What have you got stored on your phone? Chances are you have all of your photos stored there, possibly a few videos, as well as all of your apps and games.
For most of us, unless we manually check the remaining capacity from time to time, storage – whether on internal and/or external microSD cards – tends to run out of space with little or no warning. Especially on budget device with only a 16GB or less memory, it can end up being filled up pretty quickly, with no native Android audit.
With StorageTrac, you can keep tabs on this information. The app records file creation, modification and deletion on the storage card and collects the data to present it in a chart.
The result is an app that can show you how often your storage is accessed. This can prove useful for seeing how much storage is being used, and how long an external microSD card might last.
StorageTrac need permission to track your SD card storage status. Open the app, tap Menu > Settings and then Enable Tracking. Once enabled, you’ll need to be using the app for a few days – a few hours at least – to get the best results from it.
Set the update interval
Based on what info you want to collect over a specific period, you should also set an Update Interval. This can be anything from 15 minutes to 24 hours. By knowing what the interval is, shown on the chart, collected data makes more sense.
View storage tracking
The main screen features the plotted chart based on the amount of data you add and remove from your internal storage. StorageTrac works with your SD card, too. Use the Day/Week/Month/Year menu in the top left to change the view.
View file activity
To find out just what is being recorded, and when, tap the chart to view info about the period you’re interested in. The first screen lists all files that have been created at that point. Scroll right to see any relevant deleted or modified files.
Search for specific files
StorageTrac features a search tool to track the activity of particular file types. For instance, to check how many JPEG images are saved to your device, tap Search and enter ‘jpeg’ in the box. The results show where the files can be found.
Delete old data
To reduce StorageTrac’s load on your device, use the ‘Delete history…’ option in the Settings menu. Four options – Now!, Week, Month and Year – can be selected; tap OK to confirm. Once cleared, tracking logs cannot be restored.