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Running Out of Smartphone Space? Easy Fixes to Solve the Problem

By January 19, 2016March 6th, 2023Blog, Technology News

running_out_of_space_on_y_114047_211077It’s a bit of a paradox. In a world of cheap, ubiquitous storage, most smartphones don’t have a lot of storage, and what’s available to you can fill up quickly. If you don’t keep a close eye on it, you could find yourself running out of room almost before you know what hit you. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy ways to free up badly needed space for the things you care about most. We’ll hit the high spots just below:

Photos and Videos

For most people, their photo and video collections are the single biggest space stealing culprit. It’s just so easy to shoot a short video clip or snap a photo of something interesting. These days, we do it reflexively. The good news here is that there are lots of great cloud-based options you can use to minimize the number of files you’ve actually got to keep on the phone itself. In fact, Google offers a fantastic service called Google Photos, which allows you to store an unlimited number of pictures on the cloud, free of charge.

Before you move your photos though, you’ll probably want to take the step of going through them to delete duplicates or ones you ultimately don’t want or need. It makes the process of keeping them organized much easier.


Consider doing some “spring cleaning” where your apps are concerned. We’re all guilty of seeing something that looks interesting at first blush, try it for a day or two, and then never actually get around to using it regularly. You’ve probably got a dozen or more of these taking up space on your phone right now. Every few months or so, do a quick audit, see what you’re not actually using and get rid of them. Quick, easy, and it will save you quite a lot of space.

Invest in a Memory Card

If you’re dead set on keeping most of what you’ve got, buy a memory card and store as much as you can on that, preserving your phone’s native storage for the things that matter most. This isn’t a perfect solution, because some smartphones don’t have memory card slots, but it might work for you, depending on how much extra storage space you need and what model you have.

The day will probably come when smartphones have more storage than we’ll need, but that day is not yet here. Until it is, these types of tricks are necessary.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.