In the last couple of days, I kept getting the following message on my Xbox “we can’t save more data for this game or app”.
This error came with the code (0x80830003) on the displayed message.
I thought it was a short-term bug, but the problem persisted, leading to games not saving correctly or entirely crashing.
How to fix the we can’t save more data for this game or app error on Xbox?
After investigating, I resolved the issue by deleting the clearing locally saved games on my Xbox console.
Initially, I tried removing some games from my Xbox hard drive, but this made no difference.
Occasionally, your local save data can be corrupted and cause issues.
Luckily, Xbox will back up all your saved data to the cloud.
Once you delete your corrupted saved data, you can eliminate the “we can’t save more data for this game or app” error upon restarting.
Also, don’t worry about losing your saved data. When you restart your Xbox, your account will sync with the cloud data, and your save games will be restored.
I would recommend reading about what clearing your saved game date does before proceeding further.
Let’s look at the steps you must take to resolve this issue.
Step-by-step instructions to fix 0x80830003
Method 1: Full restart your Xbox console
Hold the power button for 10 seconds.
Once the device has powered off, unplug your console for 30 seconds.
Now, plug in and start your console to see if the issue persists.
Method 2: Clear Local Saved Data
To clear your locally saved data, navigate to the XBOX settings page.
Click the menu button on your XBOX controller.
Now navigate to your profile.
Select the settings options from this screen.
Navigate through the SETTINGS menu to SYSTEM and then STORAGE DEVICES
Next, select CLEAR LOCAL SAVED GAMES
Warning: Please ensure you have been connected to the internet recently.
Your local saves will be deleted. However, these will be backed up in the cloud if your console is connected to the internet.
The console will restart after you select this option. Upon reboot, your console will sync your cloud save games back onto your Xbox console.
Once you have chosen this option, your Xbox console must restart.
Method 3: The Minecraft issue
Upon trying to resolve this problem, I became aware of a trend amongst users who experience the “we can’t save more data for this game or app” error.
There was a trend of people playing Minecraft on their Xbox and creating or duplicating save games.
This duplication of save game data for Minecraft worlds can take up serious space on your hard drive and possibly corrupt your local save game data.
In my case, my daughter often plays Minecraft and creates duplicate saves by changing the different worlds within Minecraft.
It makes sense that this could have been the root cause of my Xbox’s inability to save more data.
There are also size limitations on your cloud-saved data. The Minecraft worlds can be large files that max out your cloud save account.
You may want to consider manually deleting your Minecraft worlds.
Method 4: Is your hard disk full?
Another possible cause for the “we can’t save more data for this game or app” is insufficient hard disk space.
If you read the error message, it states that it cannot save more data.
When your hard disk becomes full, there is no room to place your latest saved game data.
You should also read the following method, which correlates with your hard disk space.
Method 5: Clear your download queue
Sometimes, freeing up space on your hard disk is not enough to solve this issue.
In my experience with this error, the efforts of removing some games and having more available space for the save game data were irrelevant… why?
I had numerous games queued for download.
When you have games or updates in your download queue, they automatically reserve space on your hard disk.
Although the game is not downloaded currently, the space is effectively used.
Having those games queued up and ready to download can make your Xbox reject the saved game data.
You should clear your download queue when you encounter this problem.
When you encounter the “we can’t save more data for this game or app” error on Xbox, it can cause severe disruption to your gaming.
The steps outlined above in this article will resolve the (0x80830003) issue and allow you to resume regular gaming.