Here we go again: you tried to download an app from Google Play and your smartphone, a Huawei terminal with only 16GB of storage, told you that you didn't have enough space to complete the procedure. Really a nuisance, right? Then get ready to face the situation once and for all and let me explain how to free huawei memory: I assure you that it is much simpler than you imagine.
By putting some precautions into practice and using some apps dedicated to cleaning useless files, you will be able to recover a lot of space on your device and save new data on it without worries. Also, if you have a smartphone or tablet with expandable memory, in the second part of the guide you will find instructions on how to move apps and other data to the microSD in order to obtain new storage space for apps, photos, videos and other files.
Please note: for the tutorial I will use a P9 Lite equipped with Android 6.0 and the EMUI 4.1.1 interface. In any case, the indications below should be valid for all terminals produced by the Chinese company and all versions of Android and EMUI. Happy reading and have fun!
App to Free Up Huawei Memory
The easiest (and most effective) way to free up Huawei memory is to rely on applications suitable for the purpose: apps that allow you to free up space on the device's internal memory by deleting the app's temporary files and system cache. Furthermore, some of them allow you to easily identify the apps that take up the most space and delete them in a few taps, thus freeing up the device memory. In short, turn to a solution of this kind and in a few seconds you will be able to recover several MB, if not GB, of free space on your smartphone (or tablet).
Telephone Management is an application that is pre-installed on many Huawei devices and that allows you to perform various operations: it frees the device memory by deleting the temporary files of the system and apps, monitors the battery status, blocks access to applications, allows you to filter calls and much more.
To take advantage of the function that allows you to free up space on the smartphone (or tablet) memory, start Phone Manager, tap the icon System optimization and wait a few seconds for a memory scan to be performed. Next, make sure there is a check mark next to all the items placed in the section Cache junk e pulsing sul pulsating Clear to start clearing all cache files. If you don't want to clear the cache of any particular app or system service, remove the check mark from its name.
I also point out that by expanding the item Memory Cleanup (above) you can have a list of the applications that take up more space on the device memory and uninstall them with a tap, putting the checkbox next to their names. Convenient, isn't it?
Files Go by Google
Another application that allows you to free up the memory of your smartphone (or tablet) and that I highly recommend you try is Files Go by Google, thanks to which it is possible to have a complete picture of the apps and files on your device (or on the SD card installed in it) and delete the superfluous ones.
To exploit the full potential of Files Go by Google, download the application from the Google Play Store, launch it and, after following its initial tutorial, grant it permissions to access the files stored on the device. At this point, browse all the tabs in the section Archiving and analyzes the solutions that the app automatically proposes to free up space on the memory of your device: you will find, for example, a card to start the search for unused apps; a card with the list of large files (i.e. the files that take up more space on the device memory); a card with files from move to SD card (if your device has SD support) and so on.
Then select the item relating to the function you want to use, for example the search for large files, allow Files Go by Google to access the settings and / or contents of the phone following the instructions on the screen and proceed to delete the elements unwanted by placing the check mark next to their names and then pressing the button Delete.
By moving to the tab Fillet of Files Go by Google, you also have the ability to quickly browse the download for free, app, images, the video, the audio files and papers present on the device, arrange them in the order you prefer (eg by size, in order to immediately identify the "heavier" ones) and delete them. Let's take a practical example.
If you want to find the apps that take up the most space on your smartphone or tablet, select the item App from the card Fillet of Files Go by Google, presses the icon of list (the three horizontal lines) located at the top right and choose the option By size from the menu that opens. Once this is done, identify the heavier apps you want to delete, select them and press the button Uninstall (present in the next screen) to uninstall.
SD Maid is one of the best apps dedicated to cleaning Android systems. It allows you to delete system cache files, residual files of deleted apps, application databases (eg Spotify) and files that take up more space on the smartphone (or tablet) memory. It is also available in a paid version, at a cost of 2,99 euros, which allows you to clear the cache of third-party applications and find duplicate files on the device's memory: personally I recommend it, it's worth every penny of that. which costs. Another thing I recommend, if you have a device subjected to the root procedure, is to grant SD Maid the highest permissions: in this way, the app can act more "in depth" and delete a greater number of temporary files. .
Having made these necessary premises, let's take action. Therefore, download SD Maid from the Play Store, start it and, if possible, grant it root permissions by pressing the button Conceded. At this point, press the button Scan and wait for the app to find i remains of applications (the residual files of the apps removed from the device), the files related to the system cleaning (the system cache), files related to the application cleanup (the application cache, can only be deleted with SD Maid Pro) and the files related to database of apps.
When the scan is complete, press the button Run now to delete all superfluous data detected by SD Maid or, alternatively, presses on the individual items (Remains of applications, System cleaning etc.) to view the data belonging to each category and choose "manually" which to delete or which to keep.
To access the other SD Maid features, such as the one that allows you to discover the "heaviest" files on the device memory or duplicate files, tap the ☰ button located at the top left and choose one of the items available in the menu you opens: Storage space analyzer to find out which files are taking up the most space and where they are, Duplicates to find duplicates and so on.
Once you have selected the option of your interest, start the related scan, then select the data to be deleted and confirm by pressing the appropriate button. Easier than that ?!
Move Data and Apps to SD
If you have a device with expandable storage, you can free up its internal storage by moving data and apps to one microSD. Before proceeding, however, make sure you have a memory card that is large enough and, above all, fast enough. My advice is to use a microSD of 10 class certified A1 (therefore optimized specifically for Android devices). For more information on choosing a microSD for Android smartphones and tablets, read my tutorial on which micro SD to buy.
