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Galaxy Note GT-N7000 memory issues

by DAFTCHILD / April 12, 2013 3:48 AM PDT

I have a Galaxy Note GT-N7000 (on 4.0.4) and I have had it for about a year. I have a 32gb SD card inside and have had since I got the phone. Recently my phone has had a couple of memory issues and I cant seem to find anything on the internet that resolves them.

The most important issue is that my phone will not allow me to access certain parts (gallery especially, also apps that use gallery) because it says I do not have enough memory. When I look in the storage section it lists my memory usage as below:

Total: 1.97gb
Free: 1.09gb

Total space: 11.07gb
Apps: 6.84gb
Pictures: 2.52gb
Audio: 208kb
Misc: 4.25gb

Total space: 29.71gb
Free space: 26.77gb

The Note either comes with 16/32gb internal memory so even if I only have 16gb I should still have enough space to read my messages. I have deleted as much as I can but certain apps wont work from the SD card so I am unsure how I can clear anything more.

The other concern is that the SD card randomly stops being recognised and then the phone will recognise it again. Sometimes it wont happen for weeks. When it does happen it will last from 5 minutes to a few hours, though the longest has been a week (which was infuriating) The card works fine in a PC and, when the phone does recognise it, it works fine on the phone.

The main area I really need help with the freeing up memory so I can use my phone so if there is anything you can suggest that would be excellent. Sorry if I am repeating previous discussions.

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Sadly your 16GB statement has a hole in it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 12, 2013 6:55 AM PDT

If you read prior discussions (sorry, no links this week) you discover your 16GB is partially chewed up by the OS. And at some revision of Android you lost the capability of moving apps to the external 32GB card.

This is not a bug. Google designed it that way. You bring up a good point here and there but should everyone learn all the ins and outs of the OS?

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by Dubbiskelly / March 19, 2014 4:55 AM PDT

Hello Bob, i'm having similar issue. I'm having this "memory low" issue on the same phone.

Device memory: 1.97gb
Available memory:205mb

USB storage: 11.07gb
Available memory: 8.24gb

SD card:7.40gb
Available memory:2.39gb

The problem is that i just have very few applications. I can't have facebook and twitter application at the same time, i don't have games etc, so i really don't know why it keeps telling me memory low.
Is there a way i could save my downloads directly to USB storage? Please i really need your help with this.

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downloads directly to USB storage?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2014 5:00 AM PDT
In reply to: SOS

No. The OS and the Play Store are not programmed to do that. I dropped big hints this OS is unlike anything most folk have encountered and in my opinion the answer to your question is well done. The answer is no. It was not programmed to do that so it's up to the owner to either get by with even less apps or reset it from time to time so to blow out whatever is in the device and start fresh.

Yes you can read a lot about Android and how to manage apps and data but if I wrote that here I'd be duplicating the web. I must keep it short in this small text box.

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About that old messages bug.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 12, 2013 7:08 AM PDT
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Not sure you have understood my query...
by DAFTCHILD / April 12, 2013 5:08 PM PDT

I am aware that the OS takes up part of the internal memory, I am aware of the reasons why certain apps can not be rooted to the external SD card and I didn't consider my issue a bug.

My query is how I can get around it when I have moved/deleted everything I can. If there is no way around it, so essentially meaning that regardless of the size of the SD card, my Note is never capable of more than say 13gb, then I need to look at getting a new phone as my Note is now un-useable. However, I would rather not do this as I enjoy this phone and could do without the hassle of moving everything around.

I had no anticipated response date, I have posted this query of several forums to hopefully gather a wide range of responses. Thanks for responding

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 13, 2013 2:38 AM PDT

But if you were aware of that area and more, why ask? Is this a test of what folk know about Android?

I'm only one of many at an office writing android apps so I know a little more than average but there are bugs in this OS and I'd like to read answers to my questions too without any anticipated response date.

Partly why I ask is once in a while you find a person that was blissfully unaware this OS has issues.

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Sorry! My response sounded really snotty
by DAFTCHILD / April 13, 2013 5:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry

Ive just re-read my response and realised that I sounded really ungrateful for your help, sorry about that, I am grateful for anything you can help with.

The small amount I know about Android I only know from reading up on the internet, so its pretty limited. From what I can gather, I dont seem to have many options in terms of my USB memory in terms of what the phone companies want me to be able to do, as you said they have made it so it is not possible to use apps from your SD etc. What I probably should have mentioned is that I have read on a few sites that there are some quite technical things you can do to 'trick' the phone into thinking the SD card is USB memory. However I dont entirely trust these sites as I havent heard of them before and they werent Android specialists, they were more 'home made' technicians who were blogging what they had managed to do. I have used Cnet for many years for PC issues And it has always been really helpful, and thought perhaps this may be a better place to get confirmation on whether its possible and how tricky it is.

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No it was only a little odd.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 13, 2013 5:55 AM PDT

I read it and came away feeling you were doing some kind of poll.

The area of memory use in Android really upset folk when in some version (Ice Cream?) the move to SD Card either vanished or was severely curtailed.

As to what good the memory card (that one you added) is, I find it best to put bulky files such as videos and photos there.

I'm probably out of date but the app I use to move files around is ES File Explorer. Don't limit what you use for file management.

-> BUT and I must caution you here, I don't use ES File Explorer to manage the apps. For that I simply uninstall any app I can that I have not used in a few months. Some folk collect a few too many and run afoul of that messaging bug you noted at top.

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