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Three Easy Ways to Delete Junk Files on Your Phone


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Before, you bought a new phone and I made a new start. Now we just copy all the junk files from the old model to the new one.

Of course it is faster and brighterbut it’s full of files you don’t need, contacts you haven’t spoken to in years, and photos you don’t remember taking – or don’t want to see again.

It doesn’t take much effort to clear things up if you know what to do. I’ve got your back. Reserve a few minutes. You’ll thank yourself (and me) later.

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Use your phone’s built-in tools

The iPhone has a handy hidden folder that most people ignore: Duplicates. The Photos app identifies when you have multiple versions of an image or video so you can delete all but the highest quality version.

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  • In the Photos app, tap Albums > Duplicates. Duplicate photos and videos will appear next to each other.
  • Faucet Merge to combine duplicates, then press Merge (number) items.

Anything you merge will go to your Recently Deleted folder in case you want to recover it. Hurry up.

On AndroidGoogle’s Files app does something similar.


  • Open Files. At the bottom you will see To do the housework. Tap it to see a list of junk files clogging up your phone: old screenshots, downloaded files, and more.
  • Choose a category, then tap Select files.
  • Faucet All itemsSO DELETE. Click on Confirm to complete the job.

Do you want to look deeper into your photos? These apps do the heavy lifting to clean up the waste for you.

Clear the Inbox You Forgot

No, not your old Yahoo account. I’m talking about texts. All those messages, along with the photos and videos you’ve sent and received, take up space and make it difficult to find the person you really want to talk to.

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Just swipe on a chat to see the delete option. You can also hold down the chat to view the options.

  • On iPhone, long-press on a thread and a menu will appear. Select DELETE > DELETE.
  • On Android, tap and hold a thread, then tap the button trash can icon.

Make sure to delete marketing texts, spam, one-time codes, and anything else that takes up space.


Pro Tip: You can pin a conversation to the top of your text inbox so it’s always on top.

  • On an iPhone or Android, it works the same. Open your text messages, then press and hold on a conversation thread. You should see the option to Pin or one pushpin icon. Press one and you’re good to go.

The nuclear option

No joke, some computer genius at Komando headquarters wipes his phone once a year. It sounds painful (and it kind of is), but it can keep yours running quickly and smoothly. Think about it: there is a lot less trash piled up if you clean it regularly.

Make sure to back up your phone first, then a factory reset makes it easy to get all your important information on board.

On iPhone:

  • Open Settings > General > Transfer or reset iPhone > Reset.
  • Select Erase all content and settings.
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On Samsung:

  • Open Settings > Executive management.
  • Swipe and tap ResetSO Factory Data Reset > Reset.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to confirm, then tap Delete all.

On Google Pixel:

  • Open Settings > System > Reset Options > Erase All Data (Factory Reset).
  • To clear all data from your phone’s internal memory, tap Clear all data.

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