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How to Fix High System Storage on Samsung S22, S22 Ultra

If you see a high system storage, this guide will help you to fix it.
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System storage is the storage space taken by the Android system on your Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone. It consists of all the system files, including system services, system apps, and system media files such as backgrounds, animations, etc.

Since the system storage has all the system data, it can take up a large portion of your device’s total storage space. However, it shouldn’t be high as 90GB or 60GB, as some Galaxy S22/S22 Ultra users have reported on the Samsung community.

That means when you go to the storage section on your Galaxy S22 or S22 Ultra, you should not see a much higher storage space taken by the System. If so, it is abnormal, and you should fix it.

That is what we will show you in this guide. So if you are here to fix high system storage on your Samsung S22 or S22 Ultra, this is the guide for you.

Note: Solutions mentioned in this guide will also work on Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus and S21 Fe models.

Editor’s note: We created these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S22 running Android 12. Depending on your device’s software version, some steps and menu positions may look slightly different.

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How much system storage does the S22 or S22 Ultra have?

Before we go to show you what could cause high system storage and how you can fix it, you should know the average system storage that a Samsung Galaxy S22 or S22 Utlra should have.

If you are using Galaxy S22/S22 Plus or S22Fe, you should see a number between 30GB – 50GB. 

But if you are using Galaxy S22 Ultra, this could be a little higher, but not more than 50GB. 

We have given a range because it really depends on the Android operating system you are using and how many system apps you use on your device.

Why is system storage so high on my Samsung S22 Ultra?

So if your system storage is more than 50GB, it means there should be a problem with your device. It will be okay for someone who doesn’t really install or download large files/apps into the device, but this issue will be a huge problem if you have already stored a lot of files on your device.

Okay, then what exactly could cause the high system storage? Well, most of the time, it happens because of a caching issue.

Your device stores cache data to get maximum performance and efficiency when running. These cache data contain data that is generated by repetitive programs. If the system cache is corrupted, it can lead to misinformation, even if your device’s system storage isn’t actually large.

The other main reason is a glitch on your Galaxy S22’s android os.

However, these two problems can be easily fixed. All you have to do is follow the solutions we have given below as we have instructed. So let’s get started.

How do I make my Galaxy S22 Ultra’s system take up less storage?

Let’s start with restarting your device and fixing temporary glitches on the android system. Make sure to check the system storage as you complete each solution.

Fix 01 – Restart the device

Restart device

When your device runs, it keeps cache data, as we said earlier (we are talking about temporary cache data here). If that cache is corrupted, you can simply restart your device.

There is no special tactic to restart your device. You can do that as you normally would. To restart your device easily, you can press and hold the power button and the volume down button for a few seconds.

Fix 02 – Clear the system cache

Apart from the temporary cache, there is a separate cache partition where all the cache data that is generated by the android system of your device goes to.

You can clear the cache partition to solve if it has corrupted or outdated cache files. To do that, you have to boot your Galaxy S22 to recovery mode. Follow these steps;

  1. First, turn off your device
  2. connect the USB cable to your phone and plug the other end into a power source
  3. Then, press and hold the volume up button and wait until your device boot into the recovery mode and release the key when you see the recovery menu

Note: If it does not work, press and hold the power key + volume up key.

  1. Now, press the volume down key and highlight the “Wipe cache partition” option.
Wipe cache partition
  1. Press the power key
  2. You will get a prompt to confirm clearing the cache. Highlight the “Yes” option and press the power key again
Confirm wipe cache
  1. Once it is cleared, you will see the recovery menu again. Simply press the power key to restart your device.

Fix 03 – Clear device care app cache

Samsung device care app is responsible for scanning the device storage. If it is malfunctioning, You won’t see the actual system storage. You can easily fix this by clearing its app cache. Follow the steps below;

  1. Go to Settings > Apps
  2. Tap on Device care
  3. Tap on Storage
  4. Then, tap on Clear cache

Fix 04 – Reset settings

If there is a problem with the settings of your Galaxy S22 or S22 Ultra, you can use the reset settings option under the general management settings of your device. 

Resetting settings will set all its options back to the default state. So you will have to configure the settings once after you do that.

That said, let’s see how you can reset the settings of your device;

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on General management
  3. Tap on Reset
  4. On that window, tap on “Reset all settings”
Reset all settings

Fix 05 – Software update

Software updates carry various bug fixes. So if it is a bug within the android system on your device that is causing high system storage, updating the device software to the latest version should fix the issue.

To update your Galaxy S22, follow these steps;

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on Software update
  3. Tap on Download and install
Download and install software update

You will receive a notification when your device finds a new software update. You can then head over to the notification and install the update from there.

Fix 06 – Factory data reset

If none of the above solutions worked, you might have to consider whether you do a factory data reset on your device.

Doing a factory data reset will remove all of your personal files. So take a backup of your device first, then proceed with the reset.

  1. Open Settings and tap on General management
  2. Tap on Reset
  3. Tap on Factory data reset
  4. Follow the instructions given on your device
Factory data reset

Wrapping Up

Seeing high system storage on your Galaxy S22/S22 Ultra can be confusing. However, with the help of this guide, you should be able to fix the high system storage issue from your Galaxy device.

If you have any questions or need help regarding this guide, leave a comment. We will be there to assist you.

Have a nice day!

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Danu

The founder of Backtodefault.com and the tech nerd of the team. He is specialized in Android/iOS development and web development.

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    So I tried steps 1 through 3, and 5 and not much has changed. If and when I try step 4, will I have to back up my device, like in step 6?

    • Danu
      Danu Reply

      No dear. You can safely reset all of your settings. It won’t delete any personal data. It only removes any changes you have been made to the settings.

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