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Out Of Phone Storage Again? Here Are 7 Ways To Fix It

Whether it's keeping track of your storage usage, deleting old apps, or shelling out a dollar a month—there are tons of ways to keep those pesky notifications at bay.

Keep An Eye On Your Storage

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If you have an iPhone, go to your Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage to find the culprit behind your storage issues. Android users should regularly check their settings (Go to Settings > Storage) as well to figure out what aspects of their email, music and apps they should scale back on. Checking your storage settings as often as you check your Instagram feed will keep you on your toes on what things you should be deleting off your phone. If you've been screenshotting 80 memes a day recently, you're likely to see your photo storage decrease—and you can figure out early on whether you want to delete an app or two to provide the room you need.

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Store Your Pictures In Google Photos

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Android users will find it helpful to store all those recent music festival pictures on Google Photos, so you can instantly share with friends without taking up the photo storage on your phone. Best of all, there is a handy photo editing app built into Google Photos, so you can look through, edit, delete and store the photos you really want for as long as you want. No more fishing photos out of your trash folder in a FOMO rage.

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Use The Cloud Whenever Possible

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In addition to keeping your photos and favorite memes on a cloud storage app like Dropbox or Google Photos, you should make an effort to store other files, including resumes, presentations and large amounts of images on the cloud whenever possible. If you've linked your email account to your phone, the archived messages and files could add up to take up a huge amount of storage of your phone.

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Delete Those Old Texts

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Keeping old text threads and conversations on your phone can be a real convenience and comfort—after all, you never know when you'll need to show some receipts. But, ridding yourself of old text messages can free up a lot of space (and negative energy), especially if you're currently signed up for the free iCloud membership, which gives you only 5GB of storage. You can also automate your text message to be deleted after 30 days or a year by going to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages and choosing the option that works best for you.

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Stream (Don't Store) Your Music

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Find yourself constantly deleting and re-downloading apps whenenver you get an alert claiming you don't have enough memory for a single photo? If you're a fan of music steaming services like Tidal and iTunes, then you're on the right track for keeping your storage happy and free for other necessities—and ending that annoying but very common cycle. By streaming the bulk of your music and downloading only your favorite albums, you free up memory space that might better be used for your favorite apps.

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Clear Your Cache

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Both iPhone and Android users who are big on using apps can manage their storage by clearing their system cache. The more you use apps, the more they store data and information to make the app easier to use. However, it's very common to let apps you no longer use get overloaded with information you no longer need. Your best bet is to keep an eye on the apps that are taking the most amount of storage space, and clearing the cache off the ones you don't want to delete.

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Buy More Storage

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Did you know iPhone users can bump their iCloud storage capacity up to 50GB for just $0.99 a month? That's right, for less than a dollar a month you can have ten times the amount of iCloud space. If you're too lazy to try the rest of these hacks, the $12/year might be worth it!

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