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YSK that Disk Usage is a great SpaceSniffer-like tool that lets you visualize the size of files.
edit: the gift of gold inspired me to add a link to Space Sniffer. (If you like Disk Usage, definitely check out this Windows equivalent!)
Use this to see what really is taking up all that space. Then you can use the file explorer or something like that to delete the files. The same thing happened to me, this is is how I solved it.
I recommend using DiskUsage instead so you can actually see what's taking up space on your device and make a more informed decision about what you're removing instead of letting an app manage it for you.
Don't accept UI limitations; root your device and install Xposed if you find a module that can overcome them.
In the EU you have two years mandatory warranty by law from the seller of the product and in the first six months they have to proof to you that a malfunction is not caused by a manufacturing error / limitation.
Install Tasker and play with it for an hour. Chances are that you will find an use for it.
Get the app Disk Usage to see what is eating up storage and the app OS Monitor to spot apps that use CPU time in the background. BTW, there is a desktop Windows equivalent of Disk Usage called Space Sniffer.
Remember that you can return apps within 2 hours and get your money back, but also that there is no money back policy for in app purchases.
If you have a Samsung phone, use Game ~~Center~~ Launcher to lower the resolution of slow games.
Disk usage, the single most underestimated app on the play store : [link]
This helped me free several gigabytes multiple times already
Download and run this app:
it is like WinDirStat but for a phone, it will give you a much more detailed breakdown of your large files and what is taking up space.
In my experience it's harmless and works fine but it doesn't actually do much unless you just want help clearing your app cache. Vanilla settings menu in android doesn't consider cache size when displaying or sorting size so you end up with half a gig or a full gig of crap from image heavy apps just sitting there unless you manually check the offending apps in their app info screen. CCleaner sorts by cache size.
I prefer this for disk related stuff personally, but CCleaner makes it easier to directly clear cache so I use both.
I use this app to help me narrow down what is taking up space and where. Much easier than trying to search around with a file explorer.
I used WinDirStat a few months ago to clear out a bunch of shit from my harddrive, turns out that windows media player had a little folder where it saved a thumbnail for every individual song on my computer, even though several songs used the same image it'd still save it multiple times. Apparently it had synced thumbnails from my 500GB pre-spotify music harddrive and there was over 3000 thumbnails for a grand total of 4 GB being wasted.
Get your shit together Microsoft, i'm using an SSD so 4GB of bullshit is not cool.
EDIT: Similar app for android.
I was annoyed to leave ES Explorer as I liked it drive space analysis tools. Then I found DiskUsage which is just ace. I think it's FOSS, too, so you'll be able to get it off F-Droid.
Try this app to see what is using the space. If it does not detect more than the space you say, then probably bad sdcard/storage blocks on the phone.
You can use a disk analyzer and find out what's taking the space.
Here's a free one.
It's usually either cache or my downloads folder for me.
If you want a better cleaner and whatnot, use SD Maid. You have to pay for some features though.
~~What app is that?I use Space Sniffer on windows and would love a similar program for Android.~~
Edit: Disk Usage
Also Samsung+ isn't supriaing me here. Samsung has come a long way with their software, but they still need to take a look at their resource management.
Looking at the specs for that phone, you're only left with 3.51GB to play around with once the OS is installed, which isn't a whole lot. Without knowing exactly what taking up space on your phone, here is some general advice:
DiskUsage is an old app that still works to see where all your space is allocated to and can help diagnose major space eaters on your device.
First step I do when trying to free up space is to use this to see what exactly is taking up so much space. It breaks down everything really nicely. Uninstall any apps you don't use. I recommend using SD Maid once you've uninstalled any apps, and it will clean up any left over files.
You might already know these tips since you sounds like you are managing the situation but:
in the phone's store settings, click Cache then click OK to delete the cache.
use the Disk Usage app ( [link] ) to very quickly identify large files or apps that you no longer need or want and can delete. I really like this app because with just a quick glance you can see the size of everything on your phone. So the really big data hogs stand out and become quick targets to delete.
