Top 5 Easiest Ways to Get More Space On Your LG Optimus V

The LG Optimus V has MBs of space in a GB world. It is not an odd man out among its peers, but it is still limited in how much space you can use to install apps compared to the big boys like the Droid lines and the Motorola Triumph.

All apps have to be installed, at least in part, inside the phone’s internal memory. The apps also have to have some space to operate and will often collect even more MB of data, cache, etc.

As a rule, I try to keep at least 30MB free on my phone at all times because it seems like I have the most problems when I go below this threshold. If you find that your phone seems laggy, you might check and see if this fixes it.

Here we go, the top five easiest ways to get more space on your LG Optimus V.

1. Install smaller apps -

If you have a choice between one mp3 player that is 5MB and one that is 2MB, if you can, choose the smaller one. Consider it a hunting challenge to find the smallest app that does a large app’s job. This means that you might have to install and uninstall a few apps, but so what? Its fun.

2. Use an APP2SD program

Use an APP2SD program like Superbox (my personal favorite all-purpose toolbox app). This kind of program will help you move portions of apps to the microSD card. The amount of the app that is moved to the microSD card will vary widely between developers – sometimes you may have 1/20th moved to the microSD and in others, you may see that most of the app is actually moved to the microSD.

Keep in mind also that if you move an app to the microSD card that its widgets (if it has any) will not work. Widgets will only work in apps that are completely in the phone’s memory.

3. Watch an app’s cache and data collection

Watch an app’s cache and data collection and if you can, set an app to store its cache on the microSD card. A cache is like an app’s work desk. When you launch the app, it goes and gets all the papers and items it will need to accomplish a task and lays them all out on the desk to be at the ready.

We can all agree that this method is much more efficient than if the office worker, for example, did a small task, put everything away, and then went and got most of the same papers again to do a slightly different task.

On the downside of this method, it takes up much more temporary space on the desk, and in real life, on your phone. Apps like Twidroyd can rack up 10+MB of cache storage (this is an app that can be set to store most of its cache to the microSD – Look for it in the settings).

Or you can just uninstall all of the updates (can’t actually uninstall the software without root [admin] access), which reduces Twidroyd to a mere 2 MBs “ish”. Of course, if you uninstall the updates, you cannot use Twidroyd, and you will have to set it to never update in the market.

Other Twitter apps are significantly smaller and often just work better. The web apps are also pretty decent. All of the other large apps that came with the phone you do not plan on using can also have all of the updates uninstalled to and save even more space.

Once a day or so, I would go ahead and use a cache cleaning app (Superbox has one of these as well as the APP2SD tool) to just clean up after a hard days work in one click.

You may notice that apps also accumulate “data” storage as well as a cache. Data is a much more permanent feature of an app – If you clear it out, your app loses all of your saved preferences, tweaks, and content. Choose apps that accumulate less data if at all possible.

4. “Clean house”

“Clean house” on a regular basis and try to keep a “space cushion” of about 30MB of free internal phone memory as a goal.  I go through my phone at least once a week and remove apps I am not using – Many apps are easy to install on demand and do not need to be taking up space all of the time.

5. Think “Rotation” not “Retention”!

Apps are like outfits – you can wear them all again, but you only have so much space on your body. Change it up on your phone like you do with your clothes. It keeps it interesting, and it means that you can use a much wider variety of apps.

If you do not want to keep downloading the apps from the Market every time you want to reinstall an app again, you can use an “installer” app (Superbox has one of these tools in it too [no the Superbox people do not pay me to talk about them this much, I just totally dig their app]) that will scan your microSD card for any Android apps that were previously downloaded as APK files.

So In review:

  • Install Smaller Apps
  • Use APP2SD
  • Watch Cache and Data
  • Clean House Regularly
  • Think “Rotation”
You got it, enjoy your extra space!!
Dana Rock

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