Storage Almost Full: How to Fix Common Storage Issues

There’s nothing more annoying than getting your camera ready for a quick snap only to find your phone’s memory is full, rendering the moment lost and your efforts wasted.

For music lovers too, seeing those fateful words can cause all sorts of issues, and it’s unfortunately the same for gamers and app enthusiasts too.

Thankfully, there is a way to rage against your phone’s storage – a process that in turn, allows you to carry on snapping, gaming or downloading music onto your smartphone.

Fixing storage issues on iPhone

To free up some space on your iPhone, start by removing anything that you don’t need, whether it’s an app, a photo or even a video. You’ll be amazed at how much storage you can save by sifting through your phone’s memory and discarding anything that’s no longer needed – especially if your photo gallery has become cluttered with memes from all your mates on WhatsApp.

no-photo-spaceTo remove an app, simply unlock your phone, tap and hold onto any unwanted apps and click the ‘x’ when it appears.

Removing photos and videos is easy too – simply open up your camera roll, press ‘select’ in the top right hand corner, select the pictures you want to delete and press the trash can icon. Simple!

Another great way to free up space on your iPhone is to clear any of the cache that accumulates on your phone’s apps. To do this, follow the steps listed below:

1. Go to ‘Settings’
2. Scroll to ‘Safari’
3. Find and tap ‘Clear History and Website Data’ before confirming ‘Clear History and Data’

Repeat this procedure on Google Chrome and any other apps that accumulate any data stores and you’ll be good to go.

Finally, if you’re still struggling for space, even after trying the steps above, it might be worth investing in some additional iCloud storage. This can be done for as little as 79p per month, so it’s well worth trying if you’re sick of reading the ‘storage full’ error message every time you unlock your phone.

Fixing storage issues on Android

To clear your cache on your Android phone, just follow the steps listed below:

1. Open ‘Browser’ (or ‘Internet’ on Samsung models) and select the Menu button (the three white dots in the top right hand side of the screen)
2. From here, select ‘Settings’, before tapping ‘Privacy and security’
3. At the top of the menu, press ‘Clear cache’ (or ‘Clear form data’ on Samsung models)

You can also clear your cache if you’re using Google Chrome:

1. Open your Chrome app and tap the menu button in the top right corner
2. Tap ‘Settings’
3. Under the ‘Advanced’ heading, click ‘Privacy’
4. Scroll down and tap ‘Clear Browsing Data’, ensuring that the boxes next to ‘cache’ and ‘cookies, site data’ are checked

Android users, similar to iPhone users can also benefit from cloud storage on their smartphones. However, unlike their iOS counterparts, Android phones can also utilise wireless hard drives – perfect for transferring bulky files, apps or data without having to mess around with endless wires or cords.

Micro SD memory card

Another great option for Android users is to take advantage of the phone’s built-in storage tool – a feature that allows you to see exactly what’s taking up space before selecting whether to delete it or not. Some phones also come with microSD slots – something that, when combined with the right memory card, can improve a phone’s existing memory tenfold.

For more useful tips on getting the most out of your Android or iOS phone, be sure to check back in to our blog soon. Packed full of handy hints and helpful tips, it really is the best place to brush up on your smartphone knowhow.

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