Android storage settings.
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Head to Settings > Storage on your Android phone to see storage usage. On a Samsung Galaxy phone, head to Settings > Battery & Device Care > Storage. This screen shows you how much storage is being used on your phone and exactly what's taking it up: apps, system data, images, videos, audio files, and so on.

When you picked up your new Android device, you probably thought it had plenty of internal storage. But here you are, with a full phone. Thankfully, Android includes many easy tools to check your internal storage usage and free up space.

How to Check Internal Storage on Android

You can check storage on Android from the Settings app. Android devices all have a bunch of stuff packed into the “Settings” app—including storage settings. This is where you can see how much storage space is being used, and what exactly is using it up, such as photos, videos, apps, and more.

To find storage settings on Android, first swipe down once or twice from the top of the screen—depending on your phone—and tap the gear icon to open Settings.

On Google Pixel and most non-Samsung Android devices, you can go straight to the “Storage” section from here.

Tap the "Storage" option in Settings.

On a Samsung Galaxy device, you’ll need to go to “Battery & Device Care” first, then tap “Storage.”

Tap "Battery and device care" in the list.

Your device will analyze its storage usage. You’ll now see a readout of your internal storage, how much is being used, and categories of what’s taking up space.

Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel storage sections.

The categories shown will depend on your device. For example, Google Pixel phones separate “Apps” and “Games,” while Samsung does not. This is the easiest way to keep an eye on your Android device’s storage.

What Is Android’s “Other” Storage?

The categories shown in the Storage settings vary by device. One common category you might see is vaguely labeled as “Other” or “Other Files.” Unlike some categories, you usually can’t explore what’s inside “Other.” So what is it?

Samsung Galaxy devices include an “Other Files” category. According to the company, it simply contains data from apps, cached data, and temporary files that don’t fall into the other categories. Essentially, it’s a catch-all for miscellaneous things.

While you can’t delete items from the “Other” category in the Storage settings, you can do it from other areas. Cached data is most likely the main thing taking up space in “Other,” and that can be cleared in a couple of other ways.

How to Clear Internal Storage on Android

Now that you know what’s using storage space on your Android device, you can start clearing it. The good news is it’s very easy to find things to delete. We’ll be using “Files by Google,” which has a handy tool for clearing storage space.

After installing the app from the Play Store, open it and switch over to the “Clean” tab at the bottom.

Go to the "Clean" tab.

There’s a progress bar of how much storage space you’ve used at the top of the screen.

See how much storage you have.

Scroll down further and you’ll see Google has automatically suggested files you can delete to clean your internal storage. The “Junk Files” category is for temporary files, like cached files for apps—tap “Clean” to remove them.

Junk files.

For the other categories, you can tap “Select Files” and then choose what you’d like to delete.

Select files to download.

That’s pretty much it! This is a great app to regularly check if you want to keep your storage space clean and tidy.

How to Free Up Space on Android

To free up space on your Android phone or tablet, the “Files by Google” app is a good place to start—and it may be all you need—but there are several other methods you can use to clean up storage space on your Android device.

Some of the best ways to free up storage space on Android include deleting downloads, clearing the cache, emptying the trash, uninstalling apps you’re not using anymore, and moving content to cloud storage. You may even be able to use an SD card to get more storage. Check out our in-depth guide for more ways to free up space on Android for more information.

Hopefully, your Android device has enough storage so you’re not constantly trying to free up space. If that’s not the case, make sure your next Android phone has more storage. As we’ve covered, there are plenty of ways to maximize the space you have, but there’s no substitute for more storage.

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