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Tech Tips – Refresh and Maintain your Current Tech (Part 6)
There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of space on your device right when you need it most.

Luckily, though, there are a number of options available to give you more storage space if you need it, both on PCs and desktops, and on tablets and mobile devices.

This week we’ll look into the available options for increasing the storage available on tablets and mobile devices.


Person holding a tablet

On-board and Expandable Storage

On-board storage for the vast majority of mobile devices is not something that you can change, due to how the devices are built – most are not modular like PCs, and don’t have parts you can swap in or out.

As a tablet or phone ages, its storage inevitably, gradually fills up – with personal files, downloads, and multimedia files, but also with system and app updates, additional apps, temporary files, and other things.

Software and apps, too, are becoming increasingly storage-hungry, and the amount of storage that seemed fine a year or two ago may seem insufficient now. For example, back in 2007, the first iPhone shipped with 4, 8 or 16GB of storage – the top end of which was enormous in comparison to existing feature phones and there were questions as to whether anyone would ever need that much storage space. Fast forward 15 years, and now, in 2022, 64, 128, and 256GB are the most common storage capacities for most mobile devices, and even then, 64GB is a verging on the small side.

How simple it is to add storage to your phone or tablet is partially dependent on what brand it is. Apple devices, as per their specification, do not offer expandable storage. Some Android devices, however, do offer the option to expand your device’s capacity using a MicroSD card. It’s best to check in the specifications of your device to see if it does in fact have expandable storage. If it does, it’s just a case of popping a MicroSD card into the slot, and you have instant increased storage space.

But what if your device doesn’t offer the option of expandable storage?

Fortunately, there are other options. For both lightning-based and USB-C based devices, there is the option of using a flash storage drive. Using a device like this, you can simply connect it to your device when you need access to the files on it, using it to store movies, music, and other large files, or using it to backup photos.


Cloud Storage

The third option, and a very useful one, is cloud storage. Both Apple and Google offer access to theirs on iOS and Android devices respectively. Other companies such as Microsoft, Samsung, Lenovo and others also offer their own cloud storage options. Most will charge a small monthly fee for this service, but there are also options which make it far more useful than removable storage.

For example, Apple Photos and Google Photos both have options to store lower-quality previews of your images on your device, while storing the larger, better-quality ones in the cloud – meaning they take up less space on your device, but are still readily available for download in better quality anywhere you have an active internet connection. You can also use iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive and a variety of others to store your other larger files too, by using their respective apps to upload the files from your device.

The benefit of storing things in the cloud rather than on your device, on a flash drive or in expandable storage is that you can access them from pretty much any internet-connected device. If you use the same cloud storage account on your PC or laptop, it then means you have access to all of your files, from anywhere – the caveat then being of course that you need an internet connection to access your files.

Last but not least, you can buy a new device with a larger storage capacity. The choice is up to you!


If you’re stuck and need advice or guidance, or are overwhelmed with all the available options, drop us a line and we’ll do our best to advise you!

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