How to Manage Storage on Your Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

Somewhere deep in your Fire phone’s bosom lies a storage device. It’s like the hard drive in a computer: The thing can’t be removed, but that’s not the point. The point is that the storage is used for your apps, music, videos, pictures, and a host of other information.

Reviewing storage stats

To see how much storage space is available on your phone, open the Settings app and choose the Battery & Storage category. Tap the command View Available Storage. The Storage screen details information about storage space.

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Touch a category on the Storage screen to view details on how the storage is used or to launch an associated app. For example, touching Applications displays a list of apps, on both the cloud and the phone itself (device). Choosing Photos lets you view pictures:

  • The Fire phone makes excellent use of cloud storage, so most of the media you access is stored there (on the Internet) as opposed to on the phone itself. That’s good news because videos, music, and pictures consume the most storage space on a phone.

  • Don’t bemoan the knowledge that the Free value is far less than the phone’s storage capacity. For example, a 32GB phone shows only 24.7GB free. (That’s 2.29GB used plus 22.41GB available.) The missing space is considered overhead, as are several gigabytes taken by the government for tax purposes.

Clearing storage space

The Fire phone clears up storage space by taking items you’ve downloaded from the cloud to the device and removing them from the device. The items can still be accessed — and downloaded again — but the duplicate copy is removed.

To clear out any download duplicates, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Choose the Battery & Storage category to expand that area.

  3. Select the command Free Space on Your Phone.

    You see a list of downloaded items.

  4. Place a check mark by the items you desire to purge.

    Some items already feature check marks, which means that the phone is completely okay with your removing those items.

  5. Tap the Delete icon at the bottom of the screen.

    The items are removed, freeing up a modicum of space.

One reason to download something to the phone is for when you travel. A copy of a web page, music, photo, or movie is handy to have when you’re away from the Internet on an international flight.