How to Increase Internal Storage of Android Phone to Fix Insufficient Storage Available Error

Tracy King updated on Sep 15, 2020 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

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How do I increase my Android phone's internal storage?

"Yesterday, when I tried to install a new app on my Android phone, I received a warning message - insufficient storage available. My phone has 4GB internal storage, and it seems not enough for today's high-quality data. How to increase internal storage of Android phone because I have no plans to change my phone for the time being.

Insufficient storage available on Android.

As we all know, there are many Android phones are facing low internal memory issue when installing games and apps. This problem is especially serious in budget phones because most of these phones have little memory; for example, some Android phones only have 4G memory.

If you are running insufficient storage space on your Android phone, you can expand and increase internal memory through several different methods. Here in this article, you'll find six effective methods to fix "insufficient storage available" error and increase internal storage space on Android phone. 

How to Increase Internal Storage of Android Phone in 6 Ways

We are going to show you how to increase internal storage space on Android phone. You can increase internal storage up to any size by using these methods. 

Method 1. Increase Android Internal Storage Space with Memory Card/SD Card

Adding memory card into an Android phone will surely help to expand internal storage space on Android phone. Follow steps below, and you'll learn a new way to borrow space from SD card to increase internal memory space on an Android phone by turning to a professional partitioning tool as well as Link 2SD.

You may select a memory card with enough space such as 32GB or 64GB to add to your present Android phone internal memory. 

Tools needed:

  • And Android phone must be rooted
  • A 2GB or above memory card/SD card with class 4 or higher
  • A memory card reader 
  • Link2SD app installed on the Android phone, which allows Android phone to use a part of the memory card as internal memory so that users can move some data and apps to the memory card
  • A professional partition tool - EaseUS Partition Wizard that enables you to partition your SD card to use it as an internal memory

After making these preparations, let us finish increasing storage space on Android Phone in two stages.

Stage 1. Partition memory card/SD card

To use a memory card as internal memory on Android phone, you have to partition this SD card since the Link2SD app requires a second partition on the memory card. Then, how to manage and create partitions on the memory card? Use EaseUS Partition Wizard.

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First, connect your SD card to a Windows computer, make sure it can be detected by Windows Explorer. If the SD card still contains partition, you can delete partitions to leave unallocated space on the SD card using EaseUS Partition Master.

Launch EaseUS Partition Master > right-click SD card partition > select "Delete" > "OK".

After this, the memory card will become unallocated, and then you need to create two partitions to increase internal storage on Android - a FAT32 primary partition and an Ext2/3/4 primary partition on the SD card.

Follow the step by step guides below to create partitions on SD card using EaseUS partition tool.

 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

On the main window, right-click on the unallocated space on your hard drive or external storage device and select "Create".

Create partition on unallocated space

Step 2: Adjust the new partition size, file system, label, etc.

Set the size, partition label, drive letter, file system, etc. for the new partition and click "OK" to continue.

Set up new partition

Step 3: Confirm to create a new partition

Click on the "Execute Operation" button and confirm to create a new partition by clicking "Apply".

Confirm and keep all changes

As you see, it's quite simple to create partitions on the SD card using this easy-to-use partition management software. It also provides you with more one-stop disk partition features, such as increase C drive by getting spacing from another drive directly, merge partitions, format partition, clone disk, wipe data, and disk/partition conversion.

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Stage 2. Increase Android internal memory by using Link2SD

After creating needed partitions in the memory card, you can then add the second Ext2/3/4 partition to increase internal storage space on Android phone with the help of Link2SD. Here are the details:

  • Insert memory card to Android phone and download Link2SD app on Android phone;
  • Do remember to root the phone in advance to allow Link2SD to get access to your phone.
  • Run Link2SD and select the file system of your SD card's second partition: "Ext2", "Ext3" or "Ext4" and click "OK".
  • Reboot the device and run Link2SD again, click Settings > Check the "autolink" to move apps upon installation.

Use Link2SD to extend Android internal memory.

  • If you already have some apps, select the "Create" link.
  • Check memory and select "Storage Info" to see the current internal memory status.

Increase Android internal storage space with Link2SD.

Now that the second partition has been added into Android as internal memory and you can save and install as many apps and files as you want.

Method 2. Delete Useless Apps, Clean History/Caches to Increase Android Internal Memory

Sometimes, Android apps will take up quite a lot of space in Android phones with browsing history and caches. As time goes by, every app on users' phone will be filled with cached files. Therefore, cleaning up useless apps, history, or caches will surely save more useful space and extend Android internal memory.

