How to Fix Not Enough Storage Space on Android Devices

Last Updated: January 13, 2017
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Most of the Android users usually have this problem, but if you have not encountered this problem that means you have a large phone memory space and an external sd card of large memory as well, but the post is still useful for you incase you later encounter anything of such.
It was just like a surprise on my device with 1GB free storage space and still receiving insufficient storage space while trying to install an app from play store and also same while trying to use my device Camera, but later on, I found a solution to this and my download and selfie taking was successful.

How to Fix Not Enough Memory on Installing Apps from Playstore

1. Go to System Settings and Tap Storage.

From storage menu, you can view your storage Disk left or unused space and those you have used as well.

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2. Tap on Preferred Install Location

3. Now choose the disk where you have free storage or the let the system decide.

It is advisable you choose the Let system to decide as the system would auto download to where there is free space.

How to Fix Not Enough Memory While Downloading Files.

There are also sometimes when you would try downloading files, and you would receive not enough storage space, but you may have free space on other storage. I mostly encounter this using my Camera when my sd card slot is full, so it gives info to change storage space. To fix this if you also encounter this just:
1. Go to system settings

2. Tap Storage

3. Change Default Write Disk to where you have free space. From above image, I changed my default write disk to Phone Storage just because my SDcard is full.

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How to fix Not Enough Storage Space on Android

If any of the above didn't work for you, then try to clear your cache. You can do this by making use of Cache cleaner app or manually.
By Using Cache Cleaner App
1. Download Cache Cleaner App from Playstore.

2. Install and Open it. Tap on start.

3. The app will scan your device and show you list of cache items.
4. Just tap on clear all at the bottom, but you can exclude some if only you need them.

5. Go to junk files section too and do the same.

Manually Clearing Cache on Android Devices
There are instances the phone won't allow installation of the app also so you have the manual ways to deal with it. If you have many apps, the easiest way is to clear the cache of the top 5 apps you do use most. To clear the cache
1. Go to settings >> App
2. Choose the App you want to clear its cache.

3. Tap on clear cache and repeat for other apps. But on some latest Android, you will have to tap on storage before seeing the clear cache.
Feel free to use the comment section to ask any question.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Gabriel

    I can't seem to find "preferred install location on my Infinix hot note2. Please, can I do?

    • To find this go to settings >> Storage and look towards bottom of the screen.

  2. DANIEL

    Pls how do i reset my tecno545 to be downloading app &games.it says insufficient memory

    • Hi Daniel you can just set the default storage to where you have memory on your device.

  3. Great instructions here. Not having enough memory is more than just inconvienient so it's nice to know how you can remedy the situation. Thanks for the advice.

  4. Juma Wafula

    have tried installing save to phone but still not working, what could be the problem?

  5. chike

    Hi eve when I choose the place with more space, it still says insufficient space

    • Hi Chike, Remove your memory card and slot it back then recheck and choose where there is free storage space. I will be waiting for you reply.

  6. Cecil

    I'm having a problem with my techno h5. it keeps popping insufficient phone storage messages all the time. I choose the storage also to my 8g memory card yet it was the same. I formatted my phone storage but the problem still persists

    • Hi Cecil, Try making use of internal storage after formatting the phone but without memory card inside. If that didn't fix it then copy files in your memory card to another located then format the memory card and insert to your phone. Once it works transfer your files back to your device.

  7. Bola

    Hi Hiidee,
    I have tried clearing the cache, I have made my external memory my preferred storage location as that is where I have more free space, I have taken out my memory card and put it back, yet it is telling me "Insufficient Storage"
    What can I do?

    • Hi Bola, what are you trying to do when your phone bring the notification of not enough memory????

  8. Lovelyn

    My infinix hot 3 phone memory is full and I HV SD card DAT is free yet is showing not enough space

    • Hi Lovelyn, go to your device settings >> Storage and change default write disk to your sdcard.

  9. Lovelyn

    I have done DAT is BT working

    • Try to freeup some space on your device memory first then set the default disk to sdcard. And what were you trying to do when receiving the not enough memory notification?

  10. Alfred Bikko

    Am Using Infinix HOT version RQ540 i just bought it new with a space of 16GB and i still bought SD Card yet its still showing insufficient i try formatting the phone storage and yet it still persist. Pls what should I do?

    • What are you trying to do??? Are you installing an app or you want to transfer files into your device?? What exactly are you trying to do before you received the not enough memory notification?

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