Insufficient Storage Space on Samsung TV: 4 Ways to Fix It

Insufficient Storage Space on Samsung TV: 4 Ways to Fix It

My Samsung TV was acting a little weird last week. 

First, the picture started flickering and then the TV froze altogether. I did a quick power cycle reset of my TV but the issues remained.

Another solution I could think of was to update the TV’s software to the latest version. So, I opened the TV’s settings and as expected, there was an update available. 

I immediately clicked on the download and install option. To my surprise, the download didn’t begin. Instead, it displayed a message saying there wasn’t enough storage space on the TV. 

Now that I knew the problem, I sat down to troubleshoot the solutions. 

I first started clearing the cache of the apps installed on my Samsung TV. But there were just too many apps to do this one by one. I needed an option that would let me clear the cache of all the installed apps.  

That’s where Samsung Smart Hub came to the rescue. In just a couple of clicks, I was able to solve the storage space issue on my Samsung TV. 

If there is insufficient storage space on your Samsung TV, open the Device Care menu in your TV’s settings, click on the Reset Smart Hub option, and enter the PIN of your TV. Resetting the Smart Hub will reset all downloaded apps and clear storage space on your Samsung TV.

Reset Samsung Smart Hub

Whenever you use an app, it stores some temporary data such as images, videos, and other files. This temporary data helps the app to function efficiently. However, over time, such temporary data can take up a significant amount of storage space on your Samsung TV.

Clearing the app cache removes the temporary data to free up storage space on your TV. 

The quickest way to clear app cache and free storage space on your Samsung TV is to reset the Samsung Smart Hub. 

Resetting Samsung Smart Hub clears all of the data associated with the installed apps including app preferences, login credentials, and other saved data. It also allows you to remove all of the apps that you’ve downloaded and installed on your TV.

Note: Resetting Smart Hub will also remove all of your personalized settings like custom app arrangement, wallpaper, and other settings. So before you reset Smart Hub, make sure to take note of your preferred settings and configurations, so that you can easily restore them after the reset.

To reset Samsung Smart Hub:

  1. Press the Home or Menu button on your Samsung TV remote.
  2. Navigate to the Settings menu.
  3. Scroll down to the Support tab.

Note: For some Samsung TV models, you may need to click on All Settings to find the Support tab.

  1. Click on Device Care.
  2. Select Reset Smart Hub.
  3. Enter the PIN for your TV. If you haven’t set a custom PIN, the default PIN should be 0000.

Note: For Samsung smart TV models older than 2016, the Smart Hub options can be directly found in the Menu option on the Home screen. 

It may take a few minutes to reset the Smart Hub. 

Once done, you will see a pop-up to Set Up your Samsung TV again. Click on the Setup option and go through the on-screen instructions to set up your Samsung smart TV. 

In case your Samsung TV won’t turn on, you can do a quick power cycle reset before turning it on again.

Clear App Cache and Data on Your Samsung TV

In case you do not want to clear the cache of all your apps at once, you can also clear them individually.

Here, the amount of space freed on your TV will depend on how much data the app was storing and how frequently you used the app. 

However, this process may get tiring if you have a large number of apps installed on your Samsung TV. 

To clear the cache of individual apps on your Samsung TV:

  1. Press the Home button on your Samsung TV remote.
  2. Navigate to the Settings option.
  3. Scroll down to the Support tab.
  4. Click on Device Care
  5. Select Manage Storage. Here, you will be able to see how much space is left on your TV and how much space each app consumes.
  6. Select the app that’s using the most space.
  7. Click on View Details.
  8. Click on Clear Cache.

This will remove the stored cache of that particular app. You can repeat the process for all the apps installed on your Samsung TV. 

Along with the temporary cache, apps also store data related to your usage and preferences. You can also remove this data from your Samsung TV by clicking on the Clear Data option. It will remove your account from the app and delete your login information, thus making the app the same as a newly installed one. 

Additionally, you can also delete apps that you don’t use from your Samsung TV. 

To delete apps from your Samsung TV:

  1. Open the Manage Storage menu.
  2. Select the app you wish to delete.
  3. Press Enter on your Samsung TV remote.
  4. Click on Delete located just below the internal storage details.

