Why am I constantly running out of space on my Galaxy S2?

  • I have a Galaxy S2 running Android 4.1.2. It has a 12GB internal HD, and a 16GB SD card.

    I keep getting errors from various programs telling me I am running out of space. BeyondPod won't download new episodes, Evernote keeps putting up a notification of a lack of space (even though it seems to be storing everything), and sometimes apps won't update.

    I have tried to ensure I have no superfluous apps, and I haven't really changed the apps I use since I first ever started using the device. I keep any large files, like music collections or videos, on my SD card.

    When I connect my device by USB to my Linux computer and check the properties of my 12GB HD, it says 9.9 GB is used. But if I browse the files, every folder seems to have barely kilobytes of information.

    Why is my 12GB HD filling up, and how do I clear it out so I don't get these errors?

    Update: My phone is rooted, so if that is something that can help me in this situaton, then root access is available to me.

    @AlEverett: Thank you for those links. They shed a little light on the fact that my device has some issues with storage, but does not, as far as I can see, tell me what I can do to resolve the issue. If there is something I missed, I do apologize, and if so, perhaps someone could direct me to what I specifically should be looking at.

    I've just added the `insufficient-memory` tag to your question. Please follow-up to its tag-wiki, where you find some "first-aid", e.g. links like What can I do to manage my phone's internal storage? Note: that tag focuses on *internal* storage.

    Is it possible you have a problem with cache? I have a Galaxy s3 running 4.1.2 and I use a program from the app store called Android Assistant to keep my phone "clean".

    Try downloading a terminal emulator for android and enter 'df -ha'. Have a look at the memory usage of all the partitions. It may give us some idea of where the memory is full.

    Related: Something is secretly eating up my Acer Iconia A500 internal memory and I need help finding it. For your case, especially this answer might prove helpful, as it contains several possible solutions.

    Is it stock Android or a custom ROM?

  • sergserg

    sergserg Correct answer

    7 years ago

    Signed up to the site specifically to answer this question. I'm also using a Samsung Galaxy S2 with lots of storage but constantly full. I could not install applications or do pretty much anything.

    I'm using Cyanogenmod, but this applies to all Androids.

    What I did was using a file explorer with Root Permissions (to see all the files), navigated to the /data/logs folder.

    The contents of the folder totalled over 1 GB, causing the problem. I deleted all files in that folder and it workes fine now.

    As to why this is happening, I don't know - but I do know how to fix it. Hope this helps!

    This may be the answer. In my `/data/log` (no 's' on 'log') folder, there was about half a gigabyte of data. Clearing this out seems to have helped, as I'm now getting less errors, but I'm going to run for a day or so to be sure.

    Just an additional note for anyone who might be coming across this later: I was confused about the difference between the internal SD card and the internal HD of the device. The internal HD is about 2GB, and the internal SD is about 12 GB (and then there's the additional *external* 16GB drive.) I kept thinking that if I clean up my 12GB drive that would help, but it's the internal system drive, that is *not* visible when you connect by USB, where cleaning files was needed.

    I'm on Cyanogenmod as well, and this has happened to me a few times. I don't know anybody running a stock ROM that has had this issue. (Thanks for the solution.)

    Any solution for non-root devices?

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