You must have experienced that when you try to download an app from Google Play Store, you get this error saying “Insufficient Storage Available” on Android. The error is self-explanatory and to fix the error we have only one option, and that is to make some space on Android smartphone.
There are different methods to clear that space in Android phone, and today we are going to learn all those techniques right here. If you wish to make more space on your Android smartphone, then you need to delete some not so useful apps and data, or we may have to transfer some data to cloud storage. Know everything about this fix.
Fix Insufficient Storage Available Error on Android with These Simple Methods
Before we go for the remedy, we must know the cause of this problem. Having less space available in Android smartphone’s internal memory is one reason for sure but sometimes even if we got huge storage left in our SD Cards and we download an app directly to SD card then too we face the same problem. Ever wondered why this is happening?
Let us unveil the reason behind this for you. Remember, even if you are directing an app download directly to your memory card there are individual components of that particular app which need to download within your smartphone’s internal memory only. This needs to make those apps run smoothly, and because that storage is less you get this error, and you can’t download the app even on your SD Card. Now, let’s move on to how we can fix this problem.
Method #1: Uninstalling Updates on Google Play Store
We are not uninstalling Google Play Store (we won’t even be allowed to), just that this is uninstalling the last updates and thus we may find the reasons why this error is appearing.
Step #1. Go to Settings → Apps or Application → Find Google Play Store and tap on it.
Step #2. Here you will find ‘Uninstall Updates’ option and let the process complete.
The above process will take you back to the factory version of Google Play Store. Now open that app from Google Play Store and start downloading it. If the error has anything to do with Google Play Store, then you will now be able to download that app on your smartphone.
Don’t worry, once you open the Google Play Store again it will automatically update to its latest version, or you may get a prompt to update Google Play Store, so just follow the prompt and let the most recent update download.
Method #2: Uninstalled Unused Apps
Every one of us gets lured by some ‘superstar’ apps which not useful for us but because we saw that app in our friend’s smartphone and we download it because we liked it. There are few apps which are in our smartphone just like that, and if you give a long thought, you will find that we hardly use it. We cannot uninstall those Google apps which come by default with our smartphone and take a big space in our phone, but we can certainly uninstall those apps which we have downloaded and not using it.
Step #1. Head to Settings → Tap on Apps or Application.
Step #2. On the top right corner of your screen, you will either see three vertical dots or ‘More,’ tap on that.
Step #3. Tap on the option ‘Sort apps by size.’
Now all your downloaded apps will line up according to their size. The app which is covering most of your internal memory will stand at the top and so on. So now what you have to do is to check which app you least prefer on your smartphone or the app which you don’t use much. Once you are aware of such apps, just uninstall them one by one from that list by tapping on them and then on ‘Uninstall’ button.
Method #3: Clear Data from Apps
If you have Netflix and saved few videos to watch them later and have already watched them, then that stuff can also procure your memory’s space. Same is with YouTube, Spotify, and many such apps. So what we need to do is to erase the data from those apps and make more space available for downloading an important app. You just need to follow the steps given in the Method 2 and tap on ‘Clear Data’ instead ‘Uninstall’ button, and you will see the vast space empty in your device now.
Method #4: Move Some Media to Cloud Storage
Do you go through your videos and photos stored in your phone’s ‘Gallery’? Honestly speaking we do not even check our Gallery often if we are not sharing any picture or video so why they should remain there and eat the space? There are many cloud platforms like Dropbox and its alternatives, make use of them. Just upload your important pictures and videos on those cloud platforms and once they are saved there, just delete stuff from your smartphone. This will also empty loads of space for sure. Just try.
Method #5: Try Google Photos
There is one app called Google Photos which must be already there by default on your Android smartphone. If Google Photos is not on your Android smartphone, then go to Google Play Store and download it and follow the steps given below.
Step #1. Launch the Google Photos app on your Android phone.
Step #2. On the top left of your phone, you will see a Menu (three horizontal lines), tap on it.
Step #3. Select ‘Settings’ from the options.
Step #4. Tap on ‘Backup & sync’ option.
Step #5. Here you will find a toggle next to ‘Backup & sync’ put that button to ON.
Now all your photos and videos will automatically get back up on Google Photos, and thus you need not worry about the pictures which you are going to delete now to free up some space on your phone.
Method #6: Move large apps to your SD Card
Not all large apps are allowed to move to SD card, but Android does allow certain apps to move to your SD Card. Even if it is a small app, we believe it will only help you to gain more space in the internal memory of your smartphone, so it is a good idea that we move all those apps which are allowed to be moved to SD Card. Here is how you can do that.
Step #1. Open Settings → Apps or Application.
Step #2. Check the apps one by one where you can see ‘Move to SD Card’ option highlighted.
Step #3. Tap on ‘Move to SD Card’ button if it is highlighted and move the app to your SD card.
If for some reasons that app which you have moved to your SD Card is not working properly then follow the same steps to move that app back to internal memory.
One of these methods must work for you, and you will get required space to your smartphone’s internal memory so that you can download those apps which are more important for you.
We are sure that you must have found this article helpful to fix ‘Insufficient Storage Available’ error on Android. Tell us out of the six methods we prescribed above, helped you. You can give your feedback here in the comments section or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.