This post was most recently updated on September 20th, 2018
You are in the right place if you have once or still encountering the issue of Insufficient Internal Storage on your Android phone. Honestly, this is the most annoying and frustrating error you can get on your android phones. As of today, no phone has an inexhaustible storage. At one point in time or the other, you can encounter this problem. I will be helping you to minimize this inconvenience by providing you with how to Solve Insufficient Internal Storage on any Android.
What is Android Internal Memory?
By way of description, A phone’s Internal storage can mean several different things. However, it mostly refers to a phone’s internal hard drive/ROM. This is the primary storage device used to store a user’s files and applications.
How to avoid getting the Insufficient Storage available message on Android
There are some measures you can take so that you will never encounter or run out of memory at any time. Follow the tips below and you will never get this problem in the first place.
- First off, you need to determine your phone usage. If you are a graphics person, you need the biggest memory available for your phone. On the other hand, if all you do is to store office documents, you can go with any base storage of your chosen phone.
- Secondly, make sure you buy a phone with an expandable memory/storage. For example, if you are capable of using up 128GB for the period in which you will be using the phone, don’t buy a phone that doesn’t support “OTG” or and memory card.
- Thirdly, always view your available internal storage in order to prepare yourself ahead of the insufficient memory issue. To do this open>>setings>storage. Or open your stock file manager.
- Lastly, if your phone’s internal memory is small, buy an original MIcro SD card that is big enough to accommodate your current and future files/Apps/data.
How to Solve Insufficient Internal Storage in Any Android Device
Tip 1: Delete Unwanted Apps and Bloatware then clear the cache
While your phone’s OS rightfully take up a sizeable chunk of your phone’s internal storage space, some pre-installed Apps also consume more space than desirable. Luckily, you can now install most of the built-in apps on Android Unlike before. Unfortunately, the only way you can completely uninstall all stick Apps on Android is by rooting your device. Another easy way to increase your available storage on Android is by deleting/uninstalling unwanted Apps. By unwanted apps, I mean App that you rarely use.
To uninstall Applications on an Android phone, go to settings>>App>>select all>> then uninstall the ones you don’t need. You can also uninstall an app from Google play App or with root uninstaller(if you want to delete stock Apps). Before you uninstall, please first clear the App Cache.
Tip 2 on to Solve Insufficient Internal Storage on Android: Buy A memory card to augment the Internal Storage
By default, some phones support moving App installation to the external memory after installation. To do this go to settings>>Apps>>locate the app you want to move>click on Storage>>select the change. Automatically, the SD card option will pop-up. View the picture below for more. If however, your phone’s OS doesn’t support the installation of Apps to the memory card, you can root your phone and use an app to trick the phone into installing apps into your memory card. There is a little warning here: Make sure you have a good memory card. Otherwise, you may lose your Apps altogether.
To do this: root your Android device. Next. install the Link2SD app to your phone. This application tricks the Android phone into using the memory card as part of its internal memory.
The app won’t work right away. First, you have to partition the memory card. Download the MiniTool Partition Wizard on your computer and install it. Put the memory card into a memory card reader. Open up the partition management tool. Next, right-click the memory card to delete all partitions.
Now right-click again to create a new partition. You will need to select primary and specify what the file system and size are. Click create to create an Ext2/3/4 primary partition. Click “apply”. Congratulations as you will be able to install Apps to your SD card ever after.
Tip 3: Change the Storage Location for Pictures and videos
Another way by which you can Solve Insufficient Internal Storage on Android is by setting your SD card storage as the default for your camera images and videos. Fortunately, most Android will alert you to change your media storage location immediately you insert a new SD card. If you miss this notification, you can do so manually by opening your camera app>>the go to settings>>scroll down to storage location>>then change to SD card.
Similarly, you can manually move your music to your memory card. Let me sound a useful warning here, if you are not sure of the durability or quality of your memory card, please don’t move all your data into one until you have fully backed them up safely somewhere.
Tip 4: Reduce the size of your Video and picture under camera settings then use “motion & burst mode sparingly”
Another useful tip that many often overlook can be found under your camera settings. I mean, you can increase your internal storage(especially if you cant use an SD card) by tweaking some camera settings on your phone. By default, your phones video record and phones come in the highest resolution and size. The Note8 that I using for this experiment has 12MP and by de, fault the picture was set to 4:3 4032x3024aspect ration which consumes as much as 12megabyte per picture. I alwasy change this to the smallest fullscreen resoltion. In this case i chose 16:9(3.7 M) 2560X1440. I did the same for videos.the See picture below: Basically, I increase this size on a purpose and once I am done, I always revert to the smaller size.
You can also Solve Insufficient Internal Storage on android if you use the “burst mode” and “Motion photo” feature of your camera only when needed. On no account should you always make use of this? Motion photo records a video clip of events prior to you taking the picture. This increases the size of the image in four folds. Many are familiar with the function of burst mode. it gives you multiple copies of the same images. Once you select the best, please delete the rest. Both features are useful, but always using them sparingly. To disable the motion photo on Samsung Android, toggle the switch under camera settings.
Tip 5: Use OTG USB Storage to Solve Insufficient Internal Storage on Android
USB OTGs are devices you can use to add more space to your Android phone. Also called, USB On-the-Go. The devices now come standard with most mid-range to high-end phones. An OTG device lets the phone serve as a host so that USB flash drives will be able to hook up to your phone.
Once you connect to USB OTG device to your phone, swipe down on the screen. You will be able to get to your file manager this way. The file manager might appear automatically, too. Click “USB Drive” You will now be able to view files. Select the files you want to send to the flash drive. Click on the three-dot icons. Copy the file and move it to the USB drive. Read more about OTG here
Tip 6: Make use of a Cloud Storage service
one of the reasons I still stick with Samsung is that of their partnership with Microsoft. On new Samsung Galaxy phones, you will receive 100GB of storage on Microsoft OneDrive. Likewise, all android phone users are eligible to get 15GB of free cloud storage on google drive. The 100GB free cloud storage space is an initiative that came into light as a result of the partnership between Samsung and Microsoft. Other notable cloud storage includes Dropbox, SkyDrive and so on.
You can use it to share pictures, music, and video files. The major constraint of a cloud storage is in its dependent on an internet connection. For now, you need to be sure of your data before you attempt to back up on cloud storage. As for me, I only backup my contact and documents. I don’t have the money or connection for a full phone backup.
Tip 7: Clean up junk files, duplicate files and cache with a good App manager
It is a thing of joy that smasung phones now come standard with a Device management app”. Every once in a while, you need to scan your phone for duplicat files, junk files, unused files and so on. These can easily be achieved if you install a trusted junk cleaner such as Clean master(which is the overall best till date). Also, you may want a great duplicate files remover, please search for same on Google play store and download the one with the best review.