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Files Go: how to free up storage space in Android with the new Google app

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Although the memory of mobile phones is increasing, the lack of storage is still a fairly common problem, especially in the middle and input ranges where the specifications are more adjusted. Google has been implementing functions in Android to help us better manage storage and its latest solution is Files Go, an application focused on freeing space in Android quickly and easily.

At the moment, Files Go is in the testing phase but it is already available in the Play Store. We have already tested it and we can confirm that it works wonders . We tell you how you can free space on your Android.

Update 5/12: Google Files Go has already left the beta period. The stable and definitive version is available for download in the Play Store.

Win space on your Android with Files Go

Nothing else to open Files Go welcomes us a very striking screen that is structured with the classic interface of cards of Google. At the top, heading all the cards, we have the used storage and what we have left free. In my case they were 11.40 GB of 23.50 GB, but it will depend on how much memory your mobile has and how much data you have stored.

In the cards Google shows several suggestions to scratch a few MB or even extra GB. And what can we eliminate? The truth is that many things, starting with the application cache . If we select this card, Files Go will show us a list of applications that have accumulated temporary files and what each of them occupies. In the capture you can see how Instagram and YouTube were the most ‘trash’ generated, while others such as Telegram take up less space.

The applications cache is formed by, as we said, temporary files. These files help to make everything load faster, but they also take up space, so it is convenient to empty them from time to time. Files Go allows us to choose the apps one by one or all at once, once the selection is made, just click on the ‘Delete’ button and the files will be deleted. When you return to the home screen you will see how the used memory has dropped.

Google Go Files also allows us to delete other files such as those stored in the downloads folder, large files, duplicate files, junk media files and others. In all cases the app lets us choose which files of all the suggested ones we want to delete and also discard the card in case we do not want to delete any.

If we do not configure anything, by default Files Go will suggest us to eliminate all the categories that we have mentioned, but if we go to Settings (it is accessed by pressing the button of the three points in the main screen) we can decide if we want to limit any of them. For example, we can deactivate the option of large multimedia files or downloaded files. In addition, it also allows us to configure if we want to receive alerts when there is little storage space left.

Uninstall applications that you do not use

Another function that Files Go has is to tell us which applications we have installed are not being used on a regular basis. It is common that we download apps and remain forgotten in a folder, or that we simply stop using a game or a specific tool. If we want Files Go to detect these cases, we must first give them permission to use, once configured we can see the suggestions made by the application.

Files Go will show us a list of applications that we have not used for a long time , detailing the date of the last use of each of them so that it is easier for us to choose which ones to uninstall and which ones are not. Then, just click on Uninstall and follow the process. The downside in this case is that we will have to accept the uninstallation of each app manually.

Explorer and file sending

The new Google application also has a section called ‘Files’ where we have access to a browser from which to access the folders of downloads, received files, images, videos, audio and documents. From here we can, not only delete, but visualize, obtain information from the file, change the name and even share all the elements.

Finally, in the lower part of this section we have the option to send and receive files without using the Internet. The sending is done through Bluetooth and it is necessary that the other person also has Files Go installed on their mobile.

When I finished deleting all the data that Files Go suggested, the space used on my mobile device dropped to 8.88 GB, almost 3 GB less than the starting point, which is not bad. How much have you managed to free?

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