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The ultimate guide to freeing up space on your mobile phone

ByCindy J. Daddario

Sep 20, 2022

More and more photos are taken with the mobile, more and more WhatsApp with attachments are received and more and more series and films are downloaded to enjoy on the way to work. Storage space on mobile phones has become a new Eden that every user yearns for. There is no worse news than reading on the mobile screen that it is no longer possible to store photos, or even worse, to update the operating system, for lack of space.

The increase in mobile phone storage capacity has followed a slow but steady trajectory; however, this curve appears to be gradually flattening. Why, if the demand for space continues to grow? We find the answer in the cloud: manufacturers appreciate all the benefits, and not just for the user, of choosing to trust media content on a remote server.

The solution is in the cloud

This commitment shifts the space requirement from limited hardware to a scalable remote fabric, with the following user benefits:

  • It is not necessary to make a large investment in a model with more storage capacity and, in this sense, it must be remembered that physical media (SSD) are more expensive than space on a remote server.
  • The remote storage space is flexible, so each user can dispose of it according to their particular needs: more space when needed, less for low-use profiles. Storage is no longer an issue for the mobile user.
  • In case of theft, breakdown or loss of the device, the data will remain safe and can be restored on the next device.
  • The cloud is the best repository for sharing content, since you only need to get a link to the collection of photos or videos to share and avoid cluttering emails or WhatsApp with attachments.

Good, nice, cheap… Why don’t people opt for external servers instead of storage on the device itself? In fact, and although not everyone may be aware of it, most manufacturers already do it: Google insists that Android owners activate synchronization with Google Photos, while Apple does the same with iCloud (and what about those who use Dropbox, who are tempted by alerts to activate the uploading of photos to their servers).

Big brands have good reason to entice their customers with remote server deals: they allow for the option of contracting subscription plans, a ganogano for them, since in addition to perpetuating invoicing with the customer, they retain it by generating more resistance to a possible change of platform. If someone has, for example, 20,000 photos on Google… Why complicate your life by migrating them to iCloud when you buy an iPhone?

Is this a safe solution? “You may perceive a risk in terms of confidentiality”, explains Fernando Suárez Lorenzo, president of the General Council of Professional Associations of Computer Engineering, “but the truth is that these services mainly offer security against accidental loss”, he concludes. . This expert points out that companies that provide cloud hosting services “take great care” to ensure the privacy of their users, which is strictly regulated by law.

The main solutions in the cloud

As we’ve pointed out before, both Google and Apple offer a service that’s tailored to their pluses, offering the added benefit of integration. Thus, iCloud, the Cupertino service, has a system by which photos and applications that are not used or consulted are deleted from the device, automatically redownloading them the moment the user accesses them.

Google One, the muscle of the algorithm

It will be the natural solution for all Android users, and not only because of the integration with the platform, but also because the first 15 GB are completely free. This space is more than enough for a non-intensive user, especially if we take into account that, with a simple click, we can access the next stage: a whopping 100 GB of storage (1.99 euros per month ). Those who choose the engine Almighty Google will also benefit from the potential of its applications, such as Google Photos and the Docs office suite. The firm founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page offers the guarantees of a more than consolidated giant, even if this company has always defended itself against accusations of monetizing the private information of its users. In the case of payment services, Google explains in detail its strict privacy policy and the possible use of private data for commercial purposes has been rejected ad nauseam by Sundar Pichai himself, CEO of the company.

iCloud, privacy and ecosystem as flags

Who does not need to give any explanation regarding the security and privacy of the data of its Apple users, which has taken these values ​​as a flag from the first moment. The price to pay for not monetizing subscriber information, yes, will be the price: iCloud is only free in a 5GB testimonial, which serve as an appetizer for casual users of the iPhone camera and to those who do not make intensive use of it. of the device. The next tier begs to check out: $0.99 per month for 50GB, space that many iPhone users criticize as scarce. iCloud offers, yes, seamless integration across the entire business ecosystem and can dramatically reduce space on iPhones by automatically uploading unused photos and apps to the cloud.

Dropbox, the “hard drive for everyone” in the cloud

But without a doubt, the credit for “democratizing” cloud services must go to Dropbox, and being the first gave them a huge advantage. Daniel Ek’s popular product boasts one of the best integrations on the market. Why is this important? Because it’s incredibly easy to upload any type of document, photo or file from virtually any app on the market. Simply put, developers have always considered Dropbox while establishing interactions and this makes this tool an outstanding cross-save,

both with mobile devices and desktop computers. Regarding prices, the free base of 2 GB will be used by the user to do his tests and as soon as he is convinced of the proper functioning of the system, climb to the next level from which it is rare to download: 2 TB for 9, 99 euros per unit. month. As you can see, Dropbox’s commitment goes beyond just storing photos and videos and wants to establish itself as the only cloud backup for all devices in the home.

Movistar Cloud, open bar for operator subscribers

When one reads “free unlimited storage”, the suspicions are immediately activated: Unlimited really? What is the counterpart? Will private data be exploited? Movistar has settled this debate by offering a completely unlimited and free storage service for its subscribers; there are no small print or conflicts of interest: the operator wants to take care of all the needs of its subscribers to prevent them from satisfying them outside of its umbrella. The operator’s activity is based on a monthly fee that it tries to fill with value-added services, as is the case with Movistar Cloud. End-to-end encryption and the possibility for the user to manage all their information from the application itself prove de facto that it is a plus at the service of its subscribers. Positive reviews in both app stores (Google Play and App Store) confirm that this is a solid product, although it still falls short of the level of in-app functionality offered by its competitors, especially when it comes to photo storage. such as facial and object recognition.

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