[2021] How to Delete Downloads on Android

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Cody Walsh

Updated: Jul 12, 2021 06:41 pm

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Smartphones have become an essential part of our lives. Apart from the essential usages of a smartphone, we can spend our leisure time without getting bored when we have a smartphone in our hands. Starting from surfing the internet and social media platforms to playing games and even trying out innovative apps, there is no dearth of activities on a smartphone.

However, every smartphone has limited storage space, and it can get blocked by unnecessary files and apps that we keep downloading from time to time. These downloads also make the phone slow and consume the battery charge faster. In this article, we will illustrate all the ways on how to delete downloads on Android phone. We also recommend you to install ClevGuard Anti-Spyware to detect any spyware app or malicious file that you might have downloaded unknowingly.

how to delete downloads on android

1. Delete Downloads from The Apps Tray

You can delete downloaded apps on your phone directly from the Apps Tray. You need to take the following steps:

Step 1: Swipe up to go to Apps Tray.

Step 2: Search for the installed app that you want to delete.

Step 3: Long tap on that app until you see a dropdown menu.

Step 4: Then tap on the Uninstall option.

uninstall app tray

Step 5: You will get a pop-up confirmation message. Tap on Ok button to uninstall.

2. Remove Downloads Via Settings

You can also remove downloaded apps on your Android phone from the Settings app. There could be some apps that you may not find on the App Tray. However, they will surely be available from the Settings app. You need to take the following steps to remove any specific app.

Step 1: Go to Settings app from App Tray.

Step 2: From the menu, tap on Apps option.

settings apps

Step 3: On the next screen, you will see all the installed apps. Tap on that app that you want to uninstall.

Step 4: On the next screen, look for the Uninstall option and tap on it. It will either be located at top or screen of the screen depending on your Android phone.

how to uninstall app

Step 5: A pop-up confirmation message will appear and tap on Ok button to uninstall the app.

3. Delete Android File Downloads Through App Manager

Now let us focus on how to remove downloads from Android phones, especially the downloaded files. More than installed apps, there are generally plenty of useless downloaded files on our phones. These files are the ones that we read once as per requirement and forget to delete them immediately. Here are the steps to delete downloaded files easily through My Files app.

Step 1: Go to My Files app from App Tray.


It may be available under the name ‘Files’ in some Android smartphones.

my files app

Step 2: Once My Files app opens, tap on Downloads section.

downloads option

Under Downloads, you will find all the files as well as installed apps have downloaded. Most of these files are categorized in specific folders depending on through which apps these files are downloaded. For example, you will find all the files you have downloaded via WhatsApp under WhatsApp folder.

Step 3: Search the files you want to delete and select them one by one. For selecting multiple files, you have to tap and hold on the first file and then you can select others with a single tap instantly.

select files

Step 4: After selection, tap on Delete or Trash icon available at the bottom of the screen.

Step 5: You will see a pop-up confirmation message. Tap on Delete option here to delete the files from the phone.

4. Using a USB Cable to Remove Downloads on Android

If you cannot delete downloaded files from your Android phone directly, you can connect your phone to your laptop and delete downloaded files. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Connect your Android phone to your laptop via a USB cable.

Step 2: Once the connection is established, you will see a new File Explorer window open automatically on your screen. If you do not see a new File Explorer window, you can go to My Computer and click on the new drive representing your phone.

phone drive

If your phone has an SD card, you will see two drives on My Computer. One is for internal storage, and one is for external SD card.

Step 3: Get inside and search for the files that you want to delete. There will be different folders within which files are categorized.

Step 4: After selecting the files, right-click on any file and select Delete option from the dropdown menu.

You may get a confirmation message, click on Ok or Delete button to complete the deletion process.

5. Method to Erase Cached Data

Every app keeps certain data in the phone's cache memory so that it can access those data instantly. The more the number of apps you have installed, the more will be cached data on your phone. The higher the cached data, the slower the phone will become.

Therefore, there is a need to erase cached data to clear up phone's storage and improve phone's performance. These cached data are mostly junks, and therefore, there is not going to be any issue when you delete cached data. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Go to Settings app from App Tray.

