Our smartphones and tablets are responsible for storing more than just our contacts and text messages. Apps, movies, pictures and music all compete for space leaving many of us with little room for much else. This puts an enormous amount of pressure on the memory our smartphones hold and the efficiency at which they operate.
So to combat this ongoing cat-and-mouse game between users and their smartphones’ memory, we’ve put together a few hints and tips that will help free up some valuable space and keep it running efficiently. The only problem you’ll have is deciding what to use that freed-up memory on!
Increasing your memory with SD cards
For Android and Blackberry users, you can access the memory card slot on the side of your device and slot in a MicroSD card which can help boost your mobile phone’s storage capacity. You can add up to 32GB of extra space by simply adding a new SD card or switching your current card with a higher capacity. The problem here though is that if your SD card is lost/stolen/damaged, so is your data that is stored on it! SD Cards maybe handy at increasing your storage temporarily but they will no doubt, soon follow the fate of the floppy disk, Micro disk and USB pen drive.
As iPhone users may be aware, the amount of internal storage you have is decided upon the amount of memory you choose before purchasing the handset (which cannot be expanded any further). However, you can increase your iPhone’s storage in other ways including…
For the uninitiated, The Cloud means storing and accessing your data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer or phones hard drive. By using a Cloud storage service such as iCloud, DropBox or O2’s BOX , you can increase your memory and, as an added bonus, back-up your data whether its pictures, contacts, important files etc.
These services typically start free but offer very little storage on this option. The best bet is to opt for the paid option that gives you an increase in storage. The costs are quite low. Box for example starts from £3.50 per month which works out at around 11p per day. If you’re a business who frequently runs out of memory you can opt of Microsoft’s new Office package, Office 365 that offer business class e-mails and a full office package for desktop and smartphones. The beauty of Office 365 is that it gives you a massive 1TB of online storage where you can safely and securely store files, documents, contacts etc. Office 365 pricing starts from just £3.10 per user per month (5 devices). They also allow you to add more or cancel subscriptions at any time and with no penalty which is better for businesses that are increasing and decreasing staff levels on a regular basis.
Do you really still play Angry Birds?! Ditch the unused apps.
We all have our favourite apps and we all have those apps we used once and never again! Apps can take up a massive amount of memory, especially the ones that have detailed animation and FX in them. If you have a bunch of apps that you do not use anymore, get rid of them! You’ll be surprised at the amount of memory it will free up!
Back up your pictures
Your photos and videos are taking up massive amounts of your smartphone’s memory. Back up your photos and videos on cloud storage services like BOX where they will be safely secured and backed up. This will free up massive amounts of space on your device.
Managing your memory
You may not be aware how much memory an app is taking up so to help you discover what’s available here’s our quick tips for the main smartphones.
iPhone Storage Tips
As the iPhone does not support additional memory cards you need to be careful in managing your data properly to prevent running out of space. A good way to do this is by seeing what is taking up the most space on the iPhone.
- Go to Settings.
- Press General.
- Press Usage.
The amount of free space and the amount used will be displayed at the top of the screen. You will also see a list of all the individual apps you have and how much of your phone’s memory they are using. Some apps can take up nearly as much as a couple of gigabytes of space so uninstalling any unused apps and games is a great way of freeing up some vital memory on your iPhone.
If you have a lot of music in your iTunes library you may not be able to fit it all on your iPhone. If you want to be able to access it when you’re out and about, consider signing up for iTunes Match. This service uploads all your music from your PC onto iCloud and it can then be streamed or downloaded to your iPhone over the internet. There is a yearly charge for this service but if you want easy access to all your music on your iPhone then this could be the best way of doing it. Any tracks downloaded to the phone from iTunes Match will inevitably take up space so be sure to stick to streaming your music to avoid this. Data charges may apply if you use this service over a data network instead of WiFi.
ANDROID STORAGE TIPS
The majority of Android handsets rely on the use of a memory card and therefore come with a fairly limited amount of internal memory. Because of this, the phone’s memory can quickly become full which can cause all sorts of problems. There are a couple of things you can do to free up some space on your internal memory.
Move Apps to SD Card
A lot of apps can now be run directly from the SD card without having to be installed on your internal memory. To move an app to the SD card:
- Go to Settings.
- Select Applications.
- Select Manage Applications.
- Find the application you want to move and click on it.
- Press the option for Move to SD Card.
If the Move to SD Card option is greyed out or replaced with ‘Move to Phone’, the app is either already on the SD card or it is one of the few apps that has to be installed on the internal memory.
WINDOWS PHONE STORAGE TIPS
If you have a Windows Phone 7 or 8 handset, then you don’t need to worry about manually freeing up space as the phone does all of that for you automatically! Just make sure you follow our General Tips above to keep things running smoothly.
So with all that freed-up memory please make sure you use it wisely!
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