Minecraft: You are almost out of data storage space!

I kept getting the following error in Minecraft for Nintendo Switch when trying to open a world:

You are almost out of data storage space! Minecraft has restricted access to this feature until you clear up additional storage space.

We tried deleting data, screenshots and video recordings, but our Switch had plenty of memory left on the MicroSD card.

The fix turned out to be a corrupted “Miscellaneous” item in the cache. This had nothing to do with the amount of storage available on the device itself.  Here’s how we fixed it.

  1. Start Minecraft.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Storage.
  4. Multiselect.
  5. Expand the Cached Data section.
  6. Select the “Miscellaneous” item (in my case, it had a black square instead of a thumbnail like all of the othered cached data items).
  7. Select Delete.

That’s it.  I just backed out of the menu and was able to load my worlds as I had before I encountered this issue.

I’ve seen people have this issue on other versions of Minecraft too – like the Microsoft Xbox edition, so you could try it there as well.

Below, I’ll share some links to some of the posts I checked before I found the solution hiding in this Reddit post.