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How to Fix – ‘Error downloading “App”. There is insufficient space on the device’

While you’re trying to install apps from Play Store of Android, you might face ‘Error downloading “App”. There is insufficient…

By Editorial Staff , in Android Tips and Tricks , at January 11, 2015

While you’re trying to install apps from Play Store of Android, you might face ‘Error downloading “App”. There is insufficient space on the device‘ warning. It appears when there’s no sufficient space on device. This error frequently occurs in Android 4.4 or Android Lollipop 5 while user tries to excessive number of apps. But you might wonder after checking the space of phone storage and SD card. Because, there’s enough space in both phone storage and SD Card, but still you’re unable to install apps in you Android device! So what’s the problem actually? And how to fix this error then? I’m going to provide you the easiest way to fix this problem. 

Error downloading "App". There is insufficient space on the device

Why ‘Error downloading “App”. There is insufficient space on the device‘ appears?

First of all, you should know why this error appears. Android OS needs lots of RAM to run itself smoothly. There are lots and lots of apps in Play Store and you might want to install some of these. But there’s a different space to contain installed apps in Android device. And it’s not phone storage. That’s why Play Store shows ‘Error downloading “App”. There is insufficient space on the device‘, although Phone Storage and SD Card have enough space.

How to fix ‘Error downloading “App”. There is insufficient space on the device

The solution is very easy. Follow the below instructions to fix Error downloading “App”. There is insufficient space on the device‘ problem. You can solve this problem by removing or uninstalling some apps that are unnecessary. But if you follow solution given below, maybe you will not have to delete or uninstall any app. 
  • Go to your phone’s Settings >> Apps. And pick some apps that occupy huge space. You just have to move those big apps to SD Card. Ooops! Forgot to say that, you would need an SD Card inserted inside your Android Device. (If you don’t have an SD card, see the next paragraph titled ‘What if you don’t have an SD card?’).
  • Select an app and tap on it. Now tap on Move to SD Card. See the below screenshot. Here, I was moving Candy Crush Saga that generally occupies huge space. After moving those apps to Memory Card, you will find space to install more apps. 

Error downloading "App". There is insufficient space on the device

  • Remember, few system apps won’t show ‘Move to SD Card”, therefore you cannot move those apps to SD Card. 
  • Warning: You should not move those apps to SD Card that generally keep themselves open always such as Viber, Facebook Messenger, Whats App, Skype, Fring, etc. Because, after you move apps to SD Card, those apps will not be able to open themselves when you restart your Android device. But, in order to get real-time notifications from those apps, you shouldn’t move them to SD Card. If you want to get real-time notification from a particular app, then don’t move it. Other apps or games will not show any problem after you move them. You should consider moving all games, web browsers and other big apps, which occupy lots of space, to SD card.

What if you don’t have an SD card?

If you don’t have an SD card, you should follow the previous procedure first, then instead of ‘Moving to SD Card’, you might consider to:

  • Clear data (shown in the above screenshot)
  • Clear cache (just below the ‘cache’ shown in the above screenshot)

Remember, by clearing data or cache, the particular app might lose data. Google Chrome, for example, will lose all history, settings, search history, saved passwords, etc. It will seem as if the app is installed for the first time in the device, if you choose to ‘clear data’. Clearing cache also causes data lose. Candy Crush Saga, for example, will lose all settings, including preferences and Facebook connection, and game progress. However, reconnecting with the Facebook might bring you where you were last time.

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