Almost full memory on Android, what do I do?

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You bought an Android smartphone that was relatively inexpensively priced. And at first it worked well, but after a few months, it starts to go slow, the applications close, the keyboard takes time to respond, and you can not install a single application more. Actually, it’s all because we have to make room in the system memory. Why is the smartphone doing so badly?

Normally, any computer system has a main memory with which it works. On a computer, it’s usually the hard drive, and on a smartphone, it’s usually the internal memory. And here we have to make several differentiations, which we will do later. The biggest problem comes when the main memory is almost full. And, those computer systems need that part of the memory is free to operate in the right way. The fuller it is, the slower it will work. Obviously, when a smartphone is of higher quality, it goes less slow even if it has little capacity left. Still, it’s easy for some features not to go the right way. Therefore, it is essential to know how to solve this problem, because if we do not, it will always work badly. Difference between primary and secondary memory

We have said that every computer system has a main memory, and sometimes it can have a secondary or external memory. If we think of the computer with the main hard drive to which we connect a USB stick, it is very easy to know which is the main one and which is the secondary one. If we think of a smartphone that has an internal memory of 4 GB and a microSD memory of 32 GB, it is also easy to deduce that the internal memory of 4 GB is the main one. However, what happens when the smartphone has only internal memory? Well, in many cases there is a storage that is the external one, and that is not the main one, and one of smaller capacity that is. In these cases it is where it is more difficult to locate what the memory is, but we can know it quickly by going to Settings > Storage.

My memory card has space, why can’t I install more apps?

This is a classic. Sometimes one thinks that you have plenty of space on the smartphone, because the memory card is 8 GB and there are only 4 GB full. In this situation, three things can happen. One of them is for the user to realize that something does not fit and investigate why that happens, although this is the least frequent. The other option is for the user to directly resign himself and accept that he does not know what happens to the smartphone, always using it while it works incorrectly. And the last option is that of the user who is going to buy a larger memory card, but still has the same problem. And, even if you have space in the microSD memory, this is the external one, and the internal memory, is full.

The internal memory is filled with the system files, with all those that we decide to save there, as well as with some application data. The first thing we can do is check that all the photographs, videos, etc., are stored in the microSD memory, if we have it, and not in the main memory. So, if we realize that this is not the case, then we have to modify the settings of the camera. But there is something that we will not be able to fight, which is against the applications that are installed in the main memory. Some of them cannot be installed in microSD memory. Even though some can be installed there, there is still a part of the application that is installed in the main memory. Therefore, the more applications we install, the more we will fill the main memory. Solutions

The most basic solution, if we have detected that it is not the fault of the photographs, is to uninstall applications, and start with some like Facebook. Thus, we will free up space in the main memory that will help us to continue with the next steps. Now we must install Device Storage Analyzer, a very simple application that will allow us to know what is taking up more space on the smartphone, as well as which applications occupy more or less. Through this application, we can know that WhatsApp is occupying hundreds of megabytes, and we can solve it by deleting the conversations we have stored on the smartphone. Or maybe we realize that that dictionary of the RAE that we do not use also occupies hundreds of megabytes, and that we can uninstall it without major problems. Undoubtedly, it is an essential application, and that will allow us to know what happens with the memory of the smartphone to solve memory problems. Of course, before installing the app, make sure to free up space by uninstalling some others, because if not, you will not be able to install it.

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