Depending on which Android device you own, you may either have plenty of space at your disposal or not that much. While some devices support flash memory cards that you can use to increase the storage others don't ship with this option.
My Motorola Moto G phone for instance does not and since I made the decision to purchase the 8 GB model, runs out of storage space regularly.
When I look at the space distribution, apps, media such as video and images, and music, use most of the storage with apps and media sharing using both more than a Gigabyte of storage space.
In fact, pictures and videos use more space on the device than apps. Last time I checked, they used about 1.4 Gigabyte of storage while apps used 1.21 Gigabyte and audio files 571 Megabyte.
Here is how you look that up on your device:
It takes a couple of seconds to calculate the used storage but in the end you will see a distribution table just like the one on the screenshot above.
What may be even more interesting is the option to tap on any type to display a list of files or programs that use that storage.
If you select pictures, videos for instance, you get the option to display them in the default gallery app or another app installed for that purpose.
Backing up and deleting media
You have two core options to free up space on your Android device. If you do not need to backup the media before you delete it, skip the backing up step.
Most users likely want to back up media though before it gets deleted.
Deleting the pictures and videos
Once you have backed up the media -- or not -- you can delete it on the Android device. If you have used Dropbox for instance you can safely delete the media without affecting the backup. The reason is simple: since the files are backed up and not synchronized, they remain on Dropbox even if you delete the source files on the Android device.
There does not appear to be an option though to automate the process further by deleting photos and videos as soon as they have been uploaded to a file hosting service on the Internet.Advertisement
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