How to reclaim phone storage with Google Photos’ Free Up Space feature

Google Photos has a great way to get back some of your phone’s storage!

The best feature of Google Photos ^( is the hassle free backups: all your photos and videos are automatically up to the cloud, so you won’t lose your favorite memories. If you’re moving to a new phone, all of your old photos are available just by signing in.


A side effect of this is it means your photos and videos don’t need to take up space on your phone. 256GB phones are a thing ^(, but you can save a good bit of money by getting phones with less storage. Videos — especially 4K videos — can fill up your phone fast, so if you can offload them to the cloud you’ll keep your phone from filling up.

Here’s how to free up space in Google Photos!

  1. Open the Google Photos app.
  2. Tap the three-line icon in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap Free up space.
  4. You’ll see a summary of how much space can be freed from your phone. When you’re ready, tap Free up X MB.


This will remove photos and videos from your phone if they have already been backed up to Google Drive ^( Everything that hasn’t been backed up on your phone will stay there, and will be uploaded the next time you’re on WiFi.

That’s it! Your photos and videos are still safe in the cloud, and you get back a bit more space on your phone.

How often do you delete photos that have been backed up? Let us know down below!

Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).

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