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How to Get Rid of Duplicate Files on Android

by Frank
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Running out of storage space on your Android phone might make it seem ancient. Duplicate file removal is a simple approach to free up space, but it may be time-consuming. We’ll teach you how to accomplish it quickly.

Because Android storage may be a bit of a jumble, it’s not surprising that duplicate files might accumulate without your notice. It’s not enjoyable to go through a lengthy list of files and manually select out the duplicates. Fortunately, the “Files by Google” software can assist.

Some Android smartphones come pre-installed with Files by Android. If it isn’t already on your device, you can get it from the Google Play Store.

Install "Files by Google."

When you first use the app, you’ll be prompted to accept Google’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. If you agree, tap “Continue” to continue.

Tap "Continue" to agree to Google's terms and privacy policy.

Tap “Allow” on the permissions dialog to provide the app access to your files.

Tap "Allow" to give Google access to your files.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can get started. To begin, go to the “Clean” option in the bottom bar.

Go to the "Clean" tab.

Allow the app a few seconds to load everything. On this screen, you should see a “Delete Duplicates” card. To access it, tap “Select Files.”

Tap "Select Files" on the "Delete Duplicates" card.

Again, it may take a second for the software to load the files. All of the duplicate files will now be presented side by side with the original file indicated. You may either pick “All Copies” to maintain the original while removing all duplicates, or you can go through and individually select the files.

Select all or manually select files.

Following your choices, touch the “Move Files to Trash” button at the bottom of the screen.

Tap "Move Files to Trash."

To confirm, tap “Move Files to Trash” one more.

Tap "Move Files to Trash" again.

That’s all! After 30 days, the files will be relocated to the trash and permanently erased. There are various different methods to free up storage space with the Files by Google app. It’s a useful tool for keeping your Android devices clean.

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