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How To Clean Up Your Storage And Reclaim Memory

How To Clean Up Your Storage And Reclaim Memory

Things have gotten so much better for Android devices in terms of storage capability and performance, that most people don’t really worry about memory anymore.  You just take your pictures, film your videos, download your files, install your games, and then all of a sudden, you seem to be out of space. Either that, or the device starts to slow down since it’s approaching the end of its storage capability. Well, what then? While you could always use a file manager and do the cleaning up yourself, that’s a tedious task, and you’re likely to miss system files and other random bits. Thankfully, there’s a better way, and today we’ll show you how!

For today’s lesson, we’ll be using an app that actually started off as a very popular Windows tool to clean up your computer, and has now made its way to Android. Its name is CCleaner, which you can download, free of charge, by using this Play Store link. Once you install and open the app, you should see something like this screen:

Keep in mind, these values will be different for you, since they reflect your device in particular. You’ll see your device’s RAM usage, along with its storage capability and how much of that is currently being used, so that you can decide if it’s worth it to do a cleaning. If you decide to go ahead and do it, it’s fairly easy – just press the “Analyze” button and the app will start scanning for unnecessary files:

Once the scan is complete, you will see a list of the files that were detected, divided up into categories. These include things like old downloaded files, junk created by random applications, empty folders, app caches and APK files:

As you can see, the app also lets you know how much space you can save by cleaning each category, so you’ll know what kind of impact it will have on your storage. Tapping each of the categories shows you a list of the files that are up for deletion. You can individually select them by using the checkbox next to each respective file in file-related categories:

Or simply do it in the category as a whole, which will select every single file:

After you’re happy with your choice, you can go ahead and tap the “Clean” button to reclaim your space:

As you can see,  the results can be pretty dramatic:

One thing that is important to mention is that you should always check which files you’re deleting. The app does a pretty good job by not allowing you to delete things like your pictures or personal folders, but there might be something on your Downloads, for example, that you don’t want to delete and should pay closer attention to. So make sure that you’re picking files you don’t mind losing. Apart from that, there are other useful features in CCleaner, such as the ability to manage your apps or outright delete system apps, if you have root:

And there’s also a storage analyzer that lets you know what kind of content is occupying your device’s memory, so you can check if it’s being eaten away by apps, pictures or other files:

Overall, using CCleaner is probably one of the easiest ways to take out the trash on your device, without having to do much effort. Since the app doesn’t really go after your personal files and instead focuses on things like system cache or files left behind by old apps, you don’t have to waste your time managing each and every file that is up for deletion. This makes it a handy tool to keep around whenever your run into a low storage warning or an app that you don’t have the space for. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!

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