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    Default insufficient storage available error?

    So I'm having an issue with my Moto G, when trying to install apps I get an "insufficient storage available" error despite the fact I have 500MB+ free and the apps I'm trying to install are all at most 50MB. After Google searching a lot I discovered it was a common problem among android phones with 4.2.2 and up (sidenote, my device is 4.3) and usually is related to the phone trying to install onto the internal memory before the external. Now the problem here is, the Moto G only has internal memory, so none of the fixes I've found such as changing the boot order round so that it installs to the external first, will help in my case.

    I'm completely stumped and any help would be appreciated!
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeeOglee View Post
    So I'm having an issue with my Moto G, when trying to install apps I get an "insufficient storage available" error despite the fact I have 500MB+ free and the apps I'm trying to install are all at most 50MB. After Google searching a lot I discovered it was a common problem among android phones with 4.2.2 and up (sidenote, my device is 4.3) and usually is related to the phone trying to install onto the internal memory before the external. Now the problem here is, the Moto G only has internal memory, so none of the fixes I've found such as changing the boot order round so that it installs to the external first, will help in my case.

    I'm completely stumped and any help would be appreciated!
    Android tries to keep at least 10% of memory free for the normal function of the device..

    it went pass the threshold i believe
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    Android tries to keep at least 10% of memory free for the normal function of the device..

    it went pass the threshold i believe
    But the thing is, I tried uninstalling an app already on my phone and reinstalling it to confirm that theory, for this example Temple Run 2, and I couldn't reinstall it afterwards which makes me think that's not the case
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeeOglee View Post
    But the thing is, I tried uninstalling an app already on my phone and reinstalling it to confirm that theory, for this example Temple Run 2, and I couldn't reinstall it afterwards which makes me think that's not the case
    when was the last time you installed an app before this??

    from that time to now you might have downloaded files,apps & OS might have used some space which would have exceeded the remaining quota...

    uninstalling one app probably wouldnt have made it below the limit...

    try removing music/video/doc files(to be safe about 150 mb at least) from G for time being and try again
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    have you checked the cache memory?
    in time, it starts to pill up and takes a lot of space...mine is prolly at 300Mb already!

    that's why it's good to periodically clean it!

    sent from my Moto G <3
  6. Thread Author  Thread Author    #6  

    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Quote Originally Posted by nessinhaw View Post
    have you checked the cache memory?
    in time, it starts to pill up and takes a lot of space...mine is prolly at 300Mb already!

    that's why it's good to periodically clean it!

    sent from my Moto G <3
    I erased the cache multiple times, even have a handy little widget on one of my home screens now which erases it in one click!

    I discovered the source of the problem though, it seems that what still1 suggested was true. I erased all my music entirely and was able to install apps again before putting most of my music back whilst giving the memory a little space to breath.

    Thanks again to those who offered help!
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    This may help too.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/sho....php?p=3162198

    But yes, you really have to limit media on phones without SD.

    Sent from my LG870 via Tapatalk 2
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    Unhappy Re: insufficient storage available error?

    I own a Moto G, It comes with 8gb internal memory (includes sdcard emulated I guess in order to work when plugging the phone via MTP)
    I have less than 500mb of free space now,
    apps storage is 1.68GB.


    Now I get out of space error, will this mean the phone apps limit is around that amount of GB?
    What can I do to see exactly the available amount for apps?

    EDIT: I delete about 500mb of music, and then I could install and 2.5MB app.
    Maybe the limit is a % available of the memory and not only for apps? now the free space is about 1GB in my phone...
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    What cache cleaner are you all using?
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    You don't need a third party cache cleaner - you can clean cache from Settings/Storage with a long press on 'Cached Data' in 4.4+
    Overproof_876 likes this.
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Quote Originally Posted by neu smurph View Post
    You don't need a third party cache cleaner - you can clean cache from Settings/Storage with a long press on 'Cached Data' in 4.4+
    You learn something new...

    That kicked me from 2.9GB free to 3.4GB free. Great! Thanks for the tip...didn't know it was built into KitKat.
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    I knew memory management was going to be a lot more important with only 8GB on the phone.

