At some point, most android users will encounter the “insufficient storage available” error while updating their apps through Google Store. This error appears while updating or installing some apps in the Google Play Store.
An obvious reason for this error is if you actually don’t have enough internal space in your Android. Some Android devices or OS have low internal storage allocated for system files. The internal storage itself is divided into two spaces. One for the app’s system files another for data files. For example in my device, I have a limit of 1.5 GB space while my internal storage is 11.5GB..Also, your OS may require a minimum free space of about 250 mb. So if your system space is less than that, you will get the “insufficient storage available” error each time you try to install new apps. The solution, in this case, is to go to System settings>>Apps>>All app and then manually click each app you have downloaded or installed and then choose the “move to SD” option. Some apps cannot be moved to SD. In this case , you will have to either uninstall some apps or root your device and install the Link2SD app which will allow you to move any app from system memory to SD card.Read more about it here: Fix Internal Storage Getting Low.
Many users have encountered
Insufficient storage available while updating Chrome. Though you have more than 1 GB of available storage, you might still get the insufficient storage error while trying to download a meagre 24 MB of Google Chrome update. At the same time, a massive 500mb of the game might download just fine from the Google Play Store. In such a case, here are two methods to fix this problem fixes for Chrome or any other app you are trying to update/install:
Methods to fix: Insufficient storage available
Method 1: Clear data and cache:
- Go to Settings->apps.
- Select Chrome (or any app you want to update/install) and click on Clear Data and Clear Cache.
- Apply the update/install via Google Play Store
- If still doesn’t work, uninstall the app and reinstall from Google Play Store
Method 2: Deleting .odex file
Sometimes the insufficient space error might be because of .odex files. To solve this issue first, uninstall the previous version of the app. Then use root explorer or file explorer to access your Android’s internal storage or SDcard. From there, open “Data” folder->open “app” folder->browse and select the respective .odex file of the app you are trying to install/update. Now reinstall or update the app via Google Play Store.
Jon’s fix: One of our reader’s, Jon Goodwin, has recommended a fix that has also worked for many. So I’ve included his instructions here. You can thank Jon on the comment sections.
1. Go into your file manager
2. At the base folder, you should see the internal files on your phone, you shouldn’t be in your SDcard or internal SDcard. Click on the folder labelled Data
3. After your in the data, folder click on the app-lib folder
4. Once in this folder scroll down to whatever app folder you are trying to update or install most likely it was once on your phone before and delete it.
5. That’s it go download your app!