Critically low storage on Kindle Fire

I get a Critically low storage message, but cannot find where all the memory has gone.

There is 240 MB free of 5.62 GB.
When I add up the storage for the top level folders, I get less than half a GB.

The message leads me to a page to do an Archive. However, it then says there is nothing than can be archived.

I don't do much more than read books from BorrowBox.

How can I investigate further to find out what is going on?


  • Neil_Jones
    Neil_Jones Posts: 8,898 Forumite
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    Kindle Fire is repackaged Android so the most likely culprit is a massive data / cache somewhere for something installed on the device.
  • cerebus
    cerebus Posts: 628 Forumite
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    edited 2 July 2023 at 12:25AM
    Try some of these

    With such low space initially have you considered sticking in a Microsd card to expand storage?
  • Newcad
    Newcad Posts: 893 Forumite
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    edited 2 July 2023 at 5:17PM
    Apparently they stopped installing SD card slots?
    So if you have run out of storage your choices are to move content off it's storage to a PC or the Cloud - and then/or simply delete content that you have read -  to free up space for new stuff to read offline.

  • facade
    facade Posts: 7,006 Forumite
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    The kindle Fire tablet has a micro SD slot, the Kindle e-reader doesn't.

    Confusing that they call both products kindle - I made a similar mistake last week, confusing one with the other.

    If you put a micro Sd card in a kindle fire, you can set it up to expand the memory (you can't take it out or things stop working), or act as separate storage (you can take it out like a usb stick in a pc)
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science ;))
  • goodValue
    goodValue Posts: 390 Forumite
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    The makeuseof link did the trick.
    On the Fire I could see where the data was taken up.
    (I don't know why I couldn't see this on Windows file manager.
    This showed the Android folder as having only a couple of hundred MB?)

    The 5 GB was split almost equally between BorrowBox and System Applications.
    Though there was a button for deleting data on System Applications, this didn't have any effect.
    So I just got back about 2.5 GB from BorrowBox.

    My Fire is about 6 years old and does have an SD slot.
    I put one in shortly after buying the Fire, but took it out as it was never used.
    I'll have to find which drawer it went into.
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