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How disk space is used on Android device?

I have critical low storage level and can't understand what takes much of it and how that's possible that the installed applications can use 7 GB? I only use a few social media clients without any ...
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Where Android apps store data?

Could you list all possible directories where Android apps may store data, providing description what kind of data are stored in each directory?
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What is /storage/emulated/0/?

Recently, I've figured out that if I delete files from /sdcard/Download it deletes files from /storage/emulated/0/Download. And if I add the files into /sdcard/Download it duplicates them in /storage/...
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How to save files to external SD card on a non-rooted Android?

I'm using the Terminal Emulator app on a non-rooted Android 5.0.2 phone. When moving files from a folder of the external SD card to another with: mv /storage/extSdCard/DCIM/Camera/* /storage/...
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How to free Internal Storage by moving data or using symlink / bind-mount with Adoptable Storage?

Galaxy S5 running LineageOS 16 (Android 9). I'm having issues with running out of storage space, even though I have 128GB external SD card, merged with the internal storage. Is there a way to create ...
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How to stop apps writing to "Android" folder on the SD card?

I have a (seemingly) simple question to which I haven't found a clear answer to. My phone creates an "Android" folder on my SD card and I'm wondering if it could be moved into the phone's internal ...
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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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Why does MTP show wrong directory location? [duplicate]

MTP (Miserable Transfer Protocol) failed once again. After moving a directory to a different path, it is still on the same path as before according to MTP. I already tried re-plugging the USB port ...
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Why am I constantly running out of space on my Galaxy S2?

I have a Galaxy S2 running Android 4.1.2. It has a 12GB internal HD, and a 16GB SD card. I keep getting errors from various programs telling me I am running out of space. BeyondPod won't download new ...
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Where does Google Music store offline songs?

I have a song I want to use for a ringtone, but the Google Music app doesn't let me set it. I've checked on my sdcard/internal storage for a music/google/gmusic etc folder but can't find anything. ...
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How do I access `$HOME/storage` outside of Termux (with a file explorer)?

How do I access $HOME/storage Termux directory on Android Pie with a GUI File Explorer? In Termux I print the working directory with pwd and it shows $HOME/storage as: /data/data/com.termux/files/...
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How can I view the Android internal partition table?

I've rooted my device, put it in recovery mode, and have linked it to PC by adb shell. How can I view the list of storage devices and partitions? Note: fdisk doesn't work.
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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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How can I move apps to SD on non-adopted Marshmallow storage?

Everyone seems to be getting excited about Marshmallow's adoptable storage feature, but to me it seems like a major regression. There can be several reasons for not adopting external storage: When ...
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Why root cannot access ".android_secure" directory on external SD card?

I have an Android 9 tablet, rooted by way of Magisk. It has an external SD card mounted as sdfat on /mnt/media_rw/1234-5678 which is mounted on four other mount points, all as type sdcardfs, with some ...
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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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Android Devices: use external storage as a default storage

If you're running out of memory which happens a lot on low-end android devices like Samsung galaxy Y, Samsung galaxy Y-DUOS etc. and want more free space for your apps, then this post is for you..
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How to access /storage/emulated/10 (multi-users env) in adb shell on Android 9+ without root access?

I have two Android system users configured. $ pm list users Users: UserInfo{0:Owner:13} running UserInfo{10:security space:13} running UserInfo{999:XSpace:800010} running When the mobile ...
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Since which Android version is exFat supported?

Which Android version supports exFat, if at all? The web seems unclear about that. Thanks!
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Where are the .apk files of currently installed apps stored on my Android device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where in the file system are applications installed? How can I view the .apk files of currenly installed apps on my android phone?
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Where does Google Play store its ebooks on an Android device?

In the Google Play Books Android application, there is an option to keep an ebook on a device if the user wants to do it. So when you decide to do such a thing, the ebook may be stored somewhere on ...
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Discrepancy between sizes of apps listed in Play Store vs. actual installed app size

The Play Store lists the size of all apps available in their store. When a user downloads and installs apps, the actual sizes reported by Android are often larger than the sizes listed by the Play ...
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Storage location of "adb_keys"

I have a Galaxy s3 (I9300) that has a broken touch screen (display is fine). I therefore can not click the authorization dialog that pops up when I try to access the device via adb on any ROMs above ...
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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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Is it possible to backup apk from an installed application?

I got some huge games which I don't play regularly but don't want to delete either. Is it possible to backup those apps as apk so that I can install them offline later? I'm not talking about backing ...
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My space used and free space doesn't add up

See pic - the numbers don't add up! Screenshot (click for larger variant) This is a 16GB Nexus 7 The listed items only add up to a little over 9GB. So 4GB worth of files are missing. How can I find ...
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Are files created in "/storage/emulated/0" supposed to appear in "/storage/sdcard0"?

