How to use Files by Google app to free up space on your phone

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How to use Files by Google app to free up space on your phone
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Smartphone makers are offering more storage with the newer smartphones and 64GB and 128GB internal storage options have become quite common. However, most smartphones lack a dedicated microSD card slot and ship with a hybrid SIM slot.

There are still a lot of phone users that have phones with 16GB or 32GB storage and they have to regularly delete files on their device to free up space. To help users manage their phone’s storage, Google introduced the Files app.

The Files by Google app is a file explorer and a device cleaner app as well. It allows the users to not only view all the files on the phone, it also helps in easily removing the unnecessary files and ‘clearing the clutter’.

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How to use Files by Google app to free up space on your phone
How to use Files by Google app to free up space on your phone

  • Download the Files by Google app from the Play Store.
  • Now, open the files app and click on ‘Allow’ to allow the app to access the photos, media and files on your device.

How to use Files by Google app to free up space on your phone

  • Now, you have several options to choose how you want to clean your storage.
  • You have the option to choose from junk files, WhatsApp media, recorded media, unused apps, downloaded files, large files, memes and more. You will get these recommendations based on the files that you have on your device.
  • Now, select the item which you want to delete.
How to use Files by Google app to free up space on your phone

  • For example, we clicked on ‘Confirm and free up 0.93 GB’ which clears the junk files.
  • Then, click on ‘Clear’ and then click on ‘Delete’. This is same for all options.
  • You will be able to view the status of the files being deleted.
How to use Files by Google app to free up space on your phone

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  • If you wish to delete unused apps, you will have to give the app usage access.
  • Click on ‘Continue’ and then again click on ‘Continue’.
  • Now, find ‘Files’ in the list and provide it with usage access.
How to use Files by Google app to free up space on your phone

  • Now, look for ‘Your unused apps’ and click on ‘Select and free up’.
  • Now, select the apps that you want to remove.
  • Click on ‘Ok’ to remove the app.
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