How to Delete the Updates Already Installed on the Mobile

Our mobile phones are authentic pocket computers that behave quite similarly to these devices, with an operating system to be fed with updates in order to keep it safe and operational. Sometimes those updates if they are not deleted automatically need a push from us. That is why we can erase those OTA updates from Android.

The biggest drawback that these updates can generate is the space they can occupy in the storage of our mobile.The size of these can sometimes be several gigs, and if they accumulate, it is normal that they prevent us from enjoying all the space available in Our telephone.

OTA updates, aren’t they automatically deleted?

The normal thing in the vast majority of Android mobiles, especially if we have a version of the modern operating system, is that the files that are downloaded with the OTAs are automatically deleted once the update has been installed, verified and the terminal restarted. Once all this is done, the normal thing is that we do not find a trace of the OTA in our mobile, and therefore it does not occupy that gig or two that may weigh in the storage.

But this is something that is not entirely clear on all mobiles, in fact there are no native tools that expressly delete these types of files, except in some manufacturer. For that reason, what we are going to do is list the methods we have to be able to find these updates and delete them if it has not been done yet.

Check the file explorer

It is the fastest way to find an OTA that our mobile has left after installing it, although this is rare. To do this, the best thing is to open the file exploration app on our mobile, the one that comes natively with our terminal, and which will generally have been developed by our manufacturer. In the application settings select to show all hidden or system files .

In this way, we guarantee that a file can be located that should initially be hidden from users so that they cannot manipulate sensitive information such as the one contained in these. Then you can do a search in the phone’s file system with the search terms ” OTA ” or ” Update ” and even the model of our mobile, for example RMX2170EU in the case of a Realme 7 Pro. To do this, consult the model internal of your phone. Typically, the update file contains that name, so it will be easier to retrieve it.

Clear the cache

Another way to erase the update files of an OTA is by clearing the phone’s cache . For this, there are two different ways to do it, depending on the age of our mobile. Without Android 8.0 or earlier , we can do the following:

  • Enter your mobile settings
  • Select “Storage”
  • Go to “Cached data”
  • Select “Accept”

In this way, all the temporary files on our phone will be erased, including OTAs and system updates, if they had not been automatically erased. In the case of having a mobile with a more modern operating system, such as Android 9 or later, we only have the possibility of clearing the cache through the recovery menu of the terminal. For this we must do the following:

  • Switch off the mobile phone
  • Turn it on by pressing “volume down button” + “power” or with your phone’s access combination

Once inside we will see several options. Remember that you access this menu at your own risk, and that mishandling may result in data loss. Within all the options we must click on ” Wipe cache ” which is the functionality that deletes all the temporary files from our mobile phone. If when entering the recovery you only see the option of “Wipe data” is that you cannot erase the temporary data of your mobile using this method. Not all mobiles can clear the cache in this way, but it is available in several. Therefore, this is another of the alternatives to be able to erase all that data from our mobile phone, among which are also system updates.

We also have the option of manually clearing the cache of all mobile applications, including those of the system. To do this we must go to the “Applications” menu of the system settings of our phone. To later enter each of the installed applications and access the storage section to clear the cache. It is possible that clearing the cache of some of the installed system apps will also erase all the updates in the form of a temporary file that swarm the phone.

With a native tool from the manufacturer, such as Huawei

This is the least widespread case, but it does exist, and there is a manufacturer, such as Huawei, that offers us a specific tool to erase the system updates that have already been installed on the phone. In the case of these phones, there is a way for the operating system to search for and delete the updates so that they do not take up more space in the storage of our phone. To do this we must do the following from the phone settings:

  • Enter the Huawei phone settings
  • Click on “Applications”
  • Select the three vertical dots in the upper right
  • Press “Show system processes
  • Select “Software Update”
  • Click on “Storage”
  • Select “Clear data”

In this way all the storage data related to system updates will be completely erased and will not take up space on our phone.

As you can see, there are many ways to clean temporary files, among which are OTAs, our mobiles, although the modernization of the update system and its installation has made this type of tool to delete updates practically unnecessary, since the normal thing is that they erase themselves. However, if you suspect that this is not the case, as you have seen, there are ways to try to check.

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