Your child pushes themselves up, and slowly, step by step, starts walking across the kitchen. You rush to your phone, fire up the photo app and BAM: "Sorry, your're out of storage". Running out of space on your smartphone can be a disaster, follow the steps below to free up space and speed things up to get your phone running like new. Delete Old Text Messages - Each time someone sends a photo or video in a text or group chat, it's saved into memory. If you don't regularly delete texts, you could be wasting gigs of precious space. Delete texts older than a week and easily save 1-2 GB.
Move Photos & Videos to the Cloud - Multimedia is the number one storage killer on smartphones. Both iPhone & Android offer inexpensive monthly cloud storage packages. By moving photos and videos to the cloud, you can increase your phone's storage by over 50%! Once moved, you won't even know they reside in the cloud as they still show up in your photo reel.
Empty your App's & Browser's Cache - Apple: Settings > Safari > Clear History & Website Data. Android: Settings > Storage > Cached Data > Clear all data. Cached data takes up a surprising amount of space.
Reboot your Phone - Rebooting your phone will clear up memory and boot with very few apps running in the background. This will instantly increase your phone's speed.
Delete Podcasts - Last week, I was surprised to find out that each time I listened to a podcast, it downloaded rather than streamed. Deleting these audio files saved me over 1 GB.
See which Folders are Taking up the Most Space & Delete - iPhone: Settings > General > Storage > Manage Storage - click on each app and clear. Android: Settings > Storage - see what's taking up space and clear.
Delete Old & Unused Apps - Some apps and games consume a surprising amount of storage. If you don't use them, delete them. You can always download them again (even if it cost money) if you change your mind.
Move files to a microSD card - If you're lucky enough to have a smartphone with expandable storage (sorry Apple users), head to Amazon and buy some! Be sure to check how much capacity your phone can accept - you don't want to pay out for a 128GB card only to find it supports only 32GB.