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Monday, 10 August 2015

How to free up storage on the Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 might not have sold like Samsung wanted it to, but it's still a smashing device with a strong following. It has been out for a while now, and you might find that you're constantly running out of storage space and don't know what to do. Follow our guide on how to free up storage space on the Galaxy S5.
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Delete unwanted pictures, music and videos

It's an obvious solution but you might not be aware of just how much space all of this stuff takes up. For example, where do you think all of those WhatsApp pictures you are sent get saved? No, not the magic WhatsApp filing cabinet, they're all saved in your internal storage.
You can assign WhatsApp to automatically remove media after 30 days, but other media you will have to hunt down yourself. Go to apps > my files > and tap images, audio, videos, whatever you want to remove. After this, tap and hold on an item - it will become highlighted. Highlight as many as you want and hit the "trash" symbol to delete them. 
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Go to apps > my files > and delete items from whatever folder you want. This is also the place to check out what type of files are taking up the most space. / © ANDROIDPIT

Get a cloud storage app

This solution will also help you free up space used by your media. We've already provided a list of the best cloud storage apps for Android and it's something you should really think about. In most cases, you can set these apps to automatically backup any photos you take: this means that you're safe to delete photos from your device storage at any point, and they will still remain backed up in the cloud if you wish to view them again later. 
The methods will differ depending on the backup method you use, but in Dropbox's case, go to the Dropbox settings in the app and switch "camera upload" on. Any pictures you take in future, and all of your previous pictures, will get backed up, meaning you can delete them from your device once they've been uploaded, saving you more precious space.
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Once you have downloaded a cloud storage app, you can move files there by highlighting them (tapping and holding on them) then hitting the options button, then "move" - your cloud app will show up as one of the destinations. / © ANDROIDPIT

Remove unused apps

If you don't want to install yet another app as recommended above, you might consider uninstalling some apps. Apps come in various sizes, with big-budget games usually taking up the most space. If you aren't making use of an app any longer, why have it installed? Removing apps is a simple procedure and a quick-and-easy way to free up space. You can always grab them again later if you want to.
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Tap apps > then the options (3 dots) button > then tap the apps you wish to uninstall. The ones without a minus sign can't be removed, sadly. / © ANDROIDPIT

Make use of an external SD card

One of the beauties of Samsung's Galaxy series is that it traditionally means devices comes with a space for a microSD card. This can essentially act as another hard drive for your smartphone, meaning you can move pictures, videos, and even app data to be housed there instead of in the internal storage. You will need to buy an SD card, but you can pick them up in various sizes from Amazon
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You can move apps to your microSD card by going to settings > application manager > tapping on an app and hitting "move to SD card" on the following page. / © ANDROIDPIT
For media files, go to apps > my files > tap options (3 dots button at the top right) and select "move" to put them on your SD card (if you have one). Nice.  

Clear app data

Clearing app data can save you some precious megabytes, but it comes at a price. When you "do stuff" in apps, Android saves data -- this can be your preferences, habits, anything you have done in that app since it was freshly installed.
Think of it as all of your "personalizations", so that you can re-enter the app and pick up where you left off. While this data is good for apps which you often use, if there are apps filled with data which you haven't touched for a month, it's not so useful. 
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Go to settings > application manager > tap an app and on the following page hit "clear data".  / © ANDROIDPIT
Do you have any other tips on how to free storage on Galaxy S5 ? Let us know in the comments below!

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