Android: “Text Message Memory Full” Error Fix

Today I received a question in our comments section about the Text message memory full error message that seem to be common on the Android device these days. When you are receiving this message, you won’t be able to receive text messages.

The Messaging app doesn’t use SD card storage space to store messages. It uses the internal memory where apps and app information is stored. You will need to free some space using these steps.

Option 1 – Remove Apps

To free this space up and prevent this message, you can navigate to “Settings” > “Applications” > “Manage applications” and uninstall apps you don’t need, or move the apps to the SD card. Doing this with one or two apps should provide enough internal memory space to receive text messages again.

Option 2 – Move Apps to SD card

navigate to “Settings” > “Applications” > “Manage applications“, then swipe over to your “Downloaded” apps. From there, pick some apps and see if you can select the “Move to SD Card” option. Not all apps have this selection, but many will, and you can easily move them to the SD card and free some space.

Option 3 – Delete Pics and Videos

Open the “Gallery” app and see if you can lose some pictures or videos. Also check the “Messaging” app to see if you can delete some pictures or videos that have been sent and received. You can usually tap and hold an individual message to reveal the “Delete” or “Remove” option.


These are the best options for freeing space on your device. Do you have better ideas? Share them in the comments section.

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