Update (27 May 2015): Since this article was originally written, it’s become much easier to free up space on your Android device. On some handsets (including my HTC Desire), the contacts list will inflate wildly over time, taking up dozens of megabytes more than it needs to.
If you think yours is larger than it should be, you need to export all your contacts to an SD card, erase them from your phone, and re-import them.
You should have a SIM account, a Phone account, and another account for each Google account you’ve connected to your phone.
I recommend importing each Google account’s contacts back to the account they originally came from, but importing the SIM and Phone contacts to your main Google account.
Android 2.2 (Froyo) lets you transfer applications from the internal phone storage to the SD card, and run them from there. The problem is that although you can sort the list of applications by size, you can’t filter it to only show the ones that are currently in the phone storage. It’s a list of all applications installed on the phone storage that can be moved to the SD card. Use App 2 SD to move as much as you can, though be aware that applications on the SD card cannot be used (and home screen widgets will not be displayed) when your handset is plugged into a computer and acting as an external drive.
App 2 SD will also monitor all applications that you install and update, and notify you if they can be moved, so you don’t need to remember to check. It’s possible to force applications to allow moving even if the developer has enabled that ability. Many applications have a cache for storing downloaded data so that it doesn’t need to be downloaded again. This is a very important point: applications that have been moved to the SD card may still take up some space in the phone storage. So, unfortunately, although fixing Contacts Storage bloat and moving applications to the SD card helps, the only real solution is to uninstall applications that take up space.
If you’ve rooted, can’t you move a lot of otherwise un-moveable files (Flash Player, Dalvik caches, etc) on to the SD card? Well i go to Manage Applications then i go to every app ive downloaded and click on clear data.
Michael: I knew about some of these tips, but the advice on contacts storage was a god-send. After “adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2? and moving the apps to SD, the widget of the app (if any) will not be available anymore.
In my case at least, the step of backing up to SD and restoring Google contacts was not necessary and in fact caused all my contacts to be duplicated on the phone (but linked together automatically so they did not appear to be duplicated in the master names list) after the phone had re-synced from Google.
The one great tip here that has really helped was to use the superb DiskUsage app to find out which apps I thought were safely stowed away on SD were secretly taking up phone memory.
After exporting the contacts to SD card, I have cleared the app of contacts storage and after that when i an going to delete the contacts then its showing an error.
I found that deleting emails doesn’t actually delete them it just moves them to the trash folder. From your Inbox, click the menu button (the far left hard key at the bottom of the phone) Click on folders.
My problem lies more in the apps that are factory installed that I NEVER, EVER use and I can’t uninstall them or move them to the SD card. On my phone I select the uninstall for the factory apps, it gives a warning that it will be restored to factory default, going ahead reduces the space taken by the apps. Thanks but on my Desire when i go to Export contacts it only exports the first contact event though the progress bar says they are all getting copied. So, I’m tired of the temp fixes and am ready to start an Internet revolution until whomever is responsible will fix this! Ok I imported my contacts to my SD card and now that I wanted to import them back into my phone, it says not enough phone storage so now i dont have any contacts. I followed the Contacts Storage tip on my Incredible last night and now I am completely hosed.
I ran into the first issue you talked about – not synching and having a large contact storage file.
It doesn’t seem like the relative size of data should be a thing we have to deal with. It just seems STUPID that Android phone makers aren’t adding even 512mb of storage on their phones.
Great article and great tips, esp App 2 SD which I have just used and cleared shedloads of memory… cheers!
One of the biggest problem i found with my samsung galaxy ace is when the applications which come installed autoupdate, this mean the original application space is still taken but now the new updates also take the new space, by removing all updates from apps originally installed in the phone i was able to recover lots of space.
For me this post was useful to explain where my space is still going after moving a lot of apps to the sd card.
Another tip, there is a tool out there called appbrain, which allows you to filter what apps out on the market can be installed to sd card.
Due to the lack of internal space on android phones this makes all software packages that only install into internal memory useless for the majority of us, then again if such developers cant work out this simple problem then their software is probably badly designed in the first place.