Set the SD As the Main Storage Unit
Once you have installed the microSD in your smartphone or tablet (if you don't know how to do it, you can follow the instructions in my tutorial on how to insert a Huawei SIM, the procedure to follow is the same), I suggest you set the latter as the main memory of the device.
To proceed, go to the menu Settings (the gear icon located on the home screen or in the screen with the list of all the apps installed on the device), moved to Advanced Settings> Memory & Storage, tap on the item Default position and select yours microSD from the box that opens. For the changes to take effect, you will be asked to restart your smartphone (or tablet). When the device is restarted, application data, some apps, photos and videos made with it will be saved on the microSD instead of its internal memory.
Force Moving Apps to SD
Many smartphones and tablets manufactured by Huawei, even if you set the SD as the main storage drive, do not allow you to move applications to external storage cards. To bypass this limitation, the root of the smartphone (or tablet) and resort to applications that allow you to "force" the movement of apps to SD through the technique of symbolic links.
If you have never heard of it, with the symbolic link technique the SD card is divided into two partitions: one formatted in FAT: and one with the file system EXT2 / EXT3 / EXT4 (which is mounted automatically each time the device is started). The application files are then moved to the second microSD partition while symbolic links are created in their source folders (therefore on the internal memory of the device): by doing so, the app data is physically moved to the microSD but Android "sees them" still as if they were on internal memory, so it allows you to use applications without any problem.
The procedure to be carried out is a bit long and complex but, I assure you, it's worth it if you really want to free up the memory of a Huawei device. These are the main steps to take.
- Root. If you haven't done so yet and don't know how to proceed, follow the instructions in my tutorial on how to unlock a Huawei device. But be careful, with the unlocking of the bootloader (one of the operations necessary to perform the root), you will lose all the data on the device.
- Install the App2SD application. You can find it directly on the Play Store, at no cost (only some advanced functions, such as assembling folders, are available for a fee, but you can easily do without them at this juncture).
- Partition the microSD. To do this, start App2SD, grant it root permissions by pressing the button Conceded i went his Partition utility. Then use the adjustment barlocated at the top to set the size of the 1st partition and 2st partition to create (the secondary partition is the one where the apps will be saved, so make sure it is large enough) and set the file systems to use using the appropriate drop-down menus: then choose fat32for the first partition ed ext4 for the second partition. Finally, press the button Yes (bottom right) and answer Yes to all other warnings they make on the screen. At the end of the procedure, the device will have to be restarted to apply the changes.
- Upon new access to Android, start App2SD, tap on the option Connect apps to the SD card, metti il segno di spunta accanto alle voci ext4 e The device supports su.d / Use Magisk interface and press in sequence on the buttons OK, Yes e OK. At this point, identify the apps to be moved to the SD (those marked with User are the apps installed by the user, those marked by the writing System are the system apps, which should not be moved), select it and press the button first Fellow worker and then OK. Then put the check mark next to the item Select allaward OK And that's it.
If any steps are not clear to you, read my tutorial on how to move apps to Huawei SD in which I explained in more detail how to move applications from the internal memory of Huawei devices to external memory cards.
Move Files to SD
How do you say? Would you like to move your data to the microSD without setting it as the main storage unit and without rooting your device? No problem, now I'll explain how to do it.
To move your data from the internal memory of your smartphone (or tablet) to the microSD, all you have to do is start the Huawei home file manager (File management), select the tab Local, access the internal memory of the device and locate the files to move to the SD, for example the files in the folder Download or photos and videos made on the device (the DCIM).
Then activate the selection mode by making a prolonged tap on any of the files to be transferred. Then put the check mark next to all the files to be copied to the SD and press the button Move located at the bottom left. At this point, go up again Local, select the SD card, enter the folder where you want to move the files and press the button Move located at the bottom right to start the data transfer. Easier than that ?!
Save Photos and Videos on the SD
If you want, you can also set the SD card as the main memory for photos and videos taken with the camera (without setting it as the main system memory). To do this, launch the app Camera, access its settings by swiping from right to left and move up ON the lever for the option Priority saving on SD.
If any step is not clear to you, consult my tutorial in which I explained in detail how to move photos to the Huawei SD card.
Other Useful Solutions
At this point in the tutorial you should have already managed to free up memory on your Huawei device. However, if you still need to reclaim a few MB of space, here are some tips that may come in handy.
- Connect your device to the computer and transfer to the latter the data that you do not need to always carry with you (eg videos that you have recorded and that you do not need to watch often). If you don't know how to connect Huawei to your PC, read my tutorial dedicated to the topic.
- Use Google Photos. If you have never heard of it, Google Photos is an excellent free service offered by Google that allows you to store photos and videos on the cloud, automatically taking them from the device's Gallery. It offers unlimited online space (as long as you accept a limit in the resolution of photos at 16MP and videos at 1080p) and allows you to free up the space occupied by photos and videos on your phone / tablet with a simple tap. To find out how it works, read my dedicated tutorial.
- Use music streaming services. Applications such as Spotify and Amazon Music allow you to access huge streaming music catalogs, without necessarily having to occupy the memory of the device with "tons" of songs. They cost around 9,99 euros / month but all allow a free trial of 30 or more days. To find out more, read my posts on how Spotify works and how Amazon Music Unlimited works.
- Use cloud storage services. Rather than keeping every document that is sent to you on your smartphone (or tablet), rely on cloud storage services and keep files on the Internet, then maintaining the ability to recall them locally when necessary. Among the most reliable cloud storage services I point out Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive, of which I told you in my tutorials on how Google Drive works, how Dropbox works and how OneDrive works.