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Streamline file directories

Locate and remove the biggest files hidden on your device

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Most Android devices will alert you to when your device’s internal storage is nearing its maximum capacity, but it won’t aid you in the process of clearing out the space. Where most users will look to uninstall apps and delete old photos to make some room, the files that you’ll really want to delete are hidden deep within your device’s file directories. Although you can use an app like File Commander to locate these directories, it’s often an arduous task to locate the files that are safe to completely remove from your device. One wrong removal can lead to certain features on your device being rendered useless.

As an alternative, the FileHog app automatically scans your device for the largest unneeded files, and offers a removal system that’s both quick and easy to use. Here’s how to set up the app and start removing the clutter from your device.

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  1. step1

    Initial directory scan

    After creating an account through the app, you’ll be greeted with an outline of the biggest expendable files stored on your device. At the top of the list you’ll find the biggest file, while scrolling down will reveal smaller files. Press on the menu icon on the top of the app to continue.

  2. step2

    Take a closer look

    Through this side menu you can take a closer look at a specific area of your device’s storage. Select any of the tabs provided to be taken to that specific section of the app. Depending on how cluttered the section is, it can take a few minutes for all files to show.

  3. step3

    Further options

    With your specified directory now open, press on the ‘sort’ symbol at the top of the app. This will now change your results to display the smallest expendable items that can be removed. Although you’ll want to remove all the bigger files, smaller files are worth considering too.

  4. step4

    Start to remove

    Select a file in the directory and a separate menu will appear. Here you can view the file in question to check if it’s okay to be deleted, as well as copy the file’s location on to a clipboard. However, to clear space, go ahead and press on the Delete option that’s provided.

  5. step5

    Confirm to delete

    Go ahead and confirm that you want to delete the file. If the file is especially large, give your device a few seconds to process the removal. Once finished, you should find a small notification appears at the bottom of the screen letting you know it’s been fully deleted.

  6. step6

    Check your metrics

    Open up the side menu once again after deleting all necessary files. Select the Metrics tab from the menu to get an overview of your deleted files. Here you can see where the files were deleted from and the amount of space you were able to save using the FileHog app.

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