1. Springtime79's Avatar
    So I originally tried to update one of my apps that I've been using for awhile when I got the "insufficient space on the device" error message, so then I uninstalled it and tried to download it again and still get the error message.

    The app is 20.09MB in size and I currently have 445MB of available space on my Samsung Galaxy S5.

    I went through and uninstalled a bunch of apps that I just don't use anymore as well as moved a bunch over to my SD card and yep still getting the message so I don't understand what's going on?

    I also tried downloading other apps just to see if it was something within that app or if it's my phone but I get it no matter what so if someone can help that would be great!
    04-06-2015 03:31 PM
  2. Brian_Blaire's Avatar
    Settings>Application Manager>Google Pay Store & Services> Clear cache and data

    Posted via the Samsung Galaxy S5
    04-06-2015 05:56 PM
  3. Shadowhawk's Avatar
    I've seen what sounds like a similar situation with my Galaxy S5 (Verizon). I also have about 450 MB free in the internal storage.

    I noticed that I also have a /Apps/Download manager/Cache directory that seems ridiculously large, currently at 1.425 GB. I've seen that at 1 GB, and as low as .7 GB.

    Could that be related? I'm currently trying to find a way to manage it, clear it, or at least understand what it's doing for me right now, aside from taking up space.

    UPDATE: I posted a separate thread about that Download Manager cache, and wound up finding the answer myself and posting it as a response (basically, clear the cache under: Settings > Applications > Application Manager > All > Download Manager):

    Does that have an effect on the "insufficient space on device" problem? I'm not sure, as I cleared the Google Play Services cache, the Google Play Store cache, and this Download Manager Cache pretty much one right after the other.

    I've since been able to download and install a couple of apps that were both failing before.
    04-06-2015 10:09 PM
  4. paul1701's Avatar
    You are wonderful for sharing this info. I have been aggravated by lack of storage for two months, deleting high storage apps and moving some storage of apps to SD card where allowed. The time I lost with continuously bumping up against a low storage with every app update. Could not believe I had 3.45GB of cache tied up by the download manager. Now I'd really like to get rid of some of the Verizon bloatware that I do not use but takes up about 100MB. Seems I can only disable but not remove...
    06-28-2015 08:01 PM
  5. Dr Claw's Avatar
    I really wish Verizon sold the 32GB version of this phone. It's a good phone absent the bloating and carrier BS. but internal storage, while better than phones from 2011-13 that restricted app space, still lacks, esp. with the amount of room "system memory" takes up.

    Thankfully, the Note 4 and Note Edge exist as well as this model having SD card options, but not everyone may be into the "big phone".
    06-28-2015 08:54 PM
  6. micbur54's Avatar
    Solved my issue with clearing cache in download mgr.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    08-02-2015 09:15 PM
  7. LoneWulf-LV's Avatar
    Thanks guys...I had over a gig of cache tied up....i can reinstall all the apps that I deletednton"free up space".
    08-11-2015 01:36 PM
  8. KJ78's Avatar
    You can also move apps to the SD card to free up space.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    08-11-2015 03:51 PM
  9. Hugh Jundies's Avatar
    I found another way to free up storage on Android 5.1.1

    Go to settings/ storage / used Space/ downloads then get rid of any downloads you don't need because I had more than 7gb of downloads I didn't need.
    08-24-2015 05:36 PM
  10. Rukbat's Avatar
    You can also move apps to the SD card to free up space.
    You aren't really moving the apps to the SD card, you're moving pieces of them and leaving links to the pieces in internal storage (which is where Android looks for them). So if the app is written in a lot of small pieces, you can actually end up with less free space by moving" an app to the SD card. Even if it's written in a few large pieces, you won't save as much space as the entire app.

    And if you move the card to a new phone, you first have to move the apps back to the phone, install them on the new phone, then move them to the card on the new phone. The new phone won't have the links to the card even if you put the card into it.

    The best way to do it - if you don't mind buying a new card every few years, because they're not meant to be written to constantly - is to root the ROM, then run an app like External 2 Internal SD (Root) so the card is actually mounted as the "internal" storage. (The card has to be larger than "sdcard" on the phone for that to increase your storage space, of course.) Then installing an app normally installs it to the card, and "sdcard" (the internal storage) becomes your external" storage. (In Linux terms, Android uses sd0 as "internal" storage and sd1 as the card. They can be mounted the other way at boot, but the phone has to be rooted to make that change.)
    carolynopatrny likes this.
    08-24-2015 06:28 PM
  11. louwrite's Avatar
    THis does not work. I've done it over and over. Thanks, anyway.
    08-15-2016 03:15 PM
  12. K Hollywood's Avatar
    Thank you so much brian!! :d
    12-08-2016 02:59 AM
  13. Scott S7's Avatar
    Thank you so much brian!! :d
    Another thing I have found out if the cache cleaner does not work is remove the SD card and then download the app, then replace the card. This worked for both of my girls tablets.
    02-05-2017 07:30 PM
  14. rowrob's Avatar
    Hi all, download Norton Clean via Play Store. Will solve your problem. Cheers Engineer Rowrob.
    12-27-2019 12:30 PM
  15. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Can you explain why you think Norton Clean will solve the problem? "Cleaner" apps are generally not helpful (and often carry hidden adware or worse). The helpful things they can do can typically be done from the system settings anyway.
    12-28-2019 02:44 AM
  16. Rukbat's Avatar
    NEVER INSTALL ANY "CLEANER" APP ON A PHONE! You have no idea which files it will "clean". I lost all my .iso files doing that once. (Of course I always have backups, but still.)
    12-28-2019 03:44 PM
  17. methodman89's Avatar
    Hi all, download Norton Clean via Play Store. Will solve your problem. Cheers Engineer Rowrob.
    Are you an engineer for Norton? You're only post is to use it, but as just stated, unlike 3 years ago when this op appeared, it's not needed or recommended. The os can do it through settings.
    12-29-2019 01:04 AM

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