Install the DiskUsage app to see what's using the storage:
Maybe you've got an app spying on your microphone.
Try to restart the phones to recalculate the free space. Then I would suggest this app: [link] it shows disk usage more detailed than the settings. (But I think you cannot install apps if the second phone thinks its memory is full...)
I use this app to see what folders are using the most storage.
It's very similar to WinDirStat for Windows. It breaks down each subfolder of each folder so you can find out quickly whether it's one huge file or a bunch of little files in a folder somewhere.
Install disk usage on the play store
I can't live without this app, a must have. ES file explorer has something similar.
Worst case scenario, do a backup and reformat it.
Torrents always download a .torrent files which are deleted when the process has been completed. Maybe this didn't happen in your case. I recommend using this app to find those files.
"others" is eating up a lot of space ... you need to find out what "others" is with a proper file manager.
This (DiskUsage) will show you in detail, and This (ES file manager) will let you move/copy/delete
Shows the size of folders etc on your phone, very handy to quickly see exactly where that space has gone. I had an app that had been logging data that was over 2gb in size and this made it so easy to pinpoint
This app may give you a better idea of what's taking up your space. Also, get an SD card and point any app you can to it. You can get a high quality 64GB card for $20. [link]
Not sure if this the same app the other poster's referring to, but it's the one I generally use to eyeball where my space has gone: DiskUsage.
There's definitely an argument to be made for not keeping rarely-used apps permanently installed... but, like you, I'm tired of having to micromanage installed apps, their caches, and do without the convenience of keeping things installed just to compensate for miserable device capacity.
My S5 has been a workhorse and lasted me decently well for 2.5 years. The S6 was a non-starter without microSD and I had no great desire to jump on the S7 either, but I think the S8 having 64GB + microSD finally gives me incentive to upgrade later this year.
Diskusage is what I usually do to see what's eating drive space.
Others may have a better suggestion, this one always does the needful for me
Download DiskUsage. It'll show you in a graphical interface where the most memory is being used. I just cleared my downloaded file cache yesterday after seeing it in there, saved me ~1.25gb.
I'm not sure what Extra would be... but this is the app that I use to see the breakdown of what's taking up space on my Android devices:
Perhaps it's stuff/thumbnails cached on your storage?
You can try finding it with DiskUsage but that might be a bit time consuming. All I can think of at the moment.
Check out Disk Usage, It'll show you were the storage is being taken up.
Se sei un po' smanettone installa DiskUsage e controlla le cartelle più pesanti.
Cancella la cache di Reddit se usi una app, dopo qualche settimana arriva facilmente ai 400MB.
I see what you mean now. I'm downloading the file now to check it out. I've used the app DiskUsage to see where my storage is used, but that's for Android, not Windows.
Edit: I think I see what you mean when you say it doesn't work.
I second /u/silentmage's comment about using the app DiskUsage to try & pinpoint what exactly is taking up that space (and if you have any issues with the app, the developer has proven to be very responsive via email in the past).
I also wanted to add that on every Android device I've owned, that "Miscellaneous" section has always included a large portion of my pictures, music, & videos collection that for whatever reason (maybe folder placement or unrecognized file types?) don't get classified properly in Android's storage overview.
That said, I've never had quite that large of a chunk of multimedia go unclassified, but then that's likely due to the fact that all of my devices cap out at 32 GB onboard storage so I simply couldn't download enough to reach that amount anyways.
You should have 4.2GB available to you on that devices internal storage. Might be downloads, a strange large cache files (check settings storage tap internal storage then tap and clear cache if very large) you might want to try a disk usages app like one below see what's using your storage space.
[[link]] (disk usage)
Some general advice I gave on a previous thread.
