How to fix the ‘insufficient storage’ error in Android smartphones

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Having “insufficient space” notification pop up on your smartphone is always annoying. This is because it slows the performance of your phone, prevents you from installing useful apps, and prevents you from accessing your media. This shows how bad the problem of insufficient space is.

You might have to make some tough decision on what you’ll need to erase to increase storage on your phone. But, doing some “Spring Cleaning” on your phone will give you that fresh start that will fix the not enough storage problem.

Here are different options you may use fo free up space on your smartphone.

1. Uninstall Unused Apps

A lot of smartphone users are fond of storing apps that they don’t need or barely use. You need to understand that the problem of insufficient space can arise because of these unused apps that are quite large and taking space. That means you will need to scout your device to delete these unused apps. To do this, go to Phone settings and scroll down to apps, underneath you see the total MB that constitutes each app. Select the mobile apps that are no longer in use and click on them to uninstall. An alternate method is to simply long-press the app icon on your home screen until it shows an “Uninstall” sign on the app. Click on the sign to uninstall.


2. Delete old WhatsApp databases

WhatApp is one of the applications that consume a lot of phone storage. Regularly deleting old databases could save you storage especially if you don’t have an SD card. The steps below clearly shows you how to delete old databases.

>Open file Manager
>Select storsge where WhatsApp is located
>Open WhatsApp folder
>Open Databases
>Delete other databases and leave the current one. It is always the biggest in size

3. Clear App Cache

Cache is a collection of files of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible location. The next step is for you to clear the cache of some of your apps. Clearing cache helps to remove residuals or junk files that have gathered in your device while browsing. They unknowingly consume storage space on your phone and they need to be cleared. To do this, Go to “Settings” and click on Apps where you find the list of all apps installed on your Mobile Phone. Click on each of the apps and select “Storage”.  The app storage will show you the data Cache then click “Clear Cache” to clear. Follow the same step for all your other mobile apps until they have been cleared.


4. Delete Unnecessary Media

Your media is another place you need to free up your Android internal storage. Before you do that, however, it is advised that you back up all your photos, videos, and other media into Google Drive or any cloud storage platform of your choosing. An alternative is to transfer your media into your PC or a Hard drive. After the backup, proceed to delete old photos, videos, junk files, and recordings. It would surprise you the amount of storage space that would be released once this task has been done.

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