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You're trying to download some cool new games or other hefty apps on your Android phone or tablet. But you don't quite have enough space to install them. A new feature in Google Play could come to your rescue.

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An update to the Google Play app brings a new storage indicator with useful information and tips, according to Android Police. The indicator displays a storage bar that shows you the total, used, and free space on your Android device. But the real benefit lies in its ability to help you free up more storage real estate. Google Play shows you a list of apps you can delete to gain more storage, suggesting programs you haven't used in awhile and may no longer need.

Google already offers a built-in Android file manager to help you view and manage your storage. You can also turn to such apps as Files by Google, which can suggest ways to free up disk space. But integrating such a feature directly into Google Play can be handy if you're trying to download a new app only to discover you don't have enough space.

So far, the storage indicator has just started appearing for select users, so you may not see it on your Android device just yet. To check, open the Google Play app on your phone or tablet. Tap the hamburger icon in the upper left and select the setting for My apps & games. Tap the section for Installed. If the update has reached you, a storage bar appears at the top of the screen. Tap the bar, and Google Play displays a list of unused or rarely-used apps you can remove if you need to free up more space.

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Takeaways

  1. An update to the Google Play app displays the storage on your Android device and suggests apps to delete to free up more space.
  2. The update has so far rolled out only to some users, so you may not see it just yet.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."