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How to Delete Downloads on Android

We all love to download whatever we find interesting on the web and social media platforms, such as images, videos, songs, etc. We generally use such downloaded data at that particular time, and they remain in our device forever until we delete them. But the storage space of Android phones is limited, and they only store a specific amount of data. When the smartphone storage gets full, it will deny installing new applications or any updates. The full storage also affects the device performance including running speed and battery performance. In such conditions removing needless or unwanted data is a simple solution.

Deleting the downloaded files can free some of the device space and improve the phone's performance. However, finding all such files and data can be tricky if you don't know where to search.

How to Open and Edit Files

Each Android smartphone or tablet has a distinct app to manage the download or saved files, but it may take a while to find it depending on your phone model. Here, we are listed how you navigate the different files stored on your Android device.

Warning: When you perform a delete operation on your files present on your Android device, you will lose them permanently. So you should make sure you really want to delete them completely.

  1. The app you can access your files on your Android phone is either called Files or My Files, depending on the device model. The Files app may be present on the app drawer screen or inside the tools. You have to do some work to find it on your phone.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android
  2. Open your Files app, and you will see several different categories of files present: images, audio, videos, documents, etc.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android
  3. From this location, you can tap any file categories to access them. Depending on your file types, you can perform various actions once you select one or multiple files.
  4. You need to pay some extra attention in the Documents section. If you have downloaded PDF files using your device's browser app, they always remain in your phone and occupy space.
  5. Once you have chosen the files you want to delete from the device, tap on the Delete button.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android
  6. A pop-up screen appears to confirm you really want to delete that file. Confirm it by clicking on the Delete button to confirm, and then the files are permanently deleted from your device.

The downloaded files from your web browser app (such as Chrome) are stored in the download file. You can perform the delete action straight away from the file (inside the downloads section), and you do not need to delete them from your browser. However, you can double-check them by launching your browser app and navigate to menu > Settings > Downloads to ensure all your deleted files are gone.

Methods to clean download on Android

There are various methods to delete downloads files on your Android phone based on the device model. Below, we have implemented some of the methods to delete your download files and other data on Android.

How to Delete Android File Downloads via My Files App

You can delete the download files individually from their respective folder categories or also from the downloads section. It may include media files which are downloaded from various media platform apps such as Twitter or Facebook and external SD card storage.

  1. Launch the My Files (or Files depending on device model) app on your phone to delete downloaded files.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android
  2. Click on the Downloads categories. Under these categories, you will find all your downloads files, but due to numerous files present there it may take a longer time to find the exact files you want to delete, especially if you don't know the file name.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android
  3. Once you find the data you want to delete, choose the file and tap on the Delete button icon.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android

Note: If you want to delete all files from the Downloads folder at once, select All files at once and tap Delete.

  1. Now, click on the Delete and again tap Delete to confirm your action.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android

How to Delete Downloaded Media File on Android

If you only want to remove just images, music and videos files you have downloaded on your Android phone, open the My Files app and tap on the image, audio, and videos category. Now you can select specific files or all downloaded files at once from their respective categories to delete.

How to Delete Downloads on Android
  1. If you click on the Image section, you will see all downloaded images stored in your phone, including social media images, screenshots, and other image files stored on your phone.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android
  2. The Audio section contains all audio files you have downloaded or saved on your smartphone, including phone call recordings, music, ringtones, notification sounds, and other external audio files.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android
  3. The Videos section contains all the videos you have downloaded from social media and other resources. The video folder contains GIFs and other videos which are recorded by the phone's camera.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android

How to Delete Document Downloads on Android

Similar to other download files, the deletion of documents is also the same. The Documents section in the MY Files app contains the entire document you have downloaded and saved from social media platforms and other sources. The document may contain doc, EXL, PDF, etc.

  1. To delete downloaded documents, open the My Files app and tap on the Document category. Here, you will find all your documents on your phone, such as doc, EXL, PDF, etc.
  2. Now, you can delete the document you want one by one or multiple files or all at once. To delete a single document, long press on it, and it will pop up a screen, click on the Delete option.
  3. To delete entire documents, tap on the delete icon and select all, now click on the Delete button and confirm once again by pressing the Delete button.

Third-party Apps to Delete Downloads files on Android

You can also permanently delete data from the device's storage using any third-party Android app. One such third-party app is File Shredder that helps you to delete files completely. This app deletes the file you selected and then overrode the data with other random data to remove the files completely.

Secure Delete is another app that can also be used to delete private files permanently. You can use it, especially when you try to dispose of or sell your device to others.

Permanently Delete Downloads From Your Device

The downloaded files take lots of valuable space in your phone if you don't have any external SD card or added space to your Android phone. It is really a good practice to regularly delete unwanted or unused data from your Android phone or tablet is a great way to free up the device's valuable storage space. The space gets free on your phone, the device performance also improves, and the device gets less heated.

The best method to delete unwanted downloads files and other data is by using a USB cable. Connect your phone to the computer using a USB cable and manually delete the unwanted files from your PC. The deleted files will go directly to the Recycle Bin. However, if you don't want to keep anything and permanently delete files, you can delete your files directly on your device.

Delete Android Download History

There are various ways to delete download history and files stored on your Android smartphone. Here, we will illustrate the easiest way to delete download history on an Android phone on a Chrome browser.

Clear Download History on Chrome

Deleting or clearing the download history on the Chrome browser is very simple. All other browsers also follow mostly the same steps, but maybe vary in their term and interface used. Follow the steps below carefully to clear download history on Chrome browser:

  1. Launch your web Chrome browser.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android
  2. Tap on the menu (three vertical dots) icon and select Downloads.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android
  3. Under the download section, you will see all your downloaded files.
  4. Long-press to select the files.
  5. Tap on the trash icon to delete the items.
    How to Delete Downloads on Android

Now, you have successfully deleted the download history from the Chrome browser on your Android smartphone.

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