6 easy ways to free up space in your smartphone's memory

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Finding out your smartphone's memory is full can be frustrating – especially when you're about to take a photo or download a must-have app. But if you follow our advice you can quickly free up some of those important megabytes and start doing more of the things you enjoy.

1. Delete apps you no longer use

Many of us have old apps, games and widgets taking up valuable storage space on our smartphones. So try to do a quick clear out from time to time, deleting the ones you no longer use – you'll be surprised how much space you can free up.

And remember, you can always re-install apps or games if you change your mind. As long as you're logged in to the account you used originally, you shouldn't be charged to download them again.

2. Store your photos and videos elsewhere

Cherished memories take up a lot of room on your smartphone. So free some space and keep your photos and videos safe by moving them to the cloud, your computer or an external storage device. Find out how in our article on backing up your smartphone.

It's worth checking your camera settings too – by changing the size and quality of your photos and videos, they'll use up less memory.

3. Stream more of your music

Stream music online instead of downloading tracks to your smartphone. It uses up a lot less data and you'll enjoy easy access to a vast range of music.

Some streaming services are free, some aren't, but either way your overworked smartphone will thank you for using them.

4. Clean up your data

Be sure to clear your data and cache regularly because temporary data files – stored when you're using apps or browsing the internet – can tie up loads of memory.

Operating systems vary, but to clear your data and cache on an Android smartphone go to 'Manage Applications' within the Settings menu. Or on an iPhone, go to the Settings menu and select an app, then 'Clear History' if the option's available.

5. Expand your memory

Most Android and Windows smartphones come with a memory card slot. So if your internal storage is full, you can get a MicroSD card and expand it from, for example, 32GB to 64GB.

Some Android phones can only use MicroSD cards to store photos, videos and other media files – you may not be able to store apps on them so check before you buy.

And if you're an iPhone user, you're out of luck – they don't offer expandable memory at all. However, you can use wireless storage devices to offload files and free up space.

6. Finally, keep on top of things

Explore the 'Settings' menu on any smartphone and you'll find how much memory you're using at any time. There's also a range of apps that are specifically designed to help you manage your storage as efficiently as possible.