People In India Are Running Out Of Space On Their Phones For The Sweetest Reason

Thankfully, Google has already come up with a quick fix.

While annoyed Americans are creating long waits at Apple stores to replace their iPhone batteries, people in India are slowing down their phones for a surprising and heartwarming reason — they're sending too many "good morning" texts to family and friends.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google researchers in Silicon Valley noticed thousands of smartphones were freezing in the world's second most populated country, and when they looked into the cause they discovered it was because scores of people were simply being too overzealous in wishing others a good morning. The problem got so bad, WSJ reports, that one in three smartphone users in India would run out of space on their phones each day.

As Newsweek notes, for reasons that aren't entirely clear, morning-greeting memes are popular in India. The publication points out this interest has caused a tenfold increase in Google searches for "good morning images" in the past five years, while, within the past year, Pinterest has also seen a ninefold increase of people in India downloading content from their new images and quotes section.

Though it may be hard to believe that such simple texts can cause trouble, over a billion people live in India. That, combined with the country's love of morning messages and preference for mobile devices over desktop computers — Quartz reports Indians access the internet through their phones nearly 80 percent of the time — meant phones were simply being stretched to their limits.

What's more? When people send these "good morning" texts, they're not typically sending them to just a handful of people. Desh Raj Sharma, a 71-year-old living in India who was profiled in the WSJ story, revealed he sends "good morning" images to upwards of 50 people each day.

Thankfully, the folks at Google have come with a solution that allows people in India (and the rest of the world) to text to their heart's content without overloading their phones. The fix is in the form of an app called Files Go, which allows users to easily find files they should delete. In fact, Files Go has a specific feature for blanket-deleting "good morning" content. According to New York Magazine, the app has already been downloaded by 10 million users since December, and a majority of those users reside in India.

Cover image via Shutterstock /  Mila Supinskaya Glashchenko

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