Android Problems & Troubleshooting
Android Memory Problems
Memory Problems With Android & Possible Problem Fixes
Experiencing Android memory problems? Don't worry. I will showy you a couple of possible good fixes.
Unfortunately, memory problems with Android are quite popular especially among users of a bit older phones (and older versions of Android).
They are the winners in the category of Android memory problems.
Many Android phones after a couple of months begin to display tons of different notifications, such as, memory full problem (or memory low) or memory card problem and much more.
The good news is that I will help you deal with these problems and offer you a couple of possible fixes. Let's get started.
Note that all the below fixes and recommendations come from my own experience as a user and Android geek (I have been an Android fan for more than 6 years now). These are my own practices that I always recommend. Good luck!
Android Memory Problems: Fix 1 (Backing Up Photos To The Cloud)
Even though I own quite a new phone (Samsung Galaxy S7) which comes with 32 GB of internal memory, it usually becomes full after about 5-6 months of use.
That's partly because I don't store my photos on my SD card for security purposes.
Here is what you can do to speed your Android phone up and free internal memory space:
- Make sure that all of your photos are automatically backed up to Google Photos. To set this up, open the Google Photos app and go to Settings > Backup & sync and make sure that Back up & sync is turned ON (like on the screenshot below).
You can easily solve one of the biggest memory problems with Android by simply transferring your photos to Google Photos.
If you have an unlimited data plan, you can also turn cellular data backup. Note that this may impact your battery if you take a lot of photos.
- When in Google Photos, swipe right to open the left panel. Click on Free up space. This will remove all the already-backed-up photos from your device. This may be a huge memory saving for you.
Google Photos lets you easily free up space on your phone with one click.
Save Photos To Memory Card
I prefer saving my photos to the internal memory of my phone due to security reasons.
My phone is encrypted (its internal memory) so I think it's much more safe to keep my private stuff on the encrypted space.
I don't want to encrypt my SD card because I won't be able to use it on other devices (except the one on which it has been encrypted).
That's why I keep my private and "vulnerable" stuff on the internal memory and music (and some apps and books) on the SD card (I have been using the same SD card with the same content for several years).
If you don't have similar concerns, you might want to save photos to SD card. Here is how you set it up:
- Open the camera app and go to its settings. Make sure that Storage location is set to SD card.
You will quickly solve the Android memory full problem if you save photos to SD card.
Android Memory Low Problem: Fix 2 (Transferring Apps To SD Card)
Photos usually occupy the biggest amount of the valuable memory space on our phone and they are what most often causes the Android memory full problem.
However, if you install a lot of apps and games (to internal memory), they may add up in a similar way and make your memory full.
Here is how you can transfer apps to SD card:
- Download and install AppMgr III. This app will let you easily manage the storage and apps installed on your device.
You can download this app from:
The app will quickly analyze the storage of your device and tell you which apps can be moved to SD card.
With the use of this app, you can quickly solve the memory problem of your Android phone.
Once you move all the movable apps to SD card it's a good idea to clean app cache. To do that, click on the cache icon in the top right corner and then click OK.
If you are using Android 6.0.1, you will have to grant extra permissions for this app.
Some older phones (e.g. Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2) have very little internal memory space and will not allow for transferring apps to SD card by default. The only way to get this done is root such a phone at first. You can do that within minutes with the use of a KingoRoot app.
Android Memory Full Problem: Fix 3 (Backup your phone & restore it)
In the case of older phones sometimes even freeing some space (by removing photos or apps) does not have much effect. The phone is still slow and unresponsive. This is pretty much what happened with my S7 recently.
The best you can do in such case is to back up your phone and then restore its factory settings. It will again work as if it was a brand-new phone.
1: Back up your Android phone
To back up your phone, I recommend doing the two below things:
- Download and install My Super Backup & Restore App. As you can see the app lets you back up pretty much everything (apps, SMS, Contacts, Call logs).
The first thing I recommend is to back up your device.
- Backup the stuff you know you will need. I suggest sending all the backups to the cloud. The most convenient way is to upload them to Google Drive.
You can easily backup your phone to Google Drive and get rid of the biggest Android memory problem.
- If you use Android 5.0 (and higher), make sure that automatic backup is enabled. This way all of your settings and apps will be backed up on your Google account and it will take a few minutes to restore your phone.
This is how you make sure that your phone backs up to Google.
2: Restore factory settings
The quickest and the most effective way to fix the Android memory problems is to restore factory settings of your device.
Once you have completed doing the backup, you can proceed:
- Go to Settings > Backup & reset and then click on Factory data reset. Click RESET DEVICE.
Restoring factory settings will always solve all the Android memory problems. :)
One the reset it done, log in with your Google Account and connect to the Internet to restore the backup from Google account. If anything is missing, you can use the backups you did with My Super Backup & Restore.