Imagine not being able to download a new song shared by your friend or an email attachment. Why? You get a notification saying that the Internal storage space is running out. Woah!!!
That’s not the end of the story. If you try to close the notification by swiping on it, it won’t go away. Faced a situation like this? You are not alone. Android devices with internal storage of 16GB or less than that usually face this problem. So what do you do?
Well, the easiest solution is to hide the notification but that’s not a proper solution. You have to get to the root of the problem. And the problem basically is that your device is running out of internal space, which is evident from the notification. All Android devices require at least 500MB-1GB free internal space to function properly.
- Android Market also provides some apps that will automatically clear up cache data but not for free, such as Quick App Clean Cache. For users getting the Root privileges can download Cache Cleaner, Cache Mate and Move Cache from the Android Market, which can help you to clear the cache files quickly and easily.
- Almost all Android devices these days give you an option to clean up the storage of your device in the Settings app itself. Here’s how to use it: Open the Settings app on your device. Scroll down and find the Storage option.
- You can find system cache on every Android device. You might not know it, but the Android OS uses partitions to organize files and folders on your device. One of these partitions is the system cache. These partitions store temporary system data for everyday tasks.
So to fix it, you need to free up some internal storage. Once you do that, the notification will vanish automatically. Here are some of the ways to do it.
Even if there were tons of 'system memory' free: there's nothing you could do with it. System storage is reserved for the system (oh, and for pre-installed undeletable bloat, of course) – and mounted read-only. So to install apps and have them store their data, that area isn't. Clean up files on your Android device. System updates, or maybe a larger portion of your music collection. Here are a few suggestions for taking back your internal and SD card storage.
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Clear Device Cache
Step 1: Open device Settings on your phone and navigate to Storage.
Step 2: Under Storage, look for Cached data. Tap on it. You will get a confirmation pop up. Tap on Ok.Note: Clearing cache will only delete temporary files on your device. It will not remove any data.
From Android 8.0 Oreo onwards, Google removed the option to clear device cache. However, you can still do it. All you need to do is clear the cache individually for every app. Painful but the only safe option for now.
To do so, under Settings, go to Apps and notifications. Then tap on each app and hit Storage. Under Storage, tap on Clear Cache. You can follow our guide to clear cache in Android 8.0 Oreo phones.
Most smartphones other than those running stock Android come preinstalled with many additional apps which are commonly called bloatware. For instance, I recently purchased a device from Amazon. Guess what? The device has an Amazon app preinstalled on it.
Apps like these occupy storage space. Even though we cannot uninstall them, we can always disable them. Here’s how.
Step 1: Go to device Settings and tap on Apps and notifications > App Manager > Installed Apps.
Step 2: Tap on the app name that you want to disable. On the next screen, you will get the option to disable it. Tap on it.
Sometimes, you will find the Uninstall updates button instead of Disable. So first uninstall the updates and then disable the app.
Delete Unwanted Data
If you use WhatsApp a lot, I’m pretty sure your phone must have collected a massive dump of videos, photos, and other files. Maybe you forgot to disable auto-download option for the WhatsApp groups. Similarly, your device will have unused data from other apps too. So, it's better to delete such files regularly.
Storage Cleaner For Android
To do that, you will need a File Explorer app. Once you have it, launch the app and navigate to the folder that has the maximum amount of data. Usually, you will find it in the subfolders like Media, Audio, Video, etc.Pro Tip: Check the Downloads folder too. You will find a heap of unused files there.
Use an App to Find Biggest Folders
While it’s easy to identify WhatsApp and media apps for taking up space, but difficult to figure out which other apps or folders also hog a lot of space.
To find such folders, you need to download an app that shows your storage usage. One such cool app is DiskUsage, which takes just 180KB. The app shows folders that occupy maximum space. Once you know the biggest folders, you can easily delete data from them to reclaim the internal storage.Download DiskUsage
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Switch to Lite Version of Apps
If you have a device with 16GB of internal storage or less than that, you should try switching to Lite or Go versions of the apps. Most of the popular apps now have the lite versions which occupy very less space.
Thunderbird office 365 exchange. You can try Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite, Maps Go, etc. Just search for the name of an app followed by either Lite or Go in the Google Play Store. Of course, these apps will have some features stripped off.
If you are fine with your device having low space and don’t want to remove anything except the notification itself, you can do that too by hiding the notification.
To disable the notification, long press (hold) on it. Then tap on App Info. On the next screen, you will get the option Show notifications. Uncheck it.
Get rid of the junk!
These were some of the best ways to manage the internal storage and get rid of the storage space running out error. Do let us know if you were able to fix the problem.
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