How can I free up space on a phone running Android Kitkat?

Ashok G July 28, 2014
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My phone storage is running out! My apps are being stored in phone storage even when I have set my default storage to external SD card. I have tried moving apps to external storage. Nothing helped. I have Android Kitkat 4.4.2. What to do now?

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  1. Ben S
    July 28, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    All of the above advice is sound. DiskUsage is an excellent app; use that to see the biggest space hogs and deal with them. If you have any huge apps you don't use anymore, get rid of them. Install Clean master or CCleaner and clear out cache. How much storage does your device have?

    • Ashok G
      July 29, 2014 at 3:25 am

      It's 5.28GB out of which 0.89GB is available for apps which is almost full. Extetnal sd card is of 16GB. Please see my comment on 3 answer for mor info.

  2. Dalsan M
    July 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

    There are many different things that you can try to do in order to reduce wasted space, but the limitations are great, especially after 4.0.4. Most, if not all, Android phones are not allowed to move apps to an external SD card, or in some cases, even the internal SD storage that may be partitioned off for user storage (separate from phone storage usage used by the system and apps). This is a major issue on phones that have a small amount of internal storage space, such as 4 or even 8GB. There is a way to enable the movement of apps to the SD card, but the phone must be rooted, the SD card must have two primary partitions, and apps like Apps2SD III or Links2SD should be used (unless you are comfortable in using ADB).

    I would delete unwanted text messages, emails, and messages in other messaging apps (if applicable) in order to gain some space. You could go into the phone settings, Manage Apps, and go through each installed app and delete the cache manually, but this would take hours to do if you have a lot of apps installed. Instead, you could use SDMaid, CleanMaster, Advanced Mobile Care (IOBit's Advanced System Care for mobile devices), or other highly rated system cleaner to delete cache, temporary files, duplicate files, etc. Do use care and caution when deleting files and make sure that it isn't deleting something you want or need.

    Make sure that your camera apps and any other apps that may download or use internal storage are set to use the external SD card instead, if applicable. Doing this would help to make sure that the internal storage would stop being used up quickly.

    Also, if you have apps installed that you do not use or haven't used in a long time (and wouldn't miss having them installed), uninstall them. You can always install them again when needed. Aside from these suggestions, there really isn't much more one can do. Rooting your phone to enable moving apps to the SD card may be tempting, but you definitely have to look at the bad side of having a rooted phone, such as voided warranty (though you can unroot the phone and make it look like it was never modified) or reduced security of your information as well as leaving your phone more prone to malware and user error resulting in unstable or unusable phone (hard resetting may help, though all settings, user data, and installed apps would be lost), etc., are important considerations.

    • Ashok G
      July 29, 2014 at 3:20 am

      My phone have 4 GB of internal memory out of which onlu 1GB is available for apps to install. I have moved what can be moved to sd card. My phone,s most consuming section is of apps. I cannot install more apps as it notifies me that internal space is running out causing internal apps not to work. Just apps, that too small in no. have occupied space.
      Please suggest something I could do to install more apps directly in sd card and filter my internal space. Thank you for your support.

    • Dalsan M
      July 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      About the only thing I can suggest is rooting your phone, partition your SD card to have two primary partitions, and use apps like APPS2SD III, Link2SD, and/or GL2SD. There are other apps that can help with a rooted device to move apps and data in the Play Store. Also, if you root your phone, you can uninstall bloatware and apps you done use but can't uninstall without root.

  3. Hovsep A
    July 28, 2014 at 9:33 am

    install DiskUsage and see which ones are heavy files and if not necessary delete them
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.diskusage&hl=en

  4. Oron J
    July 28, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Your first step should be to establish what exactly is using up the space. I suggest you get a file explorer (e.g. "ES File Explorer", though there are other ones just as good) and trawl through your phone, establishing what is going on there. Once you know what's what, the solution may present itself or you could come back to us with the extra information.

    • Ashok G
      July 29, 2014 at 3:26 am

      See my comment on 3 answer for mor info.

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