From what I guess, internal storage is available by every user. If emulated storage is a storage location, made for a specific user, are files created in /storage/emulated/0 supposed to appear in /...
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Is it possible to know the wear level information of a phone, like SSD have with SMART?

Is there a way to find out the media wearout level on an android device? I have a tablet that is acting weird and slow, so I wonder if the internal storage is still ok: it is the Nvidia Sheild (...
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Not enough storage on android device

When I download application from Market I obtain out of memory error. In fact I have about 2Gb free storage on SD Card and it seems there is out of space of internal phone storage. How to clear ...
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When should I run a consistency check on my removable MicroSD card?

I own an Android device with a removable MicroSD card. The card uses either FAT32 or ExFAT technology. These are "non-journaling filesystem" technologies, so the data on the cards can become corrupted ...
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How disk space is partitioned in an Android phone?

How does storage space in our phone is partitioned? How can we access our storage space?
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Where is the folder that Termux defaults to?

The Termux app is a terminal emulator. If I create a file or a folder there, and then use another file explorer app to browse my device, where can I find these files?
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Termux - How do I create a directory of files accessible outside of Termux?

I discovered that the files and directory that are created in (default) Termux, are not accessible to other apps on non-rooted phones. Where is the folder that Termux defaults to? How do I set it ...
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Using SD card as internal storage and migrate date

I read this question, but I want to update the question. Now with Android 6.0 we have the option to format the SD card as internal storage, and that's what I did. I also clicked that "Migrate data" ...
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Using an external SDcard with KitKat?

On a Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition running 4.4 and non-rooted (I'd prefer not to root a device used for professional development purposes) Having stored some ebooks on my external SDcard, I ...
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Where does BlueStacks store my app's data (e.g. save game files)?

Where does BlueStacks install my apps and where does it store the data (e.g. saved game files) for those apps?
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What Is Using Up My Storage/Data on Android Phone?

First, I appreciate that there are lots of similar questions to this online, but they are often so specific that I haven't been able to solve this question myself (through online forums/questions/etc)....
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Why my phone is always out of space recently, but I didn't install any new software [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I free some disk space without deleting my apps? I've installed such software as Shazam, Baidu Map, QQ, HiMarket, MeiTuan, UC Mobile, etc. At first everything is fine, ...
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Can anyone explain Android storage space?

My Hannspree tablet running Android 4.4.2 has 3 distinct storage locations: Internal storage - 1GB, Internal SD card - 12GB, Removable SD card - 32GB. What's the point of the internal SD card if ...
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How to format an SD card as adoptable storage on Android 5?

I have ZTE phone: Model z828 Fcc id srq-z828 IC 5200E-Z828 H/W U06A DATE 03/2017 and have inserted and mounted a 32 GB SD storage chip. However, cannot seem to get an option to use ...
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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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Is a Class 10 MicroSD overkill or is a Class 6 adequate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the class rating of my MicroSD card relevant? I don't see any speed class or × rating markings on the 2GB card that came with my phone. Is a Class 10 card going to be ...
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How can I run a consistency check on my removable MicroSD card? [duplicate]

I own an Android device with a removable MicroSD card. The card uses either FAT32 or ExFAT technology. These are "non-journaling filesystem" technologies, so the data on the cards can become corrupted ...
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How to disable bad RAM addresses and fix bad storage blocks?

The symptoms which device presents are: Restarts randomly with a previous freeze of a few of seconds (this is becouse of /proc/sys/kernel/panic is set to 5). Sometimes with a blue filled screen. Even ...
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Decrypt my Micro SD Card

I have been looking every where for an answer to this. I had a Razor MAX with an encrypted card in it. Well I dropped that phone and it died on the spot. I now have a SG3 and the micro sd card ...
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With Android, does a factory reset truly reset the device to the same as it was when it left the factory (unlike an iPhone)?

When you reset an iPhone, my understanding is that the device does not truly get reset to how it was when it exited the factory. What about with an Android device? Does performing a factory reset on ...
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4Gb Storage: Why can it only use 1.6GB?

Why do Android phones say they have 4GB storage but then cazn only use 1.6GB of it? Why is this? Is it possible to access all that other space? If you see below it confirms how much space this phone ...
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When files are created in Android 4.2 and above, are files ever stored in one location?

/sdcard -> /storage/sdcard0 /storage/sdcard0 -> /storage/emulated/legacy /storage/emulated/legacy -> /storage/emulated/0 It is known that symlinks in the above example are locations on the Android ...
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Why is the SD-card mounted to "/sdcard/external_sd" instead of "/sdcard" (or "/mnt/sdcard")?

I recently upgraded my phone to an LG Motion 4G (Android 4 ICS). I see that the sdcard is mounted at /sdcard/external_sd. I also noticed that this appears to be the same with some other newer models. ...