Cannot update iPhone 4s; not enough memory

December 1, 2016 at 13:18:20
Specs: 7.1.2
When I try to update my iPhone 4s software it says I don't have enough memory...it is a 3G and only has 8GB

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#1
December 1, 2016 at 15:27:59
I assume you mean your trying to install a newer iOS? If so, plug your phone into your computer and update it through iTunes.

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#2
December 1, 2016 at 16:18:25
iPhone 4 won't upgrade to current version of iOS - at least Apple will discourage it, as the hardware isn't upto it.

If you're not trying upgrade th iOS version, but want upgrade something already installed, or install smething new - you may have delete "something" to release memory?

If you go into Settings and then inspect/view "About" section you can see how much memory is instaaled, how mch used, how much still available.

Many people also load their phones with assorted iTunes and games etc. These use up memory very quickly... So check what you have installed and decide if you can remove some it?


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#3
December 1, 2016 at 19:59:53
First off, memory and storage space are getting confused here.

When you try to install an upgrade of an operating system, you need 2 to 3 times the file size of the OS so it can download, uncompress and install. This can take copious amounts of storage space to do so. If you try to run the update from your phone and don't have the room to do so, you run into this error.

When you install it from iTunes on your computer, it downloads and uncompress all the files on your computer. Doing it this way takes no extra room on your phone.

This is why I suggested installing it from your computer, you won't run out of storage space.

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#4
December 2, 2016 at 01:58:40
The way Apple detail memory installed and its usage is such that they (Apple) effectively use the the terms Memory and Storage space interchangeably. There is of course no dedicated hard drive or equvalent on which the core files and apps various are stored.. It all goes into the installed Memory - which is actually used as Storage space...

iDevices come with whatever amount of Memory installed, but a sizeable amount is used up (as Storage) for the OS and associated apps.; leaving whatever for other later apps, personal content, and. inevitably later OS updates etc.

Consequently the amount of Memory available is dependent on the core files (OS and apps) installed and using Memory as Storage. As Storage usage increases actual Memory available decreases.

In the UK (at least) Apple have been taken to task for claiming a given model iDevice Memory to be a given size, when in truth it's quite a bit less; some of it being occupied by, used for, the OS etc... as Storage.

It is generally easier (wiser?) to connect an iPhone/iPad to a computer if installing some apps.,, content. Howver the OS is usually done directly (not connected to a computer); but powered via the charger module of course for the duration of the upgrade.

Anything added to an iDevice will use up some the installed Memory - using it as Storage.

One can see/view how (much of) the installed Memory is used (as Storage) in iTunes (and other similar utils which do similar to iTunes. The more one installs apps, music, games, videos, even retains emails etc on the device, the less Memory is available; as more of it is now being used as Storage.

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#5
December 2, 2016 at 10:32:54
Also, on the 4S, you will not be able to update to iOS 10.

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