Free up space

To download more apps and media, or to help your phone run better, you can clear space on your phone.

  • Storage is where you keep data, like music and photos.
  • Memory is where you run programs, like apps and the Android system.
Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Free up storage

Remove photos

If you back up with Google Photos, you can delete the copies on your phone. You can see the backed-up copies in the app using Wi-Fi or mobile data. Learn how to delete photos and videos from your phone.

Remove downloaded movies, music and other media

To delete content from Google Play:

  1. Open the Google Play app with the content, such as Play Music or Play Movies & TV.
  2. Tap the Menu MenuAnd then Settings And then Manage downloads.
  3. Tap Downloaded DownloadedAnd then Remove.

To delete content from other sources, delete from the app that you used to download it.

Remove apps and app data

Close apps that don't respond

Android manages the memory that apps use. You don't usually need to close apps. But if an app isn't responding, try closing the app. Learn how to troubleshoot apps that aren't working.

Uninstall apps that you don't use

If you uninstall an app and need it later, you can download it again. If you have paid for the app, you won't have to buy it again. Learn how to uninstall apps.

Clear the app's cache and data

You can usually clear an app’s cache and data through your phone’s Settings app. Settings can vary by phone. For more info, get help from your device manufacturer.

  • Clear cache: Deletes temporary data. Some apps can open slower the next time that you use them.
  • Clear data storage: Permanently deletes all app data. We recommend trying to delete from inside the app first.
Delete or move files

Delete downloaded files

To learn how to find and remove downloaded files, go to your device manufacturer’s support site.

Copy files to a computer

You can move files and folders to a computer with a USB cable, and then delete them from your phone. Learn how to transfer files between your phone and computer.

Check and free up memory

Android manages the memory that apps use. You don't usually need to close apps. But if an app isn't responding, try closing the app. Learn how to troubleshoot apps that aren't working.

Tip: If you think that an app is using too much memory, you can delete the app. Learn how to uninstall apps.

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