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Troubleshoot issues related to low internal memory on your Samsung Galaxy S III

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2013

This article helps you troubleshoot low internal memory issues on your Samsung Galaxy S III.

You may have low internal memory issues if your device is:

  • Displaying low memory error messages
  • Unable to install applications
  • Freezing or unresponsive

These steps help identify and resolve the underlying cause. After completing each step, test to see if the issue is fixed. If not, continue to the next step.

Low memory issues arise when you have too many applications on your Samsung Galaxy S® III or when you need to clear your application cache.

  1. Verify you have available memory using Sprint Zone.

    The Sprint Zone application can help identify the cause of low memory issues.

    1. Access Sprint Zone.
    2. Tap My Device.
    3. Tap Dashboard.
    4. Scroll to and tap Storage.
    5. Tap App Storage.
    6. Tap Running to view applications and processes that are currently consuming system memory and storage.
    7. Try closing an application, and if you no longer use an application, uninstall it.
    8. Test your device to see if the issue is resolved.
  2. Uninstall unused applications.

    Sprint recommends that you uninstall unused applications when possible. It helps free up internal memory and can improve device performance.

    Uninstall an application.

    Note: Your Samsung Galaxy S III comes with some pre-installed applications that you can't uninstall.

  3. Clear application cache.

    Each application has a cache of temporary files that may be taking up memory.

    Try clearing the application cache from your larger applications to free up space.

    Continue to clear the cache on the rest of your apps.

    You may not be able to clear the cache for every application.

    Rarely, an application may not function as expected afterward.

    Be sure you clear only the application cache and not the application data.

    • If you clear the application data, you remove your personal settings and info such as login information and high scores.
    • If you clear the application cache, you don't remove your personal settings or information.

    Clear application cache.

  4. Perform a soft reset.

    A soft reset deletes any temporary files and can potentially free up internal memory.

    1. Press and hold the Power key, tap Power off, and then tap OK to turn your Samsung Galaxy S III off.
    2. Remove the battery. After 30 seconds, reinsert the battery.
    3. Press and hold the Power key to turn your Samsung Galaxy S III back on.
    4. Test your device to see if the issue is resolved.

Note: To optimize device performance, be sure your Samsung Galaxy S III is running the most recent device software. Check for software updates.

If you're still having issues, try our community pages for the Samsung Galaxy S III or make an appointment at a nearby Sprint Repair center for more help.

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