Let’s say that you recently bought a new tablet like the Samsung Tab4 or one of these latest Huawei Mate series and running the Android Operating System but you did not pay that much attention to storage space. Now you have a brand new tablet but not enough memory to put more apps on your device that you really like. So what do you do about it?
By Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
In today’s #FridayHacks, l will focus only on the tablets running the android OS then next week l will give light on how to load more Apps on your iPad which runs the proprietary Apple Mac OS.
Here are a few ways you can go over 1GB limit when loading more Apps on your Android Tab:
But before we head towards the solutions, here is a little overview of the places in which Androids can store stuff:
• Internal storage – it stores applications and some other data and it ranges from 512 MB to 4GB (this depends upon the design)
• SD storage – this will be accessible only if your tablet comes with a microSD slot, the storage is limited to a max of 64GB or 32GB; you can store songs, photos, movies and other stuff
• External USB – you will have this option available only if your tablet supports OTG USB; you can use it to access external hard drives, USB thumb drives, etc.
• USB storage – it ranges from 4GB to 32GB, but most common range is from 8GB to 16GB; you can use it to store photos, movies, songs and some other large files (internal storage is basically taken from USB storage)
So how do you see the storage summary on your Android tablet? Go to your settings, once there tap storage, and wait until it analyzes the storage, scroll down in order to view the whole list.
1. Moving Apps to USB storage
Some of the apps can be moved to the storage area, but not all. The area is usually 8GB or sometimes 16 GB in size. Like mentioned only some apps can be moved, but never the less, if you move just a few apps, you’ll get some room, and that’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it? So, how do you do that?
Go to your settings, and then tap Apps. Use your finger to go across the entire screen until you come to the USB storage area. If you get a list of apps, just tap on the first that does not have a check mark. Look at the app info screen and tap “Move to USB Storage”. Now all you have to do is wait for the transfer to finish. Repeat these steps for all the apps you want and can move.
2. Search for apps that have lower RAM equivalents
There are apps that are very efficient in terms of storage required, but on the other hand, there are those that are real memory hogs. So before installing any app check in Google Play store to see if you can find some other app that does not take that much memory. Google Store lists the memory requirements of every single app found there. It will take you more time, but hey, it is all about freeing some space.
3. Use Web Versions of Applications
There are companies that provide Web versions of the apps they own, the best examples are Facebook, Twitter, Google Drive and Gmail. The superb advantage of this is that there is nothing to install so there is nothing to hog your memory. How do you install Web apps? You are in your browser, wright? Now, go the Web site of Gmail, Facebook or anything that support web version of apps and from the menu choose “Add to Home Screen”. You are done!
4. Root and remove stock apps
Rooting basically means that all the safeguards are removes and you are tampering with crucial parts of tablet. Do not confuse rooting with unlocking. Here is what you have to do:
Download Kingo user software, and install it on your Windows PC. Follow all the instructions to the letter. If you root your tablet successfully that will mean that the program is going to install its KingoUser application on your device. You will now use this app to remove stock applications.
5. Unroot and install
You will probably stumble on some apps that cannot be installed because your device is rooted. When this happens, all you can do now is to unroot your device, install the application and reroot it. To root and reroot use the Kingo app.
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