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Reason why your android devices are getting full early and any remedies to have the problem solved.

We all know that storage is never much as to appears to be. A device with 64GB of storage, of example, will have a lot less because of the operating system and preinstalled apps, as well as from the wasted space caused by how OSes format the storage medium.

Lack of working space is the cause of the "Insufficient Storage Available" error that periodically bedevils Android users. Adding insult to injury, there are several possible causes for the lack of sufficient working storage.

Android apps use three sets of storage space: for the apps themselves, for the apps' data files, and for the apps' cache. Those caches can grow quite large, yet they are reported as free space by Android -- though in fact that space is not available as a working space for app installation.

If you get the "Insufficient Storage Available" error, empty your app cache to see if that clears up enough working space for the installation. How to do so depends on what version of Android you are running, as well as from what device maker. (The screens here are for Android Lollipop running on a Samsung Galaxy S6.)

In most cases:

1. Open the Settings app, tap Apps, Applications, or Applications Manager option. (Applications Manager might be an option after either Apps or Applications.)

2. Scroll sideways to the Downloaded section. You'll see a list of all apps and how much storage space they're taking.

3. Tap the Menu or More button and choose Sort By Size to arrange the apps by which take the most storage. 

4. Tap an app to see how much storage it is taking, both for the app and its data (the Storage section) and for its cache (the Cache section).

5. Tap Clear Cache to remove its cache and free 8

6. Repeat for each app.

Kindly note that, clearing caches may not always do the magic. That's because many system resources and some apps must be installed on the device's built-in core storage, not on a removable storage medium. 

There are security and stability reasons for this requirement, but they've varied from one Android version to the next, and in some versions app makers get to decide the rules for what can be stored where. As a result, Android devices with removable storage may need to have apps and data removed to make room for updates and new apps not only the cache.

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