Running low on storage? The Google Play Store wants to help

Running low on storage? The Google Play Store wants to help
Тhe rage-provoking "You're running low on storage space" 

We've all been there – you are chilling at home, browsing through the Play Store and you see a cool game you've heard about. You want to play it so badly that you press the download button without checking if you've got any more precious storage. Then the unthinkable happens. You see the worst message one can see in such a moment: "Not enough space". You clench teeth for a brief moment and proceed to freeing up storage manually.

Worry no more though, as Google has implemented a new feature in one of its most recent Play Store updates to prevent situations like the one above from ever happening again.It lets you react before facing the truth of not having any free space, just as you're running low on storage, and gives you a prompt. Decide you press it, you'll be lead to a screen on which installed apps are shown, sorted by usage frequency. From there on, you can remove multiple apps, instead of uninstalling them one by one. "Free up space" can be accessed from the "Updates" tab in the "My apps and games" page, as seen on the pictures below.


This feature could be taken as an upgrade to the already existing app-removal option the Play Store had. The older iteration hinted you were lacking storage, but it only did just as you began installing any bigger app, for example the game you so desired from the first paragraph.



There's another feature included in this most recent Play Store update, called "Subscriptions". You might ask, with a name so "mysterious", what does this feature try to accomplish? Well, it shows all of your subscriptions to apps, TV shows and such in one neat little tab, located right under "My apps and games". This way you don't have to scratch your head, wondering what you are subscribed to, and when does it renew. Keep in mind this feature is only available to some users, while others will have to wait a little bit before they can put their hands on it. On the picture to the right you can see how the new tab will look like.

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6 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And you still won't be able to delete bloatware you never use. So sad. Hopefully, this will change with Project Treble. Just replace the bloody ROM and get rid of everything except the OS, duh! G'Day!

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's not google's fault.. Phone manufacturers and mobile operators are the one who adds bloatware.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

My device management already does this as does the files.go app. Don't need another reminder

4. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

This will let developers make smaller apps so users won't uninstall them when they run out of space, it's kinda useful for those phone with low storage capacity

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

As if devs making their apps big just because they want to eat your phone's storage, or as if they can magically reduce their apps size while keeping all of it's functions.

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