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    • MSE Kelvin
    • By MSE Kelvin 9th Oct 17, 7:30 PM
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    Have you freed up space on your phone?
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    Have you freed up space on your phone? 9th Oct 17 at 7:30 PM
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    Hello forumites,

    MSE Kelvin here doing some research for a new guide we're doing on freeing up memory on your mobile phone without spending any money, ie, upgrading to a phone with more capacity or paying for online storage.

    Have you managed to save GBs by uploading your photos and videos to a free online platform, clearing your app caches or doing something else that few people know how to do? If so we'd love to hear from you.

    All we need to know is roughly how much memory you freed up and what you did to free it up. Anyone whose replies we use will of course get a shout out in the guide!

    Thanks in advance for your help,

    MSE Kelvin
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 14-12-2017 at 2:09 PM.

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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 9th Oct 17, 7:48 PM
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    back up all photo's , videos , documents and downloads to Google photos or google drive which are both free


    google photos will do it automatically for you


    empty cache on the phones storage (android) on a regular basis


    first time freed up 1.8 gb
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    • MSE Kelvin
    • By MSE Kelvin 9th Oct 17, 7:59 PM
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    Cheers Browntoa, much appreciated!

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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 9th Oct 17, 8:04 PM
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    My old Samsung Galaxy S2 was running a very old version of Android, which was slow and came with bloatware. I installed LineageOS custom firmware to replace it. The installation size is quite large, so I repartitioned the system using Lanchon REPIT:

    https://github.com/Lanchon/REPIT

    I used this filename:
    Code:
    lanchon-repit-20160923-system=1G-data=same-sdcard=max-preload=min+wipe-i9100.zip
    That then left enough space to install LineageOS and GApps (Google Apps).

    --------------------------------------------------------------

    You ought to have a look at Apps2SD. Android phones only allow you to install apps in a small area of protected memory. On my old Samsung Galaxy S2, this is 2GB.

    Apps2SD allows you to move apps to the SD card. Unlike Android's the built-in "move to SD card", this can actually move all app data to the SD card.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.co.pricealert.apps2sd

    So, with a 32GB micro-SD card, I can install a huge number of apps.

    All the above requires root access and a custom recovery, but that's pretty straightforward.
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 9th Oct 17, 8:48 PM
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    Start by uninstalling any bloatware you don't need and that'll allow itself to be removed. If you can't remove it you can usually at least freeze it which will save a little bit of space on updates.
    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 10th Oct 17, 9:29 AM
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    Freed up space no as i dont need to .
    Note 3 running custom Note 7 firmware .
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 10th Oct 17, 9:45 AM
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    I've stopped having to do this with the more modern phones with lots of storage.

    Personally I just move music, videos, photos to the SD card. Leaves loads of room for everything else on the phone then.

    In saying that I only have 8 GB worth of apps and 14GB in system. So have 40GB free there. But I do have 45GB of stuff on my SD card.

    Most of my photos and videos are backed up to cloud storage too.
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    • MSE Kelvin
    • By MSE Kelvin 10th Oct 17, 10:30 AM
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    Thanks for getting involved, Colin_Maybe.

    Have you uninstalled/frozen bloatware on your own phone? How much space did you manage to save?

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    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 10th Oct 17, 10:47 AM
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    Thanks for getting involved, Colin_Maybe.

    Have you uninstalled/frozen bloatware on your own phone? How much space did you manage to save?
    Originally posted by MSE Kelvin
    Lol, sorry Kelvin, my memories not that good. It would vary too much anyway depending on phone and/or user for it to make much sense.
    • oldagetraveller
    • By oldagetraveller 10th Oct 17, 11:12 AM
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    My phone is virually stock Android and no bloatware.
    There is a micro sd card installed and all the stuff possible is saved automatically to that in spite of the phone having 32gb of internal memory.
    However, I do transfer photos etc. from the phone, to a laptop p.c., via Bluetooth.
    I would just keep them stored in the phone but wouldn't want to lose some pictures if the phone let the smoke out! That really is the only reaon why memory is freed up, otherwise not necessary.
    Last edited by oldagetraveller; 10-10-2017 at 11:23 AM.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Oct 17, 11:22 AM
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    I doubt that'd work on my Nokia 6310.
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 10th Oct 17, 1:30 PM
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    All Photo's etc. stored on a memory card and backed up to online storage for free to ensure they don't get lost. Never had a storage issue
    • MSE Kelvin
    • By MSE Kelvin 10th Oct 17, 2:00 PM
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    No worries, Colin_Maybe!

    We're just looking to get a few 'success stories' to inspire people to try it themselves, but appreciate the exact amount of memory saved is not the sort of thing anyone is likely to make a note of

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    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 10th Oct 17, 2:17 PM
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    I've been backing up and freeing space on our phones for a few years now.

    Every 6 months, I'll download all the photos from my wife's iphone onto a portable hard disk. This disk also includes all the photos from my camera. My android phone backs up all photos to Google Photos and occasionally I will download this and put it all on the hard disk.

    Now.. as an Amazon Prime member, I have access to unlimited photo storage online. I've taken 100gb of photos and put them online - my camera(s) and phones. They have a nice app that shows you memories - and now I've got 5+ years of phone photos and 10+ years of camera photos.

    Video is still an issue, and my only backup is on the portable hard disk

    Edit: If you want to download all your photos from Google Photos, this is the link - https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout#

    Edit2: Yay I made the main site
    Last edited by ringo_24601; 11-10-2017 at 10:28 AM.
    • Russyfoot
    • By Russyfoot 11th Oct 17, 8:57 AM
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    Use free Android App to clean memory
    Hi.

    I use Clean Master from Cheetah Mobile.The first time I used it I saved just under 2 Gb. I use it approx once a week will usually clear up to 500Mb. There are various options for notifications to alert you to large files amongst many others. There are also options (may mean downloading another app) that check for similar or duplicate photos and give the option to delete the ones you don't want.

    Downside is there are a lot of ads.
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    • Alphasmartphones
    • By Alphasmartphones 11th Oct 17, 9:01 AM
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    how to manage Phone memory
    I always download my photos and videos from my Apple iPhone 6 and save in hard drive to manage the memory of my iPhone.
    • tamplig
    • By tamplig 11th Oct 17, 9:20 AM
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    It would be good to get some input from some experts who run a phone using Windows OS. A much smaller community I know, but it would be good to cover that as well.
    • Miró
    • By Miró 11th Oct 17, 9:30 AM
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    I carry most of my music, video & photos on mobile memory (Leef iBridge 32 GB) rather than on my iPhone or iPad. It's a small gadget, like an external hard drive, easy to carry and use and works seamlessly with both devices.
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    • askgar
    • By askgar 11th Oct 17, 9:56 AM
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    Suprised to see Point 12 on the list, it's such an irresponsible piece of advice, security updates should be prioritised above all else, all it takes is one bad website that manages to exploit one of the security issues and it could break your phone. Fine maybe wait a day to make sure there isn't anything wrong with the update but any more than that and you're taking a big risk.
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 11th Oct 17, 10:26 AM
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    Suprised to see Point 12 on the list, it's such an irresponsible piece of advice, security updates should be prioritised above all else, all it takes is one bad website that manages to exploit one of the security issues and it could break your phone. Fine maybe wait a day to make sure there isn't anything wrong with the update but any more than that and you're taking a big risk.
    Originally posted by askgar
    Agree with askgar here! Don't delay security updates.
    Here was me harassing 3UK to get themselves into gear and actually push the security updates quicker due to the nature of some of the latest vulnerabilities and MSE are advocating hanging off on updating
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