Last Updated: December 13, 2014

How to Increase Android Internal Memory Space

There are two places on Android phones where you can store your files and apps – Internal and External memory. The Android internal memory is an important part which when is full can slow down your device.

So it’s important to free up some space as you can not buy or upgrade it like external memory.

Why Increase Internal Phone Storage?

  • It makes your phone run faster.
  • Allows you to install large apps.

What To Do When Android Internal Memory Is Low?

Clean History and Caches

Every time you surf internet, get an app from market or run an application that needs internet access a history and cache log is created on phone internal memory. Clearing this log you can easily free up some space on your device.

If you want to clean multiple app cache and history at once, try the free app 1 Tap Cleaner and see the difference it makes.

Uninstall Apps

Android internal memory full - How to clean it?It is the easiest way to clean android internal memory. So, if you don’t use an app much then go ahead and uninstall it.

You don’t need to worry if its a premium app because you can re-install it again at any time you want.

To uninstall an app open Application Manager and sort apps by size. By sorting apps by size you can easily figure out which app you should uninstall to increase internal memory on android phone.

Move Apps to SD Card

Though you can set up default storage location for installeded apps. You might find some apps that automatically installs on android internal memory.

So you may need to manually move them to SD card by going through Manage Application Setting.

And if you hate to check for each app whether it supports moving to SD card or not. Install App2SD, this app enables you to move all possible apps to SD card. Secondly, it notifies you if there’s an app which can be moved to SD card.

However, there are some apps that you can not move to SD card. To force them move to  SD card you’ll need to root your device, which is complicated.

But if you have access to rooted phone, then you can easily move such apps to SD card. For this you need to install Link2SD app from Google Play.

Root Your Android Phone

Rooting your phone is the best way to increase android internal memory space. Once rooted you’ll get full control over your device. You’ll be able to uninstall system applications, widgets, themes and much more by using Titanium Backup app.

However, rooting your android phone has its own disadvantage.

If somehow your phone gets damaged then the manufacturer will not repair it. Because rooting your android phone violates manufacturer’s warranty.

So be careful while you root your device.

61 Comments

  1. VArun says:

    You could also shift to a ROM which uses less internal memory, after the phone is rooted!

  2. Rohit says:

    I am using Xperia Arc S (ICS) every time I clear cache the free memory space decreases; yes it decreases e.g earlier it was 150 MB and after clearing the cache the free memory space is 140 MB. This is something weird. I know that initially the performance of the phone decreases after clearing the cache but how come the memory space utilization is getting more.

  3. thanks for the tips dude… so i can increase of internal memory in my android phone. I have app to sd apps in my hh, so i can decrease internal memory ussage.. :D

  4. Ravinder says:

    very helpful article….keep sharing such type of tips according to the needs of user…thanks
    In smartphones arena….evn rooting becomes essential now a days to exploit all features…

  5. srikanth says:

    Dude i’m using xolo q700 which dos not have aq feature of moving apps to the SD card could you Help me out How to move my apps to the SD card

  6. srikanth says:

    hey why should i not use link2sd ??? is there any chances of transfer of APPs to SD using Link2sd ????
    could you pls guied me the rooting steps of my phn xolo q700 i would be most happy if u suggest me

    • Link2SD is the best app but you can use it only after you have successfully rooted your phone. So first you need to root your phone then you can make use of this awesome app. Here’s an step-by-step guide on how to root Xolo Q700 – http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/how-to-root-the-xolo-q700-and-flash-cwm-recovery-87270.html

      • MIMI says:

        Hi Tesur,

        when i start Link2Sd it give me the wording below..

        Link2SD couldn’t obtain root access.
        If you have root access make sure you response ‘Allow’ or ‘Grant’ to the superuser request.

        Now how to resolve the problem. Please assist.

        • Have you rooted your android device yet? It is a requirement for using Link2SD.

  7. Rupali says:

    My phone (Micromax A110) is showing Internal SD memory full (2 GB) however Apps of only about 100 MB are installled onto it. Other Apps are stored in Internal Storage of my phone. Unable to understand the problem as deleting Apps is not helping. Only if i delete few of the pics and videos am able to make some space but it seems to be getting used up immediately. Please suggest.

    • Hi Rupali,

      Looking at your problem, I assume that you’re using apps like Facebook, Twitter or Google+. If you have installed any of these apps, and you have too many friends on these social networking site then make sure you don’t sync your contacts as it will consume too much space on your device. In case, your contacts are already synced then you should delete them. Hope this will help you!

  8. Rupali says:

    Thanks for your reply. As I could see I had synced my whatsapp and gmail account contacts. I presume by saying deleting you mean to say turning off sync. kindly advice.

    Regards.

    • After turning off sync you need to remove your gmail and whatsapp accounts from Accounts & Sync Settings . Once this is done you can now add these accounts back but this time make sure you don’t sync them again. All this needs to be done because even after unsynchronizing your accounts your previously synced contacts still remains stored in your internal storage.

