Use this tag for questions concerning the internal storage space on your device that can be used for installing applications and their associated data.

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What is the difference between system memory and internal storage?

I am using LG Optimus L3. When I look into the app manager, there is a system memory of 157MB and an internal storage of 1GB. I can't install all the apps on internal storage. It's something like ...
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Erronous Low Data Space Error on Droid Incredible

I've see this question asked a lot, but I haven't seen any real answers. I'm getting the low application data space error, but I have 440MB/750MB free on my internal storage. With more than 50% ...
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Huge “system data” file on SD card

I am running out of space in my SD card on Android ICS and I noticed that a huge file "System data" is taking up to 500MB. Is this normal? How can I reduce its size?
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Is there a way to force apps to use internal memory only?

I have a Sony Xperia U, and my 8GB of memory are divided in three parts: 2GB phone memory, 4 GB internal memory (replacing the MicroSD slot) and 2GB that I haven't really figured out about. I don't ...
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How much internal storage for apps does Nexus 4 have?

Please tell me that 16GB of internal storage as mentioned on NEXUS 4 is available for apps or for apps it creates separate internal storage thing as it does in Nexus S...
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How can I see which applications eat up disk space?

DiskUsage shows 189 Megs of used space, of which System data takes up 118 Megs. How can I find what application are using the rest? I have Android 2.3.5.
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Can I symlink /data?

I have a rooted Google/HTC Nexus One running Android 4.0, Cyanogenmod, and MIUI. These mods were done by the previous owner. Considering that the amount of internal storage my phone has is really ...
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How can I clear the cache of the Android Facebook app?

My phone (T-Mobile Pulse/Huawei U8220 with Android 1.5) doesn't have much on board space, so I quite often run into the low disk space warning. Looking through the list of apps, I see the facebook app ...
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Is it safe to Factory Reset my tablet to improve performance? Will I lose the uninstallable apps?

I'm going to reset my Android tab because its internal memory is low. Is it safe to erase the system data of my android tablet (not rooted)? If I restore the factory setting of my Android, will the ...
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What would the effective memory space be in a 8GB Nexus 4?

So, the Nexus 4 doesn't have an external micro SD card slot, which of course is bad. So, how much of memory space would I get to use for installing applications, copying music, videos etc ?
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I can't receive SMS when I have low storage

From the time the "low storage" warning appears no synchronization is done at all, including receiving SMS. Can I do anything about it? Can I "force" my Motorola Milestone Froyo to receive SMS ...
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Can I install an app directly to my SD card?

I'm trying to install a large application (EA games' Scrabble free), but I have insufficient space on my phone, so I can't complete the installation. I have plenty of space on my SD card though, but I ...
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Cannot install or update apps on LG G2x

My signficant other and I each have a T-Mobile-branded LG G2X P999. An over-the-air update was recently released that upgrades the OS from 2.3.3 to 2.3.4. She got the OTA update; I have not received ...
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Repartitioning Internal Memory of Android Device

How can I repartition my device such that the storage for device internal usage (i.e application storage or internal memory) can be increased in lieu of decreasing the User available memory. ...
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Can only access 2.2GB of internal storage from Windows

Anyone have any thoughts about this: It seems to me that when the phone's internal storage is mounted using the Mass Storage mode, Windows only sees the first 2.2GB of space. If I try to format it ...
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Can't delete file in download folder

A few days ago, I downloaded a file of 1.9gb to my phone using the utorrent app. Utorrent downloaded the file automatically to my internal storage, and since I only had 2 gigs of free space, the ...
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How can I free some disk space without deleting my apps?

I dont have that many apps. But I had to delete old ones to get new ones because my phone keeps saying I have low storage. How can I free some disk space without deleting my apps?
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How much free storage does Android need?

How much free storage does Android KitKat need? I've noticed that when storage (not RAM) gets down to somewhere between 200 and 300MB, Android starts to complain that it will not be able to function ...
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How to see what is stored in System memory area?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" tablet (Android 4.1.2, not rooted). I tried to install a big app recently and it failed because it said that I didn't have enough space. When I go into Settings > ...
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Lost pictures on Samsung Galaxy S3 internal memory [duplicate]

I just hooked my Samsung Galaxy S3 up to my PC via USB to transfer some photos from one folder to another on the device itself. Well, the USB cable got accidentally unplugged during the process, and ...
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Storage space and memory: mobile phone architecture versus PC architecture

On a PC, there are hard disks acting as storage space where the operating system and application files are stored, and there is RAM which is memory which gets used up by the operating system ...
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Gallery preview folder takes about 1GB, how to delete it?

I've got a Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus (GT-I9105P) with Android 4.2.2 and I've got many photos. The folder with the Gallery previews (the one that stores thumbnail to load images faster) takes about 1GB of ...
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Link2SD not working completely

My Link2SD doesn't seem to be fully working. I noticed this when updating the Facebook application. Google Play prompted me of insufficient storage. I first uninstalled some apps but I got curious so ...
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Why is Clockworkmod taking up so much memory?

Question: I was checking the memory storage and found that under miscellaneous, Clockworkmod took up 4.5GB of memory. Is that normal? I’m operating on a HC 3.1 3G 10.1 Tab. with 16GB only. Now I have ...
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Where is the “download mode” code stored?

At least Samsung Galaxy series devices support download mode(also known as Odin mode or flash mode) which usually can be accessed by pressing down specific buttons while powering on the phone. Is this ...
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Moving app between _three_ possibilities for storage?

