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"System Data" takes up 6GB of space?!

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by MysteryShadow, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. MysteryShadow

    MysteryShadow Lurker
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    As said above, "System data", in the "Miscellanous" tab of my storage settings takes up 6GB. I tried wiping cache, as someone said it might help. It did not. This is definitely not normal, and I'm sure that there is a way to solve this - PREFERRABLY WITHOUT ROOTING OR FACTORY RESETING MY PHONE, as I have some stuff on it that I don't want to lose because of this one silly thing. Please help, it's really annoying!


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  2. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    This thread had an interesting suggestion to solve a similar issue:

    And just to add, if doing anything like a Factory Reset is an issue because of losing personal data you really, really need to implement some kind of backup solution. Even if it's not a matter of a reset you could lose your phone or it could be stolen. Be sure 'Android Device Manager' is turned on or install a similar third-party service like Prey or Cerberus, and set up an online backup/sync service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. Don't forget to backup your SMS too.
    Google Drive
    SMS Backup & Restore
  3. MysteryShadow

    MysteryShadow Lurker
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    Yeah, that solution was to clear the cache - which I already did. As with the backups, I could make one and factory resetting is not TOO much of a problem, I would just rather not do it, and if factory reseting my phone is the only way to solve this issue, then that would mean that I would have to rest my phone every 3 months - something I don not want to do...
  4. androidmachine

    androidmachine Android Enthusiast

    Download Disk Usage and see what the system data actually is.
  5. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Actually that link was in reference to clearing the dumpstate/log, which is different than clearing the system cache partition or common app caches.
    Also discussed here:
  6. MysteryShadow

    MysteryShadow Lurker
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    Hmm... Diskusage says that "System Data" is only 500MB, however "Android" takes up 4GB. It doesn't say what the system data is, though... Weird.
  7. MysteryShadow

    MysteryShadow Lurker
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    Also, the code in the "Trip over IT" article doesn't work on my phone, it only works on Samsung phones.
  8. androidmachine

    androidmachine Android Enthusiast

    4 gb for the Android system is not unheard of. I have a 16 gb tablet and only have about 12 gb available for use. Using DiskUsage, have you found any humongous files?
  9. MysteryShadow

    MysteryShadow Lurker
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    No, just reular size files, except for android... what I meant by my last post is that android only takes up 4GB, but in settings, "System data" is still 6GB, so system data must be something else...

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