Whenever you plan on getting a new smartphone, one of the features you look out for is the device storage. Some like to focus on camera and other function, but after taking those amazing photos where will you store them?

That is where smartphone storage comes to play. Some come with the option to expand your device storage with a microSD card, but sadly some do not have this feature available.

How to cope with a device with non-expandable storage in 2019

Your smartphone might come with a 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or even higher. But the question is, will this storage be enough when you start to use the smartphone?

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This issue will concern you whether you are on the Android or iOS platform. For this reason, I will be providing tips on how to cope on both platforms if your smartphone comes with a non-expandable storage in 2019.

Delete Pre-installed Apps

Now that your new smartphone has arrived, you are excited. But you notice that it has a non-expandable storage feature and some app that you might not be needing. What next?

Go through all the pre-installed apps and delete the ones you will not be needing to help free up some space for other necessary apps.

Use ‘Lite’ versions of Apps

This feature is available to only Android users. You have the Android Go edition OS that reduces smartphone space consumption. Also on the Play Store, some Apps have the ‘Lite’ versions, like Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite, Twitter Lite and more.

You also have the Apps with a GO edition like the Youtube Go, Gmail Go and so on. This lite Apps with help you enjoy your device and save space if it does not come with an expandable storage feature.

Store your files in the cloud

As you begin to use your smartphone, a lot of files will be stored on the device, from images to videos or even important document. Your best bet at this point will be to store them in the cloud.


Many cloud storage service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Box among others offer free substantial storage space. One good start is to set up your phone to automatically upload your photos and videos straight to the cloud the moment they were snapped.

This way, you no longer have to worry about deleting your precious shots as they are safely stored and easily accessible at any time.

Delete unwanted download files

When you download attached files from your email, images or videos from your Whatsapp and files from other apps, they stay on your device and take up storage space.

From time to time, ensure to go through your smartphone and delete those files that are no longer useful. One can get rid of that as those files stay unused after some time. They will always be there in your emails so you can delete them from your smartphone

Delete Apps if not needed

Creating storage space on your smartphone might also require that you delete some Apps that are not useful. Some of these Apps will have been important to you at some point, but after a while, you no longer need them.

Deleting these Apps from your smartphone will free up a large amount of space as the cache files saved for the app are also out. Then other very important Apps can be installed.

Clear that cache

A cache is a component that stores data so that future requests for that data can be served faster. So when you use your browser and some other Apps on your smartphone, some data are saved for you. They help you App to reload faster next time, but they also take space.

If you don’t clean it up regularly, the handset can save several GB worth of cached data, which is something you may not want. How to clear cache?

Step 1: Head to the Settings menu. This can be done by tapping the cog icon in your notification shade.

Step 2: Find Apps (or Applications, depending on your device) in the menu, then locate the app that you want to clear the cache or data for.

Step 3: Tap on Storage and the buttons for clearing the cache and app data will become available.

USB On-The-Go

If you like to save a lot of files, and you don’t want to store them in the cloud, you can store all your media files offline in a USB OTG (pictured above). It is just like any other thumb drive but with the ability to work directly with a mobile device.

Just plug it into your phones like you would with a PC/laptop and direct transfer your files between the two from there. With it, you can have all your media files with you wherever you go in a convenient way. The good news is, it does not need an Internet connection to work.

Note: Not all phones have OTG support though.

Although you might not be happy with your smartphone because it doesn’t have an expandable storage feature, you can definitely cope. When you put all the tips mentioned available into practice, you will be able to create space on your device and store the more important things.