Running out of free storage will hinder the optimal working of modern Smart gadgets, including Toshiba Fire TVs. But what if the critically low storage message pops up even if there's a ton of free storage left?
Fire TVs have garnered a fair bit of appreciation in the tech community for their amazing features and a prize that fits the bill.
Although, after using the device for around a year, I, like most users, got the prompt that the device is critically low on space even though the storage space has not run out.
If your Toshiba Fire TV is critically low on storage, delete unused apps and clear the app cache. Use an external storage device to enhance the storage space and store additional data. If the issue persists, check and update the TV firmware to the most recent version. If these don't work, factory reset the TV.
Below I'll explain how to execute these troubleshooting steps so that you can fix your Toshiba Fire TV that is critically low on storage.
Why Toshiba Fire TV Keeps Saying It Is Critically Low on Storage
Most Toshiba Fire TVs are built with very low storage space which is unsustainable for prolonged usage.
This is the reason why using the device for about a year gives you the prompt that Fire TV is critically low on storage.
Most Toshiba Fire TVs come out of the box with around 4GB of storage. Out of which 2.5GB is used up by the pre-installed content.
And such a low storage space leaves very little room for the users to move or store their data before the Fire TV cries "low storage".
Once there is not much storage for the device to operate, the device can get sluggish or ask you to downright remove content to operate further.
And as the saying goes, Prevention is better than cure. So the best thing you can do for optimal usage of your Toshiba Fire TV is to be aware of the storage limitations of your Fire TV.
Do not install apps or games that you are not going to frequently use on your Toshiba Fire TV.
Additionally, try not to save your photos, videos, or other media onto the Fire TV storage.
Instead, you can stream your content locally to your Fire TV by using a dedicated NAS drive.
To check how your Toshiba Fire TV has used up the space available for the device, do the following steps:
- Access the Fire TV home screen and click on the 'Settings' menu.
- Select 'My Fire TV'.
- Navigate to the 'About' menu.
- Now, scroll down to 'Storage' and you can see the available storage space on your Fire TV.
Before you proceed to any of the troubleshooting solutions mentioned in this article, go ahead and restart your device. Doing so may also help fix problems like color issues on Toshiba Fire TV.
The easiest solutions usually yield the most awesome results.
Clear App Cache Frequently
Every time you use an app on your Fire TV, the app creates temporary data on your device to optimize your experience the next time you use the app.
This is why even though you clear the app cache on your device, the next time you check available storage, it will be less than before.
Cache and app data build over time and cause your storage space to shrink. So you need to frequently clear the app and device cache on your Fire TV.
This also happens to be an effective solution for issues on Toshiba Fire TV.
To clear the app and cache data on your Toshiba Fire TV, follow the steps below:
- Open 'Settings' and navigate to 'Applications'.
- Click on 'Manage installed Applications'. This option will show you the list of applications on your device.
- Click on an application. You will see an option 'Clear Cache'. Click on it to remove the cache data of that application.
- Repeat the process with all applications to clear space for your Toshiba Fire TV.
Uninstall Unused Applications on Toshiba Fire TV
Unused applications are a big source from which you can reclaim storage space. It is worthwhile to clean up your Toshiba Fire TV if you have not taken the time to do it before.
Take an inventory of the apps that you have installed on your Toshiba Fire TV and uninstall any application that is not absolutely necessary or frequently used.
To view all the apps installed on your Toshiba Fire TV, follow the steps below:
- Go to 'Settings' on your Toshiba Fire TV and navigate to 'Applications'.
- Now, click on 'Manage installed Applications'. This screen should show you the list of apps installed on your Toshiba Fire TV.
- Click on an application and you will be able to uninstall the application from your Fire TV.
However, the annoying part about this is that you cannot uninstall Amazon's built-in apps such as Amazon Kids, Amazon Live shopping, Amazon Music, Amazon Photos, Alexa Shopping, IMDB TV, and Prime Video.
Keeping a check on your Fire TV disk space is important as low storage space can cause a lot of problems with respect to the functionality of the device.
If you intend on installing any application, you should check the available storage space left on the device.
Always leave a little bit of wiggle room for the device to operate optimally.
Low storage and cache buildup will render the apps not working on Toshiba Fire TV.
As soon as you see this prompt from your Toshiba Fire TV, clear disk space by uninstalling unused apps.
It is suggested to check disk space frequently if you want to continue with further installation of apps.