Step 2: Tap on Device Maintenance/Care option.

device maintenance

Step 3: Tap on Memory option.

Step 4: Then tap on Clean Now or Clean Cached Data option. You can also select the apps whose cached data you want to clean.

clean now

6. The Way to Delete Media File Downloads on Android

Thanks to social media and instant messaging apps, there are so many photos and videos that get downloaded on your phone. You need to clean these media files from time to time so that there is enough space available on your phone's storage. You can delete all the media files associated with any particular app completely or you can choose specific media files and delete them. Here are the steps on how to erase downloads on Android phone, especially media files.

Step 1: Go to My Files app from App Tray.

Step 2: There are different sections like Images, Videos, and Audio. Depending on the type of media file you want to delete, you have to select the category accordingly and tap on the option.

images videos audio

Images – This folder contains all the screenshots, images saved from social media apps and most importantly, images from instant messaging apps. Moreover, it contains all the images you capture with your phone's camera.

delete images

Videos – This folder contains all the videos saved from social media, videos from social media as well as GIFs. It also contains all the videos you capture with your phone's camera.

delete videos

Audio – This folder contains all the different types of audio files such as call recordings, music files, ringtones, audio files from social media and instant messaging apps.

delete audio

Step 3: Select the files you want to delete and then tap on Delete or Trash icon.

You may get a pop-up confirmation message and tap on Ok button to complete the deleting process.

7. The Steps to Delete Android Document Downloads

Apart from media files, you can also delete all the documents you downloaded through various apps as well as while surfing the internet. Moreover, there are various documents you might have downloaded from your email app. Here are the steps to follow to remove those files that you need no more.

Step 1: Go to My Files app from App Tray.

Step 2: Tap on Documents option.

documents option

Step 3: You will see all the files inside different folders that are categorized for convenience. You can delete any specific folder as well as specific files inside any particular folder.

For selecting multiple folders or files, you have to long tap on the first folder or file and then select others just by tapping on them.

select documents

Step 4: Once selection is done, tap on Delete option or Trash icon as available.

8. Tips: Third-party Apps to Delete Downloads and Protect Your Android

You can delete downloads to clear up storage space and boost your phone's performance. However, none of the ways we mentioned about Android how to delete downloads can help you identify the malicious files you have downloaded unknowingly. That is why you need a third-party app to detect harmful files, delete those downloads as well as protect your Android phone from downloading such malicious files.

ClevGuard Anti-Spyware is the best third-party anti-spyware app you should have on your Android smartphone. Here is how ClevGuard Anti-Spyware can protect your Android phone.

  • Scan For Harmful Files and Apps – You can scan your phone any time you want and detect the presence of harmful files and apps that you might have downloaded. These files and apps can make your phone to malfunction, spy on your phone activities, and let others check your data remotely.
  • Delete Files and Apps – The app has built-in feature to resolve all the issues that arise after scanning is done. Resolving issues involve deleting files and apps with a single tap.
  • Real-Time Protection – This is the most important feature that can provide all-around protection for your Android phone. Once you turn on the feature, it will constantly monitor your downloads and alert you whenever it detects and harmful downloads.

Steps To Install and Use ClevGuard Anti-Spyware

Step 1: Click the below button to the download page. Or go to Google Play Store and search for “ClevGuard”.

clevguard application

Step 2: Install ClevGuard app and open it.

Step 3: Once the app opens, tap on Scan button.

clevguard scan

Step 4: Once scanning is over, check all the issues with your downloads and tap on Resolve All option to delete the suspicious downloads.

resolve all

Step 5: Then tap on Real-Time protection tab located at the bottom.

Step 6: Toggle on the Real-Time protection option for 24/7 protection.

real-time protection


Hopefully, we have answered your question how do I delete downloads on my Android phone. Along with deleting the unnecessary files, apps, and cached data from time to time, you have to enable real-time protection against spyware on your phone. This is because there are many malicious files that get downloaded from social media apps, instant messaging apps, and even email app. You can also scan and detect harmful files and apps and delete them with a single tap instantly. That is why we recommend you to install ClevGuard Anti-Spyware.


By Cody Walsh

Posted on Jul 12, 2021 ( Updated: Jul 12, 2021 )

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.

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