Friday, March 11, 2016

Asus ZenFone 2 bug silently eats away your free space

If you have a Asus ZenFone 2 smartphone and have the strange feeling that its free space is disappearing, it's not just your imagination; it actually is and it's not your fault: there's a bug slowly eating away all the available free space.

The ZenFone 2 is a hugely popular smartphone (in part because it was available at an unbeatable price a while back), but its users soon found out that their free space was shrinking, even if they didn't install new apps or took photos. Worse still, that missing space was simply disappearing, with no way to figure out where it was going... unless you rooted your smartphone.

Rooting the smartphone allowed users to look into otherwise hidden areas of the device system, and finding the culprit became a lot easier: there's a bug that makes the ZenPhone create ever growing log files, that will eventually reach several gigabytes and continue growing until there's no more free space. If you have root, you can head into the data/logs/modemcrash folder and delete those files... otherwise you'll have to wait for a fix from Asus.

Asus has already acknowledged the existence of this bug and says a fix is in the works and should arrive soon. For now, it seems this bug affects just the 16GB ZenFone 2 (or at least it's the model where the bug will become noticeable sooner) with software version

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