One flaw with Android devices, like the HTC Evo that I own is that you have your storage split into two different locations, unlike the iPhone, most Android devices have built-in storage space and an expansion slot to use an SD card.
In the case of the Evo, the built-in storage is –unfortunately– limited to 512mb. It’s a terrible choice by HTC but it’s what it is and here’s a quick way to clear up some space from there.
If you’re constantly getting warnings that your device is filling up or that you have very little space remaining, you can install an SMS backup app and then backup your text messages.
In my case, when I did this I had over 10,000 messages in my phone. Besides the space that these messages take up, whenever I open the messaging app, the phone would become slow. Clearing these messages really helped with that too.
I used SMS Backup + which takes the messages and backs them up to your Gmail account under a specific label; default is SMS but you can customize this. The app is really easy to configure and use so I won’t cover that here, but you just have to do the following:
- Install the app.
- Configure your account on it.
- Run an inital backup. Mine took about 3 hours.
- Then delete all messages and start with a clean slate.
If you’re like many people and don’t care to keep your text messages around, then just skip the backup app altogether and do a mass delete on all your messages. If you’re a heavy sms user, then this might help a little with your storage issues and it will certainly give you a slight boost in performance.