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Thumbnails size is 5 gb! How to make sd card is the default location for thumbnails

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By Drramimagdi, Junior Member on 29th January 2016, 09:42 PM
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Thumbnails is making phone storage very low for new data
While I have 64gb sd card that I have to move stuff to it regularly
I want some way to make the sd card is the default for everything
Or at least for these huge thumbnails as a start
I have Xperia z2 3g lollipop 5.1.1. The A.1. 232 version
 
 
29th January 2016, 09:48 PM |#2  
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Same problem here


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30th January 2016, 12:09 PM |#3  
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Can you pinpoint the app that is storing such large tumbnail cache? This is not normal behaviour and can be considered as a bug. You can use CCleaner from the app store to clean this thumbnail cache. Try to do it regularly. I would uninstall the app that is causing this, this can happen if youre using more gallery apps or more file managers. You can use many cache cleaning apps like CM cleaner or Clean Master too to do this.
30th January 2016, 03:14 PM |#4  
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I think it is the Stock photo app
30th January 2016, 03:44 PM |#5  
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I think it is the Stock photo app

Then do a system cache cleaning, this is possible even trough recovery but the simplest way is to use CCleaner frim the app strore. Try it but if you get that huge cache again then something is definitely wrong.
30th January 2016, 05:58 PM |#6  
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Yeah some problem here, my thumbdata is only about 1gb but i don't have a ton of photos on my phone, i can imagine this file getting bigger if there are lot's of photos on the phone.
Deleting the files will not solve the problem as android will recreate them very fast. I see and understand the purpose of the thumbdata files but there should be a way to set max size and location for this files...

IF anyone figures a nice solution for this problem please post

Edit: just had an ideia, maybe we could move the folder thumbnails to external sdcard and use foldermount or links2sd to link it to the internal memory? i can't test this right now cause i'm at work but i'll try it later if i have time.

Thanks.
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30th January 2016, 06:11 PM |#7  
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I still insist this is too large thumbnail cache. There may be leftover pics thumbnails that are deleted but thumbs are still here and thats why I propose a cleaning. 5gb worth of thumbs would be equal to 50gb worth of pictures. Sony album app creates thumbs where images are located so its wise to move pics to sd card and set camera to store pics on the sd card and then thumbnails will be recreated on the sd card in DCIM folder.
30th January 2016, 06:46 PM |#8  
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- First remember the name of the /storage/sdcard0/DCIM/.thumbnails/.thumbdata file, f.e. .thumbdata3--1967290299
(if you have two files, like me, remember also the second name)
- delete this file (s)
- create a new file (or more) with the same name of the file (s) you just deleted, f.e. .thumbdata3--1967290299

that's it. Android from on is not able to create a new large thumbnail file.

Well, actually, this is not the solution for moving the .thumbnail file to sdcard, but it helps to free a lot of memory - forever.
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