How to fix Google Play Insufficient Storage available

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Among the often occurring android nuisances is that the error downloading “insufficient space on this device” and “insufficient storage available” error. All these are evident errors should youn’t have enough space in your device to install a program or game. Mostly it is the people who are attempting to install big games report the insufficient storage error. Sometimes you get this error when updating apps since the upgrade is now larger in size along with your internal memory hardly has any space left. So the solution would be to free up some space and then re-try download or installation. Note that if you have less than 30MB free Android is not going to allow you to install or update any apps or games. But, on occasion the error can be caused by Google Play Bug. If that’s the case, read the approaches below to fix inadequate space and inadequate storage available mistakes in Android :

How to fix Google Play Insufficient Storage ?

How to fix Google Play Insufficient Storage

Method 1: Uninstall unwanted apps and games
In the event you really do not have enough space on your device

  1. Go to Settings >> Memory >> Check how much free space you have left. If you don’t have enough space for the app or game, you’ll have to free-up space. What can you try now?
  2. Go to Settings >> Apps >> All • Scroll and select each app you hardly use or game you hardly play
  3. Uninstall such useless stuff
  4. Check memory again and if you have enough space proceed with installation

Method 2: Moving apps to SD
In the event you really do not have enough space on your device

Some apps or games could be transferred from internal storage for your device’s SDCard storage. If your device is rooted, then you can even transfer apps to an external SDcard using apps like link2SD. In case you have a unrooted apparatus or a device running inventory (factor version) of Android OS follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings >> Apps >> All
  2. Select each app from the list one by one
  3. If the option is available, select “Move to SDcard” for large apps and games
  4. To clear up extra space, you can also “Clear Data” for apps like Path, Beetalk, Twitter etc.

Method 3: Checking and deleting junk files

In the event you really do not have enough space on your device
You might not be conscious of all of the junk cluttering your device’s internal memory. There is one particular place known to store notoriously large temp files that could occupy over 1.5 GB of space. This location is the DCIM folder in which your Facebook pictures, camera app images and android camera images are saved.

  1. Install a file manager like Es File Explorer or Root Explorer.
  2. Go to internal Storage (sdcard 0)
  3. Open DCIM folder >> Open “.thumbnails” folder
  4. Look for large temporary thumbnail files. They can be small like 20MB or as large as 1GB+. Delete such files- you can spot them easily because they aren’t image files.

You might also put in a junk cleaner app like Ccleaner. Once installed, start the junk cleaner and allow it to scan your gadget for cache junk, temporary files, residual files etc..

Method 4: Uninstalling Google Play Updates
If you do have sufficient space but still get insufficient storage error.

  • Go to settings >> Apps >> Scroll down and select “Google Play Store”
  • Select “Uninstall Updates” >> A message will pop up saying app will be replaced with factory version >> Select “Okay”
  • Again open Google Play and try to update or install the app/game that was giving you the error

Method 5: Installing Google Play APK from external source
If you do have sufficient space but still get insufficient storage error.

  1. Go to settings >> Apps >> Scroll down and select “Google Play Store”
  2. Select “Uninstall Updates” >> A message will pop up saying app will be replaced with factory version >> Select “Okay”
  3. Go to Settings >> Security >> scroll down and check “Unknown Sources” >> Select “Ok”
  4. Download and install Google Play Store from this link: (Play Store for KitKat and below | Play Store for Lollipop)
  5. Proceed with the installation and then reboot device
  6. Now open the installed Google Play Store and add your Gmail account
  7. Download your app or game.

Method 6: Clear Cache and Dalvik Cache
In the event you really do not have enough space on your device running custom ROMS like Cyanogenmod, Slim Rom, Paranoid Android and so on.

  1. Reboot into recovery (turn off device >> press power key + volume down until logo appears)
  2. Wipe cache partition • Select “Advanced” and then select “wipe Dalvik Cache”
  3. Also fix permissions if the option is available in “advanced” menu
  4. Reboot system >> wait sometime
  5. Open Google Play Store and install or update your app (game)

I hope one of the above methods have helped you resolve Google play insufficient storage and “insufficient space on this device” errors.