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ZTE Storage Space, Security Warning & Data Usage

Hello Everyone,

Having lost my "simple" mobile phone, I was given a ZTE Blade L3 "smartphone." (I am not coping with it at all well!)

ZTE Blade L3
Android version: 5.0.2
Android Security patch level: 2016-01-01
Baseband Version: MOLY.WRB.W1449.MD.WG.MP.VI.P21,
Kernel Version: 3.10.54
Build Number: DIS_ES_B18DL_P182A20V1.0.4

It came with many apps already in it and after having assistance to download - Gmail, Yahoo, Notes, AVG Cleaner, Unit Converter and WhatsApp, there remained only 237MB out of a total of 2.13GB in the Internal Storage, which it seems is the mandatory location for any downloaded apps.

Being completely non-technical and also well past my sell-by date, I bought an SD card. I moved what apps that I was 'allowed' to move to the card and now there is 14.13GB available from a total of 14.83GB, hoping that I could use that - WRONG!!

I get the no available space notice and am not able to download anything any more.

I have a total ‘phone’ storage that is 2.75GB with 2.47GB available.

How can I either increase my Internal Storage to allow apps to be downloaded or how can I enable downloads to go to either my Phone Storage or my SD Card storage.

I would note here that the "Default Write Disk" options of Phone Storage and SD Card, make no difference when clicking the circle which produces a "dot" inside the circle alongside the name, downloads do not go to the chosen disk. So what does “Default Write Disk" really mean?

My second problem is - I don't know if I am allowed to include more than one question, please advise me if I should make these into a separate questions - is that if I open a newsletter from - for example, CNET - that has choices to click open an article, when I try to open the article my phone throws up a notice of -

"Security Warning - There are problems with the security certificate for this site." beneath are choices - "View Certificate" "Go Back" "Continue."

If I click "Continue" it repeatedly returns and blocks me from seeing the article.
How may I disable this from happening. For me, this is a trusted site which I have been going to for years on my pc.

Lastly, (Here, I imagine a sigh of relief!), could some kind soul explain in simple words what “Data Usage” really is.

As an example I shall use the figures that I gathered this morning.
Before I went to bed last night, Data Usage showed as 32.62MB and Battery Charge showed 95%. I cleared all the cache in every app, turned off the WiFi on the phone and put the phone to ‘sleep.’
This morning on opening the phone the Data Usage showed 32.66MB, Battery Charge showed 93%.

The following apps showed the following amounts in their cache –

AVG Cleaner 1.68KB: Google App 608B: Google Play Services 267KB: Google Play Store 17.3B.

I realise that KBs and Bs are infinitely small amounts, but how would they have accumulated even the smallest amount. Also, I clean the cache of the apps at sporadic times and often find there are some with many MBs showing. Many I do not even use like the Google Play Station and Play Store and Google maps, but they frequently show large amounts of MBs in their respective caches.
So basically, what is the cache and how do MBs enter it when it is not even used?

If the answer(s) are technical, please write the details in simple words!!

Thank you.



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Since you want simple I have to write

In reply to: ZTE Storage Space, Security Warning & Data Usage

This is the wrong phone for you. Android is too finicky for many when they hit storage issues like you noted. Time to shop for either an Android with a lot more base memory (my LG G4 starts with 32GB of base memory so I avoid all the troubles you listed here.

In short, wrong phone.

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Re: data usage

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That's the number of (mega)bytes sent from the carrier to you (via 3G, thus as part of your contract, not via WiFi).

If you feel better with a non-smart phone (so without Gmail, Yahoo, Notes, Unit Converter and WhatsApp, browser, Maps, and your choice of a million other apps, so just for calls and sms), better get that.
If you prefer to use apps on your phone, follow Bobs advice.

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ZTE Storage Space, Security Warning & Data Usage

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Hello Bob and Kees,
Thank you both for your replies.
(It is nice to see that you both have answered my questions - as you usually come to my aid with my pc problems!)
Bob, I realise it is the wrong phone, but for now, I have to continue to use it. I have to reserve my curiosity with the links in Cnet newsletters until I am able to open my pc or laptop due to this Security notice that prevents me, in order to read the articles!
Kees, Sorry to appear unintelligent, but I am not clear about how apps can gather KBs, Bs, or MBs in their cache if I have not used that app. From your answer, it would seem that my provider sends 'something' to my app, or my app searches for this 'something' without my knowledge. Do I need to be concerned about this 'filling up' of the cache?
I rather like the WhatsApp feature, and have used it to contact friends in different countries and without any charge! Something I was only previously able to do with emails, now I can actually have a phone call or a video call with them! I may therefore, struggle to learn more and cope better until I can obtain a phone with more room. Obviously I will not be able to use the large amount of free GBs in both my phone and SD card storage as these downloads only go to the Internal Storage, and from your answers it seems that that is not allowed to be changed.



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"downloads only go to the Internal Storage"

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This is when these smaller memory phones create more trouble than they are worth. While I might get by this by cleaning up the phone and opting to move the apps to SD cards, this is fiddly and doesn't always work. Some apps will move, some don't.

It's a mess and why I suggest bigger memory phones now. A lot of folk do not want to get into it today.

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"downloads only go to the Internal Storage"

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Hello Bob,
I tried to move all apps that I could from Internal Storage to the SD card. Only a very few were "allowed" to be moved, and those I could not move included some that I had downloaded myself - I have no idea why they are "Immovable."
Your comment on a bigger storage facility for apps etc is obviously the way to go. I shall keep putting money in my 'piggy-bank' and obtain another phone when I am able!!
Thanks for your views.



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