Almost every modern smart TV that is out there lets you install apps onto it. All of this is possible simply because these TVs come with built-in storage twitch you can use to install various apps that you like. Some TVs also come with apps that have been preinstalled on your TV’s internal storage. While it might be helpful if you make use of such apps, the download only begins when you might want to install other apps or download an update to your TV, only to realize that you have run out of storage space. This is a very common issue on Samsung Smart TVs and today we will be taking a look at how to fix insufficient storage space on Samsung Smart TV.
Samsung’s range of smart TVs is great. They do work perfectly and have a great video output. However, one of the things that put the range of TVs from Samsung down is the lack of storage space. You see, even though these TVs have built-in storage, it is usually occupied by a large number of pre-installed apps that simply cannot be uninstalled. In such situations, the user is able to simply install anywhere between two to three apps at the most. In this guide, we will be taking a look at various troubleshooting methods that you can follow to solve the insufficient storage on your Samsung Smart TV.
Fix Insufficient Storage Space Issue on Samsung Smart TV
Storage issues are very common on the older Samsung Smart TVs that have been released between 2017 and 2019. While the newer Smart TVs from Samsung have enough storage space, that doesn’t mean that you won’t run out of storage space ever. So, here are troubleshooting fixes that you need to follow to solve the storage space issue.
Reset Samsung Smart Hub
The Smart Hub on a Samsung Smart TV is where all your account details, as well as your installed apps data, are stored. Now, it could be possible that something from the Smart Hub might be causing his issue. In this case, you can easily reset the Samsung Smart Hub. You need to know that when you reset the Samsung Smart Hub, you will have to sign in to all of your apps accounts again including signing in again with your Samsung account. So, make sure that you have all of the passwords in hand when you will have to sign into the apps again.
Samsung 2012 E/HS/ES Models
- Grab the remote and press the Smart Hub button on it.
- Navigate over to Tools followed by Settings.
- Now, choose the Reset option.
- Smart Hub will now be reset.
Samsung 2013 F Models
- Press the Menu button on the remote.
- Select the Smart Hub option
- And finally, select Smart Hub Reset.
- The Smart Hub on your TV will now be reset.
Samsung 2014 H/HU/F Models
- On your remote, press the Menu button.
- Now, select Smart Features
- You will see an option that reads Reset Smart Hub.
- Select it to reset the Smart Hub on your TV.
Samsung 2015 J/JU/JS Models
- Press the Menu button on your remote.
- Navigate and select the Smart Hub.
- Scroll and select the option that reads Reset Smart Hub.
- The Smart Hub on your 2015 Samsung TV will now be reset.
Samsung 2016 – 2019 Models
- Grab your TV remote and press the Home button.
- Now, select the Settings gear icon on the Smart Hub.
- With the Settings menu open, scroll and select the Support icon.
- You will see an option that says Self Diagnosis, select it.
- All you need to do is to scroll down and choose the Reset Smart Hub option.
- You will be asked to enter a PIN here.
- The default PIN is 0000.
- Once the PIN has been entered, the Smart Hub on your Samsung Smart TV will be reset.
Samsung 2020 – 2021 Models
- Press the Home button on your Samsung TV remote.
- The Smart Hub will now open up on your TV.
- Select the Settings icon in the lower-left corner.
- Select Support, followed by Device care under the Settings menu.
- The screen will now display the Device care screen. Select the Self Diagnosis option.
- You will see several options here. Choose the Reset Smart Hub option.
- The TV will ask you to enter the PIN.
- Enter the default PIN i.e. 0000.
- Once you have entered the PIN, the Smart Hub will now be reset to its factory defaults.
How to Free up Space on Samsung Smart TV – Clear App Cache and Data
The newer Samsung TVs from 2020 and 2021 have an option where you can clear the app’s data and cache files from your TV. You can follow these steps to clear the Cache and App data.
- Press the Home button on your TV remote.
- Now, select Settings from the Smart Hub.
- Scroll down and select the Support tab in the Settings menu.
- Next, you will have to select the Device Care option.
- Your TV will now perform a scan. The scan will be done quickly.
- Once the scan has been completed, you will have to select Manage Storage.
- It will now show you a list of all the apps that are installed on your Samsung TV. Choose the apps you want to delete.
- Highlight the app and select the View Details option.
- The View Details screen will display details such as the total app size, data stored, and cache size.
- To the right, you will see buttons that read Clear Cache and Clear Data.
- Select the option that you want to perform.
- Once you have selected the option, the related information for the app will be cleared from your TV.
Uninstall Apps from your Samsung Smart TV
The other way to get more storage on your TV is by Uninstalling apps that you do not use. You will have to note that apps that come pre-installed on your TV cannot be uninstalled. So you will be able to only remove apps that you have downloaded to your Samsung TV. Now, different Samsung Smart TVs have different methods to uninstall apps. You can follow this guide on how to delete apps on any Samsung Smart TV.
Factory Reset Your Samsung TV
The most sensible option that you can always perform at the end is to factory reset your Samsung Smart TV. what this will do is ti will clear all of the apps and data and bring your TV to the factory settings. This means that you will have to set it up as if you just unboxed your new Samsung Smart TV. Again, different Samsung Smart TVs have different methods of performing a factory reset. We have our guide here on how to factory reset any Samsung Smart TV. You can read through it to perform a factory reset.
Connect a USB Drive
Even after performing all the above troubleshooting steps if you are unable to get rid of the storage insufficient message, the best you can do is to connect a USB drive to your TV. Yes, by connecting the USB drive to your Samsung Smart TV, you will be able to install your apps to the external storage and view them without any issues.
This concludes the various troubleshooting methods that you can follow in case your Samsung Smart TV displays insufficient storage available message. However, if you are someone that has bought a brand new TV, you could try to return it to the place of purchase provided the return period didn’t get over.
However, if your Smart TV is still under the warranty period, you can always contact Samsung Customer Service to get help with your TVs storage issue. They will either have an engineer sent over to assess the issue or they would remotely access your TV and diagnose the issue. We hope this guide has helped you in solving the storage issue, If you have faced similar issues, do share your experience on what was done and how it was resolved in the comments section below.
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