How to free memory

How to free memory

You have a smartphone or a Samsung tablet based on the Android mobile operating system but over the last few days you have started to rediscover a whole series of problems such as the impossibility to download a more app from the Play Store and / or save videos and photos in gallery? Well, most likely it is due to the fact that the memory of your device is too full. If you want, I can then explain how to cope with the thing.

Do you want? Yes? Very well. So take a few minutes of time all for yourself, get comfortable and concentrate on reading this article of mine entirely focused on how to free memory. In the following lines I will illustrate all the various and possible operations that you can do to succeed in your intent by identifying and removing data, photos, videos, documents, apps, etc. that take up more storage space on your device. In the end, you’ll see, together we can cope with it.

Before giving you all the explanations of the case, however, it seems right to clarify right away on one point: it is not possible to work miracles! In other words, if your smartphone or tablet Samsung has a little roomy memory and even worse if it does not integrate a special slot for memory cards (through which it is possible to expand the storage space) you can not expect anything. However, following my advice you should be able to earn a minimum of space. But now just chat and let’s get to work. I wish you, as usual, a good read.

How to free memory – Clear caches and temporary files

The first and easiest step that I recommend to accomplish to be able to free the memory of your Samsung device is to delete the cache files and temporary files stored on your smartphone or tablet that do nothing but occupy valuable space. This is essentially all those files that the various apps used to store on Android to be more responsive and retrieve some information more quickly. These are therefore useful data, but with the passage of time and with the increase in volume they can create problems and various malfunctions.

To remove the data in question, simply access the settings of your Samsung smartphone or tablet and call the appropriate Android function. To do so, then access the Drawer (the screen where the icons of all the apps are grouped) of the device, presses on the Settings icon (the gear shape) and select the item Memory (if you can not see it at the first shot, you should first have to access the General tab) or the Storage and USB.

Then step on Cached Data or on the words Data cached (and in this case you will also indicate if you want to act on the internal memory or on the external) then press on OK in response to the warning that you see appear on the screen. Once this is done, the device cache will be immediately freed. It was simple, was not it?

How to free memory

Proceeding as I have just indicated you will go to clear the cache completely. If you wish, you can also intervene on that of the individual apps.

To do this, go back to the Android settings, select the Manage applications, Apps or Applications in the screen that appears (before you may need to select the General tab), choose whether to view the list of apps installed on the device itself or on the card any memory in use on the latter, presses the icon of the reference one and then stops on the Clear cache button.

How to free memory

Also consider that there are some apps, such as Facebook, that tend to accumulate a lot of data. If you want, you can remove them by pressing, on the same screen above, on the Delete data button. In this case, however, please note that doing so will not only remove the reference application data but also the related access information.

You can also book cache and temporary files using the appropriate applications that you can find without problems directly from the Google Play store. If you want some advice about it, you can try the ones you find below.

  • Files Go – Produced directly from Google, it is a file manager through which not only can you access the flight to everything stored on your smartphone or tablet but also clear the cache, identify potentially useless documents, my used apps and via talking. It’s free.


  • CCleaner – It is the Android version of one of the best known tools for cleaning and maintenance of Windows. It’s free (but offers in-app purchases to add more features), it’s very effective and is also simple enough to use. It works by analyzing the entire device and then cleaning the cache, notes, browser history and downloads as well as removing APK files.

How to free memory

  • SD Maid – It is one of the best applications to clean up the memory of Android devices. It is free and allows you to delete residual files of deleted apps from the device, temporary system files, application databases and also allows you to view the most thought-out files stored in memory on the fly. Possibly, it is also available in a paid variant that allows you to delete even temporary files of third-party applications and find duplicate files.


  • ES File Manager – It is another file manager for Android, therefore also for Samsung devices, of excellent workmanship. Among its features include some to free temporary files of the app and system. Free.

How to free memory – Eliminate useless apps

Another great system that you can take to free up memory on your Samsung device is to go and remove the useless apps, that is to say those that have not been used for a long time or, even worse, that you’ve never used but that you’ve downloaded maybe only to understand what it was.

To do that, just access the Drawer, locate the icon of each app to remove, press on it and, continuing to hold down, drag it to the trash that appears at the top left. Then confirm the deletion in response to the warning that appears on the screen and is done.

