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 can I do to manage my phone's internal storage?

If you're not used to seeing the 'low on internal storage' notification, what is it that you're doing to keep your phone's internal memory from filling up so quickly? The 'SD Card and Phone Storage' ...
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Google Play: Error downloading app - insufficient space

After one of the latest updates (not sure if it was the last one or a previous one) of the Google Play app, I am having an error trying to update a large app (42MB). It says: Error Downloading . ...
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“Insufficient storage” when trying to install new app

Every time I go to install a new app, I get the message "Insufficient storage", and an unable to install anything! I am using Samsung GT19060 my internal memory is 8GB. I have not downloaded anything ...
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Something is secretly eating up my Acer Iconia A500 internal memory and I need help finding it

I've been a happy owner of an Acer Iconia A500 for a bit over a year now but a couple of weeks ago it started to complain about its internal memory being full. I was a bit surprised as I keep movies, ...
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Installing to SDCard by default

I would like to know whether there is a way to tell Android to install applications on the micro SD card by default instead of having to download applications to internal memory first and then having ...
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HTC Desire low on internal storage, I'm clueless — Any help?

It's been bugging me for a while but getting quite bad lately. I get warnings that my internal storage is full, I have about 13mb left of what I believe is 512mb worth of rom. I have checked with the ...
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My internal storage capacity is running low, what can I do?

Currently, my internal storage is running low on space. What can I do besides moving applications to the external memory, as to free up more space, but preserve my current applications and avoid ...
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How can I deal with “Low on Space” messages on my Android?

I keep getting the "Low on Space: Application data space is low. To free up" [the rest is cut off] message. I've moved every app I can over to the SD card, cleared the cache, compacted my K9 mail ...
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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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Why can't I install apps when I have enough storage?

In "Settings" > "SD card & phone storage settings" under "Internal Phone Storage" it lists "Available Space" as 13.78MB. I'm trying to install an app that is 2.38MB. Why do I get the "...
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False “low on space” (internal storage) warning on HTC Incredible

A while ago, I posted another question here when I had plenty of free internal storage but was getting the following warning: Low on space: Phone storage space is getting low. The problem was ...
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How can I free up more space on my Android (2.2 Froyo) phone?

I have already moved all the applications that allow it to the SD card. So what I am really looking for here are some tips like clearing internet cache or something like that. (I have an HTC Desire.) ...
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Is some of my internal memory missing?

I have an HTC Wildfire (the original, not the S version). It is supposed to have 512MB of memory. When I check my free space in the app manager I noticed I have around 185MB. Why is this? I am using ...
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Should apps take up any internal storage when installed to SD?

I'm running very low on interal phone memory storage - I'm down to 5 MB of the 180 MB available. I understand that not all apps can be installed into SD card, and those will instead use up my internal ...
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Why is “insufficient storage” wrongly reported when installing an .apk via adb? [duplicate]

I have an HTC Desire running Froyo. It is not rooted, nor have I installed any custom ROM. I get an "Insufficient Storage" error when I'm trying to install an app via adb/eclipse. The .apk is only ...
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Confused by the many locations of the virtual /sdcard/

Some devices (like my Nexus 4) don't have an external slot for an SD Card. Instead, there's a root folder called /sdcard/ that is treated the same way. But I also find other paths that all point to ...
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“Cannot download, not enough space” when “Phone Storage” clearly lists enough space

I just installed Android 2.1 on my Pandigital Novel. Anytime I try to download an app (via WiFi), I get this error: Unable to download. Not enough space on phone. However, the phone lists the free ...
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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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“Low on space” warning with over 50% free

I recently started getting the following notification: Low on space: Phone storage space is getting low. When I click on the notification, it takes me to the "All" applications screen listing ...
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Why am I getting a “Low on Space” warning and having other weird problems?

Yesterday I got a warning that the "phone storage space is low." Because of that I can't receive SMS messages. I tried to uninstall applications - the system shows me that the application is being ...
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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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Storage space running out. Some system functions may not work

In my Android in notification bar I see message Storage space running out. Some system functions may not work. When I check I see 188 MB free in device memory and around 10 GB in USB storage. I re-...
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“Insufficient storage available”. Ok, but where?

