There’s no denying that storage continues to get cheaper by the day, but when it comes to internal device memory, your BlackBerry phone can make you wince. Because in the past few years, our smartphones have been storing more than our text messages, photos and contacts.

BlackBerry apps are one of the prominent memory eating cannibals today in the electronics world. According to a CNET report published last year, there are 120,000 apps available at BlackBerry World.

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And the announcement from RIM’s VP Development Relations Alec Saunders also falsifies the perception that BlackBerry users don’t use applications. At that time, he revealed that there were 6 million daily downloads from BlackBerry App World, which total 174 million a month, and 30 app downloads per user a year.

The problem is when these apps get installed on your internal memory, which is already the home to native apps, tools and services. A greater number of applications and processes not only eats up memory, it can also lead to a decline in performance and system crashes.

The good news is you can always follow storage saving best practices to free up internal memory and ensure that system processes go smoothly on your phone. Try out some of the following:

1. Delete unnecessary files & applications

Take a good look on the number of applications installed on your device; there is a good chance you’ll see apps that you haven’t even used for a while, but you may not be aware that even a single extra install can lead to sluggish processing and low memory runs.

16 GB is the most popular internal memory variant available today for BlackBerry phones including 10 series phones Z10 and Q10 mentioned here. This internal storage doesn’t take long to fill up if you install apps regularly. Even the data exchanged over your wireless carrier’s LTE service can contribute to internal storage hogging.

Therefore it is necessary to purge unnecessary files and apps, which can include photos, text messages, emails, messenger applications and phone contacts.

2. Clear the cache

The default internet browser on your device stores thousands of temporary internet files on system files, which can have an effect on system memory.

You can delete them by launching the web browser in use, tapping the BlackBerry symbol that appears below the screen and selecting the clear cache button by scrolling down in the options menu.

You can do this every other week or month depending on how regularly you use the internet on your BlackBerry mobile.

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3. Enable content compression option

Content compression on BlackBerry smartphones was created to reduce the size of the data stored on your device. Toggling on this option compresses the data including contacts, journal entries, system tasks and memos.

You can turn on this setting through the following steps

  • Click the Options button on the home icon screen.
  • Select Security Options > General.
  • Now select Content Compression and then click the trackball to choose Enabled.

The setting can be saved through exiting or selecting ‘save’ when the dialog box for ‘changes made’ appears.

The internal memory space of your BlackBerry handset is precious, so follow these measures to free up some space and complete the overall memory of your handset with an external SD card.

Know other ways? Feel free to add to these tips in the comments section below.