What is Others in Android Storage & How to free up internal storage on Android

In recent years, Android has improved tremendously as an operating system.

Google has focused on file management systems to become faster and more effective. However, this came at the cost of storage space. The OS files are becoming larger; similarly, games and apps are becoming heavier and resource-intensive. Surprisingly, all the photos, videos, apps and documents are stacking under the section called ‘Other’. 


You might be wondering, why is my local storage running out of space so quickly? Why does this ‘Other’ category in local space consist of so much data? 

Don’t fuss. In this article, we’ll be describing what is others in Android storage.

Keep reading below.


What’s in ‘Other’ in storage:


There is a list of things you’ll find under the category ‘Other’. We are mentioning some of them down below.


  1. Failed Backups:


In the modern internet era, Google gives you the option to backup your mobile data in the Google Drive cloud. Google also provides you with other services. There are some that will allow you to do the same thing with attractive price options.


There are many benefits to syncing your used device to the cloud. For example, even if you lose all your data, you will still have a backup. Moreover, even if the device you have has less space in the local storage, you can access all your files while it is active. 


Cloud services allow us with password vaults, game data backup, free storage space, file hosting, and much more. However, these services are often misleading due to frequent updates and new features.


Somehow, most of these problems are fixed instantly. But even if that is fixed, there may be some failed backups on your device locally that the backup service itself may not recognize. Your used device may also contain duplicate files, which may take up extra space. You can find these files under the ‘Others’ section.


  1. Failed OTA Updates:


New devices are made in this manner that they are suitable for a few major Operating System updates. Besides, some security updates in their lifetime. 

If I look at the last decade, most of these updates are provided by OTA. This is very convenient for the customer because the device can be updated remotely whenever it is required.



What is Others in Android Storage



On the other hand, the downside of OTA updates is that they easily fail when they receive slow networks. Higher internet ping can also be the cause of the failure of OTA updates. Also, have to mention the fact that if you are on a long journey, then it’s impossible to connect virtually. 


Many a time, these temporary installer files and half-downloaded updates may appear in ‘Others’ on your device. 


2.Private App Data:


One of the most notable reasons for your storage running out of space is Privet app data filling up under the Others section. This data includes failed OTA updates, additional downloaded files, cloud sync files, and many more. 


These days, most of the apps and games contain smaller installation files. Besides, it needs heavy downloads over the Wi-Fi to be fully functional. There are also applications that connect to the cloud and download and upload data on a regular basis, based on your choices.


Moreover, online services quite often rupture and fail to remove cache data, which would stack on your Android device’s storage.



What is Others in Android Storage



3.Hidden Cache & Temporary Data: 


Suppose you are browsing or playing a game or using an app. Whatever you do, in the meantime, it gets connected to the internet and downloads lots of data. These data could be content, ads, consumer files, and much more. Usually, these files are programmed in such a manner that they get cleaned upon exit. So that your device’s local storage doesn’t clutter. 


But sometimes, these files get leftover. This is a typical issue of mobile browsers. If somehow you don’t clean up the leftover data of the browser, then it’ll take a significant amount of space in your local storage. 


Finally, all these caches or temporary files will show up in ‘Others’. You can locate them at the time of analyzing your filesystem.



What is Others in Android Storage



How to clean the ‘Others’ section in the storage:

There are few ways how you can clean ‘Others’ data from your storage. 


Use Clean Up option:

Presently, most Android devices give you compliance to clean up your phone’s storage very easily using the Settings app only. Follow the given process to know how to do this.


Firstly, you have to go to the settings app on your device.

Then you have to scroll down to the option named storage. If you are using a Samsung device, you’ll get it under the Device care option. Else, you can search ‘storage’ using the search bar.


Finally, under the Storage option, you can get the Others option; also you can find more info by simply tap on the item. This can vary depending on different Android phones and UI systems.


Use the File Manager app:


The best way to solve a problem is to fully understand your problem. To locate large files on your local storage, you can use an efficient file manager.


You can easily sort them according to their size. Which will help you to easily identify large files as well. Additionally, you can detect the root cause which may be the large system files you have in your local storage, and also the hidden files located in the ‘other’ section. There are some recommended file analysts and file managers.


  1. File Manager by Flashlight + Clock
  2. Disk Usage By Ivan Volosyuk
  3. Storage Analyzer & Disk Usage by Anton Patapovich
  4. Amaze File Manager By Team Amaze
  5. Ghost Commander By Ghost Squared





Q1: How can I delete leftovers from Android/obb & Android/data directories?


Answer: Often, due to some glitches, the leftover data of deleted apps remain in the filesystem. That’s why you have to delete them manually. Follow the process described below to do this task.


  • At first, go to the File Manager app on your device.
  • Then, navigate to the Settings option and enable the ‘Show System Files & Folders’.
  • Now, in the file manager, you have to go to ‘/Android/obb’.
  • In this following window, most of the file will be named with the format of ‘com.ABC.XYZ’. ABC indicates the developer’s name, and XYZ depicts the App name.
  • After that, the files you have deleted in the app search for them individually.
  • Once you have completed deleting in ‘/Android/obb’, similarly, repeat the process in ‘/Android/data’.
  • You just have to follow the previous steps to get all the leftover data. Take your time and delete the ones you find and do the same with ‘Other’ storage also.


Final Thoughts:

This particular article was solely focused on what is others in Android storage. We tried to cover most of the things in this tutorial. What do you think about our guide? Did we miss anything out? Let us know your fruitful thoughts in the comment section. We’d love to catch you up.



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