My last phone was a nokia n900 with 32GB of internal space and now this crapy samsung galaxy ace has a miserable 180mb of internal space, shame nokia does not make android phones think they could out sell every other manufacturer out there. Daily Telegraph’s Rick reccommended your page, a well explained read for an ignorant oldie like me who is trying out his first mobile. I downloaded the disk usage and it says that my system data is more than half of the phone’s internal space and it’s been growing each week what should I do? When it comes to managing files on your Android smartphone, there is only so much you can do with the default tools Google built in the version of Android your phone is running. Solid Explorer Beta2 is a free file manager for Android that not only introduces two panels for your file management needs, but also several additional features that you may find helpful when dealing with files on Android.
One interesting feature that the file manger makes available is support for remote locations.

You can use the built-in search tool to find local and remotely hosted files using the program, which is another feature that I like a lot.
Another interesting feature is that you can get all kinds of stats about how the storage is used on the phone. Solid Explorer has more to offer than that, from a bookmark system that enables you to quickly jump to favorite locations on the phone to support for various archive formats such as zip, rar and gz among others. Keep in mind though that it is a beta product right now and that it may be unstable because of this.
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Latest news releases and statements, information on spokespeople and contacts for journalists. Man, I hated that “Phone storage space is getting low” error, especially considering I had an 8GB Micro SD card in my phone. Now that you have easily fixed one of the most annoying problems in Android myTouch 3g Slide history, maybe you should upload your music to the Cloud and use Amazon’s MP3 Streaming service.
Another solution to this annoying error, is to upgrade that old droid phone you’ve got. These days it’s possible to take advantage of services such as Google Drive or Dropbox to relieve the strain on your SD card. This is a healthy size — previously, it was taking up over 40MB, and growing every day.
Select the top account and it’ll give you a dialog, asking if you really want to export it to your SD card. This way, those contacts will stay synchronised with your Google account, rather than being stuck on your SIM card or handset. My handset uses HTC Sync to keep my Facebook and Twitter friends in my contacts list, and it took quite some time to get everything up to date. Tap any icon, and it’ll take you to the Application info screen for that application, where you can move it to the SD card. My contacts storage is also only taking up 4mb right now, so that’s no hassle either. I knew that my contacts storage was causing the low disk space issues but didn’t know how to reduce the size of.
My contact storage went from 16mb to 4mb and my internal memory had been so low, I couldn’t even look at my texts!
My Wildfire S is a fantastic handset, but 150MB for storage is proving to be somewhat tight! So, as long as your contacts are all under your Google account, simply clearing contact storage data is sufficient on its own without any loss of data as the sync will restore everything. I saved plenty of space by eliminating data-based apps (such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and eBay) whose functionality could be more or less replicated via their own web-based interfaces. I had more than 85MB Contact Storage on my Desire, now exporting and importing back the contacts brought the Contact Storage down to 9,7MB. I couldn’t get the newest update to install due to not enough space, so I was trying everything.
I did the exporting, but now it keeps force closing contacts before I can do any importing.
Can’t android phone makers put a $4 4gb chip in their phone instead of a puny 256mb or 512mb?
I need a help from you about restoring the contacts data which I have not saved anywhere and deleted (cleared mistakely). If you want more than that, you need to install third party apps like Solid Explorer to do so.
The two panes are automatically active when you rotate the screen so that it displays its contents in landscape mode. The most recent version of the file manager supports the streaming of media from cloud providers, but regular access and options to download the files to the device are available as well.
This includes a detailed summary of memory, included used, free and total space, a content summary that highlights what types of content uses the most space on the device, the same for file types, and a top 10 file listing that highlights the ten largest files on the selected memory. He is passionate about all things tech and knows the Internet and computers like the back of his hand.
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If you want a more advanced cloud storage solution, check out Hightail, which allows you to access and share important files on your Android devices or anywhere else. Less than about 15MB, and you can’t sync emails, Facebook statuses, calendar appointments, and so on.
