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Insufficient storage space in Android: how to fix it quickly?

You have all the world space on your SD card, and yet your Android refuses to download applications because of full memory? We explain why, and how to fix it!

The reasons

The message “Insufficient storage space” may seem surprising when you have all the space you need on your Android smartphone or tablet, but it has its reasons.

When you download an application, some data will necessarily be installed on the internal memory of the phone. If this storage space is full, you will not be able to download the application of your choice, even if your external card (SD) is empty!

Insufficient RAM memory

Some smartphones with a certain age or entry-level have a RAM of 1 GB or even less with 512 MB. That’s why, if you use a heavy application or many different applications in multitasking, the phone may hang.

A good tip is to keep an eye on the amount of RAM your applications consume and shut down those that do not need to be constantly open. To see this, go to the settings. The procedure is very simple since the update of Marshmallow.

Another thing that works to free up space in RAM is to shut down all the processes you have in the background.

From the Home screen, just click the square button to see all of your open applications that use RAM. You just have to close the ones you do not need.

Insufficient storage space

Many terminals have low memory and the system takes up so much space that there are only a few bytes of free space left.

It is important to remember that, even if the terminal is announced with 16, 32 or 64 GB, the reality is always less.

How to fix this problem? Well simply: sort on your internal memory! If you absolutely want to keep everything, choose to install what you can (music, movies, photos, documents …) on your SD card.

To make space on your internal memory, think of cloud solutions (Google Drive, Dropbox and others), or applications such as Clean Master that will do all the work for you.

For music, think of music streaming services like Spotify or Deezer.

Keep in mind, however, that not all devices make it easy to move your data to your SD card – the easiest way is to always be root so that you are completely free.

You can also delete unnecessary applications preinstalled on your device.

However, due to partitions in the internal memory, although there is available space, this is reserved for the files and applications that the system needs to function.

It is best not to play with this space as this can cause serious errors later.

Finally, the last solution is to reset your device to the factory settings: you will gain space and speed!

Tarun Bhardwaj
I'm a fan of the world of video games for PCs since childhood, from the days of games on Floppy Disk and the last glories of the Commodore, reading magazines such as PC Gamer, Games For My Computer and many others. Even the other platforms intrigue me, but the first love never forgets.

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