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- Aug 31, 2020 On your Android phone or tablet, swipe down from the top of the screen once or twice, then tap the Gear icon to open the “Settings” menu. Next, select “Storage” in the “Settings” menu. On a Samsung Galaxy phone, you will need to tap “Device Care” first to get to the “Storage” option.
- Your iPhone Storage menu will divide that bar up top into familiar categories like Apps, Media, Photos, and Mail, but also an Other category that is sometimes very large. It’s common for Other.
- Apr 27, 2020 In Settings General iPhone Storage, tap on an app at the top of the list. This will often be a social media app like Facebook or Snapchat, a messenger, or a content app like YouTube or Spotify.
- Go to Settings General device Storage Music. At the bottom will be a summary of all the songs and albums you have stored on your phone. Delete albums or tracks you don't listen to.
It’s essential to have a good cleaner app on your iPhone to stay organized and get rid of junk. Whether it’s contacts, files, or photos and videos that you no longer need, it can get overwhelming to keep up with all the different data on your phone. I know for me, at least, the “Storage Full” warning is one of the most annoying experiences, especially when you’re in the middle of trying to shoot some photos or videos. Fortunately, you can nip the problem in the bud and keep your phone running optimally with these best iPhone cleaner apps.
Our criteria for selecting the best cleaner apps for iPhone
There’s no shortage of apps that promise to clean up your storage, photos, videos, files, contacts, etc. But many of them just don’t deliver and end up causing more issues on your device. I know because I went through plenty of them to pick out the ones that actually work and make life easier. I based my selection on two main aspects:
- Effectiveness of the app at cleaning up my iPhone
- The ease with which the cleanup is achieved because nobody has time to keep messing with too many complicated settings.
Here are my top five picks which you should go for:
1. Smart Cleaner
Try this app for a straightforward and effective way to clean up the photos and contacts on your iPhone. When you open it, you have the option of smart cleaning or manual cleaning. Smart cleaning will quickly get rid of duplicate content and screenshots. In contrast, manual cleaning gives you more control over what categories of files you want to delete, whether within photos and videos or contacts.
The interface is easy to understand and guides you toward achieving whatever cleaning task you need to get done. It analyses your phone’s storage to show you what can be deleted and then lets you choose if you want to proceed. Further, it shows you your duplicate and incomplete contacts so that you can take control and organize your list. It’s a breeze to merge, backup, and fast delete contacts.
One notable aspect is that, similar to photo vault apps, it offers you a secret space to securely store private media and contacts that you don’t want to be visible in your contact list. You can even organize photos by place and conveniently get rid of all photos taken in one location.
What I appreciate most is the clean interface in minimalist white and blue colors without any intrusive ads or paywalls. Of course, you need to subscribe to enjoy the full range of features.
You can also perform the Smart Cleaning function via Siri or Shortcuts that adds to the speed and convenience.
Price: Free (Premium starts at $4.99)
2. Boost Cleaner
This is another excellent cleaner app that allows a fast, clean option to clear up your photos or videos and a manual cleaning option that shows you the content that can be cleaned, such as screenshots and duplicates.
It offers features like remove duplicate photos or large videos, merge duplicate contacts, backup contacts. You can perform these actions with just a touch, which adds to your daily convenience and keeps your device free of clutter.
The app also gives you a clear picture of how much storage you have left at any point. It’s a breeze to use and gets the job done effectively. Plus, it boasts two additional options, namely an ad blocker and a network speed test. The ad blocker is handy to get rid of annoyances when browsing on Safari.
Price: Free ($9.99 for Monthly Subscription)
3. Cleaner Pro
This one is a dedicated app to handle duplicate contacts, and it works like a charm. The intuitive interface and clear instructions make it easy for anyone to use it in an instant and organize their contacts.
Why would you need to use this? Well, having the same address book for years, switching devices, and importing contacts from other sources can all cause duplication of contacts or mess up your list. This can get a bit too much to handle, and it’s wise to keep your contacts cleaned up for easy navigation.
For such situations, this handy tool helps you filter your contacts, merge or delete duplicates, and even safely undo any changes you make. If you’re like me and snuggling with thousands of contacts accumulated over the years, this app is a must-try to get things in order. The best part is that it is absolutely free and available in fifteen languages.
