Google Files was born as a utility to free up space in Android Go, although over time it lost the surname Go and is emerging as an essential tool in both Android phones of all ranges.
Google Files takes over from Clean Master and company, allowing you to free up space on your mobile in various ways, from deleting junk files even looking for duplicates or those that take up the most space. The obvious difference is that, in this case, it does not have advertising and does not tell you lies.
Delete useless files
Deleting junk files is in a way the main function of Files Go. This card usually comes out above all, although sometimes it may take a few seconds to appear as the application needs to do a storage analysis.
It’s the fastest and safest way to free up space
The good thing about this type of cleaning is that it is totally safeAs the application automatically chooses files that can be deleted without any repercussions. Hence they are called “garbage”. If you’re in a rush, you can tap Confirm and release and then confirm, although you can also tap on View junk files to see the full list.
If you chose to view the details, you are shown a list with all that will erase. Under each item, the reason why they will be deleted is indicated, which in most cases is that they are temporary files. If you prefer to keep those of a specific app, you can prevent its deletion by unchecking its box.
Delete photos that are in Google Photos
Another way to free up space on your mobile is by eliminating local copy of photos that have already been backed up on Google Photos. Tapping on Break free Google Photos opens in the corresponding card, where the confirmation window appears.
Google Photos suggests deleting the photos from more than 30 days ago that have already been saved in Google Photos, as you can always recover and view them by uploading them from the Internet, with the Google Photos app.
Now keep in mind that if you use the backup high quality, not the original quality, you will lose the original photos at a higher quality. The high quality of Google Photos limits photos to 16 megapixels (about 4920 x 3264 pixels).
Eliminate duplicate files
Another way to free up space without compromise on Android is to delete duplicate files, that is, of which you have several identical copies on mobile. Google Files is responsible for checking the size and date of the file to determine that two files are the same, even if they have different file names.
To remove duplicate files, tap Select and release, on the Duplicate Files card. The good news is that Google Files takes the trouble for you to choose one of the copies as featured, so you can delete the other.
In this case, it is you who must select what you want to delete. If you are not clear, a long touch opens the file or video in question. And, if neither copy interests you, you can always select both.
Files from WhatsApp, Telegram and other apps
Google Files will show you several more cards suggesting you delete multimedia files from different applications such as Telegram or WhatsApp. In this case there are no recommendations on what you should delete or not, but rather depends entirely on your criteria. What’s more, you better contain the desire to mark All the elements and it’s over, because some files might interest you.
This is especially important on WhatsApp, because the images and videos that you delete will be shown broken in the chats that contain them. In Telegram it doesn’t really matter, as the photos are saved in the cloud and downloaded again as soon as they are shown again in the chat.
Large and downloaded files
Do you remember when you downloaded a lot of game APKs because they were still on Google Play? Well, they are probably there, in the download folder. Google Files gives you quick access to the downloaded files from the card of the same name, so that you can review them and delete those that you no longer need.
A deeper cleaning requires you to manually choose what you want to erase
Similarly, it never hurts to take a look at the heaviest filesLike for example that time you recorded a 30 minute video and then forgot about it. Be careful, because a file is heavy and appears on this list does not mean that you can and should delete just because.
The truth is that in this section Files Go hardly gives you information about the files, so the best thing is that when in doubt, don’t delete. As in other apps, you can see a preview of photos, videos and other files with a long touch, but other “large files” that appear here can be useful, such as WhatsApp backups (msgstore.db files ), so you better not delete them.
Uninstall the apps you no longer use
The last way to free up space that Files Go suggests is uninstalling apps, although before activating it you need to grant the necessary permissions. Specifically, the permission to obtain application usage data and thus be able to determine which apps you haven’t opened for a long time.
After granting the permission, you will be able to see the list, which is ordered according to the last time you used each app. Once again, the final decision is yours, so mark only those apps you want to uninstall. The process is not entirely automatic, but you will be the one who has to click Uninstall in the pop-up window before each uninstallation.
Google Files gives you a hand to make it easier for you to free up space on your mobile, but sometimes there is no choice but to roll up your sleeves and do the cleaning by hand. For this, it has a fairly complete file explorer, available in the Explore tab.
This file explorer allows you to display files according to their type (images, videos, audio, documents, applications) regardless of where they are located, or if you prefer you can go to the bottom of the screen to view folders and files, both from the internal memory and from the SD memory, if it exists.
Here it is especially important that be careful what you eraseWell, there is no recycle bin or anything like it. If you find a file or folder that you are sure you want to delete (for example, Allo’s in the screenshot above), tap on the arrow to its right and choose Get rid of.
How much space can you free up with Google Files?
How much space you can free up with Google Files depends on how much junk your mobile has at the moment and how many old apps and files you can do without. In our test, we started with 29.31 GB used space and ended with 26.96 GB, so we have released 2.35 gigs, which is not bad at all.