Hi and welcome to today’s post which is titled low space on smartphones.

Low space on smartphones is one of those things that tends to get people on edge. It is not really a nice place to be in. Having to sort through your files in order to determine which stuff to jettison and which ones to keep.

Personally, I hate seeing that low memory warning on the notification bar at the top of my device. So what is low memory on smartphones or low space and what does it mean?

Read: Memory, storage and ROM explained

Low space

Low space on smartphones is a situation where the device is starting to run out of both RAM and storage space. This mostly happens when the internal storage begins to fill up.

Read: Why do phones suffer from poor RAM management?

What happens during low space situations


One of the very first things you would notice is that the phone would begin to run slower. Phones run slower during low space siutations because of the actions going on in the background. These could include the operating system deleting cache and apps trying to redownlaod them. This back and forth between the OS and the apps tends to lag the device.

This is because the OS needs to conserve space and allocate it efficiently but apps need to create cache inorder to function properly. This standoff is not usally a problem if there was enough space on the device.

The next thing to happen would be apps getting force closed even while in use. This is because the OS goes into overdrive and aggressively manages the available memory.

Another thing is that system function begin to fail as there’s not enough space for them to run. The fingerprint sensor fails to unlock the device, the screen takes forever to wake up etc.

If the device (SoC and OS) finally runs out of memory and swap space, the device would freeze, reboot or even worse, go into into a bootloop.

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