If you have been in the world of the little green robot for quite a while, you probably have experienced an ‘insufficient storage available’ error. This dreaded error comes about when you are trying to update or install new applications on your Android smartphone or tablet. This error is so common that I’ve encountered it with a smartphone that had over 18 GBs of unoccupied Micros SD storage, and more than 1 GB free internal storage space.
There are several effective ways to fix the Android ‘insufficient storage available’ error, but we will only focus on the seemingly best solution. To start with, you’ll need to be able to make sure that your phone actually has storage space available. Navigate to your settings app and find how much space you still have unoccupied. Most likely, you’ll have more than enough. But you still can’t install a new app! That’s how bad this error is! There are different theories as to what causes it, but at this point, let’s just focus on fixing it.
You’ll need to delete a few files, or even uninstall a number of apps (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). Don’t worry about this; you’ll reinstall them as soon as you get the problem fixed. Once you have a little more room on your device, open the Play Store app and search for ‘Clean Master’. There are a number of apps having similar names so you’ll want to look for the one that has a blue-handle sweep image, by Cheetah Mobile. If you’re having trouble finding it, you can access it directly here. Download and install the app.
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Clean Master has some of the most powerful features to clean up junk files on your phone, boost memory as well as manage applications. Junk files are a major cause of ‘insufficient storage’ problems on Android devices. By cleaning them up as often as daily, you’ll effectively be able to fix the ‘insufficient storage available’ error. The Memory Boost feature frees up more memory on your phone so that your apps run faster, while the App Manager feature allows you to remove or move your applications more easily.
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