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    Default Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card

    i have a samsung galaxy mini and it keep saying Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card when im trying to download a app
    the thing is... i delete everything off my phone... wich made a total of 30 Mb and im trying to download an app of 2 Mb

    can anyone help me with that?
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    Default Re: Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card

    Have the same problem. I'm positive it hasn't got anything to do with memory, and judging by the fact that we both have Samsung mobiles and most likely got these problems around the same time, I'd say Samsung's dropped the ball.
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    Default Re: Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card

    You can't install the app onto the sd card from Google Play. I suggest going into Menu > System Settings > Applications > Downloaded (sort by file size) and clear the caches for the top apps using the most storage. This should fix your problem.

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    i get the same msg on my HTC desire x, so its not samsung only :P - if you go to settings-> storage -> unmount SD card
    then install the app
    then mount SD card again.

    it works

    it is a pain that you may potentially have to do this every time the error msg pops up, but its better that it not working at all... right?
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    ol you saying is not working
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    I think this was an issue linked to the kernel at one point on epic 4g touch issues on samsung. Only way I bypassed it was by installing a custom kernel or simply unmounting sdcard before installing apps.

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    hey,i am Amr khaled 11 years and i am a programmer,if you have this error it means that you uninstalled a lot of apps,so go to google play and click my apps and then bring all,and delete all the uninstalled apps,i hope that helped
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Gill View Post
    i get the same msg on my HTC desire x, so its not samsung only :P - if you go to settings-> storage -> unmount SD card
    then install the app
    then mount SD card again.

    it works

    it is a pain that you may potentially have to do this every time the error msg pops up, but its better that it not working at all... right?

    ---- thank you so much. this is very helpful. it worked for me. now i can enjoy playing Robinson .
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    Thanks a ton...unmounting the SD card helped installing it...
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    Thanks alot dear
    it's working....thanks alot again
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    Thank you so much for the suggestion on unmounting the SD card...I spent hours trying to download an app with no success and this fixed my problem!
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    Thx worked great.
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    Default Re: Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card

    hi there i have a samsung S3 if anyone can help me i tryed to install an app from the play store and its always telling me Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card
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    Genius! Thank you. That solved my problem and I was able to install the app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shirley Thomas View Post
    hi there i have a samsung S3 if anyone can help me i tryed to install an app from the play store and its always telling me Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card
    Did you try the suggestions in posts #3 & #4?

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    Default Re: Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card

    I recently began experiencing the same problem with my Galaxy S3 after upgrading to Android 4.3. Unmounting the SD card, installing the app, then remounting the SD card works, but is not a "solution" I was happy with. I finally arrived at a solution that may work for other phones, as well.

    First, I created a new folder on my laptop, then copied all of the folders and files from my SD card to that new folder. I then unconnected the phone from laptop and reformatted the SD card (yes, it will delete all files and folders on the card, but that is the idea). After reformatting, I copied all the files and folders back to the phone from the laptop. Went to Play.Google and tried installing several apps that had previously been giving me the error message and - NO MORE ERROR MESSAGE!!

    Apparently the SD card needs to be formatted with Android 4.3 OS to work as it should - older OS leads to an incompatibility issue.
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    Default Re: Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card

    Quote Originally Posted by Chawoobie View Post
    Apparently the SD card needs to be formatted with Android 4.3 OS to work as it should - older OS leads to an incompatibility issue.
    Then it's a bug in the update, not in 4.3, because my Note 3 (running 4.3 originally) is using the same card I've been using since Froyo days - and it was formatted in a Froyo phone.
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    I have tried formatting the card, I have tried clearing the cache, I have tried deleting some apps to make more space now I came to realize it is not the a matter of space.. but I cannot figure out what it is and it is now very frustrating. I have a Samsung Galaxy Young Duos GT 6312. So far nothing worked.. still cannot install any app. Please help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia Radu View Post
    I have tried formatting the card, I have tried clearing the cache, I have tried deleting some apps to make more space now I came to realize it is not the a matter of space.. but I cannot figure out what it is and it is now very frustrating. I have a Samsung Galaxy Young Duos GT 6312. So far nothing worked.. still cannot install any app. Please help.
    What do you need to do, install apps? What are the error messages you get when you try?

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    Default Re: Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card

    "Insufficient storage available" is the error message I keep on getting.

    I also did this thing… from a mac to the phone… apparently it was supposed to help me install apps on the external card. I was looking now how to undo that… but I can't remember what exactly I did.

    Ufffff…
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    Default Re: Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card

    It sounds like you have the dreaded low storage warning. You'll have to back up and delete as much as you can from your phone.

    If you have Android 4.1 or later, usually you can't install apps to the sdcard.

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    thanks. I will backup my phone and then restore to factory settings and start all over again. I have plenty of space. I tried installing an app that takes 2MB… considering that I have more than 700MB free. there's something else not letting me to install. If I had no storage as it claims.. it would install a 2MB app after deleting 2 apps of 7MB and 5MB.

    Anyway… sad and annoying.
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    How do you delete all of the uninstalled apps on the playstore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Theking1c3 View Post
    i have a samsung galaxy mini and it keep saying Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card when im trying to download a app
    the thing is... i delete everything off my phone... wich made a total of 30 Mb and im trying to download an app of 2 Mb

    can anyone help me with that?
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    Default Re: Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card

    Quote Originally Posted by Theking1c3 View Post
    i have a samsung galaxy mini and it keep saying Error: Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card when im trying to download a app
    the thing is... i delete everything off my phone... wich made a total of 30 Mb and im trying to download an app of 2 Mb

    can anyone help me with that?
    Go to sittings \storage and unmount your external card then install the application you want
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