Friday, August 19, 2011

How to increase internal memory of android phones

Are you fed up with the low internal storage of your android device? Well, fret no more. In this post i will be sharing some simple tips that can definitely boost your low internal space to a few more megabytes, if not gigabytes!

Why is the internal storage so important to save?

All the data associated with your contacts, messages, emails, settings and several other important apps is stored on the internal storage of your android device. So, having a low internal storage can create potential problems like – having trouble installing more apps, receiving messages/e-mails from your friends, adding new contacts, etc...Further, the fact that you can’t buy more internal memory, unlike a regular SD card makes it even more important to save.


How to boost your phone’s internal storage ?

a) Root your device

superuser rootOne obvious way to increase the internal memory is to uninstall all those “unnecessary apps” that came pre-installed on your phone. Make sure that you DO NOT uninstall vital system apps or else you will end up messing up badly with your phone! Uninstall only those system apps that you do not need and without which your phone can continue to run smoothly.

Please Note: Looks like some of my readers are doing some crazy things with their system apps like uninstalling stock home launcher(without any 3rd party launcher installed), moving all system apps to SD card, freezing crucial system apps and so on which is leading them to big trouble. Please please please, don’t do such stupid things. If you still wish to experiment with your phone, please consider taking a NANDROID BACKUP first, before touching any system app on your device. This way you can easily revert back to your stock ROM just in case things start getting out of control!


For this you have to root your android device. Rooting your android device is must, if you wish to remove all those unnecessary system apps. These days almost every phone model can be rooted easily. Do a quick Google search : your phone model + root.

Once rooted you can remove all those pre-installed apps by installing this free app – Link2SD. Here’s how…

Open Link2SD and choose “system” from the top filter-like icon. Then tap on the app you wish to remove permanently(this can’t be undone, so you have to be very sure about doing this). Then tap on “Actions” and select “Uninstall”. That’s it. The app will be permanently removed! Refer the screenshots below…

system apps on link2sd uninstalling system apps with link2sd

Rooting has its own advantages and disadvantages. Advantages - With a rooted device you can unleash the full potential of your android device. You can easily uninstall all crapware (unnecessary system apps), widgets, overclock your device and can even take the complete backup of your whole android system in just a matter of few minutes.

Disadvantages – You are voiding your manufacturer’s warranty. If somehow(although rarely) your phone gets damaged, then the manufacturer won’t repair the phone. Don’t get scared..It’s a rare situation. Rooting has became a necessity for almost every android phone owner these days.

b) Clean all the history and cache (no root required)

use of history eraser app to boost the internal storage

Whenever you surf the internet, download market applications and run various internet based apps, a history and cache log is created on your phone’s internal storage. Download History Eraser app from the play store and bid goodbye to all the history and cache with just a single tap!

c) Move apps to SD card (no root required)

There are some apps which are not installed on SD card by default. You need to move them to SD card manually by going through manage application settings. This manual operation can be tedious and time consuming. Use App2SD and automate the whole process!

d) Force move apps to SD card with Link2SD (root required)

There are some apps(like launcher, antivirus, office, etc.)  which cannot be moved to SD card because the app-developer has disabled that option. To force move them to SD card, you will again need to have root access on your device. Titanium backup and Link2Sd are the two powerful apps that can accomplish this task very easily.

antivirus - app2sd disabled app2sd enabled with link2sd

e) Using some portion of your SD card as internal storage (requires Root) – THE BEST METHOD TO GET RID OF LOW INTERNAL STORAGE PROBLEMS!

How if you could spare 1GB of your SD card’s storage space for the internal memory? Sounds great, right? I found this method on the xperia blog and it worked like a charm on my old wildfire S (with 1GB of internal storage now :P). The basic idea is to first partition your SD card into two parts (depending upon its size). The primary partition is for your multimedia requirements and the secondary partition is for creating an artificial internal storage. Click here to follow the entire tutorial on the xperia blog. If you are already rooted and you don’t have an xperia phone, skip the steps 1 and 2 and proceed ahead. Best of luck!

I hope that all these steps will definitely help you gain some more internal storage on your phone. For any query (even regarding the link2SD and partitioning method), don’t hesitate to leave your comments below. I will try my best to get back to you as soon as possible ;)

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