If you’re constantly running out of data storage space on your smart phone and you’ve resisted the siren call of buying a new phone with more memory, you might find some help in an unexpected place.
While music streaming apps and photo and music libraries are often the biggest hits to a phone’s memory that you can try to clear out, one place you might not think to look is in your text-messaging app. Emojis, stickers and little music clips may not seem like they take up much space, but if you exchange lots of photos and videos with family and friends, too, they can add up to a lot of space taken up on your phone.
For unimportant or old message threads, swipe left on iPhone or hold down the message on Android and delete the whole thread. For really important message threads with friends or family, you may want to scroll back and make sure you’re not deleting photos, videos or important messages you want to save.
In my own experiences, I’ve found that big group message threads with lots of people sharing photos tend to be big memory hogs. Post those videos or photos on a private online cloud service or save them to a computer to keep them from taking up phone-storage space.
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