[Guide] Use Google Pixel’s Smart Storage feature

Like any other smartphone, the Pixel phone also needs the occasional storage cleanup operation. Normally, this task seems very time-consuming but now you can save a lot of time if you decide to use Google Pixel’s Smart Storage feature instead of manually cleaning up useless files and apps.

Smart Storage can run in the background every now and then but you can also launch a cleanup task manually whenever you need to. Keep reading to find out how to set it up.

How to use Google Pixel’s Smart Storage feature

First things first. Navigate to Settings -> Storage -> Manage Storage.

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With the ‘Smart Storage’ option enabled, Android will automatically remove all the photos and videos which have been backed up at regular time intervals. You can use the ‘Remove backed up photos & videos’ to set the age of the items that will be removed during automated cleanup tasks which can be 30, 60 or 90 days.

No need to worry – these files can be easily redownloaded should you ever need any of them again.

If you want to manually trigger a cleanup task tap on the ‘Free up space now’ option.

This option forces the device to remove photos, videos, downloaded files, and apps you haven’t accessed during the past 90 days. It certainly makes a lot of sense that anything you didn’t use over the last 3 months is expandable, plus the backed up photos and videos can be downloaded again at any time. All you need to do is check the box next to each file you want to delete and once you’re happy with the selection tap on the ‘Free Up’ button.

Instead of going through the hassle of manually cleaning up files and apps you don’t need anymore you can simply use Google Pixel’s Smart Storage feature and save a significant amount of time.

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