Running out of storage space can make your Android phone feel old. An easy way to free up some space is to remove duplicate files, but that can be a hassle. We will show you an easy way to do it.

Storage on Android can be a bit tricky, so it’s no surprise that duplicate files can accumulate without your knowledge. Scrolling through a long list of files and trying to select duplicates manually is no fun. Fortunately, the “Files by Google” app can help.

Files by Android is pre-installed on some Android devices. If it’s not on yours, you can download it from Google Play Store .


The first time you open the app, you’ll be asked to agree to Google’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Tap “Continue” to continue if you agree.


Grant the app permission to access your files by tapping “Allow” on the permission popup.


Now, with all of that out of the way, we can get started. First, switch to the “Clean” tab in the bottom bar.

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Go to the tab

Give the app a second or two to load everything. You should see a “Remove Duplicates” card somewhere on this screen. Tap “Select Files” to access it.

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Again, you may need to give the app a second to load the files. You will now see all the duplicate files listed side by side with the original file labeled. You can tap “All Duplicates” to keep the original and remove all duplicates or manually review and select the files.

Select all or select files manually.

Once you’ve made your selections, tap the “Move Files to Trash” button at the bottom of the screen.


Tap “Move files to Trash” again to confirm.

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That’s it! Files will be moved to trash and permanently deleted after 30 days. The Files by Google app has other ways to free up storage space . It is a useful tool to keep your Android devices clean.

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