Have you ever encountered an "insufficient storage available" error on your Android phone? Storage full message appears when your phone has reached the limit of its capacity to store data. Despite the message, the space may not be full, or there may be a way to increase the storage capacity of your device.
In this post, we will show you five ways to free up space on Android and fix insufficient storage errors.
Why Does It Show Insufficient Storage While My Phone Still Has Space?
Your phone actually has two different types of storage: your internal storage, which is the space data is stored on your current device, and the external storage or micro SD card in your device. When you see an “insufficient storage available” notification pop up, it’s because that’s referring to your internal storage.
There are many reasons why your Android phone may be suffering from storage space issues.
- First, you may not have much free space left to begin with.
- Another common problem is that you have too many apps installed.
- You may also have a lot of media files or other large files taking up space.
- Or you may have an app that’s misbehaving.
This is a common problem with Android smartphones, especially as you load them up with apps, photos, and videos, but you can fix it.
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5 Ways to Fix “No Space Left” Error on Your Android Phone
Thankfully, it is not always necessary to delete old data to make room for new data. There are several ways that might help you clear up some extra storage on your phone. We’ll show you how below.
#1. Check Your Storage and Clear Cache
The first step is to check how much storage space is actually available on your device. You can do this by going to Settings > Storage. To free up some space, you can clear the app cache on your Android device. This step will remove temporary files and free up space without deleting any important data or apps.
To clear your app cache:
- Step 1: Go to Settings and tap Apps or Application Manager (depending on which version of Android OS you are running).
- Step 2: Scroll through the list of apps and select the app for which you want to clear the cache.
- Step 3: Tap Storage > Clear Cache.
Though clearing cached data is usually safe and won’t cause any loss of personal data, we recommend making a backup of anything significant before doing so.
#2. Move Apps and Files to Removable SD Card
Android apps can be installed either on the device’s internal storage or the external (removable) SD card. If you receive the error message “insufficient storage available”, this means that your phone has run out of memory in which to store new data.
Move Apps to SD Card (if Available)
If your Android phone supports an SD card, you can try moving the apps that allow this to free up some space. However, keep in mind that some apps do not allow this and will not work correctly if they are moved.
To move an app to the SD card:
- Step 1: Go to Settings > Applications
- Step 2: Select Manage Applications and find the app you want to move and select it.
- Step 3: Then choose Move to SD Card (if available).
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Move music and movies to your SD Card.
If you store lots of music or video on your device and don’t use streaming services like Spotify or Netflix, you may be able to free up a lot of space by moving those files to an SD card instead.
This may be easiest if you plug your device into a computer — if so, browse the files using Windows Explorer or Finder (on Macs), copy them to the card in the appropriate folder (for example, Music), then eject the card and reinsert it to your phone.
#3. Uninstall Unnecessary Apps And Games
Uninstalling unused apps and games is the best way to free up space on your device. Every app you install takes up a certain amount of space. If one app is using more than its fair share, it might be time to uninstall it.
To uninstall an app, long press its icon from the home screen or from within the app tray, then drag it upwards onto the Uninstall option in the top right corner. Alternatively, you can uninstall apps by:
- Tapping Apps & notifications and then
- Choosing the app that you want to uninstall from the list of currently installed apps.
- After that, Tap Uninstall and confirm on the popup.
These steps will also help speed up slow phones, as a lack of storage often causes phone slowdown.
#4. Use an Android Cleaner App
Another way to free up space on Android is by using an Android cleaner app. There are many such apps available in Google Play Store that you can use, but one of the best ones is CCleaner. It offers a lot of tools like junk cleaners and uninstallers that you can use to free up some space on your device.
The app also includes other features like a Task Killer and RAM Booster that will help improve the performance of your smartphone or tablet as well.
#5. Use a Cloud Service
The most elegant solution for freeing up space on your device is to use a cloud service like Google Photos, Dropbox, or OneDrive. These services will keep all of your photos and videos backed up to the cloud, and you can delete them from your phone knowing that they’re safe in case you ever want them again.
If you don’t want to pay for additional storage on Google Photos, it’s recommended that you set it up so that only "high quality" images are saved to the service. This will save you space on your phone without costing you any additional money.
There are a lot of different ways to free up space on an Android device. You can delete apps you don’t want, clear the cache and data for apps, or even move entire apps to the SD card. With a few hints and tricks above, you might be able to free up some space in a jiffy.
If you have other tips on how to clean and clear up space and fix the insufficient storage issue on Android phones, don’t hesitate to share with us in the comment section below!