installation - insufficient storage error while updating installed apps

  • Kapil Sharma

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    What can I do to manage my phone’s internal storage?

    I recently purchased a new Android mobile (Samsung Galaxy Y duos), running on Android 2.3.6. It have 8 GB microSD as external memory.

    I installed quite a few application and unfortunately now I'm facing memory issue. While updating Facebook app (around 13 MB) or installing any other app with 10mb+ memory requirement, I got error message Insufficient storage.

    I checked available storage, which is as follow:

    SD card
    Total space: 7.39 GB
    Available space: 6.90 GB
    System storage
    Available space: 22.47 MB

    There is lot of space on SD Card but yes system space is low. What is the efficient tricks/best practices to make sure system utilize more SD Card storage and less system storage so that I can install few more apps.

    Is there any way to shift few installed apps from system storage to SD Card storage, un-installing and installing is also acceptable for few apps.

  • Answers
  • Suraj Bajaj


    You said: System storage Available space: 22.47 MB And Facebook app size is around 13MB. So why doesn't it update? It's because NOT ALL of the system storage is available for your Apps. Some space is reserved by Android. So unfortunately, you can't install Apps in that space.

    About the space in SD card,

    a. Facebook App is phone memory only app (Annoying!)

    b. Mostly, your apps will be first downloaded to phone memory and then you can move them to SD card. So even if the app is movable to SD card, you will need phone memory to first install it!


    Now the solutions. Try these steps:

    1) Move all apps (that can be moved) to SD card. You can do it from Settings or use App2SD for the same.

    2) Clear cache. Again I would suggest to use App2SD for the same. This should free up good amount of space.

    3) Uninstall apps that you don't need anymore.

    Another suggestion I have is to install a custom ROM that takes less space on your phone.

  • Propeller

    It seems the latest Facebook application crosses the threshold of your system storage. This can be solved by either uninstalling some of the installed apps to allot more space, or by rooting your phone and using Link2SD.

    EDIT: Also, see App2SD for moving some of your apps to the SD card. And if you choose to root your phone instead and use Link2SD, you'll have the option of uninstall pre-installed "bloatware" apps that you don't necessarily use but came with the phone.

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  • knatten

    At least on my phone, it seems you need way more available space thanthe size of the app you are actually trying to upgrade. In my case it seems I needed to have at least ~13MB free space to upgrade anything at all (even for 500KB apps).

    Some tips to free space:

    1. Go to Settings, Applications, Manage Applications, click "Move to SD card" on the ones that have that option.
    2. In the same list, also click "Clear Cache" on all your apps.
    3. Your browser cache can not be cleared here, so open your browser, go to Settings, and click "Clear cache".

    In some cases I have also been able to manually update apps one at a time when "update all" fails due to insufficient storage.

  • Graham Borland

    I discovered that K9 Mail was keeping 25MB of cached data on my internal storage. I changed it to use the SD card, and this cured my immediate problem of being unable to install a tiny app.

    It doesn't explain, though, why Android was reporting an insufficient storage error whilst simultaneously telling me there was 14MB free on internal storage. Oh well.

  • Francisco Alvarado

    You are trying to install the .apk from a source other than the root directory. Copy the .apk into the root directory and install it from there.