How to Fix It When Fire Stick Is Low on Storage

Make space for apps for fix a critically low storage error

Fire Sticks have a limited amount of storage space, so it’s easy to find yourself with a critically low storage error. You can fix a Fire Stick that’s low on storage by clearing out data and removing unused apps, but the critically low storage error can persist even after you’ve cleared up some room. In some cases, the only way to fix a Fire Stick that’s low on storage is to reset it and start fresh.

Why Does My Fire Stick Keep Saying Critically Low Storage?

When your Fire Stick doesn’t have enough free storage space to support regular operation, you’ll receive a critically low storage error. You will also see an error if you install an app that your Fire Stick is low on storage. The best fix is to free up some storage space in both cases.

In some cases, the critically low storage error will persist even after you’ve cleared the device cache, removed unnecessary data, and deleted unused apps. When that happens, resetting the Fire Stick usually fixes the problem.

How Do I Free Up Space on My Fire Stick?

If you’re having trouble with a Fire Stick that’s low on storage, or you’re getting a critically low storage error, then you’ll need to free up some space. There are several ways to free up space, ranging from clearing app caches to removing apps. Resetting the Fire Stick also frees up space because it deletes everything and restores the Fire Stick to the same state it was in when you first got it.

Here’s how to free up space on a Fire Stick:

  1. Clear the cache. The easiest way to free up space on a Fire Stick is to clear the cache for each app you have installed. As you use apps on your Fire Stick, they store data on the device in a cache file. If you have a lot of apps, this can free up a lot of space.

  2. Delete apps. If you have a lot of apps on your Fire Stick, the best way to free up space is to delete ones you don’t use anymore. However, some apps take up more space than others, so you may have to delete several, or you may only have to delete one.

  3. Remove sideloaded files. Have you sideloaded apps to your Fire TV? You can free up space if you have by removing any sideloaded APKs or other files you no longer need.

    Use the same app you used to download and install your sideloaded apps. For example, if you used Downloader, you would open Downloader, select the Files option, then delete files you no longer need.

  4. Factory reset your Fire Stick. If you’ve freed up some space on your Fire Stick and still see the critically low storage error, then resetting your fire stick should fix the problem. Unfortunately, factory resetting a Fire Stick deletes everything, so you’ll have to set it up and download it all afterward.

    If the error persists after resetting, your Fire Stick’s storage may be damaged or malfunctioning. Constant Amazon customer support for additional assistance.

FAQ
  • How much storage space is on a Fire Stick?

    According to Amazon specs, a Fire Stick offers 8 GB of storage. However, only 4.5 GB of that is available for internal storage.

  • How do I check the storage space on my Fire Stick?

    Using the Fire TV Stick remote, go to Settings > My Fire TV > About. Next, navigate to the Storage section and look for Internal Space on the right pane.

  • Can I add more storage to my Fire Stick?

    You can add storage via a USB stick drive using an OTG adapter. Once you connect an OTG adapter to the Firestick and plug in the USB drive, go to Settings > My Fire TV > USB drive > Format to Internal Storage. When formatting is complete, click OK.

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