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Constant insufficient storage problems

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by ggossamer, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. ggossamer

    ggossamer Newbie
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    Hi, I have a Galaxy S5 with Sprint and only a few applications installed, but I'm receiving constant messages when trying to install new apps, or even download mail, about insufficient device storage. I'm a relatively technical user, so understand how storage works.

    I have a 16GB SD card in addition to the local storage. I've moved every application to the SD card that permits it, yet still unable to install Quora, for example.

    What can one do when there's just no available storage?

    I've rooted my phone before, but haven't taken it so far as to use it to be able to remove some of the Sprint crap that's installed. Is that one approach to take with the S5?

    When I got to "storage settings" it reports there is 5.27GB of "used space" and 5.26GB "cached data" and only 445MB of "available space". Have I just reached the limit of what the device holds and the number of apps that can be installed?

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  2. girolez

    girolez Often Off Piste


    Sounds like you need to clear the cached data. I use an app called "History Eraser" to do this when needed (be sure to unselect call logs, sms etc) but you could go into manage apps and do them one at a time (or just the main offenders).

    Normally android manages cached data (which is prefetched data to speed up your applications) but sometimes it doesn't. Deleting cached data wont lose anything but may make some apps slightly slower to start up.
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  3. ggossamer

    ggossamer Newbie
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    I just clicked "Cached data" and it prompted me to clear the cache. This will release about 5GB, plenty for enough apps, but seems like a short-term solution. Hopefully it's enough to last for a while.
  4. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    I did a search for History Erasure and found 3 of them, by 3 different developers.
    Which one are you using... I presume you tested the others and found them lacking?

    Just trying to gain the benefit of your experience.
  5. girolez

    girolez Often Off Piste

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  6. AJ1970

    AJ1970 Lurker

    I'm like the OP, I have a ZTE Grand X, and I have four apps that I dl'd to the phone (no games), I've tried to dl several games, and I have 90% available. What apps/programs can I take off, and not make the phone inoperable, and what else can I do to free up space. I usually do settings > storage > then clean/clear data from things that seem ok to clear -
    Maps, Hangouts, Google Music (I don't use), Google Newsstand, Books, Movie/TV (don't use), Calendar and Calculator.

    (I'm not sure about trying to mess with anything else.)

    I've tried to get various games loaded, they all seem to load, then at the very end 'insufficient storage' right before install.
    And the games aren't that big, certainly not enough to take over 172.MB or so (I just gained another percent by clearing data.

    Can someone help?
  7. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Go to settings>applications and disable any app that you don't use that shouldn't have problems with making the phone work. Maps, Hangouts, Google Music, Newsstand, Books, Movie. They can be disabled (and can't be used anymore or will update anymore). This will uninstall updates and free up space. Also the phone has a hardcoded limitation on how much space should be alloted free. You can;t get around this.
  8. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User


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