10 things taking up way too much space on your phone

Do you need more storage space, or do you just need to clean up your phone?

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It doesn’t matter how much storage space your new phone has—or how much additional storage space you add with a microSD card—you somehow always find yourself bumping up against that limit. So what do you do? Go out and buy a $1000 512GB microSD card and try to cram it into your microSD-less Samsung Galaxy Note 5? Or…clean up your dang phone?

Let’s go with the latter.

Here are 10 things taking up space on your phone that definitely don’t need to be there.

All your text messages, ever

It’s one thing to save a cute voicemail from your significant other, or a few texts from your mom. It’s a different thing to save 4,632 back-and-forth texts between you and your roommate about which Game of Thrones house is better.


I completely understand, and condone, taking 50 selfies to make sure you get the perfect shot for Instagram. But once you find that perfect shot…you don’t need to save all 50.

Apps you never use

All those apps you downloaded because they were free and so why not? They’re taking up tons of space (especially the games) that you need back.


I take a lot of screenshots. Sometimes they’re for work, sometimes they’re to send to people (OMG check out her new haircut in her Facebook profile pic…!). But never do I need them later.

Videos of your dog

Videos take up tons of space. Your dog is adorable, but unless he’s flying or catching seven Frisbees in his mouth, you can probably move that video to the cloud.


Have you never heard of Spotify?

Cached data

The more you use your phone, the more apps store info in their caches. And it’s not always necessary info (like passwords). Sometimes it’s just junk. Here’s how to fix that.

Random downloads

If you click on every attachment that comes through your Gmail, chances are you have a lot of random downloads stored somewhere on your phone. Pretty sure you don’t need multiple/any copies of your boss’s May 2014 expense report.

Instagram photos

Instagram has a convenient feature where it saves both the original picture and the Instagrammed photo on your phone. Do you need two copies of the same photo? (Yes, they’re the same photo, even if they vary slightly in color thanks to the Valencia filter.)

People you never contact

Android handily imports all of your contacts from other services, such as Gmail and Facebook, into your contacts list. But I’m willing to be that you don’t need 42,000 Gmail contacts and 4,611 Facebook contacts in your phonebook. Syncing contacts isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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