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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ifb-online, May 26, 2011.

  1. ifb-online

    ifb-online Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I know this is discussed a lot and I have looked around, but I haven't yet found a solution.

    I use App2SD (free version) and I have a lot apps (31) on the SD card. I only have 11 Apps in the internal memory but at best I only have 23MB free and this sometimes drops to around 12MB. The apps I have are:

    Adobe Air 16.9MB
    Adobe Flash Player 12MB
    Maps 11.1MB
    Facebook 5.6MB
    Swype 3.8MB
    Market 3.5MB
    Hullomail 3.4MB
    Gallery 3D 1.3MB
    YouTube 1.3MB
    HTC Sync 1.3MB
    APN on/off 200K

    These only seem to represent half the used internal memory. How can I find where unneeded data is being stored? Connecting via USB only reveals the SD Card for file management. I do have a file browser installed on my desire but have not yet found anything I'm confident about deleting.

    I just want to understand this :)

    Thanks - Ian
     



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  2. EddyOS

    EddyOS Android Expert

    It'll be the app data that's taking up the space. Best thing to do is root and use a ROM using A2SD+
     
  3. ifb-online

    ifb-online Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I don't want to root. My Desire is an unbranded one and I can live with the memory issue if I have to, but I just need to know if there is anything I should doing regarding memory management that I haven't yet come across.

    Do you mean all the apps (including the ones on the SD Card) are consuming main memory? Where can I check which apps are using what memory?

    Ian
     
  4. phil35

    phil35 Newbie

    Download an app called Disk Usage. That shows you a breakdown of how your internal memory is being used by all your apps.
     
  5. EddyOS

    EddyOS Android Expert

    Not the apps you've moved to the SD card, no but the app data (on the SD card or otherwise) is still on the internal memory
     
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    While you are at it, have a look in the "applications" menu (under "all applications") for "contact storage". Select it and see how much data it is using. This is basically your address book and call log. If it's a couple of MB then nothing to worry about, but sometimes this can go crazy and duplicate a lot of contacts, and end up huge.

    There are other threads that describe this in this forum or the troubleshooting or hints and tips subfora, so if your contact storage is huge a search for other "low memory" threads should turn up a solution.
     
  7. MH75

    MH75 Member

    Ive just tried that and mine says I have 147.6MiB-107.1 in applications 25.5 for system data and 15 free space.

    Is that all there is? 147.6 total?
     
  8. ifb-online

    ifb-online Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Thanks,.contacts storage is 2.2MB.

    Ian
     
  9. phil35

    phil35 Newbie

    Yeah, that's all there is. Shockingly small I know. I wish I'd realised before I bought mine! I have to say its the only problem with it though.
     
  10. ifb-online

    ifb-online Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    According to the disk scanner I was recommended to try all the sd card apps use main memory. Some of them use a meg or more. I'm starting top dump some sd apps that aren't so important.

    Ian
     
  11. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Yes, that's it. There are tricks to let you move more apps to SD (will be in the hints and tips subforum), but app data is still in internal (including for the built-in apps), and any app with widgets you want to use cannot be put on SD the google way. So even with this, there are limits.

    One bit of good news is that Gingerbread's a2sd is a bit better than Froyo's - it moves a bit of the app which the Froyo version doesn't. In some cases this is tiny, but for others (such as flash player, or Aldiko v2) it makes a significant difference. So when this eventually arrives it should give you a bit more space.

    As Eddy has said, the problem is soluble, but to do more than the above requires rooting, which isn't something everyone is happy with.
     
  12. ifb-online

    ifb-online Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Things are a little better now. I have pruned the apps and managed to find enough space to re-install some main memory apps I'd previously sacrificed and still have 26MB free.

    Ian
     

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