And your smartphone memory does tend to run out quite easily, especially if you have a lot of apps installed, save a lot of documents on your phone or regularly shoot images or video. On top of that, low memory will slow down your phone as well. Fortunately, you can do something about it:
Do you really need three calendar apps? Or five programmes to edit images? Remove the apps you rarely (or never) use and free up some much-needed memory.
If you have an Android phone, ‘Settings’, ‘Device’, ‘Storage and USB’ (or something similar) will tell you just how much space is taken up by each individual app. So it’s easy to base your choice on that. You can also see the amount of memory taken up by images or video.
On an iPhone, go to ‘Settings’, ‘General’, ‘Storage and iCloud’, ‘Manage Storage’.
On an Android phone, you need to take care to remove the whole app, and not just the icon on your home screen. An iPhone deletes everything at once.
This trick won’t work on an iPhone, but lots of Android devices offer the option to use an extra memory card. You could use this, for instance, to store all of your images and video, but you can also install apps on the card i.o. your phone. That is sure to help you keep your memory available.
There are even apps that will help you move apps and data from the main phone storage to the memory card.
Many apps ‘cache’ data on your phone: information they can use to load faster and remember data. For the most part, that’s a good thing, but it eats up memory space as well.
On Android, go to ‘Settings’, ‘Device’, ‘Storage and USB’. Under ‘Cached data’, you can see how much space this takes up exactly, and you can also erase cached files.
On an iPhone, you need to do this per individual app, and its only possible if the app manufacturer has allowed for the possibility to erase the cache. On Safari, for instance, go to ‘Settings’, ‘General’, ‘Use’, ‘Safari’ and touch ‘Change’. Then touch the red picto to empty the cache.
Want to clear the slate completely, wipe your phone and start from scratch? Not a problem. Just remember that you’ll lose every image, video and document on your phone, unless you’ve made a back-up first.
The easiest way to do that is to store the in a cloud service such as OneDrive for Business. Of course, virtually every device manufacturer has its own cloud environment to allow customers to make and use back-ups.
Done that? Then, on Android, go to ‘Settings’, ‘Personal’, ‘Back-up and reset’ and click on ‘Restore Factory Settings.’
On an iPhone, go to ‘Settings’, ‘General’, ‘Reset’ and then tap ‘Erase all content and settings.’
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