Samsung Galaxy "Insufficient Storage Available"

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  1. Applefan

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    We all know that the amount of storage space is never as high as it looks and this is where the issue starts. For example, a device with 32 GB storage will never have this much space left for you to download the required apps and software. The reason is a great part of the storage remain occupied by the operating system, pre-installed apps while some space is also wasted based on how the OS formats storage medium.

    This fact is known by many and it simply irritates them when they go through an installation process of a much important app but end up receiving the error message ‘Insufficient storage available’. What actually happens here is, even if there are sufficient storage available to update or install the app but it runs short of space to execute it and this is why the app installation or up step is failed even though it takes much less space than what is actually available on your device.

    See also: How To Move Apps To MicroSD on Samsung Galaxy

    What Causes insufficient storage available error on the Android
    Out of space error normally occurs when you transfer a large app, video or picture from your phone’s internal memory to an external storage. This causes the cache to be corrupted. Hence, causing the cache to saturate. Old and unnecessary cache data are stored on your phone in the trash folder. Often, these caches clear themselves, but when large media files are being transferred, it can somehow lag the cache data.

    Another reason is the lack of working storage that mainly gives rise to this ‘Insufficient storage available’ issue. Any android app utilizes three sets of storage, one set for the app themselves, the second set for the app’s data files and finally the third set for app’s cache. Now when this cache becomes large in size, it occupies a huge part of the space even though it is reported that the space occupied by the cache is free space on Android. So, clearing this cache is a very useful step that can be followed to fix up this insufficient storage issue on your Galaxy device.

    How to fix “insufficient storage available“

    Method 1
    Clearing the cache is the first step in resolving the insufficient storage available issue. Follow the below steps to perform it successfully.

    • Open settings app first from the home screen and navigate to Application manager option.
    • Scroll sideways to have the downloaded section which displays all the downloaded apps and space occupied by them.
    • Next, tap on the menu or more buttons for choosing ‘sort by size’ to arrange the apps in that order.
    • Now tap on a specific app that shows the storage occupied by it, its data and cache.
    • Tap on the clear cache to empty cache, but clearing data will remove all the info and files stored by the app, which is not suggested.
    • Repeat the same process for every app.

    Method 2
    To fix Samsung Galaxy “insufficient storage available” error, another thing you need to do is to download a 2MB app from the Google play store. If you do not have any attainable space for this 2 MB application, then allocate room for it by removing an unused app or media file. Please delete a file from your Internal storage, not your Micro SD card. In case there are no such apps to be deleted then uninstall Google Play updates for the app and have 2MB free on your internal memory to attempt this method. Now follow the below steps.

    • Navigate to Google play
    • Download App Cache Cleaner
    • Install it and it will show individual apps that have large cache data stored. You can delete these cached data manually by clicking the Recycle bin icon next to it or else 'clear all' button at the bottom and it will delete cache for all apps. When this is done, you will no longer see the 'Out of Space' or 'insufficient storage available' issue on your Android device.

    Method 3
    If you have deleted few apps and cleared cache but still getting this error, then you need to do a dump state clearance. Below are the steps for doing so.

    • Enter your Dialer
    • Dial *#9900#
    • This will access the SysDump menu
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    #1 Applefan, Aug 1, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2017
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