Travelling in this digital era can by made more enjoyable by the use of smartphones for communicating with family and friends back home, sharing the journey on social media platforms, and especially shooting pictures.

But most of us are so busy taking care of everything else that we somehow forget that our smartphone needs a bit of love to function properly.

One of the common issues we face on our travels is backup of our photos and videos. Our phones have limited storage capacity and we are prone to run out of space, sooner or later. Once our phone is full it becomes necessary to empty your storage folder after backing it up in the cloud or on an external hard drive.

What if you are in a situation where you don’t have access to wifi or a backup drive? What if you didn’t realize your phone was full till the very last moment?

Here are a couple of tricks you can use to get rid of unnecessary files and free up space, sometimes a lot of it, on your device.

There’s not much you can do when you get to the point of internal memory saturation; some of the latest Android models have a “device care” utility that closes unused applications and cleans up unnecessary files. Kind of like “emptying the trash” in our computers. But this is sometimes not enough.

For both Droids and iOS devices, there is something else you can do to free up some internal storage. Every time you open a page, load an image on Instagram, scroll down to the next video on YouTube or Facebook, your phone is not “streaming” that. To us, It feels like that you are just visualizing that content on the fly, without downloading it on your mobile. But in reality some of that content gets saved on a dedicated part of your device memory, called cache.

Cache is useful to guarantee rapid access to information to the various CPUs operating inside your smartphone.
Content gets saved there so your device can process it faster and you can have a better and more fluid experience as a user. Unfortunately this “saved content” doesn’t get removed, so it remains stored on your phone and eventually, with time, it will clog your device.

Especially if you use Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Tik Toc, and other video/photo content sharing platforms, you may want to do this once in a while.

Go to Settings, Apps, choose one of those apps and select storage; now hit “Clear Cache”.
You have to do it for each application, but there are not many apps that needs to be cleaned.

If you are into navigation, definitely clean the cache of Maps, Waze and Mapsme.

Apple users will have to do the same; the cache area is accessible directly from the settings area, under General, iPhone storage and choose to offload some apps or click to “show all” and select the apps that occupy the biggest storage and clear their cache (usually they are the ones shown here).

In my last cleanup, I deleted over 32 GB of useless cache that was filling almost half of my mobile device’s internal storage.

Spring cleaning is on!

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