Phone memory full? How to free up disk space

SAN ANTONIO – It just happens when you try to take a picture of a special moment. You will get a warning message: “Storage on your phone is full.”

Marisa Malvetti knows the feeling. She loves taking lots of photos of her children.

“I bought a phone with 256GB of storage because I kept encountering this issue where I exhausted my phone storage and couldn’t use the phone anymore,” she said.

There are some quick and easy steps to free up space on your phone without sacrificing your data. It all starts with a little detective work.

“The first thing you have to do is look into your phone and see what’s actually taking up so much space,” said Consumer Reports technical editor Melanie Pinola

To check what is taking up space on an Android phone, go to:

  • Settings -> Battery and device care -> Storage

To check what is taking up space on an iPhone, go to:

  • Settings -> General -> iPhone Storage

If your phone is a photo eater, you can offload images and videos to cloud-based storage like iCloud or Google Photos, or move them to a computer or external hard drive.


You can also enhance your photos. That means full-resolution images are stored in the cloud, while smaller versions remain on your phone.

If you hoard music, consider streaming instead. You don’t really need to download and store a lot of music on your phone. This also applies to podcasts.

For some people, the problem is memory-intensive apps.

“All of a sudden I’m running out of storage, and it’s because I have these old apps that I don’t even use anymore,” Pinola said.

In this case, you can delete or swap out old apps. Offloading removes the apps but retains the data associated with them. So you can always download them again and pick up where you left off.

And don’t forget your text messages. All those shared photos, videos and GIFs can take up a lot of space.

iPhone users:

  • Delete large text attachments by tapping Settings app -> select General -> select iPhone Storage -> select Review Large Attachments -> tap Edit and select the attachments that you want to delete and click the trash can icon.

Android users:

  • Delete large text attachments by tapping Files app -> tapping Pictures or Videos -> open Messages folder -> tapping the pictures you want to delete and clicking Trash button.

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