I always bought smartphones with the minimum amount of memory and never understood those who prefer the maximum amount. For me, it was a conscious choice, which I didn’t make for economical reasons, although of course, it also encouraged me, because I didn’t see the need for it. I never used memory cards either, because firstly, they often have a slower speed than regular memory and secondly, they contradicted my personal principles, which are quite easy to follow.
To begin with, my scenario for using a smartphone is probably no different from yours. I, like everyone else, take photos, watch videos and use applications. I don’t limit myself to anything. Despite this, the memory I use is only about 10 GB of the free 128 (this is the basic version for the Honor View 20). Everything else is occupied by the system and regular applications. So it’s a mistake to consider my method is suitable only for those who simply call from a smartphone.
How to clear memory on Android
I started using cloud services before it became mainstream. I was never afraid to upload all data to the cloud, freeing up memory on my smartphone. Now I have three places for storage and I use each of them for different purposes, maintaining device cleanliness.
With Google Photos, I leave all photos and videos. Google repository offers the ability to download unlimited amounts of data in high resolution, so I just set up automatic loading of pictures and clips so they don’t occupy memory and then I delete all duplicates.
I use Dropbox paired with Tiny Scanner, where I scan accounts and other documents for reporting so it’s convenient to store them and have quick access to them from different devices. I chose Dropbox because initially Tiny Scanner didn’t support many services and it worked by default and extremely efficiently, sending scans to the cloud one second after scanning.
I use OneDrive for everything, where I have 1 TB of free space by subscription. This is a kind of pantry where I drop everything not suitable for Google Photos and Dropbox: mostly text documents, some presentations, Android application files, wallpapers, and photos in the original quality that my friends share, and so on.
Applications do still occupy memory and you can’t upload these to the cloud, like on iOS. But, as I already said, lately I practically do not download new programs to my smartphone, because over the years of using Android I have formed a necessary list which I use on an ongoing basis. They occupy about 5-6 GB, and I prefer not to hold any unnecessary junk and ruthlessly delete apps without any worry.
How to save memory on your smartphone
The data stored in the smartphone’s memory is not only photos, videos, and documents, right? There’s also music, movies, and TV shows. However, I have no problems with this because I consume all content exclusively through streaming. They do allow you to download an episode of a series or a movie to your device, but why do this if you can just watch everything online?
I’ve never seen a movie in 4K resolution on a smartphone and my operator provides Full HD in real time. Some might say what about traveling. Say watching a movie or series on the train online when the Internet is intermittent is a problem. As a last resort, I have an iPad and a MacBook that help me share the burden of downloaded movies and TV shows with my smartphone.