Modern smartphones are great, not only do you have a high quality camera with you wherever you go but the ability see years worth of old photos, read e-books, work on Word and Excel documents, watch videos and listen to music!
With all of this media available and internal smartphone storage still being (relatively) limited for a lot of people the time will come when they start to run out of space on their phone. But don’t panic, there are much better ways to re-gain some space versus simply deleting a load of photos which you might not really want to delete.
1) Use an auto backup tool with cleaning
One of the simplest ways to free up some space is to not only have all of you photos synchronised to the cloud but to choose a tool which will allow you to free up some space once the upload has finished!
One of my favourite tools for doing this is Google Photos, once installed your photos will automatically be sent to the cloud and then using the Google Photos app you will be able to use the “Free up Space” feature to remove the already backed up photos from the devices internal storage.
Don’t worry if you need to view these photos on your phone later on though as the Google Photos app allows you to see all of your photos (even from other devices) via the app as if they were on your internal storage still.
2) Add in (or upgrade) a Micro SD Card
One of the simplest ways to add a huge amount of additional storage space to your smartphone is by using an SD Card. Not only is this relatively easy to do but these days SD storage both relatively cheap and readily available making this the ideal option for many!
Samsung 128GB MicroSD
SanDisk 128GB MicroSD
Kingston 64GB MicroSD
If you do go down this route be aware that many apps require you to specify that you want to start using the SD card instead of the internal storage. Many apps will default to using internal storage by default even if an SD card is present in the device.
Of course not all smartphones have an SD slot making this option unsuitable for some, but don’t worry if this is the case for you, there are still other ways to free up some storage space without deleting anything!
3) Use a Wi-Fi External HDD
Wireless storage devices have started to become popular over the last few years and in addition to streaming media across several devices can also be great for backing up smartphones and tablets.
SanDisk Connect Wi-Fi
One device in particular is the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick which is a USB flash drive with a difference. Using the SanDisk Connect app you can connect your smartphone to the device wirelessly and move as many of your photos, videos and documents as you like freeing up valuable phone storage in the process.
The device is also useful for streaming media from one device to up to 3 additional devices at once and should last approx 4.5 hours on a full charge when not plugged into a PC.
4) Use External Storage
Great though wireless external storage is it might not be suitable for everyone’s needs, if this is the case for you then directly attached usb storage might be the answer to backing up and moving files from your smartphone.
One particularly switched on company when it comes to these usb devices which connect directly to either iPhones or Android devices is SanDisk again. SanDisk offers usb flash drives which feature a usb-c connector which should fit most modern Android phones as well as their iXpand range designed for iPhones and iPads.
SanDisk 128GB Ultra Dual Drive
SanDisk iXpand 128GB Flash Drive
Once you have a device connected you can of course move and photos, videos and other files filling up space to the usb device and then copy across to a PC or other device for safe keeping.