Alternatively, you can go to Android settings, select Manage applications, Apps or Applications in the screen that appears (before you may need to select the General tab), press the name of the reference app in the section dedicated to those downloaded or those on the microSD and plug on Uninstall twice in a row.

If instead you do not know which apps to delete, the more you have a better idea of ​​what to do by going to identify (and then remove) those that take up more space.

To do this, always go to Android Settings and stop on Memory (if you can not see the entry, most likely you must first access the General tab) or that Storage and USB. If you have also installed your apps on the expandable memory possibly attached to the device, you can go to the reference section and press on the item related to applications.

How to free memory

At this point, presses on the item used, then on Applications and you will be shown the list of all the apps installed on the device ordered according to their “weight” (if not, stop on the button with the three points vertically in top right and select the Sort by size option from the menu that appears). Once you have identified the apps that occupy the most space and that you do not consider indispensable, proceed to their removal by pressing on its name and then on the Uninstall button on the next screen. Et voilà!

How to free memory – Move applications and data to an external memory

If your Samsung device is equipped with external memory support and if you have inserted a microSD card inside (like the ones I recommended in the article on which micro SD buy), you can free the memory of your smartphone or tablet also going to transfer apps and data on the latter.

To do so, access the Drawaer, step on the Settings icon, select Application Management, Apps or Applications in the screen that appears (before you may need to select the General tab), select the application to move and stop on the Move to SD card button in the screen that is shown to you later and you’re done.

How to free memory

Note: For some applications, direct transfer to the SD memory is not permitted. In this case, to do so you need to unlock the device (as I explained in my article on how to root on Android) and then use appropriate app to force the procedure. For more details on what to do, you rabbit to read my post on how to move app to SD card.

If instead you want to turn the memory card inserted in the device into the main storage unit of the same, I’m sorry to disappoint you but it is not a feasible operation on Samsung devices. In this case, the only thing you can do is to save automatically and directly the photos taken with the camera in the external memory. Always better than nothing, do not you think?

To do so, start the Camera application on your smartphone or tablet Samsung, stop the icon with the gear in the screen that appears, scori the menu attached to the box you see appear on the screen, locate the item Storage, press on and choose SD from the menu that appears. Done!

How to free memory – Organize photos, videos and music

Another operation that may allow you to free up a lot of memory on your Samsung device is to delete photos, videos and music on it. No, do not misunderstand me, I do not want to tell you to trash everything inexorably but much more simply that you have to store data that you do not always need to have with you on mobile on your computer as well as arrange to more intelligently organize those to keep on your device with the Samsung brand.

Regarding the transfer of data on your computer, just connect your device to the PC using the USB cable attached to the sales package of the same, open the Windows File Explorer, select the item Computer or This PC from the sidebar of left, double-click on the icon of your smartphone or tablet and copy to your computer the files that you deem appropriate to transfer by copy and paste. Then proceed to delete the data exported to your computer from your Samsung device.

How to free memory

If this way your device is not recognized by your computer or if you own a Mac, you can take advantage of Samsung Smart Switch, the official application of Samsung to synchronize Android devices with Windows and MacOS. For more details on how it works, you can read my tutorial on how to connect Samsung mobile phone to PC.

How to free memory

As for the photos, you can take advantage of the features of Google Photos that allows you to synchronize all images (up to a resolution of 16 megapixels) and all videos (up to a resolution of 1080p) with Google Drive in a completely free and without consuming online storage space.

To activate the automatic synchronization of photos on Google Drive, start the Google Photos app, presses the hamburger icon at the top left and select the item Settings from the bar you see appear to the side. Then move to Backup and synchronization, turn ON the lever for the Backup and synchronization option and set the Upload size to High quality option. Done!

Once the backup is complete, delete the photos and videos on your Samsung device memory by returning to the Google Photos settings and tap the Free space on your device. If you prefer, you can also select photos and videos “by hand” by removing them from your albums by tapping the trash can icon at the top right. The deleted files will then be moved to Google Photos trash that you can empty and definitely free space on your smartphone or tablet by tapping the hamburger icon in the upper left, choosing the option Trash from the bar that appears on the side and then the appropriate option.

How to free memory

Finally, as far as music is concerned, I strongly suggest you try switching to a streaming service such as Spotify or Google Play Music which, after signing a monthly subscription, allows you to listen to any song and album in a legal and non-downloadable manner on the device. For further information on this, you can read my tutorials on how Spotify works and how Google Play Music works.

How to free memory