4. Slidebox Photo Manager
This is a minimalist app that’s a must for managing and organizing your photos. It shows you all of your unsorted photos, and you can choose the name of the album you want to put them in. Further, you can just swipe up to delete or left to skip it.
You can also view your albums on a separate screen so that it’s easy to move photos into different albums or put one photo into multiple albums simultaneously. It also makes a great alternative to Google Photos if you opt for the in-app purchase to get storage.
If you love taking photos and your gallery is cluttered like mine, this app will be a welcome relief and help you organize your photos in the most effortless way. Try it to believe it and free up tons of space on your phone.
Price: Free ($7.99 for Premium)
5. Gemini Photos: Gallery Cleaner
Here’s a super-smart photo cleaner app that suggests to you which are the best photos to keep. It can detect what you seem to prefer, photos with good focus, faces, smiles, open eyes instead of closed ones, etc. This makes your job easier as you don’t need to examine each picture among a group of similar ones to decide which is most worth keeping.
Further, it helps you manage the clutter of screenshots, exact duplicates, photos of text, etc. Go through every media file you have and use swipe gestures to keep it or delete it. This interface adds to the appeal of using the app and helps you clean up on-the-go.
Moreover, it has an extra feature known as the Photo Radar that prevents a future build-up of media by cleaning on the go. So you’ll never see the “Storage Full” pop-up warning again. Pretty nifty!
Price: Free ($4.99 for Monthly Premium)
Say no to clutter with the best iPhone cleaner apps
I hope these five apps have been as effective at cleaning up your iPhone as they were for me. Did you run into any issues? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to help you out. Or, if you have any other app suggestions, I would love to hear about them too! You might also like to check out the best file manager apps that help you stay organized. Cheers to a clutter-free phone!
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Have you deleted apps only to find that your Android phone's memory is still full? Does it lack a micro SD card expansion slot? Maybe it's chock full of photos and videos that you just don't want to delete.
These problems are common on all smartphones. But unlike iPhones and iPads, Android devices make it easy to free up space through tools built into the OS, as well as Google's free cloud services. This guide will explain all the ways you can de-clutter your Android phone or tablet and maximize your available storage.
NOTE: The following advice assumes you're using Android 4.4 KitKat or higher. Even in that case, there may be some inconsistencies with phones using heavily manufacturer-customized operating systems, like the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Check Your Usage
First and foremost, you'll want to check out your current storage situation to see what's using the most space. Simply go into Android's Settings menu and tap Storage. That will bring up a screen that breaks your local storage down into six categories: Apps, Pictures and Videos, Audio, Downloads, Cached Data, and Misc.
Inside the Storage menu, you can click on each category to go to the appropriate app for managing that particular type of data. Check out the following sections for tips on how to tackle the worst offenders.
Pictures and Video
If you're like most people, your smartphone is your go-to camera. That means there's a good chance pictures and video are some of the biggest storage hogs on your device. But don't worry: You don't have to permanently erase those memories in order to free up space.
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Instead, you can back them up to any number of cloud photo storage services. While there are dozens to choose from, one of the best services Android users is the new Google Photos. What was once part of the Google+ social network is now an incredibly powerful, totally free standalone cloud solution for not only backing up your memories, but keeping them within easy reach.
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Better still, thanks to Android's open and user-adjustable design, you can let Google Photos take the place of your default Gallery app, and even automatically upload your photos and videos as you take them. Viewing them at a later date is just as easy as browsing your local gallery, assuming you have a good cellular data or WiFi connection.
- You can view photos stored locally on your device by tapping on 'Device folders' in the Google Photos app's menu.
- Once you have selected the photos you want to delete from your local storage, tap on the three dots to reveal the 'Delete device copy' button.
- Tapping the 'Delete device copy' button will remove the photos from your device. Just make sure they were backed up before you do so.
Slide 1 of 3You can view photos stored locally on your device by tapping on 'Device folders' in the Google Photos app's menu.
Slide 1 of 3Once you have selected the photos you want to delete from your local storage, tap on the three dots to reveal the 'Delete device copy' button.
Slide 1 of 3Tapping the 'Delete device copy' button will remove the photos from your device. Just make sure they were backed up before you do so.