This will remove the app from your Samsung TV and erase all its data to free up storage space on your TV. 

Note: You won’t be able to delete some of the pre-installed apps on your Samsung TV. 

Factory Reset Your Samsung TV

A factory reset erases all user data from the device, including installed apps, user preferences, and stored files. It also reinstalls the device’s operating system, which can help to remove any unnecessary files and data that may have accumulated on the device over time. 

Factory resetting your Samsung TV can help to free up storage space and optimize the performance of your TV.

Note: A factory reset will erase all of your data and settings, and you will need to set up your device from scratch, which can be time-consuming. This should only be used as a last resort.

To factory reset your Samsung TV:

  1. Press the Home or Menu button on your TV remote.
  2. Navigate to Settings.
  3. Click on General.
  4. Scroll down to Reset.
  5. Enter your TV’s PIN if you have set one.

Note: The default PIN is 0000.

  1. Select Reset to confirm the action.

Your Samsung TV will now reset to its factory settings and restart automatically. Once your TV restarts, you follow the on-screen instructions to perform the setup and activation process. 

Last Workaround: Attach an External Storage to Your Samsung TV

If even factory resetting your Samsung TV doesn’t solve its storage space issues, you can try to increase the storage space of your TV by attaching an external storage device such as a USB drive or a hard drive.

However, not all Samsung TV models support attaching external storage. You can always check your TV’s manual or online support resources to see if your TV supports one.

To use an external storage device with your Samsung TV, all you need to do is plug one into the USB port of your Samsung TV. 

You can then either install the new apps directly to the external storage or move existing apps to it.

To install new apps to the external storage on a Samsung TV:

  1. Open the apps store on your Samsung TV.
  2. Select the app you wish to download.
  3. Click on Install.
  4. When prompted, select the installation location as External Storage.

Your app will now be installed and ready to use.

Similarly, you can also move existing apps to your external storage to free up some internal storage space on your Samsung TV. 

To move apps to external storage:

  1. Open the Manage Storage menu on your Samsung TV.
  2. Go to the app you wish to move.
  3. Click on View Details.
  4. Click on Move to External Storage.

Note: Not all apps can be installed on the external storage. Some apps may not even function properly when installed in external storage. 

Once you install or move any apps to the external storage, you will always need to keep the external storage device connected to use those apps. If you disconnect the device, you won’t be able to use those apps until you reconnect the external storage. 

So, my advice would be not to install frequently used apps on external storage. 

Never Run Out of Storage Space on Your Samsung TV

Storage space is an important consideration when it comes to Samsung TVs. It not only affects the performance of the TV, but also limits the number of apps and files that you can store on the device. 

To manage storage space on your Samsung TV, you can try clearing app cache, deleting unnecessary files, or uninstalling unused apps. 

You may also be able to expand the storage space by using external storage devices, such as USB drives or external hard drives.

The way I optimize storage space on my Samsung TV is by regularly reviewing the apps and files stored on my TV. Oftentimes we download a movie on Netflix and forget about it. Or we install an app thinking we would need it, but we never use the app. 

All these fill up the storage space on our TV.

So, at the end of each month, I sit down to review which apps and files are consuming the most space. And then I dive deeper into those apps to check whether it has anything that can be deleted. 

This simple activity helps me keep enough free space on my Samsung TV so it can function without a glitch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I keep running out of storage space on my Samsung TV?

You may run out of storage space on your Samsung TV if you have installed too many apps, downloaded large files, or stored a lot of data on your TV.

What do I do if Samsung Smart Hub is not working?

If you are experiencing issues with Samsung Smart Hub, you can try resetting the Smart Hub, checking your internet connection, or contacting Samsung Support for assistance.

What if the storage space problem isn’t solved?

If you are not able to solve the storage space problems on your Samsung TV, you can use a Fire Stick, Roku, or other streaming devices with your Samsung TV. 

About the author

Maria Chan, or MC, as we call her, is the genius girl-boss who gave up on her cushy silicon-valley job to grind it out with us. Her undying pursuit of wanting Zeebox to the best makes it very clear that she has no interest in running a generic tech-site.

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