>* Migrate all pictures into Google Photos. Doing this would have you rely on the cloud for your image storage/retrieval, perhaps not the best on a limited data plan or slow connectivity. Alternatively, moving the images to the SD card would work as well if you want more granular control of them.
>* Use Spotify or Google Play Music for cloud music instead of storing music files locally. Once again, not the best option if you have spotty connection or limited data plan.
* You can go into your list of apps and sort by size, seeing which ones are taking up "too much" space. If you deem necessary, you can use the Clear Data button to free up all that space again for you to use, but the app will behave as if it was freshly installed.
Move apps to your SD card. More info on this if you Google 'move apps sd card 5.1.1' or here.
* Clear out unnecessary files from the Downloads app/folder.
* Uninstall apps you don't need/use
>DiskUsage is an old app that still works to see where all your space is allocated to and can help diagnose major space eaters on your device.
You can always use DiskUsage to find the largest apps.
You can start by disabling some of the Google Apps that came with it. They usualy don't need extra space, but once they receive an update, they do.
Other than that 60% usage after app setup does not seem that bad.
Try using this.
It's likely that 50% will be taken up by the OS. Apps + cache will likely be the rest. The problem when you move apps to the SD card is that it doesn't move all the app, just part of it, leaving a good deal on the internal memory.
Post a screenshot of what that gives, and we can take a look.
Use DiskUsage to help figure out where your space is going. Most likely as others have said, thumbnails/cache and unemptied trash.
Android usually takes a fair chunk of storage space, so these days I don't really recommend getting a phone with anything less than 32gb of built-in storage.
That said, in this case...from my experience in Linux at least (which Android is based on) it looks like it might be giving itsself a ram "cache" in case there isn't enough ram on it.
Could you try installing this and sending a screenshot of what's taking up space?
This app is my go-to for this.
Edit: Just realized somebody else recommended the same one already. Consider this a second vote for it.
Install DiskUsage to scan your phone to see what files are taking up space, and then delete any files that are not needed, and that are safe to delete.
Also install SD Maid - System Cleaning Tool this will clean up junk files, I would recommend getting the paid version, but the free version is also good.
It must be something else causing the memory drain, usually big games and apps put their giant files in /obb.
Try this app. It gives a good visual representation of which directories are taking up the most space on your device, it'll help you narrow it down.
Ah, sorry. Didn't realize it was out a 64gb partition. There's an app called DiskUsage. It should breakdown the full usage. Where are you reading this number?
I had similar troubles and the space obviously wasn't being accounted for when sorting all apps by size.
I installed DiskUsage and this showed me Skype was using something like 4 GB. Sure enough, it had 4 GB cache.
Clearing the entire cache works too, but this is a way I can clear only the offending cache and not have to clear everything.
Then that's probably not it. Try this disk usage app, it will visually show you directory and file sizes in relation to each other. I've had good luck trying to drill into large blocks of files: [link]
DiskUsage is my go-to app to find out what's eating up all the space. Once you find the culprit (I suspect it's just application cache), you can go ahead and delete it form the usual settings screen. (you can delete from within the app itself if you have root).
>the OS occupying that space, or what?
10.67GB is the /data parition, the OS is in /system
Only updates to something like Google Apps, that came with the system rom, goes into /data
Ask DiskUsage where it went.
One statistic plots what you see in file explorers (/sdcard, the internal sdcard), the other plots what apps eat in /data
Reboot into safe mode -- long-press the physical power button to bring up the "power off" soft button, then long-press that.
Then uninstall malicious software, like ES File Explorer. Then clear all app caches (settings/storage, scroll down to cache, tap that), then remove other apps until you've got enough space free to install something like DiskUsage
to find excess miscellany. Install a simple file manager, trustworthy (I like OI File Manager) and clean where Diskusage finds big directories.
I did the comparison once. You can do this yourself using apps like DiskUsage.
At normal definition, each song usually takes an average of 1MB, or less depending on the duration. That's what makes Spotify great for streaming if you are not a Premium user.