My son has an Android phone, and when he bought it the storage space was divided thus: System Memory: 157MB Internal Memory: 1024MB When this was essentially full we put in an SD card to give him ...
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Phone memory full and it shouldn't be

I have a weird problem with my android phone: for some reason, I'm getting a 'Low phone memory' error message, and before getting the message the phone was slow and unresponsive. I have 2 GB internal ...
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Low on internal data storage - looks like the some apps use a lot!

So, looking at the Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook apps for example, the apps themselves only take up 3-4 MB each, but then the app data is like 10+ MB for each. Is that stored data the synced copies of ...
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Move Mail storage from phone's internal memory to the SD Card

I am not too concerned with the security aspect of putting my mail on the SD card, I am however very interested in moving the mail storage from the phone's internal memory to the SD card. I have ...
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Any equivalent to CCleaner for Android?

I found a few questions about freeing internal memory, but they're mainly about deleting apps, moving them to the SD card, or deleting the data/cache. I do that on regular basis so I am looking for ...
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Determine if my Galaxy is 8 GB or 16 GB

I just got my Galaxy from eBay. The auction said it's 16GB, but I am afraid I was a fraud victim; I'm checking at Settings->SD card and device storage->USB storage, and Total memory says 5.01GB. Am I ...
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How to move /data from internal storage to external SD card?

Apologies if this question was already asked. Is it possible to move the /data directory to the external SD card? I want all apps, app data, downloads and files to be automatically saved to the ...
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.thumbdata files maxing out internal SD memory

I have an 8GB Nextbook7 running Android 4.0.4. Recently, I discovered that I have 2 files named .thumbdata3... eating up all my internal space of 5+GB. These files are found in the .thumbnail folder ...
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Android low on space

I know this question is quite common, but nothing I've read so far really helped me. I have a Samsung Galaxy Mini, and had a similar problem with the stock ROM. For some other reasons, I've rooted it ...
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Internal storage, phone storage and SD card

I am new to Android (v4.0.4) and trying to understand it. By looking at the storage setting, I found the followings are listed: Internal storage: total space 807MB Phone storage: total space ...
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What is a tool to sort apps by their data size?

During development, internal storage size is severely needed. Cache cleaner is ok, however, apps have another component called data which can be cleared. Is there an app out there that organizes by an ...
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What's in Chrome's data?

I'm running stock 4.1.2 on a Wolfgang AT-AS43D4 (not rooted). According to DiskUsage, I have about 755 MiB app storage in total, of which I have currently around 100 MiB free space left, so I try to ...
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App install failed but files are still filling up the phone

I installed the game N.O.V.A.3. When it was finished, I got an error message saying that the install failed. However, the 1.7GB that the game required are still missing from my phone. The app does not ...
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Memory settings menu inconsistently shows internal storage half-empty and completely full at the same time

I own a sony xperia tipo that has around 2 gigabytes of internal storage. Today, I got a warning that my phone's internal storage is full, while using google currents, so I went to the storage menu ...
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Looking for a way to shrink the size of MP3 files

I have a lot of MP3 files on my phone and I would like to re-size them to save space. (Note: I do not want to trim the audio file.) I know I may lose some quality, but it is fine. What is the best ...
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Can I move apps to internal USB storage?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S. I am getting a "Low on space - Internal phone storage is getting low" error. When I go to Manage Applications it shows the internal memory as 1.9GB used, 6.0 MB Free. When ...
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Google plus application is 24 mb after wrong update

I was updating from the market this app and I got a package error. I uninstalled it and installed it again from scratch. No problem. Now the app is 24 mb! To me it sounds like the broken package is ...
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27 MB + 4.2 MB = 28 MB? Where'd my space go?

After getting the "low on space" message on my Nexus One for the umpteenth time, I went to into the "manage applications" screen to uninstall applications I hadn't used recently. I waited for the ...
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Why wiping “Data” in recovery doesn't wipes my Media in Internal SD card?

My phone doesn't support removable SD card. When I open Titanium Backup app on my rooted Oneplus One (CM12), I see (at the bottom) in the Overview few specs including System ROM usage and ...
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Application doesn't get installed : insufficient storage available

I have around 50MB of internal storage left and some 1.7 GB of external storage left in my phone. But when I try to download and install any application from google android store,I get a message ...
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How To Stop Rejecting Messages At Low Memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can't receive SMS when I have low storage When my phone reaches ~22Mb (internal) free space, my phone starts to automatically reject text messages. Assuming ...
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Is “ROM” the same as internal flash memory?

I saw the Nexus S storage specs are 512MB RAM + 16GB iNAND flash memory and for the HTC Incredible S: 768 MB RAM and 1.5 GB ROM and microSD slot up to 32GB (8GB card included) Is the ...
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Missing storage on Tesco Hudl 2

I have a Tesco Hudl 2 running Android 4.4.2. I have 9GB of total storage. But little free, despite not using much. It shows a few GB in-use and 0.5GB free. The usage bar shows 80% available, but the ...
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Why is there such a difference in the amount of internal memory?

So first, when I go to Settings -> Apps this is what is shown: (Click image to enlarge) After some time ~20 seconds, the amount of space left is this: (Click image to enlarge) Why does this ...
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Space problem in Samsung Galaxy Pocket GT-S5300

I've seen many questions on this site asking about the famous space problems in Android phones. None of those I've seen helped me and since none of them asked about my phone, I'd like to present a new ...