Just like any other operating system out there, Android is NOT perfect. We often hear from readers about all sorts of weird issues they come across on their Droid smartphones and tablets. One of the top emails we get is about fixing “Low Memory” issues on Android devices. The Android software has been known to have various different issues come up when it runs out of memory. So, what should you do you when your phone tells you it is low on memory/storage?
Below are some of the best tips we’ve found on how to fix this low memory problem on your Android devices:
1) Ensure you have an SD card installed in your phone. The internal storage on most devices is usually fairly small, hence the need for additional storage via the external SD memory card. Check your storage space by going to Settings ->Storage. There you’ll find the info about total space and what is available.
2) Use your external storage for apps. To move apps to your SD card: Click on your MENU button -> Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> Select an app -> Move to SD card.
Note: Some apps are just not capable of being moved to the SD card. Skip those and just move as many as you can to the SD card.
3) Move ALL media files (music, videos, etc) to your external SD card so that your internal storage remains clear. You can do this by installing a file manager app (such as Astro or Solid Explorer).
4) Setup a limit on the number of text message that get saved in your inbox. Lesson here: http://droidlessons.com/how-to-automatically-delete-old-text-messages-on-android/
5) Clear your internet browser history, market history, app cache, etc. Lesson here: http://droidlessons.com/how-to-delete-history-cleanup-your-android-device/
6) Uninstall the apps that you no longer use! Go to Settings -> Apps ->Select the App you want to delete -> Click Uninstall
7) Try turning off widgets and live wallpapers. These may cause issues with the memory and battery life of your device.
8) If all else fails, it may be time to do a factory reset on your Android device. This should only be done as a last resort as it will delete/wipe all the data off your device and restore it back to the default manufacturer settings. It’ll restore your phone back to the same settings you had when you first turned it on after you opened it out of the box. Full instructions on Factory Resetting your device available here: http://droidlessons.com/how-to-factory-reset-your-android-device/
We hope this lesson has helped you resolve the low memory problems you were experiencing on your Android devices. Please let us know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below!
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