Feb 27 AT 8:00 PM Admin 11 Comments

3 Ways To Get More Storage Space On Your Android G1

Did you know the 71MB available for installing applications on your G1 is actually a feature?  By limiting the number of apps you can install, you can also limit peoples purchases.  This way only the top apps will get used and all the small developers will stop making apps.  Sounds kind of stupid, right?

Take a quick scan of any Android related site or forum and you will most likely find people complaining about the limited internal memory for the HTC G1.  I have actually seen people try and defend the storage space, but there is no logical reason I see for not allowing apps and games to be partially installed on the users SD card.  If you ever want to see games like Spore Origins(80MB) make their way to Android then the SD card must be untilized.  There are however, 3 things you can do to address this frustrating issue.

1. Gain root access to your phone.  The most direct measure to get apps installed on your SD card is to do it yourself.  You can install a prebuilt environment that already supports apps on your SD card that you have formatted to accept.  Gaining root access does not take much time for the advanced user, but it is not suggested for the beginner.  The mod does prove that this feature is possible, but it needs to be implemented by Google to allow the option.

2.  Uninstall everything and do not purchase paid apps.  I have seen several people and devs say they are going to boycot the Market, but I think that is a little harsh.  I instead suggest that you select the “I need more space on my phone” option when you remove an app.  This information is collected by Google and available to the devs.  If they see a majority of people removing paid apps because of limited space, I think the devs will become more vocal in their support of this feature.

3. Contact Google and make your voice heard.  Previously, one of the biggest complaints against Android was the lack of moderation on comments found in the Market.  It took several months, but after many people complained the feature to mark comments as spam was finally added.  Since then, the number of spam has been significantly reduced.  This does show that if enough people make noise, then priority is given to an issue and it is addressed.  If you would like to share your opinion with Google, I suggest posting on the 3 following threads:

If you are content with the current storage space, then do nothing.  If you would like to see things change, then I suggest you speak out and make a post.

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  • http://www.googleandblog.com/ Michael Martin

    This is actually my biggest gripe about the G1 – after the poor battery life – is the minuscule internal storage size.

    It makes no sense for it to be that low in comparison to other devices out there, especially with the near difficulty of storing apps on the SD card.

    ,Michael Martin

  • Maximosis

    I agree that the space sucks, but although i did gain root access I am a little skeptical about moving apps to the SD card because of problems people have had with it in the past. I may just wait till google decides to impliment this in to the G1.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/wimbet wimbet

      From what I have read, you only want to move apps to your SD card if you have a class6 version. My current 8gb is only class4 and I read it will affect performance.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/Maximosis Maximosis

        Thanks a bunch for the tip, I recently purchased a 8gig Memory card by sandisk from staples for 30 bucks and it screwed up after 2 weeks. I am pretty carefull about mounting and unmounting the card, but i guess thats where the classes of the card go into play. I paid 30 bucks for an 8 gig card i figured i got what I paid for.

  • SoLors

    i definitely agree, you can’t really do much if there not enough STORAGE SPACE to hold it and it not much to begin with. I’m pretty much limited, the STORAGE SUCK!!!!! YOU SHOULD LOOK IN TO THAT….THANK YOU!!!!

  • chancellor

    I always complain about “Not enough space” when uninstalling apps. I figured that Google would soon realize that a lot people find this a gripe. Hopefully, everybody does this because it seems that’s one of the few ways Google is actually listening to us.

  • lisa

    the way I’ve found to save space is to use a 3rd party storage for your other stuff. androidstorage.com lets you upload your songs, etc to a server and then you can stream them to your phone. that way i’ve got more room for my apps

  • http://www.android-tr.com/site/ SaNSaRaLv0

    How can i use it my galaxy?

  • http://Website Klassic3.0

    I have the mytouch 3g..ok phone but wth is up with this storage space?? Is there any way someone can get extra storage space without switching phones or purchasing some crazy expensive item etc. i would love to know b/c this is horrible! Thanks!

  • http://Website Drosan

    Each application has specific amount of memory set aside on the ROM. If an application begins to come close to this limit you will start to see the low memory warning.

    To permanently resolve this issue, move apps to the SD Card instead of phone. The key is how to do it without using apps such as Apps2SD which require rooting your Android phone. You do not want to potentially void the warranty on your phone now. Found this detailed article on how to do this.

    Been banging my head at it for almost two months now. Finally resolved my issue


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