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Bloatware: Free up space to boost your Android phone

Bloatware: Free up space to boost your Android phone
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Bloatware happens when excessive disk space and memory requirement reduces the effectiveness of a software on your Android phone.

Internal memory capacity is one of the integral features any phone buyer would always look out for. But it is only lately that Android phones started offering more than 64 GB of internal storage.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]Sometimes, the media on the device can occupy a vast amount of data and it is advisable to periodically shift the content to the desktop if they are of great importance. Videos, in particular, occupy a large amount of data. Given the higher quality cameras in modern smartphones, even pictures occupy a significant amount of memory.[/quote]However, the higher capacity internal memory are largely only found on the high-end phones. Considering that most Android phones sold today can be found in the mid-range segment, the internal memory is unlikely to be that huge by any stretch of imagination.

As a result, the users are often found with the need to free up space on their internal storage or go for external memory cards. The support for the latter is increasingly going down in the search for thin phones.

A mobile phone user looking at the screen of his smartphone
A mobile phone user looking at the screen of his smartphone

In case you need to free space on your Android phone, try out some of these steps:

Checking the Existing Capacity

The storage details of an Android phone can be found under the ‘settings’ app in the ‘storage’ tab. The information provided here is extremely comprehensive, as the memory used by each individual section is shown clearly. This helps make a decision where the maximum savings can be done.

Uninstall Apps

This is one of the most common ways of clearing up some memory on your device. Many applications may be installed on the device, but we may be using only a select few. There may even be cases of some apps have never been used since the first installation. New phones may also suffer from the case of bloatware, where the manufacturer pre-installs a range of apps. The bloatware can be removed once the device is fixed. For now, one can remove every other app that is not in use.

Clear Cache

Over a period of time, a bulk of the memory is actually the cache. This is of no use after a certain stage and it only slows down the phone. Clearing the cache periodically not only quickens the device, but it can also bring about substantial savings in terms of memory.

If you do not want to clear the entire cache memory all in one go, the cache memory for individual applications can be removed by going into the ‘individual app settings’ within the ‘settings’ app. Some apps like maps application can build up a huge amount of cache.

Deleting Pictures and Videos

Sometimes, the media on the device can occupy a vast amount of data and it is advisable to periodically shift the content to the desktop if they are of great importance. Videos, in particular, occupy a large amount of data. Given the higher quality cameras in modern smartphones, even pictures occupy a significant amount of memory.

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Writer at Technology Times Media e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng

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