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Free up storage space on your smartphone

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Imagine this: you’re about to take a great shot, but you can’t because an alert pops up saying your phone’s memory is full. We’ve all been there! Fortunately, Consumer Reports has some quick tips to help you declutter your phone and get back to business.

It all starts with a little detective work. The first thing you need to do is look at what is taking up so much space on your phone. To verify an Android phone, go to Settings; Battery and device care; Storage room. On an iPhone, it’s Settings; General; iPhone storage.

If your phone has a lot of photos, you can offload photos and videos to cloud-based storage, like iCloud or Google Photos, or move them to a computer or external hard drive. You can also optimize your photos, which means full-resolution photos are stored in the cloud while smaller versions stay on your phone.

If music is what you’re hoarding, consider streaming instead. You don’t really need to download and store a lot of music on your phone. This also goes for podcasts.

For some people, the problem lies in memory-intensive apps. In this case, you can delete the old apps or offload them, which removes the apps but keeps the data related to them. So you can always re-download them and pick up where you left off.

And don’t forget your text messages – All those shared photos, videos, and GIFs can take up space. iPhone users can clear large attachments on the iPhone storage screen.

Another tip: change your settings to save your text messages for a year or 30 days instead of forever. For more details on decluttering your smartphone, see the Consumer Reports guidelines on our website.

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