My Nokia Lumia 520 has given me fewer problems than any smartphone I’ve ever owned. The Windows Phone OS is a lot simpler and less frustrating, on average, than Android was. But when it does have errors, they tend to be inexplicable.
Like the error you get when it says “You’ve reached the storage limit” when you try to download something from the Windows Store, even though you have more than enough space left on your phone. What the heck? You might even uninstall an app or a game or two, to try to fix that, only to find out that it still doesn’t work and now you’ve just lost your old saved games.
Not to worry! Here are a few ways to get around the “storage limit” error on Windows Phone.
Clear out temporary files
The options to do this are buried in your phone’s “Settings” menu, and it rarely works for me. But it also takes the least work, so you might as well try it first.
See, installing new apps creates clutter on your Windows Phone, in the form of temporary files that take up space but don’t do anything. To clear it out, go to Settings -> Phone Storage and tap on the bar for your phone, then press the button to clear temporary files.
This may take a little while, and may not seem to do much of anything. It also may require the latest version of Windows Phone 8. Another option is to go to Settings -> Storage Check, swipe over to “details,” and tap “clear” under the “Temporary files” bar.
Update your Windows Phone OS
Like I said, the latest version has multiple ways of clearing out temporary files. If you’re not sure when your phone is going to get the update, you can install the Preview for Developers app on your Windows Phone 8 device to download the latest version.
Please note: You will need to sign up for a free App Studio account first, and you will not be able to reverse the upgrade. Also, it may void your phone’s warranty.
Download the app on your PC or Mac, then copy it over and install it
This way is much more likely to work, if you actually do have enough space left on your phone for the game or app that you want to install and if you know your way around the File Manager or Finder. It’s also the least complicated. On the downside, it’s the least convenient, since you have to use your PC or Mac back at home. (I’ve tried doing this in two different web browsers on my Windows Phone, and neither one worked.)
Microsoft has posted instructions for how to do this. The short version is that you go to the Windows Store in your computer’s web browser, find the Windows Phone app that you want to install, and scroll down until you see the “Download and install manually” link on the left-hand side. Once you’ve downloaded the app, plug your phone into your computer and copy it over onto your phone’s microSD card. (Don’t create a separate folder for it or put it on your phone’s internal memory!)
After that, either wait a few minutes or restart your phone, then open the Store. You’ll see an “SD card” option in the menu, and if you tap on that it’ll let you install your app!