Phone software updates often require you to free up space on your smartphone. But if you’re like most users, photos and videos probably take up the most space on your phone, and deleting them is not an optimal choice. Don’t fret. There are lots of simple ways to clear room for that update. (Depending on your device, some instructions and functions may vary.)

Survey your space.

First, find out what’s taking up the most room. For iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage tab. For Android: Check Settings > Storage or the My Device app.

Apps, podcasts and e-books … oh my!

Apps don’t take up much memory, unless you download them by the dozen. Try deleting apps you never use, podcasts you’ve listened to and e-books you’ve read.

Stream, don’t store.

Streaming apps take up less room, give you millions of songs, and let you easily organize and follow playlists you’ll love. Try Spotify, Pandora, or if you love to discover upcoming artists, SoundCloud.

A new resolution.

The HDR camera function on your phone takes multiple images and then blends them into the single high-quality photo you see on your screen. Problem is, your phone saves every picture used to make that single image. If you don’t need duplicates, access the camera app settings in your device and adjust the normal and HDR options based on your preferences.

Photo-edit freedom.

If you have photo apps for adding graphics or photo effects, check the app to make sure it’s not storing extra copies of the photos you’ve edited. If your camera roll already has the pic, no need for the app to house a duplicate.

File your video files.

Since videos take up roughly 78MB for every minute of HD footage, the quicker you can move them off your phone, the better. Enable automatic uploading from your camera roll to iCloud, Dropbox or Google Drive. Then, delete videos from your phone once they’re saved or posted!

©2017 Vantage Production. All rights reserved.

Related Articles

12 ways to prep for high winds and high water Here’s how to prep for the hurricanes, Nor’easters and flooding that plague many parts of the country. Remove dead tree limbs. Secure patio furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, awnings, fences, toys, or bring inside. Check roof shingles, install hurricane straps or clips in hurricane-prone areas.…
Read More of the post 12 ways to prep for high winds and high water

7 key steps if your home suffers a major loss Immediately file a claim with your insurance company. For flooding, contact the National Flood Insurance Program(NFIP). If you don’t have coverage, check DisasterAssistance.gov and FloodSmart.gov for possible assistance. Document pre-loss and post-loss conditions. Hopefully, you have photos or video of your home pre-disaster. If not, find family…
Read More of the post 7 key steps if your home suffers a major loss

8 keys to success in business—and in life! Start the day early. Get things done without interruption. Respond to emails. Do your to-do list, beginning with what you need to accomplish the first two or three hours of the day. Throw in some exercise. Time block the day. Set aside time for research,…
Read More of the post 8 keys to success in business—and in life!

3 tips to keep hackers out of your smart devices There are smart speakers, thermostats, appliances, security systems and virtual assistants (Amazon Alexa, Google Home). What makes them “smart” is the Internet—where hackers are. Using basic Internet-scanning tools, hackers can grab device names, email addresses, and other user data. Your…
Read More of the post 3 tips to keep hackers out of your smart devices