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Storage space running out notification on mobile phone – Any tips to help free up space?

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I have a Vodafone Smart first 7 which I bought last August, quite occasionally I get a storage space running out notification due to it having only 4GB ROM + 512MB. I can normally sort this out by cle… Read More
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3m, 2w agoPosted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
I have a Vodafone Smart first 7 which I bought last August, quite occasionally I get a storage space running out notification due to it having only 4GB ROM + 512MB. I can normally sort this out by clearing my cache though this doesn’t appear to be doing much since the last time I received a notification.

I also bought a micro sd card not so long ago too thinking I could move some of my apps to the card to free up space though I’ve checked all my apps and none allow me to do this, even the apps I’ve recently downloaded don’t appear to have this option.

Do you think it’s worth me downloading SD Maid, or something similar, or does anyone have any other tips that I can try to free up space on my phone?

I’m getting a little frustrated with this too as none of the tips I’ve searched on Google appear that helpful.

TIA
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3m, 2w agoPosted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
Get a different phone? :p
#2
The 512MB RAM is not the issue; the 4GB storage is. Delete any unnecessay apps and data including SMS & especially MMS. If you have cleaned the cache and are also unable to move apps to SDcard and you then you have probably reached the limitations of the device.
#3
That is a very low spec cheap phone! Apps to SD would be only thing I could recommend but you say this feature isn't available to you or at least not for the apps you have installed. My guess is that 4GB is shared with the operating system so you're not likely able to run many apps. You really should buy something better as 512MB RAM is poor in a phone now days and would ruin the experience of a smart phone.
#4
It wasn't all that long after purchasing the phone when I bought the sdcard. As soon as it arrived I tried moving apps, that's when I discovered I wasn't able to.

Most of the apps I have came with the phone, I've only downloaded 5 apps onto the phone since purchasing it. There are two I could probably delete though I'd rather not if I can help it. I even thought I might be able to delete some of the Vodafone apps that came with it though as these are default apps it appears you can't even though I have no use for them.

And I agree with what you’re saying hotukdealsuse, and dvdphile, I may just do that, invest in a better phone.

Edited By: LemonHead on Feb 03, 2017 18:16
#5
LemonHead
It wasn't all that long after purchasing the phone when I bought the sdcard. As soon as it arrived I tried moving apps, that's when I discovered I wasn't able to.

Most of the apps I have came with the phone, I've only downloaded 5 apps onto the phone since purchasing it. There are two I could probably delete though I'd rather not if I can help it. I even thought I might be able to delete some of the Vodafone apps that came with it though as these are default apps it appears you can't even though I have no use for them.

And I agree with what you’re saying hotukdealsuse, and dvdphile, I may just do that, invest in a better phone.

Have a look at the basic Cubot - might be just what you're after...
#6
If you use Facebook uninstall it and use the browser instead or a app called metal as FB uses a large amount of memory
#7
you could root the phone and delete the uneeded pre installed apps
#8
This tweak http://techgage.com/article/moving_your_non-movable_android_apps_to_an_sd_card/
Works pretty well along with appmgr III to scan for (now) movable apps - be aware that some apps may not function correctly.

On my 4.2 tablet, google play services became "movable", and while it would not operate correctly while using setting 2 temporarily, leaving the option set to 2 appears to have allowed the next update of it to auto-install to SD and work.

With the setting left at 2, anything which can be, will be placed on SD - so you can dispense with appmgr III after the initial shuffle.

NB. This trick is only valid for 4.x or below - with the tweak command differing between 4.x and lower versions
#9
if you do a factory reset that should clear a lot of the hidden junk
banned#10
SD maid is a great app to sort this out. Many apps storage unnecessary cache so I recommend to uninstall Facebook etc Apps with many functions, which Delays the work of the phone. Anyway, the best solution is to get a thorough reset and root it completely. Alter the config mode. Hope that helps you.
#11
Turn off auto updates and try to uninstall all the pre installed apps you dont use. It wont allow you to uninstall them but should give you the option to revert to the factory default version. These are generally much smaller than the latest versions.
#12
And if you must use Facebook (350mb+),uninstall it and use friendly (10mb).works just as well.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.friendly

What are the must have 5 apps you use?

Edited By: chocci on Feb 04, 2017 08:22
#13
Thanks for the help everyone. I'll add this thread to my favourites as a reference. Thanks also leonkeencn, I'll bare that in mind if I ever get stuck again.

Incidentally, I decided to delete some of my apps data this morning, appears to have resolved the issue. Slightly annoying though as I’m having to log back in to some of the apps after doing so, otherwise it’s not effected the apps in any way.

chocci
What are the must have 5 apps you use?

SMS Scheduler, this websites app, the mySupermarket app, and a couple of AVG apps.

Thanks again for all the help.
#14
LemonHead
I decided to delete some of my apps data this morning, appears to have resolved the issue. Slightly annoying though as I’m having to log back in to some of the apps after doing so, otherwise it’s not effected the apps in any way.
chocci
What are the must have 5 apps you use?
SMS Scheduler, this websites app, the mySupermarket app, and a couple of AVG apps.
Thanks again for all the help.
The moment you start using the apps then the problems will resurface once the apps databases are populated.

did you try what I suggested? Managed to free up about 500mb on my old phone when I did it.

Also, install (if you can) the diskusage app as it is excellent at showing what is using your data.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.diskusage
#15
Many apps just repack websites like Facebook does. Uninstall those and set up a shortcut to the website on your phone instead from inside the chrome browser menu.

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