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[HOWTO] Fixing “Insufficient storage available” errors on Android 4.2 and above

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Hi,
this is a problem i encountered many times after (a while) i updated my phone to 4.2.2 (cannot install/update any app.apk file outside the playstore and there is this famous "Insufficient storage available" error which cant solved by wiping cache and dalvik cache).

And after some investigation i noticed that since android 4.2, google create a new lib folder for the apps in "/data called /data/app-lib/" and there is a symlink from "/data/data/APP-PATH/lib" to this folder which is the most culpable of this error.

So to avoid this kind of error:

1. go to "/data/app-lib/APP-PATH(that has this error)/lib" and delete.
2. install/update the apk app.
3. if not work go to "/data/app-lib/APP-PATH(that has this error)" and delete all the folder (but you must begin by their sub-folder then the folder itself, because you cant delete the folder of this APP-PATH directly without deleting their sub-folder first.


i hope, i helped some of you guys that you have this erroneous and overstressed error.
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14th September 2013, 08:04 PM |#2  
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Sometimes you can't install because of an odex of that app.

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17th November 2013, 10:15 AM |#3  
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Worked for me, perfect, thanks a lot.
21st November 2013, 08:41 PM |#4  
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Thumbs up It worked
It worked! Thaks a lot
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I've been banging my head against the wall for a few days trying to figure out why Clean Master wouldn't update. I kept getting the message you were talking about. I tried several other fixes without any luck. I have plenty of space on my internal and external storage. I tried uninstalling the app and couldn't re-install either. I used your fix and the app finally installed. Thanks a bunch!
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3rd December 2013, 11:24 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by quicky2g

I've been banging my head against the wall for a few days trying to figure out why Clean Master wouldn't update. I kept getting the message you were talking about. I tried several other fixes without any luck. I have plenty of space on my internal and external storage. I tried uninstalling the app and couldn't re-install either. I used your fix and the app finally installed. Thanks a bunch!

Me too untill i found this fu...ing app-lib syslink.
You are not alone bro not aloone.:thumbup:
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5th December 2013, 11:45 PM |#7  
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Hi all,
I personally found that this method didn't fix it for me... apparently on my Galaxy Note GT-N7000 running SlimBean 4.3, there really WAS a complete lack of storage after only a week or two of running. This is an issue that affects non-custom ROMs also, otherwise I'd be posting on the developer forum, it doesnt seem to be an issue with the custom.

If you are suffering from a distinct lack of internal storage, try the following;
  1. Get a decent Root Explorer (FX root is now free and very good)
  2. Navigate to /data/log
  3. Check for oversize log files ~260k titled 'dumpstate'
These dumpstate log files were steadily consuming my storage, they were up to 750 items in a week and steadily increasing. They are written when the phone loses mobile coverage, so if you're in a blackspot they will start eating storage.

Some file explorers will allow you to 'Select All' and you can happily empty the entire folder without risk to your system that I know of. If yours doesn't, you can actually delete the entire log folder and re-make it with no ill effects. Solved my problem!

Take it easy
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6th December 2013, 09:09 AM |#8  
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Am also having this problem. Amusingly, I can't install FX root or similar due to 'insufficient storage'...

[EDIT - finally fixed this by uninstalling Real Racing 3]

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8th December 2013, 10:14 PM |#9  
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awesome. the path listed did not work for me, however I was able to search "app-lib" in ES File explorer!

thank you!
11th December 2013, 06:34 AM |#10  
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Ten times thank was not enough. So helpful!

---------- Post added at 01:33 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:29 PM ----------

The only thing I can do when I can not install or update an important app was wipe everything, re-install my rom and install/update it until reading your post. ^^!

---------- Post added at 01:34 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:33 PM ----------

The only thing I can do when I can not install or update an important app was wipe everything, re-install my rom and install/update it until reading your post. ^^!
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Thx for the fix suggestion,

but unfortunately this solution failed to fix my issue.

Maybe this one can help the other who also haven't manage to fix theirs,

try to download "Lucky Patcher" and choose "Troubleshooting", it will check whether there were ODEX file left after previous installation and else, and will delete the file when necessary.

It fix my "insufficient storage issue"
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