At maximum quality, each song will take as much as 8MB or 10MB.
So... yeah. If don't have a sensitive ear and HUGE part of your storage dedicated to ultura high quality songs... might as well live with the standard.
To be honest, they sound just as good for most speakers or headphones.
EDIT: There is a downside when it comes to configuring Spotify to use lower quality, and it might be a deal breaker for some people. Spotify tends to not cater too much for the overall quality of these files. They will vary in volume, still noticible even if you have auto volume adjustment configured. Some songs will contain audible deffects. Others will simply have a very poor quality, lower than usual.
All these problems disappear when you switch to higher quality, but it comes at a price of several MB per song downloaded.
I suggest having a look at the free, open-source app "DiskUsage" (available on Google Play store and F-Droid store). It will do pretty much what "xdiskusage" does, but it will show you everything that takes space on your storage card: apps, files, and "system data".
Are you asking about memory usage? I don't use the ESPN Radio app for podcasts, I use Pocketcasts. I imagine that the ESPN Radio app uses a cache and only "saves" the 20 podcasts you have in the downloaded section and deletes the oldest one when you press download. If you're worried they're taking up too much space, you could try downloading the DiskUsage tool to find out what is taking up space and whether or not those podcasts are still on your phone. Hopefully this helps. If not, feel free to clarify.
There's also Diskusage which doesn't do the same thing, but helps you to do it instead. What it does is shows you a proportional representation of what is using the memory on your phone, which you can then go on and delete yourself.
Many times this has shown me that I have a couple of ROMs downloaded by an OTA updater for a ROM that I haven't used for a while.
I'd suggest you run a scan with the app 'disk usage' which you can find on the play store. That will give you a better idea of what is taking up that space.
Do you have a custom recovery installed? Backups are sometimes saved in an inaccessible location.
Install DiskUsage to give you a better idea of what's using your storage.
The internal space usage App is not entirely accurate, try this app, it should make things clearer.
I don't know about SD maid specifically, but diskusage always worked best for me.
If it's not showing up anywhere, maybe system OS somehow eats it?
Also get a Type-C 64GB drive for OTG and shove all pictures over there every evening if you are entirely out of space.
Because what that screen tells you is only how much apps and cache are using, not everything else, specially hidden system files, system caches, install backups, and by the looks of it, media files.
This is a common question, people forget that it is telling you only 3 things: space used, space used by apps , and space used by cache. There are other files using up memory, except they are not being shown.
Use some other app that tells you exactly what is being used to figure it out, I recommend DiskUsage, can't get easier than that.
Then use something as CCleaner to try to clear unnecessary backups/caches.
Disk Usage - FREE - Very simple and intutive design to check disk storage.
Video Sizer - FREE - Quickly change video resolution to record small videos which can be shared/uploaded faster.
Full disclosure - dev of Video Sizer, since the question is "What are your favorite apps for android ?" i am including this :)
We made this app to cater to a specific need at work and it makes that task very easy now.
You could install an android app that shows the disk usage eg [[link]
And there are cleanup tools for kodi. I successfully used one, but can't find it online and am not able to check my kodi box from remote.
Did you used this app?
What error ?
Can you go into settings, storage, cache, clean up cache? Do you have problems with your internal or external storage? Maybe SD card is broken?
I started seeing a slowdown when I got due to about 8gb remaining on my 64gb N6. It speeded back up when I cleared 4gb to have 12 free
I'd suspect three is other stuff beside apps taking your space. Try DiskUsage for easy way to see graphically what exactly is taking your space
try [link] to clean up
Go to akku (battery) and look for apps using cpu in background
Go in your appmanager and ask youself for every app:
Post if better or not
App Name: DiskUsage
Description: Basically windirstat for Android. What it does is scan your internal/sd card and displays the files with a expandable tree-like structure. The larger files take up a larger structure and hence you can easily weed then out.