    That 3.4GB free is with all my "daily driver" apps installed. Anything big that I might use occasionally, I just pull down from the Play Store right before I use, and uninstall right after.

    I'd like to keep certainly more than 2.5GB free if possible for performance reasons. I can put all media on the MicroSD card I have...the USB OTG cable/MicroSD card reader combo works great.
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    This feature has been around since Jelly Bean 4.2. (So, it wasn't there on my Droid 4 with 4.1.2.)

    Android 4.2 Tip: You Can Now Clear All Cached App Data At Once
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Same problem on lg 35 i just go to settings,applications,manage and uninstall updates on non used apps. turn off auto update playstore gains little space.
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Hey install root browser but for that u need to root your phone ND go to Android /sys/lib/app then see whether your already have the same app you are trying to install if app is there then delete that app ND reinstall again.

    Posted via Android Central App
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeeOglee View Post
    So I'm having an issue with my Moto G, when trying to install apps I get an "insufficient storage available" error despite the fact I have 500MB+ free and the apps I'm trying to install are all at most 50MB. After Google searching a lot I discovered it was a common problem among android phones with 4.2.2 and up (sidenote, my device is 4.3) and usually is related to the phone trying to install onto the internal memory before the external. Now the problem here is, the Moto G only has internal memory, so none of the fixes I've found such as changing the boot order round so that it installs to the external first, will help in my case.

    I'm completely stumped and any help would be appreciated!
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    You can also check to see if any failed app install is lingering in your system folder. Use a file explorer app to look in storage/emulated/0/Android/obb/ and see if there are any folders listed there. If so, you can likely delete them safely (poke around in the folder a bit to make sure, but you should be able to tell simply by the folder name). I had a 145GB (!) app that failed to install and was taking up some serious room even after a cache wipe.
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    This resolved my issue, thanks.
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Quote Originally Posted by neu smurph View Post
    You don't need a third party cache cleaner - you can clean cache from Settings/Storage with a long press on 'Cached Data' in 4.4+
    This worked for me
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeeOglee View Post
    So I'm having an issue with my Moto G, when trying to install apps I get an "insufficient storage available" error despite the fact I have 500MB+ free and the apps I'm trying to install are all at most 50MB. After Google searching a lot I discovered it was a common problem among android phones with 4.2.2 and up (sidenote, my device is 4.3) and usually is related to the phone trying to install onto the internal memory before the external. Now the problem here is, the Moto G only has internal memory, so none of the fixes I've found such as changing the boot order round so that it installs to the external first, will help in my case.

    I'm completely stumped and any help would be appreciated!
    I have this exact same problem on my droid Maxx and no one seems to be any help.
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    Angry Re: insufficient storage available error?

    I have exactly the same problem, I supposedly have a 32Gb device (supposedly because android have a very funny way of displaying it), there is less than 25 Mb of data usage, and the free memory shows as 16 Gb. But I still get the "Insufficient Storage.." message.

    Obviously there is a fundamental issue here, I just can't see why the developers at android cannot simply fix the issue, rather than give the users the runaround, to find workarounds.

    The fix should be very simple to find, there must be a line of code which looks for the available storage, what ever its looking at is wrong, fix it and the issue goes away.
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    im facing an error of insufficient memory when I have sufficient space in my internal and external memory . Please suggest as im facing this issue since long time and is getting onmy nerves now
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    Any solution for the above problem.
    I have Moto G(2 Gen) 8 GB. I got Apps to about 2.5 gb and some whats app data (300 mb). When ever I try to download new app or update existing app it shows an error of 'insufficient memory' . Please help
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    If I clear my 'Cached Data" will it close or erase all of the browser tabs that I currently have opened?
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    Default Re: insufficient storage available error?

    FYI, for me...the Google Play Store will not let me do a multiple app update if I have 500 MB or less left, memory wise.

    If a cache clear gets it up to over 600 MB free or so, it works fine.

    I have very little as far as media on this phone.
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