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How to Sort and Remove Junk Files

Sort and Remove Junk Files
Written by Hassan Abbas

Sort and Remove Junk Files: Smartphones of this age have a few amounts of inbuilt storage. But if you have come to own your device for some time, then you might end up collecting a pile of junk on it. These files aren’t scrapped inside a specific folder. So that you can easily remove them. However, the consequences of installing and uninstalling lots of apps, browsing through the web, and downloading files.

To increase your phone speed and free up its storage, you’ll need to find a service that actually does the job. Besides thousands of cleaner apps that are present on Google Play. Input– SD Maid. The app, unlike its popular counterparts, can find and remove leftover files from uninstalled apps, copied files, surplus files from the system, and optimize databases.

How to sort and delete junk files from your Android phone

In this article, we’ll help you look and find junk files on your smartphone device and delete them. So that you may retain some extra storage and also boost your phone at the same time. Follow the steps carefully to Sort and Remove Junk Files.

Step 1:

Firstly, install and download the SD Maid and SD Maid Pro Unlocker apps from Google Play. Also, the latter has a paid app but for the price you pay, you get all extra features present on SD Maid.

Step 2:

Also, open the SD Maid Pro – Unlocker app and click on Launch SD Maid at the bottom.

This will enable all the Pro features of SD Maid and also open the SD Maid app on your screen.

Step 3:

Click on the Scan button at the bottom to begin checking for redundant files.

SD Maid will also check for files from uninstalled apps, copied files, databases and expendable files.

Step 4:

Once the scan is complete, click on the Run now button. This button will also show the size of the junk files that will be wiped up during the whole process.

Step 5:

Also, confirm the deletion process by clicking Run.

SD Maid will now begin deleting the check junk files from your internal storage.

Finding and removing duplicate files

Certainly, the space on your android gets crowded just because of your media files and how you share them. However, your Android and the apps you use to create a duplicate of files that you’re sharing to others and sometimes, you might have created one for a specific use.

In addition to deleting junk files, you can sort through other folders in your storage and find copies through SD Maid. Also, SD Maid will only show the fiches that are quite the same by comparing sizes and checksums without remembering the date of creation and names of files. However, to find, sort and remove junk files on SD Maid follow these steps:

Step 1:

Click on the hamburger menu at the top left and choose Duplicates.

Step 2:

Inside this page, click on the circle arrow icon to initiate searching for duplicate files on your storage.

However, a list of duplicate files are present and can be cleared up. Lots of duplicate files will be clubbed inside a single box showing their file sizes. However, the location they’re saved to and their date of creation. However, this will help you to sort files you want to delete and which one you might need to keep.

Step 3:

To manually remove a duplicate file, click on any of the two or more files and press Delete.

Step 4:

If you want to mass-delete your copied files. Just click on the bubble at the bottom right, and allow SD Maid to choose your duplicate based on location data. After that, click on the trash icon at the bottom right and confirm by clicking Delete.

Scheduling automatic removal of junk files

When it comes to wiping up your device, then find yourself forgetting about it and often, delaying it for a later time, just to realize that the storage on your phone is full and want to be cleared ASAP. SD Maid not only clears your storage while using the app but you can also schedule it to do the clean up for you after regular intervals.

To set up automatic cleaning through SD Maid, just follow the instructions:

Step 1:

Click the hamburger icon at the top left corner of the SD Maid home screen and choose Scheduler.

Step 2:

On the next page, click on the toggle adjacent to the type of cleaner you like to allow for scheduling. You can also select from CorpseFinder, AppCleaner, SystemCleaner, Duplicates, and Databases. When you allow a specific section, a sub-section labeled Delete will appear. However, clicking will enable SD Maid to not only look out for unwanted files but also provides them the permission to remove them on its own.

For good results, you can allow all of SD Maid’s cleaners with the Delete option except for Duplicates. As the latter might certainly include necessary files that you wouldn’t like to remove.

Step 3:

In step 3, just set a schedule that the SD maid app follows to automatically looking for junk files and delete them. You can do so by clicking the clock icon at the top right. However, setting the time for the wiping process and then sliding through the bar below the clock for adjusting the schedule interval. You also want to schedule SD Maid’s auto-cleaning between once in a day to once every 31 days.

Step 4:

Also, click Set to confirm scheduling the automatic removal of junk files.

Clearing system files

The SystemCleaner inside SD Maid scans file types and folders that can be removed safely. These files also include log files, thumbnail files, Linux trash files, empty directories, LOST.DIR inside folders, advertisements, temporary files in the system and obsolete APKs. However, the app can be used to scan and delete these files from your storage.

Step 1:

Initially, click the hamburger icon at the top left corner of the SD Maid home screen and choose SystemCleaner.

Step 2:

Click on the circle arrow icon at the bottom right to begin searching for unwanted files from your system.

Step 3:

SD Maid will display you a list of cleanups that wants to be done. However, to clear up your storage by removing unwanted files from your system, click on the trash icon at the bottom right and then click Delete.

Step 4 (optional):

You can also filter the kind of system files you like to delete by clicking on the cogwheel icon at the top right. Also, choosing the toggles adjacent to the choices you like to allow for SystemCleaner.

Removing unwanted application files

SD Maid clears files that are not useful in running an application on your phone or it can be easily retained. However, a music app will store album covers on your device as thumbnails and certainly, these pictures occupy lots of Mbs on your storage. While, the same goes for other applications present on your phone.

SD Maid will also help users to regain back some memory by finding these unwanted application files and deleting them from their respective folders. You can also do so by following the steps given below:

Step 1:

Click the hamburger menu at the top left and choose AppCleaner.

Step 2:

Inside this page, click on the circle arrow icon at the bottom right to begin searching for unwanted files from your apps. Once the search is done, a list of apps appears that is no longer needs some files. The number of unwanted files and the expected storage to be cleared will be shown for each app in their respective boxes.

Step 3:

Remove the unwanted application files by clicking on the red trash icon at the bottom right and confirm by clicking Delete.

Analyzing folders by size

While SD Maid is used for cleaning purposes. However, the app can also help you to find which folder takes up your space. Also, the built-in Storage analyzer tool can be used to display files and folders sorted by size. They will continue to show up inside every folder you open through it.

Step 1:

Tap the hamburger menu at the top left and select ‘Storage analyzer’.

Step 2:

Tap on the circle arrow icon at the bottom right to start scanning your storage.

Step 3:

Once the app checks the space, click on the main directory and subdirectories to check which of your files and folders are taking up more space. For example, clicking on the WhatsApp folder display various folders with a graphical representation of how much space a specific folder takes up.

Step 4:

If there’s a file or folder you like to delete, long-press on it, click on the trash icon at the top right and confirm by clicking ‘Delete’.


Here’s all about “Sort and Remove Junk Files”. How do you like this method of deleting junk files from your Android device? Do you have other apps to do that for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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