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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by beefmusta, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. beefmusta

    beefmusta New Member
    Thread Starter

    Dec 17, 2010
    I just got an HTC Legend and it's great except for one thing - when I try to install applications from the market it fails due to "insufficient storage".

    I have a 3.7GB free on the SD card and 136MB of internal storage available so lack of space isn't actually the problem. I've found other threads describing the same problem and tried their solution of wiping and reformatting the SD card but to no avail.

    The strange part is that it's an intermittent problem - sometimes I can actually install apps... and I can't work out for the life of me what's different in these cases (e.g. I don't reboot my phone or anything - it's always on).

    This is apparently quite a common problem but I am yet to find a definite cause and solution. Can anyone help?

    Thanks in advance


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  2. adi19956

    adi19956 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2010
    Hampshire, UK
    have you tried hard resetting? and FWIW, apps aren't installed on the SD card by default anyway?
    Have you got all of your storage on your phone left? Settings > SD & phone storage, under Internal phone storage should say the amount.
    As apps on Android are getting bigger - Fennec is 32MB!!!! - you can't have as many apps on your phone.
    When your says you don't have enough space for an app, is the app the same size as an app that does install? (says it in the Market)
  3. beefmusta

    beefmusta New Member
    Thread Starter

    Dec 17, 2010
    Cheers for the reply. Yep I tried hard resetting and once it was running again the same thing happened.
    Settings > SD card & Phone storage > Internal phone storage says 131MB left. I'm sure none of the apps I've tried to install would have needed that much space in one go.
    I managed to reproduce the problem in one session, I tried to install Overkill lite (4.15MB) which failed, then straight after installed gStrings (122KB) which succeeded. :/
  4. SGS2

    SGS2 Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2011
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    i have the same issue with a 2.2 froyo rooted captivate.

    i am not going to list my memory capacities as i have murdered all bloatware, and trust me, i have plenty of memory, internal, internal sd card, and the external sd card i have installed. i do not have a large amount of installed apps from market; maybe 10.

    i am using busybox donate, titanium backup * root, titanium pro key * root, superuser and superuser elite.

    bottom line, the INSUFFICIENT SPACE error, for me, was and is false. for me, it was a false error, and yet i still get it everytime i download an app. i have cleaned cache, i have forced closed all apps possible, bla, bla, bla. nothing worked.

    i found, after wasting many hours of useless efforts, if i just turned my phone off, removed my battery, and then on again, every new app i downloaded was and is successful. this has worked every time i got the false error message.

    why? i do not know. as i said, i have very few apps, and all apps (except titanium backup which is not supposed to be on your sd card per the developer who i directly asked) that i do have are on my external sd card.

    the error is a lie, at least for me, as i have plenty of internal memory.

    edit: it just dawned on me - since i close a lot of unused/running apps, and using the samsung stock task manager app, in addition to another cache cleaner, and killing/closing apps, i may be closing an internal app which may tell market if there is enough space available.

    i think this may be why the insufficient space error comes up, since when i turn my phone off, then back on, i do NOT close any apps, i just go directly into market and try to download a new app, and this has always worked... i do not know what app i have closed or killed that causes the insufficient space error.....

    myself - i would rather end needlessly running apps and save my ram, battery and cpu, and the few times i download a new app, i just turn off, then on, and problem solved.

    for me, i don't mind the extra steps since overall i prefer to force close unneeded apps..
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