What to Do When Your Phone Experiences Insufficient Storage Available?

What is your phone experiences insufficient storage available? You definitely can try one of these four methods to solve the issue.

The issue of insufficient storage available in an Android device is definitely not a novelty. Of course, this happens fairly rare for those who own devices with large storage capacity. However, users of older device models may experience this from time to time. In the past, smartphones are not equipped with spacious internal and external storage capacities like today.

What happens when you experience this situation in your device? You will not be able to download new files into your storage. More importantly, user is likely to experience failure when installing new application to their smartphone. It certainly creates inconvenience for users.

Insufficient Storage Available

In this article, you will learn four ways to deal with insufficient storage available issue that you can do on your own. They are especially helpful for users of older Android versions whose smartphones are often not armed with external memory slot.

Relocating Applications to External Storage

The root cause for this distracting issue tends to be overloaded internal memory storage in one’s phone. Therefore relocating applications installed to your phone to external storage might be helpful. The following guide explains how you can conduct relocation of apps.
  1. Open your device and go to “Setting”.
  2. Choose “Application” and click to see all of them. 
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  3. Scroll through the application list and see if any app took enough space in the internal drive to warrant relocation. 
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  4. Click on an app that takes plenty of space and choose to move it to your phone’s SD card. 
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  5. Clear data on your social media applications if possible because they tend to take over a lot of space as well.
  6. Check if insufficient storage available notice still appears when you try to add data to your phone.

Uninstalling Filler Applications

Sometimes user only installs a certain application for a specific purpose at that time. After time passes, the app is no longer being utilized. Many phone users are not only doing this activity one or two times. It can be happened multiple times. The accumulation of application in internal drive makes notice about insufficient data storage availability appears.

You can uninstall those underutilized apps by following these steps.
  1. Head toward “Setting” menu on your phone.
  2. Choose “Memory” and check how much space left in the device. In this step, you can check if too much application might be the cause for insufficient storage available issue. 
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  3. Return toward “Setting” to check all of your applications. 
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  4. Scroll through the application list and tap on applications that you no longer need. 
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  5. Uninstall all of the unnecessary applications. 
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Cleaning Up Data Storage

Keeping too much files in your file can also lead to insufficient storage available. This is why you have to clean your phone from unused files every once in a while. There are some apps that will help you cleaning data automatically, although you are recommended to have a backup beforehand.
  1. Install data manager application.
  2. Run the application to find unused data (shown and hidden). 
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  3. Clean all of the files recommended for deletion using the application. 
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  4. See if insufficient storage available notice still pops up when you try to download new apps or files.

Uninstalling Updates for Google Play

Perhaps your Google Play becomes the reason why your phone experiences insufficient storage available issue. If so, you need to return the app to original setup in order to track which application that creates such problem.
  1. Go to “Setting” menu in the phone to check all of applications installed in the phone. 
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  2. Tap on “Google Play” then choose to uninstall it. 
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  3. You will be directed to return the manufacturer setup for Google Play. 
  4. Try to reinstall the potentially harming applications.
Usually four methods that have been discussed above can already solve insufficient storage available issue in the phone. They are simple enough to do at home. You do not need to contact technician after all.

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