By Tom Kiley

2011-07-21 03:41:35 8 Comments

I've see this question asked a lot, but I haven't seen any real answers.

I'm getting the low application data space error, but I have 440MB/750MB free on my internal storage.

With more than 50% free how can I be low on space? Is there any solution to this other than deleting things? It seems that the error goes away at around 460MB free, but it's ridiculous that I would have to maintain that much free space to now be "low".

Any thoughts on what I can do about this?


@encomiast3 2011-11-27 17:56:52

Occurred only after Android 2.3.4 update for me. I Tried clearing cache for Facebook, Gmail, Internet - worked, but only temporarily.

The only thing that worked was factory reset. I didn't want to do it, but now phone is running well, even with increased battery life.

All paid apps will be saved. Use Verizon backup to back up your contacts before you reset.

@Ryan Conrad 2011-07-21 13:23:47

This error is not just for the total storage, it is also for specific "mount points" like /data/data, for example, where the applications on the device store their data. If this mount point becomes low on space, because it is not given access to "all the storage", then you will receive that low space message. You can uninstall apps that you no longer need/use or go in to the Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications and clear the data for apps that are using a lot, or you don't use often.

@Malachi 2011-07-21 16:26:11

Thanks for this. Also, Cachemate for Root can clear the cache for some apps with the tap of a button.

@Ryan Conrad 2011-07-21 17:04:12

yes, but I didn't mention that because it requires root. 99% of users are unrooted. but if you have root, its a great app.

@Adam 2011-07-22 16:44:54

99% are sadly missing out...

@Tom Kiley 2011-07-23 18:08:54

Thanks Ryan. Is there a way I can tell which one it's complaining about? When I run the mount command there are around 20 or so mount points. Many of them seem to be for the data of specific apps.

@Malachi 2011-10-24 20:57:32

If you have root you can run the command line program "df" to get a list of mount locations, blocks used, blocks available, and used percent. You may also be able to do this with the SDK tools without root, I am not sure.

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