Files Go: New app from Google helps you free up storage space on your smartphone

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Google has launched Files Go, a new Android app that helps users free up storage space on their smartphone or tablet.

Files Go, which Google calls a “clean up app”, works by giving users more information on what is eating up the most amount of storage space.

It can help identify duplicate apps and photos and offers suggestions for deletion, as well helping you easily remove temporary files or apps which you have not used in a while.

The more you use the app, the smarter it gets, so over time will learn what type of files you are likely to want to delete and will also fine tune suggestions on the files it thinks you don’t need.

The app can also be used as a file manager to help you better organise and navigate multimedia and other files stored on your phone.

Files Go also allows users to share files with one another by creating an encrypted hotspot between 2 devices. Files are transferred at a speedy 125Mbps, Google says.

“Every day, millions of smartphones run out of space. While phones with 16GB or 32GB of storage are becoming more popular, many phones around the world have much less storage, often as low as 4GB, Caesar Sengupta, VP of Google’s Next Billion Users Team wrote in a blog post.

“And with the barrage of images, videos, apps and documents that keep piling up, at some point it becomes a mess—it’s hard to find what you need when you need it, and your phone slows down and starts crashing. We all eventually reach that point where we have to choose what to keep or delete.

“That’s why we’re excited to introduce Files Go, an app that takes a mobile-first approach to freeing up space, finding files faster and easily sharing them with others”, he added.

During testing Google said the average Android phone can free up around 1GB of storage space by using Files Go.

Available to download now from the Google Play Store, Files Go works on any device running Android Lollipop 5.0 and above.

The release of files go comes as Google is stepping up its efforts to make its services more accessible to users with older smartphones and limited storage space.

Also this week, Google announced the launch of a stripped down version of its Android operating system, which is initially available to users in India.

Trying to woo India’s 1.2 billion smartphone subscribers, the Android Oreo Go operating system can work on entry-level smartphones with memory of as low as 512 megabytes, Google said on Tuesday, adding it expects devices running on the software to start hitting store shelves in the coming months.

Jonathan Fairfield
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK's leading watch and horology websites.
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