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How to fix ‘storage space running out’ problem on Android & Ios


This post will help you deal with how to fix How to fix ‘storage space running out’ problem in Android and iOS. This article was necessitated because i always have storage issues and i know there is a lot of people like me out there so i decided to put this together.

If you are a lover of images or videos, you will understand what i mean or you love games or apps for certain functions.  Take for instance that you have a device with 16GB of storage.

This will have a lot less because of the operating system and preinstalled apps, as well as from the wasted space caused by how OSes format the storage medium. The effect may sometimes cause the phone to be hanging or freeze as the case maybe.

It can be annoying if you are trying to download an app or a movie or any other stuff and suddenly after your data has been used in the download process you suddenly get the error message  ‘insufficient storage’ try removing some files.

This message depend on the type of phone make. This also occurs when we try to install apps or OS updates onto our Android or iOS device, only be told there’s insufficient space.

In most cases, the problem comes from the fact that the OS has insufficient working space to perform the installation. There’s space at the end of the process for the update or app to take place, but not enough to execute the process.

Now to the business of the day, what to do when you get the storage space running out problem? Here i have highlighted some steps to take to do this.

Android apps make use of three sets of storage space: for the apps themselves, for the apps’ data files, and for the apps’ cache. Those caches can grow quite large, yet they are reported as free space by Android — understand that this space is not available as a working space for app installation.

1. Delete items in your internal storage


Internal storage on a smartphone is mainly used up by three things:

  • App data
  • Cached data (system cache, app cache)
  • User data (music, photos, videos, etc)

The three elements enumerated above have means to manage and control them. Go into your phone and check unused apps, bloated caches and unnecessary files, and delete what you don’t need. Or use an app to do the hard work for you.

Apps like SD Maid automates a lot of the process and ES File Explorer scours your Android file system and will prompt you to clear out the remaining files from the apps you uninstall.

To clear Cache: Follow these steps

  1. Go to Settings, tap Apps, Applications, or Applications Manager option.
  2. Scroll sideways to the Downloaded section. You’ll see a list of all apps and how much storage space they’re taking.
  3. Select the Menu or More button and choose Sort By Size to arrange the apps by which take the most storage.
  4. Select an app to see how much storage it is taking, both for the app and its data (the Storage section) and for its cache (the Cache section).
  5. Select the Clear Cache option to remove its cache and free up that space. You could also tap Clear data, but that removes your files.
  6. Repeat this for each app.

For DCIM, Music and Videos folders can be saved to your computer for safekeeping. To do this, connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable or you can use xender app to connect your phone to your PC.

Don’t forget to check all folders – even your WhatsApp folder can be full of forgotten saved images or audio/video files.


2. Try Using cloud for Storage


For most people especially the ladies/women that love to take pictures. Photos and music are the biggest memory consumers, simply move them to the cloud. With the introduction of Google’s new Photos app they offer free unlimited storage for your photos for life, as long as they’re 16 MP or lower.

They also let you store unlimited 1,080p video for free. There are numerous cloud backup options, Google Photos is just one option. Google has lots of backup packages that you can use for storage of any kind of files and data.


For iOS, when iOS update won’t install for lack of space

It has been observed that iOS is not involved in running out of room for app updates like Android, since apps’ cache is contained in the same sandbox as the app itself and its data. iOS has no free space where cache actually resides.

Thus, iOS knows if it has enough memory to install an app before it even tries. This feature you can not find in an android OS.

There was a time users of  iOS 7  could not download the OS update and when they tried, they either got an error message saying they had insufficient space or saw the update get stuck in Update Requested status. Basically, their update never progressed.

These users had enough space for iOS 7 itself, but not enough working space to install it while iOS 6 was also running. Apple slimmed the space requirements for the iOS 8 updates, but some people still did not have enough space.

The major solution to this are as below and you can read our post on How to update iphone, ipad os

Ensure to delete apps and/or their data till there is space for the over-the-air update (this requires 6GB of free space).

To delete an app:

  1. Click and hold on one in the home screen; the app icons will start wiggling.
  2. Tap the X icon on each app you want to remove, then tap OK in the confirmation form. The app and all its files and other data are removed.
  3. Press the Home button when done. The wiggling will stop.

To remove files in apps’ sandboxes, such as storage-intensive videos:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General, then tap Usage button.
  3. When you are on the Usage screen, tap Manage Storage and wait a few seconds for a list of apps and their storage usage to appear.
  4. The moment it is displayed select > icon to the right of an app name, you can delete its files. Tap > to open a screen showing those files.
  5. Tap Edit in the upper right, then tap the Delete icon (the red circle with a minus sign in it) for every file you want to delete. Keep in mind that if you hadn’t backed up that file to iTunes, it’s likely gone — iCloud Backup doesn’t preserve apps’ files, though iTunes purchases like videos and e-books can be redownloaded at no charge. Hot the done button once you are through.

This method may not be ideal for the fact that you may loose files and data.

With the use of itunes, you can install iOS updates without the risk of deleting files.


It involves the use of a computer:

  1. With iTunes running, plug your iOS device into your computer’s USB port.
  2. Select your device from the Devices list. (Look for the Devices button near the top of the screen if the device pane doesn’t appear automatically.) Go to the General pane for that device.
  3. Click Back Up Now to back up your iOS device’s contents to iTunes. (While you’re at it, check Encrypt Device; that way, your backup is safe should your computer be stolen — and your passwords are backed up.)
  4. When the backup is complete, click Check for Updates. if there’s an update, tell iTunes to install it. You won’t need to worry about having sufficient working space on your iOS device because iTunes uses your computer for that instead.


This post has been carefully compiled and the methods are sure banker to help you with storage out of space issues. Once you know how to manage your problems on your phone, you will enjoy the device and it will run smoothly.

If cloud storage is not for you, then consider deleting some apps, moving your photos and other files to your PC with cable or xender, or using microSD or an SD adaptor.

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