All Sections

How to get more storage space on your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge

We show you how to free up storage space on your new Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge phone, and how to install a microSD memory card to expand the available storage.

If you’ve already run out of space on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, there are a few possible solutions to free up some storage. Your best bet is to use Samsung’s Smart Manager to delete files and apps you don’t need, and install a microSD memory card to quickly expand your available storage. Here’s how.

How to use Samsung Smart Manager to free up Galaxy S7 storage

If you go to the Galaxy S7’s settings menu and scroll down a bit, you’ll see the Smart Manager tool listed. Give this a tap.

Smart Manager is a simple phone management app that can help to clear the clutter and keep your S7 clean. When it pops up, you’ll see four different sections. The top left deals with battery life, the bottom left covers memory, and the bottom right is all about data security. But the one we’re interested in is the top right segment, which helps to manage your storage space.

Tap that quadrant and you’ll see a breakdown of how much storage space you’re using. To perform a quick and simple clean up, just tap the ‘Delete’ button in the Unnecessary Data section. This gets rid of cached info and other rubbish that you don’t need, and can generally free up 500MB to 1GB of space, if you only occasionally use it.

If that’s not enough, then head down to the User Data section and tap Details. This shows you how much space is being used up by your photos, videos, music, apps and documents. If one particular area is hogging most of your S7’s storage, then you can tap it and delete anything you don’t need. We recommend tapping the apps section, which shows you any apps you rarely use – uninstalling these is a quick and easy win.

How to insert a microSD memory card into the S7 and move apps over

Pop open the SIM tray on the top of the Galaxy S7 by inserting Samsung’s pin tool inside the hole. In here you’ll also find space for a microSD memory card. You can buy microSD cards cheaply from manufacturers like Amazon, with cards up to 200GB supported, and it’s a very quick and easy way to add loads of extra storage to the S7.

When you’ve fitted your microSD memory card, head to your S7’s Settings and then scroll down to Storage. Tap ‘Used Space’ in the Storage menu, followed by ‘Apps’. Here you’ll see a list of your installed apps which are taking up valuable space on your phone. To move these across to your new microSD memory card, just tap one and then select ‘Change’ beside Storage Used. From here you can transfer the app to your card.


  • Ray Pasquali

    Greetings-So I go to settings and do not see any “smart Manager” tool. I’ve looked everywhere in the settings menu. What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks, Ray

    • Rob Young

      I used device maintenance and found it to “say” it helped clean up everything

  • Ramz

    Can u help me please, how can i delete “other” storage i noticed other storage is being used 13GB.
    I dunno where it come from it eats a lot GB.
    I tried to clear cache uninstall game apps but doesn’t changed my “other” storage.
    Btw i use samsung s7 edge.

    • Bishop

      Sorry for the late reply but perhaps this will help some people.
      You cannot see the exact Other storage contents 🙁 But you can check it out by pressing Other and it will redirect you to file manager. You have to manually see which folders are the biggest; most likely it is Android folder which stores all apps data.

      Android OS tends to very inconveniently calculate app size: it calculates the basic app functions under Apps and all additional app contents under Other. For example, under Apps you see that Chrome only takes 100 megs, but in fact there may be 1 Gig of data used by Chrome under Other storage: such as dwnlded pictures, video, cache, cookies, etc, etc.
      Many games also do this. World of Tanks only installs at 70 MB (shown under Apps) and then dwnlds the major part of the game (2 GB) under Other (app cache).
      The Oculus VR apps do this A LOT. Like, VR app itself 30 MB under Apps, then 2 GB video that you watch in this app is stored under Other.

      In all cases, you have to manually find and remove the undesired data in the File manager. Just press Other and it shall transfer you to File manager where you want to check Android folder immediately.

  • Essam Abulfatth

    There is no “change” under apps storage screen

  • rkn78

    This article is an embarrassment and shouldn’t show up in Google search results.

  • Cynic

    Smart Manager? Where?

  • Bishop

    Hey guys, when doing this please note that
    1) Using the Cleaning tool can wipe your gallery miniatures, so you’ll have to reload all thumbnails when you go to Gallery the next time
    2) It is advised to only move small, utility apps to the SD card. Leave the big games at phone storage for faster performance.