How to free up space on your Roku streaming device

Roku is one of the most popular streaming platforms available. The devices offer plenty of free content, but they also offer access to your favorite paid streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and others. Moreover, Roku has a great interface with a unique and easy to use TV remote control.

How to free up space on your Roku streaming device

It is easy to use and you can even customize it according to your preferences. However, from time to time, your Roku may report an "Not enough space" error. Why is this happening and how can you fix it?



Roku Express space problem

Those who have used Roku Express, compared to other models, may have encountered issues with lack of space. When users try to add a channel or start one, they see the “Not enough space” error. This scenario is the case for some Roku Express models, and complaints have been made directly to Roku. Roku fixed the issue quickly by providing an update to fix the bug. If the problem persists, you may need to check for an update. Here's how.

  1. Wake up your Roku Express and make sure it is connected to the internet.
  2. Aller vers “Home>Settings>System>System update>Check now. »
  3. Roku Express will check for an update. If it finds one, it will download it and complete the update process. It may reboot during installation, so don't worry if it does.
  4. Once you see the home screen, your Roku is ready to use. Test it again to confirm if it fixed your "Out of Space" issue.

Even if the above steps don't solve your problem, it's still a good idea to keep your Roku Express up to date. However, if you're still suffering from the "Out of Space" issue, try the other options below, which work for any Roku model that needs more storage.



How to free up space on your Roku streaming device

Remove Channels to Fix Roku Space Issues

One of the ways to free up space on any Roku device is to remove less used or unused channels. Often you have downloaded quite a few channels without realizing it, and some tend to hide at the bottom of the list. Maybe this out of space notification will encourage you to do some “spring cleaning” on your Roku! Clearing channels is an essential way to increase storage capacity. Here's how to delete channels on your Roku.

  1. Go to your Roku home screen and click “My chains. »
  2. With your remote control, select the channel you want to delete then press  "*"  (star button) on the remote control.
  3. Select "Delete Channel" then press " OKAY " on the remote control.
  4. To confirm channel deletion, select " Remove " and press " OKAY " to confirm.
    How to free up space on your Roku streaming device

Add an SD card to solve space shortage issues

If you're not looking to delete anything already on your Roku player, your other option is to add an SD card if your model supports it. Some Roku players provide access to a micro SD card slot on the side or back, while others do not. If your model has an SD card slot, using it is especially useful when you need to increase the amount of internal memory on your Roku. It also opens the door to more apps and games.


Also, for best results, you'll need an SD card with a minimum of 2GB of storage, which shouldn't be a problem, but the more the merrier! You probably want at least 20GB. Here's how to add an SD card to your Roku and make sure it's working properly.


  1. Insert the SD card into the Roku device. You will probably hear a click which assures that it is in place.
  2. On your screen, select "Format" when “micro SD card detected” appears. Everything on the SD card will be deleted.
  3. press " Carry on " to begin the formatting process.
  4. Select " OKAY " when formatting completes successfully.
How to free up space on your Roku streaming device

How to Safely Remove SD Card from Roku Device

If you decide to remove the SD card for any reason, you should know that anything stored on it will not be deleted. However, without the SD card installed, any channels and games you had there will need to be re-downloaded to the Roku's internal storage.


Notes: You cannot move channels and games stored on the SD card to another Roku device.

Factory Reset Your Roku to Fix Space Issues

Freeing up space on your Roku can be fixed by updating, removing unused channels, or adding an SD card (if available). However, a factory reset erases everything and starts the device from scratch, deleting all cached files, apps, channels, leftover data, and customizations that eat up a lot of your precious space. If you can't use SD card, try deleting some channels and trying to update your device to no avail, a factory reset is the best option.

To perform a factory reset on your Roku device, follow the steps below.


  1. press the " Homepage " Roku remote button.
  2. Scroll down and select " Settings " then “System. »
  3. Locate and select “Advanced system settings. »
  4. To choose “Return to factory settings. »
  5. Finally, select “Factory reset everything” then continue to follow the on-screen instructions.
    How to free up space on your Roku streaming device

More Roku Space Means More Fun

If you don't want to get rid of the channels and games you've downloaded to the Roku, a micro SD card can be your gateway to even more entertainment content. However, if you're more curious about keeping your Roku stream perfect, make sure you always have the latest update and no channels go unused.

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