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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Introduction

If you're like most Android users, you may run into slight space issues when it comes to available internal storage for apps. The daunting task you face, then, is to go through each of your apps and locate the major megabyte offenders. What a pain.

Alternatively, you may discover that your precious SD card is suddenly refusing to write a new episode of the Stuff You Should Know podcast (which is awesome), so  now you have to drop everything to figure out where the fat is.

Enter DiskUsage.

DiskUsage is really quite a simple application: upon being opened, you are prompted to select a storage location to view (internal storage or SD card). DiskUsage then scans the location (this can take up to a couple minutes for an SD card that has lots of files and directories) and displays a visual representation of your (wait for it) disk usage.

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Description

The beauty, however, is not what this app does alone - it's how it does it. The fluidity and usability of the UI are ingenious - without them, this app wouldn't be holding the spot of the App Of The Week.

You can either use the 2-finger pinch and zoom or a simple click on any interesting location to delve deeper into your phone's directories to root out space-hogs, which, by the way, float to the top.

While we here at Android Police love Adobe Flash 10.1 for Android, it is certainly a bit greedy with my Nexus One's internal storage (note from Artem: wait till you see NFS Shift at 40MB).

If you select (tap) an "apk", then hit the Menu button and select "Show," you'll be transported to the selected app's page in Manage Applications, where you can easily uninstall it from your device. Handy, no?

DiskUsage also helped me realize that I had over 3GB of Nandroid phone backups quietly eating up space on the precious SD card.

Note from Artem: Did you guys know ASTRO already includes a similar tool, built right in (though limited to SD card only)? ASTRO users can hit up the Tools menu and click SD Card Usage.

Download

DiskUsage is available on the Android Market for FREE, and is an app everyone should have regardless of how often it ends up getting used.

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.diskusage

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • @thebrownwelsh

    I downloaded this immediately from the QR code; instantly saw where my memory hogging was coming from and adjusted accordingly. Awesome. Thanks for this. Oh, and the UI is BEAUTIFUL.

  • Pk20

    Diskusage is a great app and runs well on my nexus one. But I wonder why it shows 130 mbs of free space in my internal storage when Android settings it's just showing 40 mbs as available? And ideas?

  • Pk20

    Diskusage is a great app and runs well on my nexus one. But I wonder why it shows 130 mbs of free space in my internal storage when Android settings is showing just 40 mbs as available? And ideas?

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