Analyze Android Storage Use

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 19, 2016
Updated • Apr 19, 2016
Apps, Google Android

Storage Analyzer & Disk Usage is a free application for Android that reveals the files and directories that take up most of the space on the device.

If your Android device runs out of storage space regularly, you may have an idea why that is happening.

Maybe you like to shoot a lot of photos and videos using the device, like to download files to the device, have copied your mp3 collection to it, or like to play games.

Sometimes however, it may not be as easy to tell why your device's disk is filled to the brim with data.

While the disk storage situation gets a bit better on Android even for lower end devices, there are still plenty that ship with 16 Gigabyte or less.

Analyze Android Storage Use

android disk uage analyzer

Storage Analyzer & Disk Usage is a free application for Android that works similar to Windows programs such as Diskovery, TreeSize Free or the excellent WizTree.

The program requires only one extra permission (access to photos/media/files) which is always refreshing especially when you compare it to the data hunger of many other Android apps.

Storage Analyzer & Disk Usage runs a scan on the device on start and displays information about free, occupied and total disk space shortly thereafter.

The program scans the main drive only by default but you can add SD cards and other connected storage types with a tap on the plus icon on the screen.

The very same screen separates storage into "external" and system", and displays a pie chart at the bottom of the same screen that highlights different types of data.

You can swipe left and right to display the data in different ways. You may display the top largest files on the device for instance, or display a list of weighted file categories to better understand where all that free storage went.

storage analyzer disk usage

Some menus enable you to dive deeper into the data. A tap on temporary files lists all directories and files the app has filed under that category.

While that is useful in itself, the delete option that is presented to you next to each listed file or directory is probably even more useful than that.

You can use it to delete listed files or directories to free up space. While you won't find options to clean up disk space automatically, it is still easy enough to check out the largest files on the device and delete those that you don't need any longer.

A Pro version is available that improves the free version further. It adds options to create custom file groups to the app, display more than the ten largest files in the top largest files listing, or show the /data folder as well.

Closing Words

Storage Analyzer & Disk Usage is a free application that is well designed and easy to use. It visualizes disk and storage use on Android in several different ways, and if there is one thing that could be better, it is better automation when it comes to the deletion of files.

An option to clear the temporary files or files in other locations would be a useful addition. All you can do right now is to clear the files or folders manually, or use a different program for that.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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