If you’re an Insignia Fire TV owner, you might have experienced the frustration of running out of storage space.
Both Fire TV Edition and Fire TV Stick come with limited storage, which can quickly fill up with app downloads, system updates, and cached data.
When your Insignia Fire TV storage is full, you might not be able to download new apps, update existing ones, or even watch your favorite shows without experiencing buffering or lagging issues.
But don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many Insignia Fire TV users have faced this problem as well, and there are solutions available to help you free up space and optimize your device’s performance.
In this guide, I’ll explore the reasons why your Insignia Fire TV storage might be full, and provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to manage and free up your storage space effectively.
Why is My Fire TV Saying Storage Full?
Should you possess an Insignia Fire TV and come across a “storage full” notification, it means that your device is running out of space. This can happen for a number of reasons, including:
- Apps taking up too much space: If you’ve installed a lot of apps on your Fire TV, they could be taking up a significant amount of storage space. Some apps, especially games, can be quite large and take up several gigabytes of space.
- Cached data: Many apps store cached data on your device to speed up performance and reduce load times. Over time, this cached data can accumulate and take up a significant amount of storage space.
- System files: Like any other device, your Fire TV has system files that are necessary for it to function properly. While these files don’t take up a lot of space individually, they can add up over time and contribute to the “storage full” message.
- Media files: If you’ve downloaded a lot of movies, TV shows, or other media files onto your Fire TV, they could be taking up a significant amount of storage space.
It’s important to note that the amount of storage available on your Fire TV can vary depending on the model you have.
For example, the Insignia Fire TV Edition comes with 8GB of internal storage, while the Fire TV Cube is packs 16GB of onboard storage
If you’re seeing a “storage full” message on your Fire TV, it’s important to take action to free up space. Otherwise, you may not be able to install new apps or download new content.
Check how to solve this in a few simple steps.
How to Fix Insignia Fire TV Storage Full
Clear the Apps Cache Data
If you’re running out of storage space on your Insignia Fire TV, one of the easiest ways to free up some space is by clearing the cache data of your installed apps.
Cache data is temporary data that apps create to quickly access frequently used functions.
However, this cache can build up over time and cause your storage to get used up. You routinely might need to clear App cache.
Particularly those that accumulate a substantial amount of cached data over time. To clear the cache data of an app on your Insignia Fire TV, follow these steps:
- Press the Home button on your remote to open the device’s main screen.
- Select the Settings option (a gear icon).
- In the Settings menu, select Applications.
- From the options on the Applications page, choose Manage Installed Applications.
- Select the app you want to clear the cache for.
- Select Clear Cache, and then Clear Data if you want to remove locally stored app data.
Note that clearing the data will remove any locally stored data for the app, including login information, preferences, and other app-specific data.
So, be sure to only clear the data for apps that you don’t mind losing your data for.
Uninstall Unused Apps
Another easiest way to free up space on your Insignia Fire TV is to uninstall apps that you don’t use. Here’s how to do this:
- From the Fire TV home screen, navigate to Settings.
- Select Applications.
- Scroll down and select Manage Installed Applications.
- You will see a list of all the apps that you have installed on your Fire TV. Select the app that you want to uninstall.
- Select “Uninstall” and confirm that you want to uninstall the app.
Keep in mind that some apps may be necessary for your Fire TV to function properly, so be careful not to uninstall any essential apps. Only delete the unused ones.
Additionally, if you uninstall an app and later decide that you want to use it again, you can always reinstall it from the device App Store.
Power Cycle Your Insignia Fire TV
After clearing some cache data and removing unused applications, try to power cycle your Insignia Fire TV to refresh the device and give it a fresh start.
This is a simple process that can often resolve many issues with your device as well.
It is important to note that power cycling your Insignia Fire TV will not delete any of your saved data or settings. It’s a simple restart.
To power cycle your Insignia Fire TV, follow these steps:
- Unplug the TV power cord from the wall outlet.
- Wait at least 30 seconds.
- Plug the power cord back safely.
- Turn on the TV.
After power cycling your Insignia Fire TV, check your device storage capacity and confirm if the storage full problem has disappeared.
If it has not, you may need to try other troubleshooting steps.
