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These days, your smartphone is your primary hub for news, information, entertainment, banking, learning … well, I could go on and on. All thanks to the ever increasing processor power, bigger, brighter, high-resolution displays for the mobile phones.

However, you will soon realize even these large internal memory specs on the high-end smartphones of 16GB and 32GB are easy to get depleted and fast. You have your high pixels pictures, HD video recordings, numerous songs playlist including both videos and MP3s, and documents you can access while on the go.

We have our data, in our phones and sometimes if feels painful to have to delete them. A situation we all face whenever we are running out of room for more internal storage. That said, the following are various recommendations that will help you economically use those 16GB or 32GB internal memory on your smartphone:

Reduce the Photo Pixels: You should know that the higher the pixels on your phone’s camera, the better the quality and bigger size you photo will become. Objectively speaking, most people do not need to take pictures with phone camera higher than 8MP; unless you are a professional photographer. To reduce the size of your picture, then you should consider using a lower resolution camera and thus, save on space.

Reduce the Video Resolution: Again just like the photo pixels, the higher the resolution of your videos, the more memory they will eat up on your device. Shooting 720p videos will give you more than satisfactory video playback on your device. Going for 1080p or 4K resolutions videos is not only unnecessary in most situations, not to mentions most Android video players will not play such videos.

Buy a MicroSD Card: This is a no-brainer; if you are running out of memory then you need to extend it using a MicroSD Card. However, the problem is; it is becoming a trend for high-end smartphones makers to produce phones without the MicroSD Card slots. Probably because they want you to buy the version of their flagship smartphone with the biggest internal memory capacity; at a very premium price.

As far as purchasing a MicroSD Card goes, be careful to check the maximum size your phone supports before going out to buy one. Each phone has a limit to the size of the MicroSD Card it can use. Also, be sure to buy the authentic stuff, there are a lot of knock-off imitations memory cards out there.

Cloud Storage: Cloud is always the best alternative for storing your files because it gives you access to the files from multiple devices with internet access. It also somewhat secure should your device get lost or stolen, as the files stored in the cloud should not be accessible without your permission.

Related: The best Free Cloud Storage provider

However, there is just one major drawback with going Cloud computing. You must have access to reliable internet connection. Meaning you will have to spend extra to pay for mobile data or Wi-Fi connection.

USB OTG is your friend: USB On-The-Go as the name suggest is a USB stick you can access through your phone. It is especially useful to individuals with smartphones without MicroSD card slots as mentioned above.

The last suggestion would be to store your files on your desktop computer and access it remotely via the home or office network. However, this will limit you as you will need to be connected to that particular network to access your files. It will only work as long as you are connected to your home or office network.

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