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4 methods to clear downloads on Android (with images)

We sometimes tend to hoard files in our phones. However, the storage space of our Android phones can only store a limited number of data. When the storage is full, the smartphone will refuse to install new apps or install an app update. Moreover, the running speed and battery of the phone are also affected by the full storage.

Clearing some of your downloaded files can be the solution to your problem. We do not want a slow Android phone. Bring back the optimum function of your phone by knowing how to clear downloads on Android phones.

Below are some of the methods on how to clear downloads on your Android phone or device.

Method 1: Clear downloads through Settings

  • Go to Settings.
Step 1 of Method 1 Clear Downloads through Settings
  • Look for the apps or applications on the menu. When you have gone through that, look for the download icon.
Step 2 of Method 1 Clear Downloads through Settings
  • When you tap the icon, most of the application folders are there.
  • Choose which files you want to delete.
Step 3 of Method 1 Clear Downloads through Settings
  • Tap the Delete or Uninstall button.
  • A dialog box will appear asking if you wanted to delete the files permanently. Tap OK if you want to delete the files.

Method 2: Clear downloads from the Apps Tray

  • Go to the apps tray.
  • Look for the application that you want to delete.
Step 1 of Method 2 Clear downloads from apps tray
  • Tap on the application for a long time.
  • Some Android phones will let the user drag the application icon to the bottom to uninstall it. There are some phones that show a delete icon at the top of the application icon.
Step 2 of Method 2 Clear downloads from apps tray
  • When you try to uninstall the app, a confirmation message appears. Click OK or Cancel to confirm.

Method 3: Clear downloads through App Manager

  • Go to the apps tray.
  • Look for downloads. However, there are Android phones that do not show downloads app. Instead, look for the File Manager or My Files and tap Downloads.
  • Tap on a file that you wanted to delete. Moreover, a select mode will appear to select other files that you want to delete.
  • Tap the Delete button located at the corner of the screen. The delete button may be a trash bin icon or the word ‘delete’.
  • A dialog box will appear to confirm the deletion of files. Tap Delete or OK to confirm it.

Method 4: Clear out cached data

When you go through your Android phone’s settings, you can see that there is application storage. Tap on a single app and it will show you the amount of cached data it has.

You do not need to worry about clearing the cached data because these are just junk files; it is safe to delete the cached apps to free some storage space.

You can also clear all the cached data in just a few taps:

  • Go to Settings.
Step 1 of Method 4 Clear Downloads through Settings
  • Look for Device Maintenance.
  • Tap Storage.
  • Select Cached Data or Clean now.

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Conclusion

I know, it is hard to let go some of your valued files and memories. But, you would not want to have a slow android phone, do you? Instead, spare the really important ones by having a back up on Google Drive. You have to be cautious in clearing downloads on Android phones, you might delete the important ones.

Are there other methods on how to clear downloads on Android phones? If we have missed something, please share your ideas and methods to us! It might help other readers too.

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