How to Get More Space on your Phone without Deleting

We are all in the habit of keeping a lot of personal content on smartphones, but our device memories are unfortunately limited. One way to get the extra space is by deleting something from the storage, but there are other things you can do to free some memory. If you want to learn how to get more space on your phone without deleting anything, continue to read ahead.

Author Avatar Vicky Carter Last Updated: Mar. 08, 2022

Intense multimedia creators or people who use a lot of different apps can fill up the storage capacity of their phones very quickly. The result is a notification that storage space running out. In this situation, you can decide to delete some apps or content, but most users don’t really want to lose anything from their phones.

There are several tried and true methods you can apply and resolve the problem without deleting or re-writing content. We listed the 5 best approaches and provided detailed procedures for successfully providing more space on your mobile phone. Importantly, these methods don’t require downloading any new apps or learning any advanced skills.

Further Reading: How to Access Android Internal Storage >

Clear All Apps’ Cache

For ensuring a better user experience, a lot of apps use stored or cached data. The cached data can save you time when loading similar apps, but they take a lot of space on the device. You can clear the cache by following those simple steps and getting more space in your memory.

Step 1: Visit the Settings menu and open the Application tab.

Step 2: You will see the Application Manager option. Open it and tap on the app or select multiple apps.

Clear All Apps' Cache

Clear All Apps’ Cache

Step 3: In the information menu click on the Storage and then on the Clear Cache button.

Delete Unnecessary Downloads

You can easily get rid of all unwanted downloads on your Android. Locating the files can be tricky, but we will show you how to find and remove them.

Step 1: Open the Files app on your phone.

Step 2: At the bottom of the page click on the Clean button.

Step 3: Two options will be presented: Junk files or Delete download files.

Step 4: You can click on See junk files or Select files to decide which you want to delete.

Step 5: Press the Clear or Delete button once, and then once more if the system asks you to do that.

Delete Unnecessary Downloads

Delete Unnecessary Downloads

Transfer Apps to SD Card

Android phones support micro SD card as a great extension of internal memory. By using an SD card in your mobile phone you can store all videos and images, and do more than that. You can also move apps from the main phone storage to the memory card. This option might not work on every Android, but it’s worth a try. Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Go to Settings and find Apps.

Step 2: Select an app you want to move to the micro SD card.

Transfer Apps to SD Card

Transfer Apps to SD Card

Step 3: Open the Storage section.

Step 4: Click on the Move to SD card option > Confirm to complete the process.

If you don’t see the Move to SD card option, that app can’t be moved. Also, if none of the apps display this option, your phone doesn’t support this feature and you need to find another way to create space for new content.

Also Read: How to Transfer Apps from Android to Android >

Transfer Photos to Computer

The traditional way to transfer content from a phone to a computer is via USB cable. Also, you can transfer data to a computer by using e-mail or a wireless app. E-mail is a great solution for transferring one or two photos from your phone storage to your computer, but it has a size limit for attachments. Also, you can create a Google Drive folder and use it to transfer all images from the smartphone.

Here is how you can quickly move content to a computer:

Step 1: Unlock your phone and connect it with the computer using a USB cable.

Step 2: Choose Transfer files from the offered options on the screen and then select the computer.

Step 3: Open Windows Explorer to access your files.

Step 4: Choose your phone from the menu.

Step 5: You will see the content of the phone’s internal storage or SD card on the PC screen. You can select from which source you want to transfer a photo.

Step 6: Press Transfer or use copy/paste to move all selected items to the new folder on the computer.

Transfer Photos via USB Cable

Transfer Photos via USB Cable

Disable Default Apps

Sometimes default apps, like Google Play services can be set up to use different browsers. That means any webpage launched within these apps loads in its own browser window instead of your chosen browser. That takes a lot of memory space. Also, some brands have preinstalled apps that you can’t remove from your device in the usual way.

Removing default apps is harder because you can’t just delete them with one click. You can disable such apps. In that way, you can prevent them from running, and they will stop using your memory space. They still are incorporated in the operating system, but they will not bother you anymore.

Step 1: Long press on the app you choose.

Step 2: In the upper right corner you will see Info.

Step 3: Tapping on this option will open the Settings page for that particular app. In this section, you can disable the app. If the disable button doesn’t appear you need to uninstall the app update. After that, a button will show up and you can click on it to finish the job.


It is very important to have free space in your phone memory for new content without having to delete anything. We presented you with several functional solutions, so you can apply some of them in case you get low on space. It’s much easier to learn how to free up space without deleting apps than to prioritize between different items on your phone.

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