How to clean out full storage on Google Pixel and Pixel XL

How to clean out full storage on Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Google Pixel phone both Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL come with 32/128 GB. At the beginning, this number may seem more than enough to store anything you want to save, but it is not impossible for the storage to get full someday. Sadly, Google Pixel phone doesn’t come with expandable storage, therefore to ensure that you have lots of free space for your apps, games and other content, you need to be wise with the available free space of the storage. If you have any issue of full storage with your Google Pixel phone, follow this tutorial about how to clean out full storage on Google Pixel.

How to clean out full storage by deleting photos and videos that have been backed up

As we know that you have free unlimited space to back up photos and videos, so all your photos and videos won’t give you any trouble with this full storage issue. Whenever you want to free up storage, you can delete photos and videos that have been uploaded to the Google Photos. Here, we have all steps about how to clean out full storage on Google Pixel by deleting photos and videos:
  1. Open Google Photos from the home screen or app drawer.
  2. Open up side menu by tapping on three-line menu bar or swiping in from the left.
  3. Tap “Free up space” in the side menu.
  4. Wait for app to tabulate photos stored in the cloud.
  5. Tap Remove to delete them from your phone.
The steps above won’t remove photos and videos on the Google Photos app. It means that these deleted photos and videos will still be available, even in their full quality, on Google Photos. Whenever you want to download them again to access them locally, just tap on the greyed-out version in Google Photos and tap Download. All downloaded photos and videos will be stored back to your phone memory. If you want to find photos you are looking for quickly on Google Photos app, you may like to read our previous tutorial. It will be easier for you to find any photo you want, then download it quickly.

How to clean out full storage by deleting unused apps and old downloads

When you have full storage on your Google Pixel, deleting unused apps and old downloads is another way to free up some space. Fortunately, Google Pixel comes with a useful tool which is hidden in the settings that frees up content that has not been touched or used in a while. With this hidden tool, your phone could calculate which files have been untouched or unused in over 30 days, so that you can delete them safely with one tap. Follow the steps below:
  1. Swipe down on the notification shade to open the notification drawer.
  2. Tap on the Settings icon (circular cog).
  3. Scroll down and tap on Storage.
  4. Tap on three-dot menu button in the top right.
  5. Tap on Free up space.
  6. Choose items you want to remove (Photos, Downloads, Apps) and tap Free up in the bottom right.
Besides deleting unused apps and old downloads on your Pixel phone or Pixel XL, you can also clean out full storage by clearing cache and app data on your Pixel phone or Pixel XL. If you want to know more detail steps about this, you may follow this url to guide you to the instruction manual about how to clear cache and app data on Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Google Pixel’s smart storage feature

How to clean out full storage on Google Pixel and Pixel XL
Sometimes, it is not easy to pick through apps or photos and videos to decide what stays and what goes to free up storage on your Pixel phone. Thankfully, Google is making it easier than ever to do with its Smart Storage feature on your Google Pixel phone. This feature can be a good solution when you are looking for a solution about how to clean out full storage on Google Pixel. This Smart Storage feature can do its own thing, periodically running in the background, if you set it automatically. You can also manually trigger a sweep of your phone’s storage to clear space on demand. For both method, you can follow the following tutorial to set up whether automatic clean up or manually trigger a sweep of your phone storage.

a. How to set up automatic cleanup

If you want the Smart Storage feature to do its own thing, you need to set it up into automatic cleanup. Below are the steps to do to set up automatic cleanup:
  1. Open the Settings app to access Smart Storage.
  2. Tap on Storage.
  3. Tap on Manage Storage.
Here you can enable or disable Smart Storage. If you decided to enable this feature, especially when it is triggered automatically, Smart Storage feature will only remove photos and videos previously backed up to Google Photos which can be downloaded if you want to view or share it again. When it is triggered automatically, you will need to tailor how often you want Smart Storage feature to remove photos and videos from your device. There will be three option to select: 30, 60, or 90 days.

b. How to manually clean up

Although you have enabled the Smart Storage feature, you may need to free up space manually. In the Smart Storage settings, there is an option “Free up space now” which can help you free up space at the time. This tool can be used to manually force your device to clear photos and videos, plus downloaded files and apps you haven’t used, touched, or opened in the last 90 days. Before manually removed photos and videos, or maybe downloaded files, don’t forget to check the boxes next to the category, or each individual app and file you want to remove. When you have finished checking all apps and files you want to remove, tap on the Free up button to remove the selected items.