Droid: “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 Motorola Droid these days. When you are receiving this message, you won’t be able to receive text messages.

The problem is likely happening because the Droid is out of internal memory space. 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.

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.


  1. Larissa says

    I’m having the same problem with my phone. I want my apps.. that’s the whole reason I bought my “smart phone” android needs to fix this!! I feel like I was mislead once again!!

  2. jack says

    Delete your Facebook app. It was the absolute solution to this problem. You don’t really need the
    app if you have internet access on your phone. So why use it?

  3. keith says

    Download “app cache cleaner” to clean cache in all apps to free enormous memory and also download “app2sd” which will enable you to both move apps to sd card and also clear cache. I cleared 14 megs just in goole maps cache.
    The android store personnel is of no help! They just want to sell you an upgraded phone.

  4. di says

    I am having the same issue! my phone actually deleted text messages upon itself somehow. I don’t even have alot of apps down loaded I do have memory card with space available WHAT else can I do?

  5. terrie geske says

    A samsing galaxy from straight talk and it keeps saying low phone storage and text memory full I have hardly any apps installed and I got a new sd card with 8 gigabyte and it is frustrating! I have maybe 5 or 6 apps downloaded and the rest were already in the phone and the rest are on my sd card do you know what I could do this is never happened before I’ve had this phone for 3 years

  6. sk8nfool says

    This is so bogus. Checking the storage on the phone (settings->SD card &phone storage) shows 12 MB of available space. Not only that I only have 7 txt messages saved and it still whines about text space being full. This is what folks are complaining about. Something is broken!

  7. marc says

    we shouldnt have to UNINSTALL apps just coz android has memory problems!
    there should be another way.

    I want to keep my apps!

  8. Mike says

    I didn’t read anyone suggesting this… it seems to have worked for me. I run several email accounts and delete emails often, they then reside in the TRASH folder until you delete them. Try deleting them and see what happens to your memory/storage issue. Unfortunately both of my email clients don’t have a way to DELETE ALL of these messages at once! REALLY?!?!?!? Hope this helps!

  9. Rochelle says

    It isnt just deleting messages. If the memory is being hogged by a large app, it will automatically stop texts from coming in. You need to figure out what is hogging your memory. NOT SPACE. 2 different things. I am having this problem right now. I wish I can delete the pre- apps. My phone cannot handle you tube so why must I keep it?

  10. Steve says

    What pisses me off is the fact i can’t uninstall Twitter and I don’t even use/have an account with Twitter. I wish I could uninstall some of these “pre-installed” apps from my Droid but I think I need to root it then i ca. their are tons of pre-installed apps I don’t even use or want on my phone and wish I could get rid of them because some of these pre installed apps are huge files and if it wasn’t for those unwanted apps I’d have more internal storage space on my phone.

  11. Snackie says

    What I never understand is when one person asks the question, every other moron has to add, “Yes, I am having the same problem too?” to the forum page. It is wasteful. Only those with a “solution” should add to this. I moved alot applications from “phone” to the “SD” card. You can go to setup utility under “applications”. You will also need to clear out downloaded files, cache, and old data.

  12. Eric says

    Did not work for me – it used to work even with only 5 MB of free internal storage but for some reason the memory full error started a few hours ago even though now I had deleted all messages and have 20+ MB free internal memory.. help!

  13. Droid User says

    Had the same problem with my original Moto Droid and deleting apps and all text messages did not work.

    What finally did work was deleting all data from the Twitter app. I had the Twitter for Android and Twidroyd on my phone, and deleting the data from Twitter for Android solved the “Low Storage” and “Text Memory Full” messages.

    Before doing this, I had roughly 15 MB of internal phone storage. After, over 75MB of internal phone storage. Twitter data was by far the biggest memory hog on my phone!

  14. Dimitrios Sounis says

    Thanks for you comment – why not offer a solution or some kind of approach to resolving this issue?

  15. Vickie says

    Not even close. This is way bigger a problem then deleting or moving a few programs will help.


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