How to Keep Files Small to Save Phone Space

Our lives are becoming increasingly digitized, with the option to have just about anything turned into a digital file, and then stored right on our devices for easy access. We can now do our banking online, check relevant work or school documents, and just about anything else you could ever imagine. If you can’t do it on your phone yet, just check back in a month or so, and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to do so.

While the software that goes into phones can be easily changed by simply pressing an “update” button or similar, changing the hardware like how much storage space you have is a bit taller of an order. This means that every file you put on your device should be as small as it can be, without compromising the usefulness of the file. Transferring files can be excessively easy, but if you aren’t strategic in how you go about this task, you might find your phone full before you realize it.  

Here’s how to be as prudent as possible when putting files on your phone:

Compress low-traffic files.

Any file you want to have access on your phone so you don’t lose it, but you don’t necessarily open or otherwise use very often, should be compressed. File compression is simply puttingall of the data in a file in a way that takes up less space. When you need to use the file, you can then uncompress it and use it as you’d normally do. It’s for this reason that any files you really want to have on your phone, but won’t be using daily, should absolutely be compressed for the sake of size. Compressing files can reduce their size by over half depending on the compression software used, so its effects are far from negligible.

Convert files to smaller formats.

Not all file formats are created equally, with few of them being made with phones in mind. For instance, many video files are optimized for PC use, meaning they are in file formats that are selected for quality and ease of use as opposed to space. The article “Reducing Video Free: When Size Does Matter” explains how changing a video to a more phone-friendly format can save you space without a noticeable decrease in quality. On a smaller phone screen, it isn’t always essential that all of your videos be in stunning 1080p quality, so changing the resolution or the file format itself can save you tons of space if you have a big collection of videos. Some of these formats will even work faster on mobile phones, so there’s more than just the size reason to consider this option.


Our phones come with us everywhere we go on a daily basis. It’s only smart to make sure you maximize just how much you can bring with you on that tiny device. As time goes on, we will begin to have phones with much larger storage space. But then, at this time, we need to be diligent with how we use each and every megabyte.