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Why do you need expandable storage options for my phone?
When choosing a new phone, it’s really important to understand the available storage. Smartphones on contract payment plans often are considerably cheaper when a handset has a smaller memory option. This means that lots of us take the first model we’re offered and don’t even consider the phone’s memory capabilities, until we try to save something and receive the dreaded error message “not enough storage”.
That’s not to say you need to fork out lots for a model, with lots of internal storage right away – there’s lots of ways you can expand the storage options on your phone, before you splash the cash.
Memory Cards and Adaptors
Lots of smartphones have memory card slots which gives you the opportunity to save data and then remove it to save it elsewhere. The Samsung Galaxy models (all but the S6, for which it was temporarily dropped) all have capacity for MicroSD memory cards, as do the flagship models for LG, Sony and HTC. However, MicroSD cards don’t just plug in directly to laptops and other devices – so you’ll need a MicroSD USB card reader to use this with other USB devices. Once adapted and plugged in, you can drop and drag your info to another device to save it there, or pop it online. The Huawei Honor range and P6-9 models also have capacity to take a MicroSD card. Motorola phones typically take full-sized SD memory cards, but memory capacity and facilities ranges from model to model.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones come in a number of storage sizes up to 128GB, so if you can afford to splurge on a more expensive model, it’s worth doing so.
Online File Storage
There’s lots of ways to get around saving spacious files onto your phone. There’s some pretty big name file storage websites for you to drop files and photos onto (in some cases, for free), but of course, this requires you having the time to manually sort through files and upload them to the internet – which isn’t always the case if you need to save something immediately. Similarly, you can avoid taking up phone memory with music by using online streaming services; but you’ll need a decent enough signal to stream the content when you want it.
Most smartphone handsets can now be linked to cloud facilities, be it iCloud for iPhones or Google’s services for Android users. There’s free options here too, so it’s worth shopping around to find exactly what works best for you. Have a look around and see what you can find!