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Data Detox: Make Room for More Memory Space

There’s no worse feeling than getting that dreaded notification: Not Enough Storage. Here are some easy tips for freeing up some much-needed space:

Clear Out Old Albums

Storing every selfie and cat video on your phone takes up a lot of space. Save yourself some storage by periodically backing up your albums to the cloud. Once your photos are backed up, you can safely remove them from your device.

Android users can automatically back up photos for free with their Google account. iOS users can either back up albums via iCloud or download the Google+ app for unlimited storage. Note: Photos larger than 16MP and videos higher than 1080p will be resized to those dimensions.

Check Your Storage Usage

Some of your apps might be secretly hogging storage. Not sure which apps are taking up the most space? Find the Storage tab in your settings menu to see which are the biggest offenders. Haven’t used one of those apps in ages? Delete it to free up some precious gigabytes.

For Android users:

  • Go to Settings > Storage > Free up space
  • Select “Remove items” to clean out photos and videos, downloaded files, and unused apps

For iOS users:

  • Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage
  • Turn on “Offload Unused Apps” to automatically remove apps you don’t use frequently
  • Manually delete and manage apps and data

Drop the Bloatware

You know those pre-installed apps you never seem to use? That’s bloatware.

To get rid of it on Android:

  • Go to Settings > Apps
  • Select “Disable” on all apps you want to remove.

On iOS:

  • Hold the app icon
  • Select “Rearrange Apps”
  • Click the X in the top right corner and press “Delete”

You can also adjust your settings to delete unused apps automatically after 30 days

Auto-Delete Text Messages

Let’s be honest: you’re not scrolling back to read all your old texts. And if your phone is set to keep messages forever, all those group texts and attachments can gobble up a lot of space. Save yourself some space by setting your phone to automatically clear out old messages and/or attachments.

On Android:

  • Go to Text Messages > Menu > Settings
  • Select “Delete old messages”
  • From the prompt “Delete old messages when…,” select “Text Message Limit”
  • Set your own limit

On iOS:

  • Go to Settings > Messages
  • Adjust “Keep Messages” from “Forever” to “1 Year” or “30 Days”

Adios, Audio Files

Big podcast fan? If you don’t keep up with all your subscriptions, those automatic downloads can really pile up. Manually delete old episodes to clear space in a pinch.

Even if you use Spotify or Apple Music, your favorite playlist could be bogging you down, too. While streaming music doesn’t require much space, saving songs to play offline does.333

Managing your memory is easy when you back up files to the cloud. Find out more about how the cloud can extend the life of your phone with U.S. Cellular.

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