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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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How do I remove HTC Desire pre-installed Android applications? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I uninstall applications that are locked by phone vendor? My HTC Desire from Orange came with a number of pre-installed demo applications and games, these cannot ...
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Low disk space notification, but heaps of space free

A few days ago I put two large files (about 300MB all up) on the phone storage. I got a low space notification. I connected the phone via USB to a Windows XP machine and deleted the files, but I ...
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How to keep the size of the Dalvik cache small?

I have an issue with the Dalvik cache getting huge and occupying almost all of the space on my phone. I'm running Cyanogenmod 7.X. For the record, I have about 5-6 small applications on my phone ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Insufficient storage updating Android app [duplicate]

Every time my Nexus S attempts to update Chrome, It displays an error stating "Insufficient storage available". According to "Manage apps" I have 412MB of internal storage available, which should be ...
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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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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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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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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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Limited internal storage, how to shift stuff to sd card

Total Available Internal storage on my Sony Ericsson is ~412MB. This is really low but many apps apparently need to be installed there and others still need a footprint even after being shifted to SD ...
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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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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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Why do I have less internal storage space after moving Google+ to my SD card?

I'm having a puzzling problem. I was pleased to see that the latest version of Google+ now supports being moved to the SD card. However, I just installed it on my HTC Desire and, having moved it to ...
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Can't Pull Bar to Mount Storage

I don't know what's wrong with my phone. Things are breaking left and right ... To mount the phone so I can access files on it (I don't have an SD card), I: Disable USB debugging Enable Mass ...
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Is there a way to avoid disk space errors when batch updating apps (using 'Update All')?

This is related to the question 'Is there any way to force market to update and install apps one at a time?'. That question asks specifically if apps can be queued to update, rather than all run ...
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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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Why can't music players find my audio files?

On my Nexus 4, there's a folder called /sdcard/Music/ (or just /Music when browsing the phone's storage; Windows 7 calls it Computer\Nexus 4\Internal storage\Music) and I've put a lot of songs in ...
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Low space on HTC Desire with CyanoGenMod 7.1: how to solve it?

I have an HTC Desire GSM. This phone has the known problem of limited memory, so that it was impossible to install more than a couple of apps without running into the "Disk space low" problem. So I ...
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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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Why the Galaxy has 25GB instead of 32GB

I just purchased a Samsung Galaxy S3 32GB, when I check the storage I have only 25.5GB. Where is the other 6.5GB?
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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 much internal storage for Apps does Nexus S have?

I have a Nexus One now, and the internal storage is very limited. For the moment I have only 164 MB internal storage for apps (From DiskUsage). Nexus One seem to have totally 512MB of internal ...
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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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Where are cached email messages stored in the Gmail app?

Google recently disabled one of my Gmail accounts (and will apparently take several days to re-enable it), but luckily I have some emails I need right now saved in the Gmail app. Is there any way I ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Which system files are safe to delete?

I got only 160MB internal storage out of which 100MB is reserved by android operating system. Which System files and folders are safe to delete? For example: de, fr, es and it files in ...
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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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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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Low disk storage Space

I have not added applications to my phone. I have actually been deleting applications from my phone because it will tell me I have low disk storage space. Sometimes it goes away, but will come back ...
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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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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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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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What are these dumpstate logs?

So, these files were filling up my /data/logs directory, causing me to run out of storage space rapidly. What are they, why are there so many and how can I stop them clogging my storage? Screenshot ...