If you have an Android, you’ve likely become a Droid person out of a profound distaste for the planned obsolescence blatantly programmed into Apple products. Given that fact, when your Droid also malfunctions, it probably really pisses you off. Luckily for you, there are a lot of little Android slip-ups that, while frustratingly common, are easily fixed with a little finagling. Here’s a few things you can check if your Droid is telling you that you don’t have the space to download something that you know should be able to fit on your phone.
Firstly and throughout this process, you’re going to want to check your phone’s storage, which is located under settings. This should tell you how much space you have available and how much space several categories of your phone are taking up.
If your phone is telling you that you have a certain amount of space available and the thing you want to download exceeds this number, obviously your phone working fine. The problem is that you will have to delete an app or video to free up some more space. However, don’t think that this is as easy as simply holding down a less desirable app until the “Remove” option shows up on your menu screen. While you can drag the app over to “remove,” you may have to travel to Settings, then Apps (or Applications, or Applications Manager), scroll sideways to your downloaded section, and check and see if the app is listed. If it is, you haven’t actually removed it from your phone and you will have to hold your finger down on it again, wait for the “uninstall” option to show up in the top right corner, and drag the app to “uninstall.” The failure to do this final step is a common reason that people become frustrated with their Droids, thinking that they have already “removed” sufficient apps to have enough storage for the next one, and realizing that they haven’t actually completed the task.
Another reason you could receive the “Insufficient Storage Available” error could be that you have a lot of working space devoted to your app cache, which can be confusing to your storage system organizational layout and seem like it should be free space. In order to free up space devoted to app caches, open Settings, then Apps, scroll sideways to Downloaded again and choose “Sort by Size.” The apps will be sorted from smallest to largest. Now if you open each app, go to the Cache section and click “Clear Cache,” you’ll open up space on your phone KB at a time.
If you’re wondering what a cache is, it’s a place in a computer’s memory where data is stored temporarily. Caches help computers to function faster and reduce latency; frequently accessed data is put in strategic places for faster processing.
If none of this works, consider storing some of your apps or data in the cloud– you’ll free up space on your device and be able to access your data from any device.