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How to fix Amazon Fire TV critically low on storage

Updated at 09 Apr 2022

Amazon Fire TV Stick, the best streaming device, allows you to stream TV shows, download apps, and stream music. However, just like other streaming devices, it has some limitations. If you download more apps on your Fire TV Stick devices, it will display the "Amazon Fire TV Stick Critically low on Storage" message.

This "critically low storage" error is annoying because it can't be fixed by simply clearing the cache usually(which would be the easiest solution and we'll cover it too!).

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Clear some space on your hard drive

First, let's try the most popular solution till we get to some more complex ones. In most of the cases, when your Fire TV low on storage, it leads to problems like this you're getting now. It's crucial that you monitor your disk space periodically. The apps' downloading process is dependent on disk space: in one moment the other error may appear, saying that you don't have enough disk space to install the app. Before downloading any applications, you can check the storage it will take on Amazon Fire Stick. Otherwise, some day you will get a message saying, "Your Disk Space is running critically low" if it gets full.

How to check the Amazon Fire TV/Firestick disk space

  1. Go to the Amazon File TV Stick Storage menu and select "My Fire TV Stick".
  2. Click on "About".
  3. Navigate to Storage.
  4. To see Storage information, please look to the right.

We recommend the next options if you don't think that removing disk space is enough. Or, if you're still getting the "critically low on storage" error on your Fire/Firestick TV.

Check the version of your Amazon device

The old device is one of the main reasons Amazon Fire TV has critically low storage. Amazon Fire TV's older version has less storage space than the latest version of it. If you use an older version of the Fire TV Stick, and it is showing the "critically low storage" errors, then you may purchase a newer version of the Firestick via the Amazon App Store.

Amazon Fire TV check the version

But, of course, it's the option you always have. Let's try something else, too.

Uninstall unused applications

The apps on you device take space, so sometimes monitor what you can remove, to avoid this "Amazon Firestick critically low on storage" error in the future.

  • Make sure that your Firestick is connected and on.
  • Open settings from your home screen by pressing the gear icon in the upper-right corner.
  • Next, press "Applications" and select "Manage installed applications."
  • Scroll down until the application that you wish to delete is found.
  • Click on "Uninstall" to open the app.
  • A message appears that is asking you to confirm that you want to remove the app. Click "Uninstall" again.
  • The app will be deleted in a matter of seconds. You can delete one or more of the pre-installed apps if your Firestick is experiencing performance problems due to insufficient storage.

You can also delete any pre-installed applications from your Firestick using your remote. Here's how to do it:

  • Make sure that your Firestick device has been turned on and is connected.
  • Hold the "Home" button on your remote.
  • Click on the "Apps" option
  • Pick the app that you gonna uninstall from your Fire TV, and then click the "Options" button.
  • Click "Uninstall."
  • The TV will ask you if you're sure with removing the app you chose. Click "Uninstall."
  • A third-party app is another way to remove pre-installed applications from your Firestick device. You can use different file managers to customize, delete, or install your Firestick apps.

You may try ES File Explorer as it is one of the most widely used file managers. Or, you can install any other file manager. Below are the steps to delete pre-installed applications using the former.

  • Install the ES File Explorer if you don't already have it. It can be found on the Amazon App Store.
  • After you have installed the app, you can open it.
  • Press "Library."
  • Click "App".
  • Select the app that you wish to delete. The app's icon will have a green checkmark at its bottom-right corner.
  • In the bottom menu, press "Uninstall".
  • Then, you'll be asked whether you wish to delete the app. Click "Ok".

Which apps can I delete from Firestick?

Amazon Firestick comes pre-installed with many apps. Not all apps will have an "Uninstall" option. You may need some apps to work with your Firestick. These apps ensure that the Firestick runs smoothly and without interference.

Firestick also comes with several pre-installed anti-bloatware apps. Bloatware refers to apps that aren't necessary for the device's smooth functioning and performance. Even if you aren't using them, these apps can occupy space on your Firestick. Weather apps, games, and sports apps are just a few examples. Amazon Firestick lets you delete apps that are not necessary to your device. This frees up space for more useful apps.

Clear the cache from a Firestick

Sometimes, simply getting rid of unneeded apps won't solve the problem. To free up disk space, you may need to clear the cache and delete app data. What are cache and app data, and where did they come from? Your Fire TV Stick device will get older as you continue to install and use apps. This causes data to be generated in the background.

Amazon Fire TV clear cache to fix low on space issue

This data, known as a cache file, takes up space on your Fire TV Stick device. These files can make your Fire TV Stick work better, but they also fill up storage space quickly, which can lead to the "Fire Stick low in storage" error. Follow the steps below:

  • Verify that your Firestick is connected properly to your device.
  • To access the settings, press the gear icon in the upper-right corner.
  • Click on "Applications" and then click "Manage Installed Applications."
  • Scroll down to select the app you wish to clear the cache.
  • Click "Clear cache".

Reset Your Amazon Firestick

Use this option if you're okay with losing data and all the preferences.

Reset Amazon Fire TV to factory defauls

Follow these steps to reset the device to factory defaults:

  • To navigate to the home screen, click on the Home button
  • Click on the Setting option.
  • Scroll to the right, and you'll find My fire TV/System. Click on it.
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  • Scroll down until you see the "Reset to Factory defaults" option. Click on it.
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  • A message will appear warning you, "You are about to reset your Amazon Fire TV factory settings to their default settings. Your profile information and personal preferences will be deleted."
  • Click on Reset.

Change your Amazon profile

Let's suppose you didn't reset your Firestick as you don't want any of your apps or data to be lost. Maybe your FireStick wasn't as space-efficient as you hoped. Which is the next step?

You can have multiple profiles on your FireTV. Although it is not possible to have two working profiles on an Amazon FireStick, you can switch between them to see whether the "critically low storage space error" disappears.

Uninstall the Kodi app

Kodi is an excellent app. However, it does require a lot of storage to run. Many users reported that they had fixed the "Fire Stick low in memory" issue by uninstalling Kodi and then reinstalling it. Many users have achieved the same result by using the Clear Data or Clear Cache actions in the Kodi app.

This error can also be fixed by rooting a Firestick. If you know your way around rooting your FireStick device and connecting it to your computer, then you should look for the location marked /data/data/com.amazon.tv.launcher/databases/mbcacche.db.



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