Some stubborn applications will retain files on your Fire TV even after you have uninstalled the app from your Fire TV.
Registry entries are left behind which causes corruption when you install the application the next time when you need it.
To bypass this issue, you can install third-party uninstallers to remove the applications that you uninstall completely. Oh, the irony!
Use an External Storage Device to Increase the Storage on Toshiba Fire TV
A workaround for the storage issue is to simply add an external storage space for your Fire TV to utilize.
This solution is especially for users who tend to download media files or transfer such hefty files from a computer to the Fire TV.
You can use a file manager to transfer files from your computer and manage the files on the Toshiba Fire TV.
Here's how to install a USB storage device on Toshiba Fire TV:
1. Connect the external storage drive to the TV through the USB port
2. A pop-up message will show up on the screen. Hit Continue.
3. The portable drive should be a FAT 32 formatted device. If you haven't formatted the drive in this format, do so now.
To access the external storage, go to Settings> About> Storage.
To move apps to the external storage drive, open up Settings> Applications> Manage Installed Applications> select an app> Move to External storage.
Toshiba Fire TVs sport a USB 3.0 port that supports external drives with up to 128 GB of storage capacity. You cannot connect an external hard disk to the TV, though.
Update Toshiba Fire TV
If your Toshiba Fire TV is showing you the critically low on storage space prompt even when there is available space on your Fire TV, it could be due to a glitch in the firmware.
The prompt repeating over and over again can be fixed by updating the firmware of the Toshiba Fire TV.
Make sure that you are always running the latest firmware to keep your Fire TV away from bugs and glitches and avoid the issue at hand and other issues like Toshiba Fire TV not finding cable channels.
To check and update your Toshiba Fire TV, follow the steps below:
- Open 'Settings' on your Toshiba Fire TV.
- Navigate and select 'My Fire TV'.
- Now, select 'About'.
- Here, you can check if there are any new updates available for your Toshiba Fire TV. Tap on 'Check for System Update'.
- If newer firmware is available, your Fire TV will show you the option to update the software. If not available, proceed on to the next troubleshooting solution.
If you have an update available and very limited storage space, you will have to clear some space for your Fire TV to download the files for the update onto the device.
If you have updated, check if doing so has resolved your storage prompt issue.
Updating the firmware version will also help alleviate issues such as Toshiba Fire TV turning OFF by itself and so on.
Factory Reset Toshiba Fire TV
If you have tried every troubleshooting solution in this article, then you are down to the last resort option, factory resetting the TV.
However, a factory reset of your Toshiba Fire TV will erase all personalized data and download content from your Fire TV.
With that said, follow these instructions to factory reset the Toshiba Fire TV:
- Navigate to the Home Screen of your Fire TV.
- Click on the 'Settings' option.
- Now, scroll to the right side till you find 'My Fire TV' or 'System'. Click on it.
- Navigate to 'Reset to Factory Defaults' and click on it.
- A prompt will show that 'You are about to reset your Amazon Fire TV to its original factory settings, and hence your sign-in information along with personal preferences will get deleted'.
- Confirm your choice to reset by clicking on 'Reset'.
Let the process take place and your Toshiba Fire TV will be reset.
Ultimately, the easiest thing you can do is to install a file manager and browse through all the files and apps on your Toshiba Fire TV to find out how your storage space has been allocated.
This is so because apps when uninstalled do not entirely remove all files associated with them. Using a file manager can show you these files that are stored on your storage drive.
You can also try force-stopping Amazon Photos app and putting it to sleep. This has helped a lot of users regain control over their available storage space.
You could also get in touch with the customer services of Amazon for further assistance.
Hope the solutions in this article have helped you get closer to accessing more of your storage space.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How to Lock Apps on My Fire TV?
To access the parental locks, follow the steps below:
- Use your remote to navigate to the Fire TV menu and go to 'Settings'.
- Go to 'Preferences' and select 'Parental Controls'.
- Type in your PIN and select the control you want to adjust.
Can You Close Apps on Fire TV?
Just because you close the app does not mean that you have stopped it from running in the background. To completely close apps on your Fire TV, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Select application > click on 'Force Stop'.
How Do I Disconnect My Phone from My Fire TV?
To disconnect your phone from your Fire TV, go to 'Manage Your Content and Devices' and log in to your account. Click on 'Devices' and select your device. Now, click on 'Deregister'.