When I upgrade an Android application from Google Play, it gets downloaded, then the upgrade stops with the message “Error: Insufficient storage available.” Yet none of the partitions seem to be ...
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Android “Internal Storage” used but not reported

As an owner of a Nexus One running Gingerbread, I'm continually fighting to keep free space in my phone's Internal Storage. Today, I noticed something odd. The bottom of Andorid's "Manage ...
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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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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 ...
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Space Issue on data directory Android using Galaxy Note

I am using Galaxy Note 1 and have 2GB of data directory in which i install and use thirdparty apps. But the data directory was almost always full, so I rooted my device to find out what was taking the ...
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Is it possible to recover data from internal memory?

I have Samsung Galaxy S2, that was sent to the lab for repair. The phone arrived and all the internal memory was deleted. All the data that was on the internal memeory: Media, SMS, Contacts (actually ...
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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 to increase device's memory storage?

I have an ATT Samsung Galaxy Note. It keeps saying I have low memory, yet I have an external 32Gb SD card and there are 10GB on device left. I don't get why the system memory is being used up. I have ...
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How to access intenal storage or internal memory of Android while conecting to PC?

I am connecting my Android device to PC, but its not show my internal storage. Is there a method to access the internal storage of Android while connecting the android device to PC.
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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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Can I store contacts on my SD card? How?

I have 400mb of internal storage on my HTC, 100 of which is consumed by my (extensive) contacts. I am constantly low on storage--is there any way to store my contacts on my SD card? I looked in the ...
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What is SNS App?

I'm using a Samsung Galaxy I551 with Android 2.2 FroYo. Sorry for my ignorance, but I have not idea what is that app (which came installed and without rooting can't be removed). And it is using 15MB ...
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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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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 1....
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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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Clear Google Play Failed Download Space

I recently tried installing an app that was around 1.8GB to my Nexus 7 (8GB). it's a device with unfortunately small internal storage, so I had about 2GB free before attempting the install. I come ...
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Message Memory Full, Incoming message rejected

I got this message on my phone: Message Memory full Incoming message rejected I have deleted a lot of messages, and I have also run the memory cleaners I have on my phone. What should I do?...
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Backup gmail emails offline

I have an Android 4.1 phone. When I typically login into my gmail app, even if I am offline, I can see / read already downloaded emails. So, I have those two questions: Where are those emails saved ...
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Can I change the dalvik cache location e.g. with a symbolic link?

I currently use Link2SD since my phone's onboard storage is insufficient for more than a few essential apps. It is very effective but limited to when the phone is on. While changing ROMs, the dalvik ...
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Does the gmail app stop syncing once the “Low on space” message appears?

Based on casual observation and anecdotal evidence it appears to me that once the "Low on space" message appears in the status bar the gmail app stops syncing and stops notifying me of new emails. ...
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Google Play insufficient space error

I am using RED MI Note. All my applications are installed in internal storage. I have 2GB of space available in internal device. But when i try to install Any.do and Greenify I am getting error ...
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Encrypt the phone's internal storage

Is there a way to encrypt my phone's internal memory, in the same way you would encrypt a computer's partition? Ideally, the phone would always ask for the password when booting, and even if someone ...
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How to access /storage/emulated/0/ from PC?

I want to export the settings of the K9 mail app. This app exports a settings file to /storage/emulated/0/com.fsck.k9/settings-4.k9s. But if I connect my Nexus 4 to my PC I cannot see such a file or ...
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Performance comparison between internal and external memory

What are the performance differences between phone's internal memory, the internal SD card, and the external SD card? I wonder if that counts when deciding where to store apps. What technologies are ...
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Which specific storage space is low, when getting “Low Space” on Samsung Galaxy S?

I'm getting the alert "Phone storage space is getting low". Here is my Samsung Galaxy S running Cyanogenmod 9's space status: Name: Cache Path: /cache SIZE: 17.50MB USED: 2.47MB FREE: 15.02MB Name: ...
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What kind of data is stored in /data/user directory?

It seems to store some kind of application data, but how is it different from /data/data directory?
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How can I get rid of the low disk space notification?

The low disk space notification frequently comes up. I can't get rid of it; the clear button doesn't clear it, and neither does tapping it. It's just taking up space. How can I get rid of it? I've ...
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Is There *Any* Way To Increase Internal Memory?

Ok, even to me this question sounds stupid but I let's just go with "the only dumb question is the one not asked". I have nearly 14Gb free on my SD card but the Motorola Droid only has 128Mb internal ...