It will ask which account to add them to; this is where you need the notes you took earlier.
This is because, by default, DiskUsage shows the sum of the free memory on both the data partition and the cache partition of the phone storage.
This is different to the application cache partition that we just told DiskUsage to ignore.
It’s one of the system files that can only be moved from the phone storage if you have rooted.
I was kinda hoping I’d come across some magic bullet while researching the article, but no such luck.
But everytime I try to delete or edit my contacts, it will be a message showing ‘People has stopped unexpectedly.
If I have half a GB available, I’m skeptical that deleting a handful of 5-10 MB applications is really going to make a difference in performance.
My only observation is even if I have most of my Apps on my SD card, they still take almost the same amount of space on my internal memory (DiskUsage showed me this), so now I don’t know if moving Apps to SD card have any point at all. I followed the instructions to the letter about backing up my contacts to the vCard file and even backed it all up to my PC as well before clearing the data cache. This is not really that different from the Windows operating system with Windows Explorer, which is also fairly limited when compared to third party solutions like Total Commander.
But I lost every contact that was saved into my phone over the last six-eight months and have no way to get them back now.
I was not able to drag and drop using the same storage, but could drag and drop if different storage devices were selected. This is a huge problem and now I basically have an updated paperweight because most of my contacts are gone! However, with the Android model, you get more flexibility in that you can upgrade to a bigger SD card but you are still limited by the number of apps that you can download and run.Does your phone memory go low when you try to install a new application? I recently copied the contents of my phone (both phone storage and SD Card) to the computer several times and still have the information in Windows.
There are some techniques out on the Internet especially those involving moving apps from memory to the SD Card of your phone. Is there a way to locate where the contacts are stored in one of those folders and copy them back to the phone? But all these solutions require you to root aka jailbreak your phone using something like App2SD application. You can check what version you are using by going toA Settings -> About Phone.If you are already in the Manage applications section, just click on the app you wish to move and then click the button that saves move to SD storage (or USB in some cases).
This way, you will be less likely to encounter the low memory message and it will be allow you to keep your apps organized.Good luck! This method was officially suggested by the HTC support for resolving the phone storage space issue and low memory warnings.
Also, the only way to do this was to use the app called App2SD which required rooting or jailbreaking the phone. However, Google listened and with Froyo or Android 2.2 release, they included the App2SD functionality. Find and Install your OEM USB drivers hereLaunch the SDK and AVD Manager by double-clicking SDK Manager.exe, at the root of your SDK directoryExpand the Third party Add-ons and Google Inc. Select Properties and go to Device ManagerYou will see the missing driver with the exclamation mark on itEither double click on right click on it. Select Update Driver SoftwareBrowse for the USB drivers folder in the Android SDK folder you downloaded and updated in Step 3 earlier. At the Run prompt, type in cmdYou need to change your path to the platform-tools folder in the Android SDK you downloaded and installed. This includes your task manager apps and a few other appsThis option also becomes the default.
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Also the command on the cmd prompt is, it would seem, slightly different now (the prompt will tell you, just scroll down until you find it after it returns the error and help instructions). Still, miles better than any of the other article out there, especially with the last option. For example, we had to fully download and install Samsung Kies latest version and run the full version (not lite) for the ADB driver to be installed correctly.
At first when I got the phone I downloaded about 7 apps, none of which took up massive memory space, but my phone seemed to cope with them, and then it suddenly stopped and said I needed to uninstall them. My message limit is set so that for each contact I can only have 100 messages and then it deletes the oldest when I start to go over that, I rarely use any apps already installed on the phone apart from facebook and youtube. And lastly, I have a 2GB SD card, but when I had installed apps when I first got the phone, it would only let me put about 2 of the ones I’d downloaded onto my SD card, and for some reason it wouldn’t let me put the rest on! After a few snags along the way I  was able to make this work I’m so happy I can use my phone again.
Apps that give you the choice of phone or SD card are loaded to phone, and I have to manually switch them to SD card.  But system apps stay on phone.

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