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Managing Your Storage

You’re finally at the concert. Not just any concert, but THE concert–you’ve been waiting to see this band for years. You take out your phone to snap a quick picture of the lead singer who is merely feet from you on the stage. You open the camera app and the dreaded words “Storage Full” appear. It’s a nightmare no one wants to endure. Hopefully, Google will soon be coming to the rescue.

Every smartphone or tablet has the capability to create and store files. These files are often large photo, video, or music files that consume the storage capacity of the device. Running out of storage is a common problem users face. When a device has reached max capacity, it means that an app cannot be downloaded or a photo cannot be taken and saved.  

The current fix for this issue is a dire message from the device, and sometimes a directive telling the user to access their settings menu and manage their storage. Essentially, the operating systems is telling the user to delete something else if she really wants this stored on her device. An alternative is to move data to the cloud then delete it from the device, but in the moment, this isn’t very convenient for a user.

Recently, experts uncovered a new feature in Google’s Play app store that could help with storage issues: an uninstall manager. While it is still in beta testing, it could prove useful during those crucial minutes when a user really needs that extra storage.  

The uninstall manager will scan your device and create a list of apps and files it deems delete-worthy. These apps are often ones that take up a large amount of storage and are rarely used. It will also tell you how much storage the item you’d like to download needs next to how much storage space the current items are consuming. One downside a blogger pointed out is that the feature does not prompt you to back up your data to Google Drive or a different cloud server. While still in its beta-testing phase, this may be a promising app to help those who are storage starved.

This feature sounds great, but it’s still in its early phases. So what can you do in the meantime to keep your storage capacity at healthy limits? For starters, invest in a cloud-based file storage service and routinely dump your data there. This will help keep your phone’s storage capacity available for apps. If you’re not sure which is a good fit for you needs, here is a helpful list of the top rated cloud storage services for 2016.   

If your phone or tablet has the capability to add extra storage in the form of a microSD or SD card, you might consider that, as well. If you happen to be an Apple user, adding extra storage isn’t an option. However, there are some pretty great tricks that can help free up space.  Photos and texts take up a large amount of storage and are easily backed up or erased. This list of tips can help you manage your storage and free up space so that you can get that picture at the next concert.

If you’re in the market for a new tablet or device, stop in and see us. We can talk about which device would best suit your storage needs.

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