This is imo much better than those disk cleanup tools in file managers.
App Store Link (if possible): [link]
Type (Paid/Free): Free
Android / iOS: Android
Wow, X-plore looks nice! And is that a built-in DiskUsage module!? The UI takes some getting used to, and it doesn't have that uniform Material Design look that's often fawned over here, but I can't argue with the feature set or layout customization.
To take a stab at your question, maybe the other established, open source, or MD options just grabbed people's attention quicker and X-plore lost to the momentum of... no wait: X-plore is 5 times as popular as Solid on Google Play, just not on r/Android. Must be the Matías DuARTe Effect.
If you have the play store installed, this is an invaluable tool for finding out what's taking up space on android devices.
Check put the DiskUsage app - it gives you a visual representation of your data so you can delete unnecessary files.
I'm going to drop in my recomedation for an app to see what is taking up storage in a nice visual way. I love it on my phone and is very useful:
Try to clear cache from settings > Storage > cache. Also try disk usage. Personally I think it is easy to find folders/files that use more space using disk usage. It's free, no ads.
You can also use disk analyzer - it shows files from"other" section. It has ads though.
Not sure about the problem you're experiencing unfortunately but if you install disk usage you'll be able to better see what's using taking up the space. Might help a bit?
There are some system and hidden files/folders you cannot see or move and there's nothing you can do about it without wiping your phone.
You can try to move apps that supports it to the SD card.
You can also run something like DiskUsage on your phone's internal memory to see what app/folder takes up a lot of space.
I used the Disk Usage app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.diskusage, to find the cache file that kept taking up all my disk space. The Files Go app is nice, but did not help me with this problem.
Install DiskUsage to check what is taking up all the space. If it looks like it's taken up by some app then go to your App Settings and clear that apps cache.
Use this app to really see what is going on
The internal storage monitor is useless here
Edit: as /u/greentoiletpaper said before
On my phone, I find that Spotify's Data Cache is constantly eating up free storage, often times 2-4 GBs if it goes unchecked for a good couple of weeks or so.
Also, DataUsage is a fantastic tool to visualize storage usage and I can't recommend it enough if you're trying to free up space.
Not necessarily the text itself, but messaging apps can easily take a lot of space, even whole gigabytes of it. Pictures downloaded via them that aren't deleted could easily pile up to hundreds of mbs and I won't even begin to talk about videos.
Check your phone's settings to see which apps are using the most space. There's a big chance that WhatsApp/Telegram/etc is at the top of the "biggest apps" list.
Edit: Also, try this - [link]
Try using DiskUsage to find out what is using all the space.
Apk mirror if don't have Google play setup [link]
I used this app. [link]
It's really strange because I haven't moved any big files to the phone but I noticed the free storage started to get smaller since the Marshmallow update.
I checked how large the partition was in lollipop and it was less than 1 GB for sure.
Edit: whoops, I'm retarded.
edit 2: You can try an app called "DiskUsage". It can't show you anything on the system level without root. But should find you whatever is eating your storage. [link]
Yeah I'm on stock Lollipop and it's a bit under 2GB. I would just try downloading Diskusage and going through to see what is taking up so much space. It will help visualize what apps are hogging up so much space and should make it quite abit easier to pinpoint it.
Yeah it's kinda normal, maybe 5gb for the system looks bigger than the other phones I have seen but all phones comes with pre-installed apps and the operative system usually takes a lot of the original memory available, if you want to visualize what apps or files takes the more space you can use this app to see it DiskUsage becuase eventually it will be full
I don't know how you could prevent it from happening again since I don't know what caused this bug in the first place but with DiskUsage you can see exactly where on your phone space gets used. If I don't know why my storage is full I always run this app and can then determine what is using all of my space up.
There could be many reasons why your internal storage is running low. I'd recommend using DiskUsage, which gives a visual breakdown of your internal storage. You can use this to see which folders are eating up the most space
> Enable a usb?
