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How to Empty trash on Android Phone

Emptying the trash, junk, or unwanted files on your Android phone can free up space. Doing that can also boost your phone memory as there will be fewer files using up the RAM afterward.

Furthermore, removing junk files on your smartphone can reduce app and phone lag.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to empty trash and temporary files or data on Android.

Delete storage trash and Junk files to free up memory

Follow the steps below to clear app trash and junks on your smartphone. Deleting junk and temporary files or data will boost the performance of your phone.

Empty App trash via Settings

1. Open Phone Settings

Search your phone for the Settings app then tap on it.

2. Click on storage

On the settings page, scroll to Storage and tap it.

click on storage

3. Select internal storage

From the list of options on the storage screen, click on internal storage.

click on internal storage option

4. Select Apps

The following screen should contain a list of data categories on your device. From the available options, click on Apps to open the list of APKs on your phone.

select android apps to clear junk and cache

5. Click on any App

There should be a list of apps sorted by the amount of storage space they occupy.

clear facebook app cache and data

Tap on any app that is taking up so much space.

6. Clear the app cache

Once you click on the app, tap on the clear cache button to release the app’s temporary files from your phone.

facebook app cache cleared on android

Remove Junk files and trash via File Manager

1. Open the File Manager app

Find the file manager on the app drawer, then click on it.

2. Open internal storage

There should be two tabs on the file manager screen:

  • Categories.
  • All files.
open android internal storage

Click on all files, then click on internal shared storage.

3. Select the Android folder

From the list of folders on the internal storage, click on the Android folder to open it.

click the android folder on internal storage

4. Select the Data folder

The Android folder usually contains three other folders:

  • Data folder.
  • Media folder.
  • OBB folder.
open the android  data folder

Click on the Data folder to open it.

5. Sort the folders by size

Click on the “sort by” option at the bottom of the screen. On the pop-up, tap on the option to sort by size.

sorting android data folders

Sorting the folders by size will display the biggest size folders at the top and the smallest size folders at the bottom.

6. Open any heavy folder and clear the cache

Tap on any folder at the top to open it. Within the folder, click on the cache folder (if there is any) to open the list of cached files.

whatsapp cache on android data folder
clearing whatsapp cache on android data folder

Tap on hold on any cached file to select it, then select all cached files and hit the delete button at the bottom of the screen.

Empty trash on Android Phone using FilesGo

Download and install the Files Go app here if you haven’t already.

1. Launch the Files Go app

Locate the Files app on your smartphone and launch it. The home screen should have three tabs:

  • Clean.
  • Browse.
  • Share.

Select the Clean tab.

clear junk files on filesgo app

2. Clear Junk files

The Junk files tap should be at the very top. Click on the button below the tab to empty the trash files on your phone.

You should be prompted to confirm your action, just click on the clear button to delete the trash.

delete trash on filesgo app

You can also manually view the junk files to delete by selecting the see junk files option.

manually erase app trash on filesgo app

Empty trash via Google Drive

  • Open the Google Drive app on your smartphone.
  • Tap on the menu icon at the top left corner of the screen.
  • Select trash from the list of the menu options.
  • Clear every trash files on your Drive.
google drive menu
clear trash on google drive app
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