If your phone is running slower than normal, there could be several reasons behind this. If you have a smartphone with limited storage capacity, there are some very simple steps you can take to improve your phone’s performance and free up storage.

This is especially useful if you have a mid-range or low-end phone with more limited hardware, including a storage capacity of 128GB or even lower. In these cases, every GB counts.

How to free up storage on your Android phone and improve battery consumption

There’s a good chance you’ve heard about the word “cache” and its importance to applications. The cache, in a nutshell, is data that apps store, in many cases temporarily, to improve its performance, since it will be able to do the tasks you use the most faster and have data and images preloaded, or at least that is the idea.

Before we get to the part where we talk about clearing the cache, a word of caution: deleting an app’s cache can be a double-edged swordand it shouldn’t be done lightly. Ideally, you shouldn’t delete the cache of apps that have these two conditions:

  • They’re not malfunctioning (i.e., they don’t load too slow or too full of cache data)
  • You use them constantly, every day

If an app is running smoothly every time you open it, and you use it every day, such as a social network or YouTube, it’s best to do nothing. Deleting the cache will cause the app to have to retrieve a lot of data when you use it again, resulting in even more resource and energy consumption.

However, cache can also be a problem by accumulating too much storage space. In that case, it may be advisable to delete the cache. For example, apps like YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, and even Twitter (X) can accumulate too much storage space, and on a phone with a capacity of 64 GB or 128 GB, that’s a problem.

Follow these steps to clear an app’s cache:

  1. Access the settings menu of your Android phone
  2. Then look for the Applications section
  3. Select the app whose cache you want to delete and access the “storage and cache” option
  4. Finally, delete the cache

 

This process is similar regardless of the version of Android you have and the custom layer your phone uses. In addition, deleting the cache won’t lose your data, such as logging in to an app.

By clearing the cache of the applications that need it, and improving its operation, this will also have the benefit of improving the performance and power consumption of the mobile, therefore, that application will no longer consume battery excess.

In the most extreme cases, you can also use an app to clean up the system. A highly recommended and free one is SD Maid (available on the Play Store), which can remove junk and file debris on the system. Remember, not all system cleaning apps are recommended.

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