New Android feature frees up storage when you really need it


Android users: Say goodbye to the never-ending struggle of running out of storage space on your phone.

Google has just launched a new auto-archiving feature that removes over 60% of unused apps’ data from your device, saving you sweet precious storage space in the process.

This is great for Android users who are always looking for ways to maximize their phone’s storage space.

With the ability to remove over 60% of unused app data, this feature is expected to free up space for users to store more critical data on their device

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According to a post on the Android Developers Blog, this feature won’t remove any user data and will mark the presence of the app with a cloud icon on your device.

Archived apps will have this recognizable symbol, making it easy for users to distinguish them from active apps.

When Android users run low on storage while trying to install a new app, they will see a prompt to use the auto-archiving feature.

Android phone with a message saying free up storage.
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“Your device is out of storage, and you won’t be able to install this app. With app archiving turned on, your device will detect when you don’t have enough storage and automatically archive apps that you don’t use often. Your personal data will be saved in case you download the app again.”

So, if activated, the feature will automatically archive unused apps while removing permissions and temporary files and disabling notifications.

How to enable auto-archiving apps

When trying to install a new app on your device but are out of storage, a pop-up window asks if you want to enable the auto-archive feature.

If you opt-in, the feature will automatically archive unused apps on your device, freeing up enough space to install your new app.

Users can also manually check for unused apps. Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings
  • Apps
  • Unused apps
  • You’ll see the last time an app was opened. From here, you’ll have to decide which apps to remove to free up storage

With this new feature, Android users can now say goodbye to the hassle of constantly running out of storage space and make room for more apps and memories on their devices.

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