Cleaning Up After Amazon Appstore

Amazon Appstore for Android has a nasty habid of leaving old files around. This can cause major problems when your SD card fills up and you don't discover it until you're trying to snap a photo. What happens is Amazon downloads the APK file to the SD card and then installs it. That part is fine and necessary, in fact. The problem is the file never gets cleaned up. I can't think of any good reason for that. Maybe there's an argument for leaving it for a brief time, just in case you re-install the app, but not forever.

The workaround is to nuke the cache folder. On my DroidX, it's in /sdcard/Android/data/ Just delete everything in there.

The correct solution, of course, is for Amazon to clean up its own temporary files.




Ha! I never even thought they might not be cleaning up and I couldn't think what was taking up space on my SD card! I have over 250 apps from Amazon Appstore and well those APKs were taking up some space. Thanks for the suggestion to clean them up!


It looks like the latest release fixes this bug. Now the only ones that get left are the ones that are downloaded but not installed. I can deal with that.

Subscribe to Comments for "Cleaning Up After Amazon Appstore" Subscribe to - All comments