  9. ishan says:

    how can I root my xperia sola? itz nt upgraded yet!

  10. ayan karmakar says:

    How can I extened my internal memory without uninstall or removing apps

    • If you don’t want to remove apps and you’ve apps that cannot be moved to SD card then the only thing you can do to extend your internal memory is rooting. But make sure to create a backup before rooting your phone.

      • Shashwat says:

        How do i extended the internal phone memory as i have rooted my Spice Pinnacle Pro it has an apps storage of 0.98 GB. Bigger apps install on the Internal SD card but not all.

        • Now that you’ve rooted your device, you can easily move almost every applications to the SD card using Link2SD app.

          • Shashwat says:

            Link2sd is asking for a CWG mod which i cant find for my device. Do you know where can i get a custom rom for MT6589 devices

  11. daniel says:

    Hi
    Im using galaxy mini. I cant get an use my play store. It doesnt work. Whenever i try to open it they ask me to sign in and when i sign in it is a failure and they say cant establish a relaiable connection.
    Plz help
    Thnx….

    • Are you using the latest version of Google Play Store? If not then you should update it and if that’s not the case then possibly there’s some kind of connectivity issues either with mobile service provider or your internet service provider. Try to reboot your android phone. If it doesn’t work follow this link – https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/2651367?hl=en

  12. Roshni Mukherjee says:

    Hi I use a Samsung Galaxy Grand duos. Recently I am having some problems with my phone. It seems to be very slow and hangs a lot. Moreover when I try to download the Facebook app a notification comes saying that the memory space on my phone is not enough. However I have just 3 4 apps and I even deleted a few others which I had before. Though these apps consume very less memory it shows that about 90% of memory has been used.What should I do??

    • If your phone is running slow the first thing I would recommend is installing a cache cleaner app (like App Cache Cleaner – and quickly remove application cached files.

      Now let’s come to your internal memory space issue. To me it looks like you have enabled contact sync either for Facebook, Twitter or Gmail. If it’s true then I would advice you to disable contact sync for any app of these app. You can do this by opening ‘Settings’ then go to ‘Accounts and Sync’ and select your Facebook/Gmail/Twitter account and disable ‘Sync Contacts’ option.

      Once this is done, go to ‘App Manager’ switch to ‘All’ and look for ‘Contact Storage’ – Open and uninstall it. This needs to be done to remove all Synced contacts for your phone’s internal storage. Don’t worry it won’t remove contacts that have stored manually in your device or SIM. Hope this will help you to get ride of low internal memory issue.

  13. Roshni Mukherjee says:

    Actually I dont have my facebook contacts synced at all….but the problem still persists. :P

    • And what about Gmail or any other app contacts? Did you checked ‘Contact Storage’ in ‘App Manager’ because if its too big in size then perhaps you have synced your contacts in past.

  14. lexie says:

    hi.. ur topic is very helpful tho i wish to ask if u know how to root alcatel one touch 918N ?

  15. Roshni Mukherjee says:

    Hi this is roshni again….sorry to disturb you like this. :P I am again having trouble downloading applications..this time I was trying to download a picture editor app..however after downloadinga pop up arrived which said “Application could not be stored in default install location”. What do I do now? Moreover..my phone is responsing very slowly and often hangs. I have very few apps but even deleting them failed to solve the problem. I have noticed that this occurs mainly when I try to open my picture gallery or take phoyos or videos. Please help!!!!

  16. kashif alam says:

    My karbonn A35 internal memory is 1.5gb but actual memory is 4gb in phone guide and on internet plez tell me how was the problem

  17. Firdaus says:

    Hi. I use Lenovo S920. I found an article on how to root my phone but with Miui instead of some other popular custom ROMs like CM. I’m concerned if I had some difficulties along the way, it’d be hard for me to go to forums and look for the solution since my phone and the custom ROM are not very popular. Besides even if I am to flash this custom ROM on the phone, I could also possibly have a hard time finding the right app to use like S2E simple2ext because this app requires phones with CM rom installed. What is your opinion? Thanks in advance!

  18. kristel says:

    Hi. Will an almost full internal memory affect the speed of internet connection? As in internet browsing in the phone and tethering to a laptop for instance? Hope to get a reply on this. Currently experiencing a slow internet connection.

  19. ria says:

    Hi..im having trouble with my phone. Ive deleted most of my apps because it says that my internal memory is full. Ive already tried lots of app like clean master etc and nothing worked. Please help me..thank you!

  20. Joy says:

    Hi,
    I am planning to root my wynncom g32 because of low internal memory (228mb) & low ram (151mb).

    So far I have learnt that I can do custom ram & custom rom after this along with latest android update.

