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Clean Up Your Android Phone With Google ‘Files Go’ App

Google's Files Go, an app intended to clear out your phone clutter, is no longer in beta.

The storage manager app, which Google calls a "cleanup app," offers suggestions on what files you should delete from your phone. That includes telling you which apps have gone unused, how many temporary files you have in your app cache, and which files are taking up the most space. As you use the app more, it'll fine-tune its suggestions, Google says. Keeping with the theme, the download itself is less than 4MB.

"We've been testing Files Go for a month, and the average user is saving 1GB of space," company vice president Caesar Sengupta wrote in a Tuesday blog post.

The app also acts as a file manager to help you better navigate the multimedia on your phone and share or save it online.

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There's also support for offline file transfer with friends who are physically nearby, and also have Files Go installed. The exchange does not eat into any mobile data; the file-sharing transfer occurs over a "secured Hotspot," according to Google.

The company is making Files Go available as it's trying to improve the Android experience for phones with limited storage space.


On Tuesday, the company announced a lightweight version of the operating system called Android Oreo (Go Edition). The software is tailored for phones with 512MB or 1GB of RAM and includes optimizations that make installed apps run faster while requiring less memory. For instance, the Google apps running on the Go Edition take up 50 percent less space.

"The net result is that we've doubled the amount of available storage on entry-level devices," Google's director of product management for Android, Sagar Kamdar, wrote in a blog post. That will provide Android users with entry-level phones more space for music, apps and photos, he added.

The lightweight operating system will also come bundled with Google's Files Go app.

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