Unnecessary and unwanted files or other types of data can be a major risk factor for your device, especially when they aggregate over the course of months and years. They take up the much valuable space on your device. This can be a serious problem if you have an Android smartphone that does not support an SD card or micro SD card. The more files and data are in your phone, the more load it puts on your processor and GPU. This in turn is one of the reasons why your phone might get slower and slower as the days go by. You can easily prevent this by deleting all the trash from your device once in a while. Let us see how to empty trash on Android with different methods:
How to empty trash on Android by uninstalling Unused Apps
Unless you have a brand-new device, a huge majority of us have a few apps on our device that we do not use every day. With this method, you can clear some space on your device by deleting some unimportant apps. Let us see how to do it:
Note: Just in case you may need to access the app in the future, it would be wise to back up all the app’s data before deleting them. This way, you can pick up right where you left off the next time you use the app. All apps have their own methods to back up their data, but the most common (and easy) way that is observed is to simply link it with a Google or Facebook account. Again, some apps might have other ways to do it, so it would be best that you confirm it at the help center.
- Unlock your phone and go to the app drawer.
- Find out and note down all the apps that you do not use anymore or are not important.
- When you’re done with that, go to settings on your device.
- From the list of options scroll down till you find the “Apps“ option, once you do tap on it.
- Here, you will find the list of all apps on your Android device. Tap on the app you would like to uninstall first.
- On the app’s information page you will find the “Uninstall“ button, tap on it to uninstall the app from your phone.
- Simply repeat the process till all the apps you don’t need are uninstalled.
Clear Cached data to empty trash on Android
Cached data is basically small bits of residue data collected by most apps to offer you convenience. Cached data is definitely a time saver, as it saves your preferences and settings for apps and webpages that you have previously visited. But over time, these bits of data might take up considerable space (just think of the number of apps on your device!)
- Launch the settings app on your android device.
- Scroll down and tap on the option “Apps“.
- Here, you will find a list of all the apps on your device. Tap on the app whose cached data you would like to clear.
- On the app’s information page, you will find the “Clear Cache“ button.
- Preferably repeat the process to delete the cached data of all the apps on your device or at least of those apps which are not so important.
For more details and other methods, check out our guide to clearing cached data.
How to empty trash on Android by transferring data to SD card
To clear some space on your device’s internal storage, you can move audio files, images, videos, documents, and other types of data to an SD card/Micro SD card. This will clear up space in your device’s internal storage for other apps or their additional data files. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to the app drawer and launch the file manager app.
- Next, go to the internal storage section of your device’s storage.
- Here, you will be presented with a list of each and every file present in the internal storage. Tap and hold down on the file that you would like to select.
- Once a small blue tick mark has appeared beside the selected file name, tap on all the other files you would like to transfer to your SD card.
- Once you’re done selecting, tap on the “move“ button.
- Now, select the “SD card/External storage” option.
- Choose a folder in which you would like to transfer the files or, simply create a new folder and move the files into it.
How to empty Android trash by deleting downloaded files
Just like there are some unused third-party apps on most devices, there are also many downloaded files that might be not useful anymore. You can delete such files easily from the file manager, but before you delete any make sure they can be deleted without any consequences. Let us see how to delete such files from your device:
- Unlock your phone and launch the file manager app from your device’s app drawer.
- Go to internal storage.
- Now, you will be presented with a list of all the files in your device’s internal storage. Press and hold down the file we would like to delete to enter selection mode.
- Once a blue tick appears beside the final name of the file’s name, select all the files that you would like to delete by simply tapping on them.
- When you are all done, tap on the delete button (trash can icon) to delete all the selected files permanently.
Back up files to PC to empty trash on Android
You can delete most of your downloaded files from your device after you have safely backed them up on a cloud service or a PC (or even a hard drive). This is especially great for files or other data that you use once in a while (not regularly). Let us see how to do this:
- Launch your PC and connect it with your phone with USB cable.
- You will get a notification on your phone saying “charging this device via USB“. Tap on it.
- The system will ask you “Use USB for“, selected the “File transfer“ option.
- Now, you will get a notification on your computer which says that a device has been connected.
- The computer system will ask you how you would like to use this device, click on “File transfer“.
- On your PC, open the drive named after your phone’s model number.
- Move out all the files you would like to from internal storage and/or SD card into a new folder on your PC’s hard drive.
- After making sure the copying process is done, go back to be my computer page and right-click on the drive named after your device’s model.
- From the pop-up list of options, click on the “Eject” button.
- After you receive a notification to your PC confirming the ejection of your device, you can now unplug the USB cable, and you are all set!
How to empty trash with Google Files
Google’s official file manager can help you delete unnecessary files on your device. This is a great method because it will help you delete them effortlessly with just a few taps. Let us look at the steps involved:
- Unlock your phone and go to the Google Play Store.
- Search and install the “Google files” app on your device.
- Once the app is installed, launch the app and give it all the necessary permissions.
- When you’re all set, tap on the “Clean” button from the app’s main page at the bottom of your screen.
- The app will recommend you all the possible unwanted data you can delete. It will present you all the unnecessary data in different categories like apps, downloaded files, photos and video, etc.
- Tap on “Select and free up space” option from any category you would prefer to delete data from.
- From the present list of apps/files/videos/photos, simply choose the ones you would like to delete.
- Tap on the delete/clean up button when you are done selecting.