Freeing up Space on Your Smartphone

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Because our smartphones have become more important and utilized in our daily lives they can quickly start slowing down and having problems. Because these little mobile devices are used so much we really need to take care of them, just like our cars. With this in mind here are some steps to keeps you smartphone running properly.

Media doesn’t have to be stored on the device. Offload media to a PC on a regular basis.

Step 1: Identify memory used by media assets by opening the device Settings. Settings is reached by touching the Settings cogwheel-like icon. Then scroll through to the Storage section.

You’ll see a graphical representation of storage in use, along with available space.

Step 2: Determine where best to free up space. Take a look at the Pictures and Videos space used in particular. Look for the numerical value next to the descriptive label. Video and images, unlike music, often don’t need to be stored on the device and can be moved.

Tip: HD video is a major memory hog. Photographs and music are other forms of media that take up a lot of space.

Step 3: Open the Settings option within Storage on the device. The Settings button within Storage is indicated by a vertical three-block icon.

Step 4: Plug in a USB cable from the device to a PC and allow drivers to automatically install on the PC.

Step 5: Use the PC’s Windows Explorer to browse the files on the device. Drag and drop memory-hogging media files from the device to the PC. After performing the copy, delete the files on the device.

Tip: Video is in the Internal Storage, DCIM, Camera folder on the device.

As I mentioned at the start of this article different smartphone use slightly different methods. If your device allows the installation of an external SD card, look for an option to Transfer Data to SD Card.