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How to Fix Insufficient Storage Available on Android

Last Updated On: November 6, 2016

You might have often experienced this problem and you are getting Insufficient Storage Available error message, whenever you are trying to install any app. This might be problem on low-end smartphone device where inbuilt memory is less and we install too many apps, musics on our device.

Insufficient Storage Available Google Play is most common error while downloading and installing apps on android smartphones. You will need to check first if device’s internal storage is full or not. If your device’s storage has space aandroid phone says insufficient storagend still you are getting Insufficient Storage Available error, here is the steps to get rid of it and fix no enough storage available on Android smartphones and tablets.

Deleting Apps, Music & Videos

Check for available storage memory on your device from Settings & make sure that there is enough memory available. If no data is available you need to delete some Music, Videos, Photos or Uninstall some Apps to release some space. You will no longer to see that pop up message Android Error Screen.

If you have stored too much data on your device’s internal memory, this might be a possible cause of storage problem. You can easily fix this issue by moving data from internal memory to your sd card.

Clear All Cache Files

If your smartphone says insufficient memory available even after deleting apps, you will need to look for the system cache on your device. You can clear unwanted files and cache using Clean master android app. If you don’t know how to use Clean master, refer the video below.

Clean Master would remove junk files and unwanted folders,files that occupy your system’s space and show your device’s memory is full. But after clearing cache, system storage would be cleaned and your smartphone would perform faster than before.

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Interesting thing that I like about clean master is auto clean feature. You can set your device to auto clean so whenever you turn on your screen, it would clean auto cache and make RAM FREE for available storage. You can also use similar cache clear app like App Cache Cleaner that is available for free on play store.

Move App to SD Card to Fix Insufficient Storage Available

This is another best way to fix Android Insufficient Storage Available Error. It would help you to set newly installed apps to be moved to your SD card storage.

This way, your internal memory of device would be saved and an app would be saved to external SD card. App2SD app for android would work for the most of the device. It is not supporting some Samsung/ASUS devices.

Uninstall Play Store Updates

By uninstalling Google play store updates, you might encounter this issue. To uninstall play store updates, follow steps below.

  • Go to settings > Apps > Installed
  • Find Google Play store from there
  • Click on uninstall updates option

This will uninstall recently updated files of your play store apps and it will be reverted back to its original play store version.

Lucky Patcher

This is the best way to remove ads, modify Permissions, bypass premium applications license verification and more.You can install Lucky Patcher android app & Your device must be rooted to be able to use lucky patcher.

After installing lucky patcher android app, Run it and then press the menu key and Proceed to Troubleshooting. Now Choose “Remove fixes and backups” and then finally reboot your device to fix this awful error.

Sysdump Hidden Option

This is the hidden method we have found on scarletfire that we found useful for our readers. The proper cure to fix Android’s “insufficient storage available” problem is to cleaning unwanted files from your internal memory of your device. Now at some instance, cache cleaner apps would help you to deal with the issue.

After using this app, you will find a temporarily solution to fix insufficient storage error. But with the passage of time, you will find this error again and again.

Insufficient Storage Available

The problem appears to be that there are crucial files which are not deletedby the app, but that build up over time to cause the same issue. You need to try this hidden option on android to delete unwanted cache files from your device. You will need to use your dialler to access that hidden menu in Samsung smartphones.

  • From your phone dialler, dial *#9900#
  • You will see sysDump screen on your device.
  • Tap on Delete dumpstate/logcat and it will show you dump result. Click okay and exit.

After following above steps, you will not find that message again.If you still facing any issues,or still your Android Says Insufficient Storage Available,  feel free to comment below with your device’s model number with your query. We would love to help you to fix any errors on your smartphones.

If you are still struggling to get more internal storage, then follow steps below.

  • Get Root Explorer file manager like ES file explorer or similar to this that allow opening root files
  • Navigate to /data/log
  • There you will find oversize log files ~260k titled ‘dumpstate
  • Delete it and it will stop consuming your internal storage.

Deleting Files from Data folder

If wiping cache and Dalvik cache is even not working and solving your insufficient memory problem, you need to follow steps below. You will find a folder deep in the “data” section in your phone.

  • Open your file explorer and navigate to “/data/app-lib/APP-PATH(that has this error)/lib” and delete.
  • Now install or update the app that was showing error and not getting installed.
  • If  this not works, then go to “/data/app-lib/APP-PATH(that has this error)” and delete all the folder there (make sure you are deleting first subfolders then folder one by one. Because you will not be able to delete this the folder of this APP-PATH directly without deleting their sub-folder first.)

Check out this video for more details

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17 comments

  1. I’m using Sony xperia miro st23i phone..
    I’d followed first 2 steps,it’s not working in my phone.I don’t know how to root phone.(Phone has an 8GB extra.SD card).

  2. i hate how the common issue is “insufficient storage” and they continue to suggest downloading apps. i can’t download anything with “insufficient storage”.

  3. ‘m usng a sony xperia miro and even though I have 85.90mb available on phone memory and 134mb available on internal storage, i still cannot download a 25mb app?! Have cleared all cache, deleted some apps all my music and a load of pics and it still tells me ‘insufficient storage’. Ridiculous, can anyone actually help with tihs?

  4. Uninstall ing an app is not helping in removal of yhis message

  5. Lenovo a328

  6. Xiaomi redmi 1s cant install anything

  7. mine is GIONEE V5 : I am also getting this same insufficient storage available while downloading from Play Store to resolve this as suggested I dialed *#9900# but I am getting error as connection problem or invalid MMI Code.

    • Hi Ashish,
      Go to setting> App > there sort apps by size. Uninstall big app that acquire more size on your phone. Make sure you are not uninstalling app that you are using most frequently. Clean and make free space on your device by doing this to fix this error.

  8. I am using samsung galaxy grand 2, I have the same issue showing not enough space although 250 MB internal storage is free. I moved all installed apps to sd card. There is not single photo or music file saved on internal memory. I don’t know still why the problem persists.
    Hope to seen soon response.

  9. I’m using Lenovo A319 smartphone.. How can i access my phone sysdump menu??

  10. Alan E. Rodriguez

    I just used the sysDUMP method and it worked! Before I was getting the “code -20” insufficient storage error with my Galaxy S II phone (old phone I know). Thanks for the help Bhavesh!

  11. Have a Samsung SGH-T599 – Get insufficient storage but have over a gig on the internal and 5 on the SD. Did sysdump dumpstate/logcat, downloaded ES File Manager and FX file Manager (won’t load the root add on due to Same message), Downloaded X-Plore with no issue and can see the root files but nothing in Data/log files and there is no data/app-lib file. This all started with a Google Play services update…got the “insufficient storage message” and can’t download some apps while other larger apps download fine. (all the file managers downloaded fine except the root add for FX)