What exactly does that mean? USB Mass Storage mode? If your phone is running Android 4.1 or newer, you'll be using MTP or PTP mode and Mass Storage cannot be enabled. Newer Android devices no longer use a separate FAT-formatted partition for "internal file storage", instead using the same partition as app storage (usually formatted ext4) and for various reasons, this cannot be made to work for USB Mass Storage.
I would recommend that you use an on-device solution such as DiskUsage instead.
I deal with this every few weeks. Currently I have 1.8GB of free space and in few weeks, I will have less than 500MB.
The only way I know how to get around it is to download the app
It gives you a visual representation of how much space is being used and where, use it to find out which folder is using up the most space and delete it. Most likely its apps caching.
If I click on that "other", it shows some of my apps, but also something like "music2_hprof_data", "opt" and "data".
I use DiskUsage instead.
App data probably. Do you have some high quality games? Diskusage is great for cleaning up memory. Maybe you have some leftover libraries left(although I'm pretty sure they don't show app as application space.
Disk Usage: [link]
It doesn't monitor directories in realtime, but if you run a scan, it will show you a nice visualisation of the folders which are using the most space on your device.
Ok I looked into it and there's no space being magically eaten, it's just that the device maintenance is reporting bullshit... kind of.
I downloaded DiskUsage and in my case, it wasn't showing the files inside hidden folders. And while you might not have any, it also clearly doesn't show a lot of space used by apps. For me, the device maintenance is reporting apps at 3.6GB, but DiskUsage 6.93GB.
I had the same issue. Try this diskusage app. It gives a nice graphical view of disk usage.
Edit: Just want to add that this found a lot of used space that wasn't being reported by the built in Android storage settings info.
Well in Settings under Storage they give you kind of an overview of what types of files are filling up your drive space. I haven't tried any specific apps for this in Android. Generally you should know where your big files are.. Downloads, Videos, certain Apps, etc.
this is the first one that came up in a search: [link]
Around 7.3 GB, which includes 5.8 GB mainly taken up by Apps and their cache etc.
In this context, one of the very very good app that I always liked : DiskUsage
Use diskusage. [link]
Open this app & scan your storage. It will show you what is taking up your space.
Also it may be due to some bug in UI, that shows 99% full , but in reality you may have more space. Restart it. Check if its solved or not.Back up you data. and try factory data reset. This is the last option.
Get this: [link]
It will allow you to have a look at what is taking up all the space (it will be your previous ROM + data, ...).
It will also allow you to remove those files (or even the entire block).
Technically 'Manage storage' is still on the phone though the entry has been removed from the settings. In order to get to it you need an app that can launch "Activities". A custom launcher such as Action Launcher or Nova Launcher can do it. Though 3d party apps are better than what Google has provided. I prefer DiskUsage because there are no ads and it's easy to follow the folder structure.
I like to use DiskUsage to monitor cashes. Target the big ones then just click the block for whatever app and it opens you right to the app info where you can clear it.
If you've got them backed up elsewhere, why not? BTW this is a pretty nifty app that shows a graphical representation of what's eating your space.
I like DiskUsage, which I get from f-droid:
DiskUsage (Disk usage explorer) - [link]
Also available from Google Play:
Hmm. Disk digger used to be a scanning tool to find out where space was being used..... Or maybe I got the wrong app name. It is actually DiskUsage
Until that's available, you might find Disk Usage a good option for identifying where your space is being used up.
I recently reclaimed 20Gb on my phone, when it identified that I had literally hundreds of APK backups (for some reason I had set up a app to retain the last 5 versions each time I updated an app. This was dumb of me!). Because each one was relatively small, I would never have found them by looking for large files, but DU visualised in such a way that the folder just jumped out at me.
So much room now! :-)
I use this free app to see what files are taking up space:
You may have more stuff on the internal storage than you think.