1. Delete unwanted apps 

Go to "Settings" > Tab "Apps" > Choose useless apps or unwanted app and select "Uninstall" or "Clear Data".

Delete or clear app data to increase Android storage space.

2. Clean up app history or caches

Go to "Settings" > "Storage" > Click "Cached data" > You'll receive a message showing "This will clear cached data for all apps", click "OK".

Clean up app caches to increase Android memory space.

Method 3. Transfer Data to Cloud Storage or PC to Extend Android Internal Storage

If you have a Cloud account such as Google Drive or Dropbox for your Android phone, it will be a good way to save Android phone storage space by transferring data to Cloud storage. Wonderful photos, videos, or other files can be upload to Cloud so to save more free space on Android.

If you don't have a Cloud account, you may choose a PC or tablet or other external storage devices to save internal memory on the Android phone. You can try to export rarely used data to PC and delete them on your phone.

If you don't want to move your Android data or files out and save in Cloud or PC, you can also try to add memory to increase internal memory on Android with USB OTG. Detail steps will be listed in Step 4.

Method 4. Expand Android Storage Space with USB OTG

USB On-The-Go (USB OTG or OTG) allows USB devices such as tablets or smartphones to act as hosts and allows other USB devices (such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, mice, or keyboards) to connect to them. So you can connect a peripheral such as a USB storage device to your Android phone and add more space to it.

USB OTG will help you to increase Android internal storage space by adding an external hard drive or USB drive to phone with an OTG adapter. If you don't know whether your phone supports USB OTG or not, you can download the USB OTG Checker app to test.

Extend Android storage space with USB OTG.

See how to increase internal storage space on Android phone by using USB OTG.

Step 1. Connect a USB flash drive or a memory card reader to the end of the adapter. Then, connect OTG cable to Android phone. 

Step 2. The file manager will automatically appear. If not, swipe down from the top to show the notification bar.

Step 3. Tap USB Drive. Now, you can transfer files from Android phone to the connected USB flash drive or memory card.

Go to "Internal Storage" > select the file you'd like to move. Tap the three dots button and select "Copy". Then, navigate to the USB drive and tap "Done" to complete the process.

Method 5. Use Terminal Emulator/INT2EXT/Mounts2SD Apps to Increase Internal Storage

In addition to Link2SD, other known apps such as Terminal Emulator, INT2EXT, or Mounts2SD can also help to add SD card space to an Android phone, so to increase Android internal memory with ease. You may selectively try any one of these apps and apply them to increase your Android internal storage space then.

Let's talk briefly about how to use Terminal Emulator to borrow free space from the memory card to increase the internal storage space of Android.

Preparations:

  • Higher class micro SD card(class 4 or higher)
  • Install Terminal Emulator app to your Android phone

Step 1. Partition your SD card with EaseUS Partition Wizard. Check how to make it at the top of this article.

Step 2. Download and install Terminal Emulator App on your Android phone. Launch the app.

Step 3. Type su and tab enter. Type a2sd xdata and tab Enter. When you input these commands, the app will ask you whether to continue with the process or not. Here, type y and press Enter.

Step 4. Now, Type y to reboot your device as required.

increase internal storage using Terminal Emulator

Step 5. In this way, you have successfully increased internal storage space on Android. You can go to Menu > Settings > Storage to check it.

If you want to undo the process and revert the phone back the way it was before, type su > a2sd noxdata >y. Press Enter after typing each command.

Method 6. Install and Run GOM Saver to Increase Storage Space on Android Phone

You can use GOM Saver to compress your photos and videos. The average saving is about 50% of the original file amount. You can also clear some space in this way and increase storage on Android.  

Step 1. Download the GOM Saver app from the Google Play Store.

Step 2. Launch GOM Saver, and enter the main screen. You can see how much memory you can save by running the video or image compression.

Step 3. You can delete the original file or cloud back it up. 

Step 4. If you choose to compress the images or videos, the compressed files will be left on your phone.

increase internal storage using gom server

More Quick Tips about How to Increase Internal Storage of Android Phone

Except for using the above six solutions to fix the "Insufficient storage available" error, you can also try the following simple tips to increase internal storage on Android.

  • Disable bloatware
  • Delete photos and videos
  • Temporarily disabling apps
  • Remove unwanted downloads

Conclusions

This post covers the most useful approaches to increase internal storage space on Android phone. The best way to increase Android’s internal storage is to borrow it from the SD card with the help of the Link2SD app. If you are going to adopt this method, note the following tips:

  • Back up your memory card contents before in advance
  • Have a charged phone to avoid any disruptions
  • You must root your phone before transferring data to an SD card 

For any further problems, you can turn to our technical support team for help via live chat. 

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