Of course, you'll still need to delete the copies in your local storage. Luckily, that's something Google Photos makes dead simple. Here's how:
- Tap the Menu button (in the upper left corner of the screen) and select Device folders.
- On next screen, select everything you want to delete.
- Tap on the three-dot symbol in the upper right corner to access the Delete device copy button.
The procedure is similar for other media, like movies and books. You can easily delete local copies while still making them available for streaming. Google Play Books and Movies both have Manage downloads pages in their settings menu, where you can delete local copies. If you prefer the Amazon Kindle app, you can do the same there.
Music and Audio
If you're really into music, you're probably using either Spotify or Google Play Music. Both of these services prioritize streaming, but also allow you to download local copies for offline listening. That's a great feature to have, but you can easily forget what you've downloaded and fill up your storage with music you haven't spun in months.
Luckily, it's easy to delete these downloaded copies. Like Play Books and Play Movies, Google Play Music also has a Manage downloads screen in its settings. For its part, Spotify simply has a Make available offline toggle. If you don't want to keep the music around anymore, just flick it to the off position on a case-by-case basis.
For other audio files on your device (like ringtones and voice recordings), tapping on the Audio category under Storage in Settings app will bring up a simple file manager, allowing you to easily get rid of any files you no longer need.
Google Play Music
- If you scroll down in the Google Play Music app's settings, you will find the 'Manage downloads' button.
- On the 'Manage downloads' screen, tapping on the orange checkmark circle next to a song will bring up a prompt to delete the downloaded copy.
- On the 'Manage downloads' screen, tapping on the orange checkmark circle next to a song will bring up a prompt to delete the downloaded copy.
Slide 1 of 3If you scroll down in the Google Play Music app's settings, you will find the 'Manage downloads' button.
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Slide 1 of 3On the 'Manage downloads' screen, tapping on the orange checkmark circle next to a song will bring up a prompt to delete the downloaded copy.
Apps, Cached Data, and Downloads
Before we go into dealing with apps themselves, we recommend you first see how much room you can make by deleting your cached data and downloads. This is the crud that builds up in your phone's memory during day-to-day use, and cleaning it out once in a while is simply a good policy.
If you tap on Cached data in the Storage settings menu, a prompt will appear asking you if you'd like to delete cached data for all apps on your Android device. If you've never done this before, it could end up freeing up a substantial amount of space. (On one well-used phone we managed to clear 2.78 GB.) The Downloads category works much like the Audio category described above, with a file manager where you can manually select what to dispose of.
Android Settings App
- Tapping on 'Cached data' in the Storage menu will bring up this prompt to delete all cached data on your device.
- If you tap on Apps in the Storage menu, you will be taken to this list of installed apps.
- Tapping on an app will bring you to this screen, allowing you clear the app's cache and data, or uninstall it.
Slide 1 of 3Tapping on 'Cached data' in the Storage menu will bring up this prompt to delete all cached data on your device.
Slide 1 of 3If you tap on Apps in the Storage menu, you will be taken to this list of installed apps.
Slide 1 of 3Tapping on an app will bring you to this screen, allowing you clear the app's cache and data, or uninstall it.
Clean Up My Phone Storage
Finally, there are the apps themselves. If you've moved all your media to the cloud, cleared your caches, and deleted extraneous downloads, but still need more space, it's time to start purging apps. Tapping on Apps in the Storage menu will bring up a list of all the apps on your device, sorted by how much storage space they use.
From there, you can tap on individual apps to do a few different things. First, you can (and should) Clear Cache, assuming you didn't already clear cached data for all apps. Then, if necessary, Clear Data. Keep in mind that this will get rid of login info, stored preferences, and other assets—in essence, it's like returning an app to its newly downloaded state. And if you want to get rid of the app entirely, you can simply tap Uninstall and follow the prompts.
Using these tips, you should be able to dramatically increase the amount of free space on your Android phone or tablet. But if you're in the market for a new phone, there are things you can do to avoid having to employ any of these methods.
If you're not comfortable surrendering your data to cloud services, we recommend that you look into getting an Android device with expandable storage. Google's focus on the cloud means fewer Android phones come with MicroSD card slots, but those that do can typically accept cards as large as 128 GB, giving you plenty of room to play with. It's an added expense, to be sure, but you'll be grateful for the room when you really have to get that shot.