Free up space on a Pixel phone

To download more apps and media, or 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 11 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Free up storage

See what's using storage

  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Storage.
  3. Tap a category.

Free up storage automatically

To clear backed-up photos and videos automatically when your device's storage is almost full:

  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Storage and then Free up space and then Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Settings .
  4. Turn on Smart Storage.

Free up storage yourself

To pick from a list of photos, videos, and apps that you haven't used recently:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Storage and then Free up space.
  3. To pick something to delete, scroll to the category you want to delete and tap Select files. (If nothing is listed, tap Browse.)
  4. Choose the files to delete, or choose all of them.
  5. Tap Move files to Trash.

To pick from all data:

Remove photos

Remove backed-up photos & videos

If you back up with Google Photos, you can delete the copies on your phone or tablet. You can find the backed-up copies in the app when your device is connected to the internet. Learn how to delete photos and videos from your device.

Remove downloaded movies, music & other media

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

Remove apps & app data

Uninstall apps you don't use

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

Clear the app's cache & data

  • Clear cache: Deletes temporary data. Some apps may be slow the next time you open them.
  • Clear storage: Permanently deletes all app data. Try to delete the data within the app first.

To clear your app’s cache and data:

  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps and thenSee All Apps
  3. Tap the app.
  4. Tap Storage & cache Clear cache or Clear storage 
Delete or move files

Delete downloaded files

To save space, you can delete downloaded files you don't need.

Tip: To see more files that are using space on your phone or tablet, open your Settings app And then tap Storage And then Free up space And then Browse.

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 or tablet. Learn how to transfer files between your phone and computer.

Check & free up memory

You don't usually need to close apps. But if an app isn't responding, you can try to close or force stop the app. Learn how to troubleshoot apps that aren't working.

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

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