How to free Internal Storage Space?Support

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  1. mikelevy

    mikelevy Member

    I only have 14% 20.91mb internal storage space left. What is the best app to use to determine what is using the space, and then to delete the offending items? I realise that care must be taken to ensure no essntial components arre deleted. - Mike

  2. kejlyCZ

    kejlyCZ Well-Known Member

    You can see the size of installed apps under Settings / Applications / Manage application. If you sort it by size (under Menu), then it's easy to find the worst memoryeaters and delete it.
    Start with clearing cache - Market cache (it can have tens of MB and it's safe to delete it) and Browser cache (holds cached internet pages), you can also move some apps to SD card to free internal storage.
    The easiest way is to find the apps you don't use and delete it (like I do occasionally) .
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  3. rod9669

    rod9669 Well-Known Member

    Flash player 10.3 is my biggest at 12mb - if I un-install this will I get a problem?
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  4. Harry2

    Harry2 Well-Known Member

    All information of each app about storage and data/cache in list view gives you Quick App Manager.

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  5. thebillington

    thebillington Well-Known Member

    My question is how do I clear the cache for market? I've spent about 20 mins looking and can't find an option, it is the only thing eating data on my phone.
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  6. Harry2

    Harry2 Well-Known Member

    At 'Manage applications' did you choose 'All' ?
    There you will find 'Market' :)

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  7. thebillington

    thebillington Well-Known Member

    Ahh I chose Running not All.

    Aren't I stupid.

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  8. MandaNick

    MandaNick Well-Known Member

    Root, and then a App2SD script.
  9. DC E1G

    DC E1G Well-Known Member

    In the long-term, this is the easiest solution.
  10. Usta

    Usta Well-Known Member

    Yes, rooting and using tricks like app2sd+ are indeed the proper ways to get rid of internal storage issues.

    Till then, I'd also recommend 1Tap Cleaner Free application from Market to auto clean cache files in the phone and free some space regularly (no root needed).
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  11. cammyhorne

    cammyhorne Active Member

    I have 25mb free on mine, I deleted Adobe flash, google maps, these have freed up loads of space. One thing I have noticed, when an app is apparently saves on the SD card and I remove it, it also clears space on the internal memory as well
  12. Usta

    Usta Well-Known Member

    When you move apps to SD card, part of them still remains in internal memory. That's why it also frees some internal space when you uninstall them.
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  13. Scary

    Scary Well-Known Member

    There's various applications that you can go through every now and then and clear the data/cache.

    As mentioned the cache in 'Market' can build up, I'd recommend emptying the browser cache from the browser itself rather than the Applications menu, I pressed the wrong bit and cleared out all my bookmarks too. Anything with a cache you can clear out.

    Any pre-installed programs like Facebook, Maps, Flash etc that you don't use will take up space if they've been updated. If you're not fussed about new features 'uninstall updates' in the Applications menu and it will revert to the default

    If you have all your contacts backed up via Google I recommend clearing out 'Contacts storage' and 'Facebook for HTC Sense' every so often. Once emptied you just need to sync them back up and all your contacts will reappear without the crap that accumulates over time (any links between Facebook and Google contacts will reconnect afterwards)

    I use ADAO file Manager and that gives me internal memory as a %. It always seems to creep up to 89% no matter how much I uninstall or clear - the warning pops up at 90%. I suspect that there's some sort of clever memory management using up as much as it can
  14. amlothi

    amlothi Well-Known Member

    This thread is giving me a major case of deja vu.
  15. T_800

    T_800 Active Member

    The low internal storage issue of HTC Desire had been discussed in length and breadth in a lot of forums. I had posted a similar stuff in other forums as well. Still, I am not able to find an appropriate solution without rooting the phone, to use data2sd/data2ext (?!). The following are the ways I handle it for time being.

