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Old March 7th, 2010, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this belongs in the "How To" section, I do, and I'm all for trying to keep things organized around here, but there's no denying that a lot more people will see (and therefore respond to) it here.

I have 23MB of memory left on my phone. I can free up memory on my SD card easy enough just by pitching stuff like downloaded installs, vids, pics & music, but what can I pitch to free up PHONE memory?

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I know this belongs in the "How To" section, I do, and I'm all for trying to keep things organized around here, but there's no denying that a lot more people will see (and therefore respond to) it here.

I have 23MB of memory left on my phone. I can free up memory on my SD card easy enough just by pitching stuff like downloaded installs, vids, pics & music, but what can I pitch to free up PHONE memory?

Thanks, Folks!
I cleared about 10MB out of my phone memory by using Titanium Backup to first backup, then uninstall, some system apps that I don't use very often, such as the browser, email, mms, talk, talkback, corpcalendar, stock launcher, etc. That way, I can quickly restore any of those apps that I might need in the future, but they're not taking up room in memory in the meantime. I know you're rooted, but for those who aren't, you can only do this if you are rooted.

Also, if you're using Sweeter Home 2, there are a bunch of cache and temp files that SH stores in /data/data/com.sweeterhome.preview2/files that you can delete (be sure to leave about the 6 top files and the cache files specifically associated with your custom trays) and save at least 2MB, or maybe a lot more if you don't do it on a regular basis like I do.
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My SH data file is HUGE! I'm trying different file browsers to see if one will tell me how big.
Uncertain which to delte, though.
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My SH data file is HUGE! I'm trying different file browsers to see if one will tell me how big.
Uncertain which to delte, though.
I use Root Explorer, tap multi-select, then select all, then uncheck (to keep) all the files above the temp files, leave the temp files checked, then uncheck any cache file that is associated with one of my custom trays (for instance, if it starts with tray%...Speed%20Dials%2Etry.cache -- where the ... means there are some more nonsense characters, but that is my Speed Dials tray). I look for any cache entry that has the name of one of my trays in it. Once you reach the last of those, you can leave the checks and delete all the other cache entries without any impact on yout SH theme. I would make sure to upload your theme to your SD card in case you delete something more, though. I do this routine at least once a day.
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Sojust deleting everything and then installing the theme from my SD card isn't a good idea?
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Sojust deleting everything and then installing the theme from my SD card isn't a good idea?
I've done that, but I had to re-add all my speed dials and SH acted a little ugly about it. I find it easier in the long run to uncheck those 15 or so files and delete everything else. They're mostly at the top of the list, except the temp files are in between some at the top you need to keep and the custom tray cashe files.
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Your phone memory is just that - your phone memory. The number of installed apps will affect one part, and the number of actively running apps will affect the other part.

Those apps that you do not use on a weekly basis I'd get rid of - you can easily install it later if you need it temporarily.

Then, see what all is running, especially at boot - and kill those that you do not need running at boot.
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Figure out which programs are taking up the most space before deleting a bunch. atrackdog can order your applications by size. I'm sure there are others that can do it as well. Deleting a bunch of 50Kb apps isn't going to free up near as much space as deleting a couple that are in the 5Mb range.
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Your phone memory is just that - your phone memory. The number of installed apps will affect one part, and the number of actively running apps will affect the other part.

Those apps that you do not use on a weekly basis I'd get rid of - you can easily install it later if you need it temporarily.

Then, see what all is running, especially at boot - and kill those that you do not need running at boot.
Well there are 2 different modules for that. RAM is for the actively running apps, and internal storage is for installed applications, ROM, and various other things needed to run the system. Memory is typically referred to as RAM, and storage would be the equivalent of a hard drive.
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