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How to increase storage for Android Emulator? (INSTALL_FAILED_INSUFFICIENT_STORAGE)

Posted by: admin March 10, 2020 Leave a comment


I get this sometimes(not often) for one of my projects, couple of classes only

How do I increase emulator’s storage?

How to&Answers:


This answer is, as I write this, nearly eight years old, and about five years stale. But it’s still (as I write this) the “accepted” answer, because it answered the question when it was asked.

The newer answer, that applies to the newer Android Studio tools, can be found here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/35828035/62 — it’s a great answer with screen shots. If you’re using Android Studio, ignore the Eclipse answer below.

Original Eclipse-based Answer

I was searching for the answer to this question, and was unsatisfied with the above answers. But then I found the answer, so here it is for future reference:

To summarize (and clarify), in Eclipse, go to “Debug Configurations”. You can find that in the drop-down under the “debug” icon. Select “target”, and select a preferred emulator target to launch. Then under “additional emulator command line options,” add this:

-partition-size 1024

Then CLOSE the emulator (and remove any devices), and click the debug icon, which will launch the preferred emulator you selected. This is important: Eclipse needs to launch the debugger, not AVD.

That fixed the problem for me.


On Android Studio

Open the AVD Manager.

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Click Edit Icon to edit the AVD.

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Click Show Advanced settings.

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Change the Internal Storage, Ram, SD Card size as necessary.
Click Finish.

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Confirm the popup by clicking yes.

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Wipe Data on the AVD and confirm the popup by clicking yes.

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Important: After increasing the size, if it doesn’t automatically ask you to wipe data, you have to do it manually by opening the AVD’s pull-down menu and choosing Wipe Data.

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Now start and use your Emulator with increased storage.


Add the following to the avd config.ini


Let me know if this works for you also.

I added in the line Add Data Partition Size Configuration
Screen Shot of AVD Storage Space being increased


Run AVD Manager

Select your AVD and click “Details…” button.

In my case AVD Manager sets disk size as


This invalid value, disk is approx 500MB despite numbers specified.

Go to AVR’s folder by path in “AVD details”.

Edit it in config.ini to


and remove all .img files.


I was doing an install of an apk:

adb install /home/me/jones_android-arm.apk

And I was getting an error message telling me that


was too big. Using the sdk tools from r15, and ADT 15 I was able to use the AVD manager
to manipulate some of my existing emulator’s settings:

Window-> AVD Manager -> (select you virtual machine) -> Edit

then going to the Hardware properties window just below “Skin:” I was able to select
with the Hardware: New button ‘Ideal size of partition’. I was not, however, able to
set the value other than to ‘0’. Undaunted, I went to my ${HOME}/.android/avd directory
There was a ‘MyVm.avd’ directory. Going into that directory I found a ‘config.ini’
file. There was the entry :


I set this to:


.. then went back to the AVD Manager, selected MyVm, selected ‘Start’, opted to
wipe user data win the dialog following, and was able to run and install.


avd manager has an option “ideal size of system partition”, try setting that to 1024MB, or use the commandline launch option that does the same.

fyi, I only encountered this problem with the 4.0 emulator image.


Just start emulator by command line as follow:

emulator -avd <your avd name> -partition-size 1024 -wipe-data


this problem comes with android 1.5 .. try 2.0 or 2.1 or 2.2


<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
android:installLocation="preferExternal"   // this line can work for  Installation error:            //                                             // INSTALL_FAILED_INSUFFICIENT_STORAGE


I’m a beginner, but I had that problem while playing around with the “Hello Grid View”. I was trying to use my own photos, which were all very large in file size.

The quick fix was to reduce the number of photos, thus reducing the size of the APK file.

But, I guess my follow up question for anybody else who hits this thread is this: How do I attach large files like JPGs and MP3s to an app and make sure they save on the SD Card so the APK remains small?


you need to increase virtual memory of emulator

How to increase virtual memory of emulator

emulator -avd “Emulator Name” -partition-size 2024

after then try to install your apk


Update your settings in AVD Manager and start the device by enabling ‘Wipe user data’. This worked for me.


To resize the storage of the Android emulator in Linux:

1) install qemu

2) Locate the directory containing the img files of the virtual machine. Something like ~/.android/avd/.avd and cd to it.

3) Resize the ext4 images: i.e. for growing from 500Mb to 4Gb execute

qemu-img resize userdata.img +3.5GB
qemu-img resize userdata-qemu.img +3.5GB

4) grow the filesystem:

e2fsck -f userdata.img
resize2fs userdata.img
e2fsck -f userdata-qemu.img
resize2fs userdata-qemu.img

5) For the sd card image, optional: rescue the data:

mkdir 1
mount -o loop sdcard.img 1
cp -a 1 2
umount 1

6) resize the image from 100Mb to Gb:

qemu-img resize sdcard.img +3.9GB

7) re-generate the filesystem:

mkfs.vfat sdcard.img

8) optional: restore the old data:

mount -o loop sdcard.img 1
cp -a 2/* 1
mount -o loop sdcard.img 1 


I guess you should restart the emulator with “emulator -wipe-data -avd YourAvdName” or check “Wipe User Data” in run configuration if you are using Eclipse.

I am facing the same issue right now.


The only time I’ve seen this happen it was when the host filesystem was basically out of space. Do you have much free space on the filesystem where the VM’s filesystem is stored?


It is defenetly not a appropriate answer, but it is a small hint.

If you want to make use of static files in your App. You should put them as resources or as assets.
But, if U have memory concerns like to keep your APK small, then you need to change your App design in such a way that,

instead of putting them as resources, while running your App(after installation) you can take the files(defenately different files as user may not keep files what you need) from SD Card. For this U can use ContentResolver to take audio, Image files on user selection.

With this you can give the user another feature like he can load audio/image files to the app on his own choice.


you can start the one when selecting one item from the left tree “virtual device” in AVD manager dialog on the platform of eclipse, the start UI has the option “Wipe User Data”


The following approach worked for me

  1. Navigate to your android SDK/tools folder in the terminal window (in case you didn’t added the path for it)

  2. Make sure the virtual device you’re planning to clean is powered off.

  3. Run the command “./emulator -wipe-data -avd YourAvdName” where YourAvdName is the name of your virtual android device


Try choosing project -> clean. A simple clean may fix it up.