    • Move apps to SD (using Froyo, so it comes naturally).
    • As support for flash is in-built in Android, I don't see a need for the Adobe Flash Update which consumes more than 10 MB. Hence removed it 4 months ago and did not see any issues.
    • Clear Cache. Apps like Market builds up cache quite fast and big. HTC Mail, Gmail, K9-Mail and Street View apps too have a lot of cache built. Besides this the stock Internet app may build up cache and data. I clear both cache and data as I do not store passwords and do not use bookmarks. Even if I have to I can backup bookmarks and retrieve it later.
    • If there are two apps that offer the same functionality, then the one that uses lesser memory is the obvious choice. (Replaced Aldiko with Moon-reader and Rock Player with Mobo player, on this principle)
    • Backed up infrequent apps to SD and unistalled them. I can install it when necessary. However, this is cumbersome and may lead to using a older version of the app, when it is installed from the backup.
    • Heard in a forum that there is a known bug which has the effect of increasing your contacts storage from around 10Mb to 80Mb. This is related to facebook contacts. I don't add facebook contacts to phone contacts (people).
    • Unistall unused apps. Review the apps installed on a regular basis and uninstall apps that I don not need. If I have not used an app for a long while probably I may not use it in future as well.

    By doing the above I am able to maintain around 25-30 MB free storage, with about 66 apps besides the pre-installed apps by HTC.
    But still with a meager 140 MB, this is a real pain.
    Any thoughts/tips/novel ideas?
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  16. MandaNick

    MandaNick Well-Known Member

    I have 59 apps installed, and about 160MB free storage space(It would be more if I bothered to move stuff to my SD card :D) so I say, ROOT YOUR PHONE!!!!!!!

  17. T_800

    T_800 Active Member

    I am a bit nervous about rooting, considering the fact that most of the guides also indicate the risk of bricking the phone besides voiding the warranty. Though some assure that it is reversible, they also ask me to prepare my mindset to accept the risk of bricking the phone. This is not a cheap phone and hence I am not able to stomach that risk.
  18. Trito

    Trito Well-Known Member

    I'm rooted with 1Gb EXT partition and I have 93mb left on my internal storage.
  19. T_800

    T_800 Active Member

  20. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    It wouldn't be easy, but the bigger problem is that that's a temp root: so even if you managed it, what happens the next time you reboot the phone? I think you are very likely to end up with a phone that won't boot, and without access to the root tools you'd need to fix it.
  21. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    If you do your homework first and make sure you know what to do then the risk is actually very small - most problems are ultimately down to user error (including bad downloads, using the wrong tools, using a procedure that isn't applicable to their particular phone model). If you are interested, I recommend the guides linked from the root forum sticky post (I have a link to this in my sig), and then asking about anything you don't understand in that forum.

    But it isn't for everyone, and you shouldn't do it unless you are comfortable with it.
  22. T_800

    T_800 Active Member

  23. 1981

    1981 Well-Known Member

    I synced my google account using the 'accounts and sync' option in settings. but when i logged in my gmail account through a computer and searched my contacts, only the email ids were seen not the phone numbers.
    is there a way to sync up my entire phone contacts as it is, with gmail?
  24. SiHa

    SiHa Well-Known Member

    That's how it works with mine, I've just logged into my Gmail account on a PC, and all info - email, phone, postal address - is stored.

    Are you sure all the info is actually in the gmail contacts, or do you have linked entries - one with a phone number (maybe on the SIM?) and one with an email. If a contact consists of linked entries there will be a little chainlink symbol at the top right corner, IIRC. I had a similar situation when I first got my Desire, and had to spend a few hours copying and pasting and deleting linked entries to get it all right.

    You could export all your contacts to SD card, then open them up in excel, modify then re-import (after deleting all contacts) into your gmail account.
  25. 1981

    1981 Well-Known Member

    thanks. i have linked entries between phone and gmail. ths why the phone nos in the phone memory dont show up in the gmail contacts?
    should I export just the phone contacts or the gmail ones or both to the sd card first?
    thn delete the entire info under 'PEOPLE' before reimporting? or just the phone contacts in 'people'?

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