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iphone 4 saying i do not have enough room to install a 1.5GB app when I have 4GB free

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May 14, 2012 7:44 AM

Hi Guys,

Well headder says it all.

Today I went onto the apps store on my Iphone 4 and tried to download N.O.V.A 3 but it came up with a message saying I don't have enough free space. So I click on the settings tap and it closes the message, last OS update it use to take me to the settings but now it just closes. So I open the settings myself and see I have 4GB free. What the? N.O.V.A 3 is 1.5GBs in size, my phone and if I plug it into Itunes is telling me I have 4GBs left yet I don't have enough room to install a 1.5GB game.


Dunno if this could be related, but 2 OS updates ago there was a bug that caused the phone to give you a incorrect space value. Back then it was saying I had a significant amount of free space more than what I actually had. For instance it would say I have 2GB left but if I went to Itunes it would say the correct ammount of a few MBs. But that's not the problem now, ever since I updated to the latest OS instead of Itunes being right and the phone being wrong, either both are right or both are wrong so to speak.


Any ideas how I could solve this?
I could wipe app by app untill it says I have enough room left but syncing them back accross will take hours so id rather not do that unless i have to.



iPhone 4, iOS 5.1.1
  • AKRBTN Level 3 Level 3 (995 points)

    The amount of space needed to install an app is about 3 times the amount it will take up once it is installed.

  • Peter Gillespie Level 6 Level 6 (10,780 points)

    Why not just remove enough to allow loading the new app

    and then resync the music or what ever you temporarily removed

    no need to remove everything

    I frequently have to this especially for satnav apps


    ps just untick items in iTunes to remove and then sync

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)

    Space needed is not just the way it works on the iPhone,

    it works that way on a computer.


    First a package is downloaded (some compression involved

    to save bandwidth), it is unpacked, and then installed.


    Pretty much the same process on any computer (unless

    the executable is so small it doesn't really matter).  Quite

    often on Windows machines, I have had to download a zip

    file, unpack it to get the installer file, and then run the installer.


    It is usually not noticed on computers since these "images" get

    unpacked and such on a disk drive.  On the iPhone, the flash memory

    is the "disk drive".  On Droids it is either internal or SD card flash.


    When the app is downloaded on iTunes, the package is unpacked

    on the computer, prepared as needed.  This pretty much leaves just

    the executable to install on the iPhone.


    Also, it should not take "hours" to install one app from iTunes

    once it is downloaded to the iPhone.  You have some other

    issues going on.  I recently downloaded the Garmin USA app

    (~2 gig) and once downloaded it only took a few minutes to

    load it from iTunes to the iPhone.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)

    There is still something that is not right.  A month ago

    I got a new iPhone 4S and syncned all my purchased

    apps, bookmarks, etc. plus 28 gig of music and it only

    took around 20 maybe 25 minutes.


    When syncing it should only copy those items in iTunes

    that are not present on the phone and visa versa.


    Are you sure you are not doing something like Restore

    instead of syncing?  Also, are you doing this wireless or

    via USB?  What computer and OS are you using?


    As far as iOS 5.1.1 update, it did take a very long time

    to get the update on the computer (Apple servers must

    have been very slow that day) but once download was

    complete the full process to update and sync only took

    about 10 minutes at most. 


    For major updates like going from 4.x to 5.x it does take

    longer because it does a complete wipe and restore.

  • IgnDsouza Calculating status...



    The app on the app store says only optimized for iPhone 5, so I guess that might pose a problem in installing the game on you iPhone 4.




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