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I have a Samsung Galaxy Young (S6310), which I'm re-tasking to play with as a secondary, mini-tablet (with no cellular access i.e. no SIM card inside, just wifi for internet access). My issue is space available on the device for applications, data, etc.

I don't want to use an SD Card, because the one which was in this phone has already been moved to a new phone. Plus, I don't want to buy a new SD card, because the point of this exercise, for me, is to see if (without spending any money) I can take this already-four-year-old phone and get several more years out of it.

I've already removed old pictures/videos on it, old messages, rooted it to remove some unnecessary Samsung and Telstra bloatware, etc. But I'm still not having a whole lot of internal memory available, so my next step (unless I'm missing something which would make the next step unnecessary?) is flashing a different ROM onto the phone. I used CyanogenMod in the past on a different phone, so I'm thinking I might try out LineageOS, CyanogenMod's successor. However, herein lies where I got stuck.

Checking out the download page for LineageOS, after expanding the Samsung models on the left, I can't see the Galaxy Young or its model number in the list of devices at all.

Am I correct, and a ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Young is not available/supported by LineageOS? And if so, could I use a different ROM instead?

For the latter question, I'm assuming "no", but asking anyway in case the answer is actually more along the lines of "not really, but you could, with certain risks".

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You didn't look hard enough, but it's probably not your fault, because 1) the site of LineageOS (LOS) does not list devices formerly in the CyanogenMod (CM) build roster, and 2) the device is never a member of the official CM/LOS queue.

There are a bunch of unofficial CM builds on XDA-Developers, all the way up to Android 5.x, with various bugs. See for yourself if you could accept them, and flash them with caution.

However, as for the problem you're attempting to solve (storage space), regrettably no custom ROMs will remedy that. Repartitioning will do, but 1) your device doesn't have a solution for such, and 2) being a low-end device, the storage chip itself is too small for repartitioning to claim space from.

TL;DR: "you could, with certain risks"

  • Ah bugger. Well, first off, thanks for the answer, which might help someone else trying to flash LineageOS onto their device. Secondly, thanks also for addressing my actual problem. Which, if I understand you correctly, you're saying that the amount of space put away for use by the Android OS was not saved by the Samsung Android OS, but was partitioned such that even flashing a new ROM onto it won't free up extra space? I hadn't thought of that, I just assumed that it was space being used by the current flashed Samsung ROM... – RPBCL Jul 5 '17 at 22:39
  • Anyway, so if I did understand you correctly, and no one else mentions that there's another way to get some space, I'll mark this as the answer in a little while. Thanks again. – RPBCL Jul 5 '17 at 22:40
  • @RPBCL The ROM resides in /system, but what you're looking to save is /data. As I said, unless someone finds a way to reallocate some space from the former to the latter (provided /system still has enough free space - which is once again usually not the case for low-end devices), you're out of luck on this end. – Andy Yan Jul 6 '17 at 0:04

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