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HUGE memory waster!! Free up space on your phone!!

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  1. Kmfiremedic111

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    My phone has been teetering on the low storage level around 16mb. I would occasionally get that symbol telling me it is low. I am not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but I discovered a way to free up internal memory on our phones. A couple ways. When you delete an email it doesn't really get deleted. It goes into that accounts trash folder and builds up forever until you manually one by one check mark it then delete it. If you click on the folder icon of that account you will see trash with the number of emails in it. Well I have a total of about 700 emails in trash folders amoungst 3 accounts. I deleted them all manualy and freed up 20mb of internal storage on my phone. I went from 16mb to 36mb just in deleting these emails.

    Hopefully in future android updates there will be a way to COMPLETELY delete these emails and keep them from eating up our memory.

    Another way to free up memory is to delete all your text message threads. I didn't delete my threads for a long time then my phone started blocking incomming texts due to low memory. I deleted my threads and cleared up another 8mb of memory!

    Try doing these things and free up space on your phone for faster performance or more app space!


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    hi there, whilst good ideas, it doesnt seem worthwhile going through all that to free up 20-30mb of space. If space is really an issue, buy a bigger SD card if you can and transfer everything to that, or just reduce whats on your phone, i bet theres loads of stuff being kept by people on thei phones for the sake of keeping that never gets used.
     
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    If you are talking about the Gmail app, I dont believe it keeps the Trash folder on the phone.

    Good point. I always delete threads that get over 300 messages. That keeps the phone and the Messaging app running smoothly.
     
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    Actually those 20-30 megs would make a significant difference on my wife's LG Ally. It has very little internal storage, and she constantly gets the "memory almost full" error message, something that has plagued other Ally users due to the minuscule internal storage space. And of course email is not saved to the SD card and few apps are allowed to be saved to the card, so a larger capacity wouldn't make a difference.
     
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    Repartitioning FTW!
     
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    Moving apps to SD is of limited benefit. Not all apps can be moved and even those that can typically aren't moved 100% to the SD card.

    As for "reducing what's on your phone" -- that's exactly what the OP is doing. Don't forget that cache and data for apps use up internal storage. Clearing trash is one way of reducing the amount of space needed for data for the email app.

    If the OP is at 16MB free, 20-30 more MB is significant.
     
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    Cache is a seperate partition
    if you are talking about Dalvik Cache, why clean it if you use the apps?
     

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