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  1. sushifor5

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    Why when I delete an app does my internal storage indicator (I'm reading it from Quick Settings) not reflect the amount of space the app was taking?

    I just deleted an app that said it was 2.5 mg and my internal storage only increased by 1 mg.

    Do apps leave traces behind when we delete them? How do I get rid of an app completely and regain my storage capacity?

    Thanks!
     

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    Was the entire app on the internal memory? Was it moved to SD? Did you give the system time to update?

    Before I uninstall I always force close, clear cache and clear data then I uninstall.
     
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    ฬhat aρρ did υ deleted...so I can double-check?
     
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    The app was Catch Notes and it was not on SD card...I didn't put it there, anyway...I assume it was all internal. I have only had phone a bit over a week and have not tried moving anything anywhere yet, LOL.

    i had read last night about deleting apps, so when i deleted, i cleared data and forced close and then did uninstall. then i turned off my phone and turned it on again. but i didn't get my 2.5 mg back.

    so do apps leave stuff behind? thanks much!
     
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    Not that this helps, or is an answer, but I was under the impression it was a little like the Windows registry. Even if you uninstall something, things usually are left behind in the registry.Then again, this is a cell phone, I could be wrong -.-
     
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    @sushifor5
    U need to doωnloαd a file manager (ie. ES File Explorer, Astro File Manager) to see if Catch Note left anything behind. I use Androziρ File Manager, it uses less space on my ρhoηε memory.

    Most aρρ that I'νε υninstalled doesn't leaνe anything behind, exceρt blank folders.
     
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    ok, thanks...i'm really, really new with smartphones and apps and all this...i'm not technical at all. if i download that app, how do i use it? sorry if that is a stupid question!

    and if there was anything left behind, what do i do about it?

    TIA!
     
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    Don't worry, those are good questions and not stupid :) If υ use Androziρ, just tap on the search icon and ωrite/tεxt "Catch Notes" on the search bar. Androzip will do the search for υ. If found, just delete it.
     
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    If it did leave anything behind, you won't be able to delete it from the internal storage unless you root.
     
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    I'm reading about/considering the root option but am really intimidated, due to my technical deficit, LOL, and the fact that i have a mac.

    thanks for your help!
     
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    Sorry to hear that.

    There is a tutorial in the All Things Root sub-forum about rooting without a computer. I'm sure even a mac user could figure it out to use it.
     
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    LOL...are macs disliked here?

    seriously, i am not blessed with a technical brain...i have many skills, but confidently navigating the modern world of technology is not one of them. i have used both PCs and macs in past jobs; hubby decided he wanted macs at home, didn't make a difference in "operator headaches" for me, LOL.

    thanks for the tips.
     
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    Come to think of it, I've only deleted leftover aρρs there were on my sdcarδ. There are no leftover aρρs on my ρhoηe memory.

    @sushifor5, if υ use Androziρ and find Catch Notes leftover, I'm guessing it ωill most likely be on your sdcard. My suggestion is, don't delete anything else using Androziρ or any File Manager.
     
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    If I root, will I be able to go in and delete apps completely? or will there always possibly be ghost fragments left? does it even really matter? i was initially concerned about losing storage space.

    TIA!
     
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