    Can you please guide me to root and do custom ram & rom

    Joy Bhutani
    Delhi

  21. Antony says:

    Hi I am using a Karbonn A2+ ICS which has very less internal mmemory. If i install watsapp and facebook it dies. So I have to uninstall Facebook. I am using a 8GB memory card though and moving all apps to the card. Even then the phone goes so slow that to search for a contact it takes ages. Please help me to root it and increase the internal memory by sharing the memory on card.

  22. Shashi says:

    I don’t have Root access. Is there any way to root my Android?

  23. My first generation Nexus 7 with 32 GB and 16 GB of space both shows only 6 GB after I rooted it. Any idea why that happened? If I use TWRP, I can correct it but once I push the image to the devices again, the same thing happens.

  24. prasd says:

    I am using adcom-A400 mobile I have only 50mb internal memory to use. I have 16gb external card I won’t root my phone please tell me the steeps.

    • If you don’t want to root your phone then you can’t do much to make more internal space on your phone.

      • prasad says:

        yes i want to root my phone but don’t know how to root it. can u tell me the steps to root my phone.

  25. said says:

    I’m using a galaxy rooted device
    I’ve 2 ways to free up internal memory space:
    1- empty the folder /data/log
    2- move some,where not used, some apps from /data/app to sdCard and restore them when needed

  26. shilpam says:

    Hi Tesur, I have accidentally deleted pics and videos from internal memory of S4!!! Can these be retrieved?Am absolutely distressed……

    • Yes, you can recover all accidentally deleted photos and video files from android phones internal memory (and SD card) using Asoftech data recovery software.

  27. Mukund says:

    Hey Tesur,I am using xolo q2000 its a good droid phone but its app storage is of only 0.98gb and internal storage of 8 GB so I have to install a 2 GB vice city game on it so how it is possible to do so?????? pls. reply me. I am waiting

    • GTA vice city is quite heavy game in terms of size and graphics and since XoloQ2000 has only 0.98 GB available for app installation, so I don’t think whether we can install some high end games like Vice city which are above 1GB. Even if you somehow managed to install, it won’t show good amount of graphic when you run it.

  28. Sudhir Harsule says:

    I am owning Micromax Canvas Turbo A250, which has phone downloadable memory of 0.98GB, which is too meagre to down load applications and run office mails. Very often i get a message that the space is running out and u nees to delete some of the old mails and application to free the space. My office mail download is only for a week.

    How to change the partition of phone and internal memory and run all the applications without having space crunch?

  29. sathya says:

    hey u r sexy buddy
    great job
    u sorted out a major head ache of mine..
    get t gng well

  30. aman says:

    Hi I want to root my adcom thunder a400…..
    Framaroot and others are not working… please help

  31. Navnath Rawal says:

    I’m using Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 that has App-Downloadable Memory of 0.98 GB.
    It’s a fixed memory phone as you certainly know with 16 GB overall ROM and 10+ GB out of it is available for user’s use.
    I’m having 5+ GB available out of user’s memory that is more than enough for me to save any data as I use USB drives.
    Now, is it possible anyhow to extend the internal App-Downloadable Memory of my device using the available memory of user’s use.
    Please reply. Thanks.

  32. vivek says:

    how to partition my sd card plz help me

  33. sherry says:

    I have an alcatel cell phone and it said my memory boost is over. What does that mean and how can I fix this problem?

  34. louise says:

    hi!
    i am using a samsung galaxy grand duos and everytime that i try to connect it to my laptop my phones internal memory is not showing. worst thing is my phone memory shows that it has 8gb but when i installed one app or a game it will show that it is already full..
    i hope you can help me with my problem :(

    • When you connect your phone to laptop, you should choose USB mass storage mode under the connectivity settings and hopefully your internal memory will show up in your laptop. Secondly, if you’re facing memory issues then you should follow the tips mentioned in this article and also read other comments.

  35. Annie says:

    how can i root my sony ericsson Arc S phone??

  36. Rajeev Juneja says:

    Hi: I have been reading comments incl your guidance. I wish to root my Micromax Canvas Viva A72. I have been watching a lot of Utubes but none of them have for this model and I have failed to root so far inspite of a number of attempts. Could you please give /advise some suitable link….Thanks: looking fwd to yr guidance..

  37. i have Micromax HD A116.

    1. i have update manually my Android 4.1 to 4.2

    2. i creat partition of my 16 gb sd card. 1 part 9gb FAT32 & second part EXT2 file system about 6 gb

    3. i root my phone succesfully

    3. i install superuser

    4. i install Link2SD

    5. i move all apps to my sdcard partion EXT2

    6. clear all apps catch, dalvik catch

    but still Internal storage is low.

    Please help me to clear some space of my internal storage (Phone Storage)

    • Even though your phone Micromax HD A116 seems to have 4 GB internal memory, only 1.77 GB is available for user. Thus, you won’t be able to make extra space on it.

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