It is important to note that power cycling your Insignia Fire TV will not delete any of your saved data or settings. It simply resets the device and can often resolve minor issues.
Disable Amazon Photos
Amazon photos allows you to store your photos in the cloud and access them on your Fire TV, but it can also take up valuable storage space on your device.
To disable Amazon Photos, go to Settings on your Fire TV, select Applications, then select Amazon Photos. From there, you can access Amazon Photos and disable it.
Keep in mind that if you use your own photos as a screensaver, disabling Amazon Photos will also disable that option.
Another thing to check is if there are any updates available for your Fire TV device which leads us to the next troubleshooting method.
Update Your Insignia Fire TV
Updating your device can also help with the storage problem you’re currently experiencing.
This can free up some space, improve performance and add new features at the same time.
To check if your Insignia Fire TV is up to date, go to Settings >> My Fire TV >> About >> Check for Updates. If an update is available, select Download and Install.
If you’re having trouble updating your Insignia Fire TV, try restarting your device and checking for updates again.
Use a USB Drive as a Storage Option
If you happen to be running out of storage on your Insignia Fire TV, you can add external storage to your device by using a USB drive.
This will allow you to store more apps, games, and media files on your Fire TV without worrying about running out of space.
Here are the steps to add external storage to your Insignia Fire TV:
- Plug in a USB drive into one of the USB ports on your Insignia Fire TV.
- Go to Settings from the home screen of your Fire TV.
- Select Device & Software and then USB Drive.
- Format the USB drive to be used as internal storage.
- This will erase all data on the USB drive, so make sure to backup any important files before proceeding.
- Once the USB drive is formatted, select Move apps to USB storage to move your apps and games to the USB drive.
Note that not all USB drives are compatible with Insignia Fire TV. Make sure to use a USB drive that is at least 1GB in size and has a transfer speed of 480 Mbps or higher.
If you’re facing an issue as the TV won’t recognize the USB drive, check how to fix it here.
Also, keep in mind that the USB drive will be formatted to work with your Insignia Fire TV and cannot be used with other devices unless reformatted.
Restore Your Insignia TV to Default Settings
If you’ve tried everything to free up storage space on your Insignia Fire TV and still can’t seem to get enough, restoring your TV to its default settings may be your best option.
This will wipe all data from your TV and return it to its original state, which can help resolve any storage issues you’re facing.
To restore your Insignia Fire TV to its default settings, follow these steps:
- Go to the Settings menu on your TV.
- Scroll down to My Fire TV and select it.
- Choose Reset to Factory Defaults and confirm your selection.
- Wait for your TV to reset, which may take a few minutes.
Once your TV has reset, you’ll need to set it up again as if it were brand new.
This includes connecting it to your Wi-Fi network, signing in to your Amazon account, and downloading any apps or games you want to use.
It’s important to note that restoring your Insignia Fire TV to its default settings will erase all data, including your login information, downloaded apps, and saved preferences.
Be sure to back up any important data before resetting your TV.
If you’re still experiencing storage issues after resetting your TV, you may need to consider expanding your storage with an external hard drive or USB drive.
Check out this detailed guide on how to use a USB drive on Insignia Fire TV.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I move apps to USB on Insignia Fire TV?
To move apps to USB on your Insignia Fire TV, you can follow these steps:
- Insert a USB drive into one of the USB ports on your Insignia Fire TV.
- Navigate to Settings on your Fire TV home screen.
- Select Applications.
- Select Manage Installed Applications.
- Select the app you want to move to USB.
- Select Move to USB Storage.
How do I completely close apps on Fire TV?
To completely close apps on your Fire TV, you can follow these steps:
Access the Fire TV Settings and go to Applications. Select Manage Installed Applications. Go to the app you’d like to close completely and click on it. In the app options menu, select Force close and confirm your action.
What happens when you clear app data on Fire TV?
When you clear app data on your Fire TV, you are essentially resetting the app to its default state. This means that any settings, preferences, and cached data will be deleted.
You will need to re-enter any login information or customize the app again if necessary.
Does Insignia Fire TV have a USB port?
Yes, most Insignia Fire TV has two USB ports located at the back of the TV. You can use these ports to connect USB drives, keyboards, or other compatible accessories.