should be approached with caution. Especially since most of these utilities take up very little space, and many do not use cache and do not store supporting data.

Custom apps are another matter. Among them maybe and rarely used, and completely unnecessary. Their removal will significantly increase the internal memory, and this opportunity to neglect exactly is not worth it.

It’s easiest to delete unnecessary files by regular means. Still, if you’re used to using third-party file managers like ES Explorer, no one forbids using them if you’re comfortable with them. You can also read: Working With ES Explorer: Features and Benefits.

Using Cloud Services

Manufacturers of mobile gadgets do not complain too much about memory cards. But, for them, you need to “finish” the software, which is not easy, and guarantee that the smartphone owner will not install on his nimble device slow microSD card and will be unpleasantly amazed by the performance the system, blaming the phone brand.

Many models are released without a slot for cards, and most – with a combined slot, forcing users to make a tough choice between additional memory and the use of two numbers.

Fortunately, if you don’t have the ability or unwillingness to use an SD card, you can increase the amount of built-in memory on Android in an alternative way. As you may have guessed, we are talking about cloud storage, which provides decent storage space for any data, from movies and music to documents.

The functionality of many of these services allows you to adjust the transfer to a specific type of file, limit their size, set limits depending on the current battery charge and the kind of connection to the network used.

For example, Dropbox lets you customize the types of files you can store in the cloud. Some services can automatically delete large files from a smartphone if a copy is available in the cloud – such a “smart” cloud storage service is Microsoft OneDrive. As for the amount of space provided, the numbers can vary, and quite enormously. The same OneDrive is 5 GB, but almost all services practice different promotions, so if you are lucky, the initial figure can be doubled or even tripled. Well, for the money, you can easily use any other number of gigabytes.

In addition to these services, you can expand your memory on Android on “Google Drive” (the search engine also offers a separate server, “Google Photos“), DropBox – the most popular cloud storage. Less well-known and therefore less reliable, you can find much more. But is it worth it?

Cleaning your smartphone memory

We’ve already told you that the primary working way to increase your Android phone’s memory is to clean up the cache, which is clogged hard and constantly. The benefits of it are undeniable – the use of cached data allows you to speed up applications, but if there is a choice between speed and the ability to free up a lot of space, it is often done in favor of the last option.

You can use third-party utilities to analyze the contents of your permanent memory. For example, the free Disk Usage app, present in Google Play, lets you visualize to the user with a diagram which apps are the most demanding memory you’re using. Here you can also estimate the size of folders and see those applications that are not shown in the built-in conductor.

In addition to the cache, a lot of space is taken up by temporary files created by applications for their not always understandable purposes, installers, and large files. In short, there is always a lot of garbage on the built-in media.

Searching for and deleting such files manually is ungrateful and not entirely safe. However, you can also use third-party applications for this purpose. So, it perfectly copes with garbage files utility AMC Cleaner, distributed for free and able to clean memory in just one click.

On this, its functionality is not limited:

  • The program can track the state of the battery and disable those applications that consume a lot of electricity inadequately;
  • There is also a function of software acceleration of the smartphone. It is particularly effective in terms of games;
  • The utility can block the receipt of calls/SMS from unwanted numbers;
  • There is a module that provides additional protection for sensitive information stored on your smartphone.

One of the most favorite tools for cleaning internal memory is CCleaner.

So, you’ve come across the primary ways to make android phones more permanent memory (you shouldn’t confuse it with RAM, it’s usually in the characteristics indicated first and always less ROM). We will be happy to see in the comments how our readers solve the problem of memory loss – perhaps their experience will also be helpful to someone.

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