I just got a new android phone running 4.4.2 as an interim before I buy another phone. After factory reset, I tried to install Whatsapp. This was the first app that I tried to install and it failed after downloading saying that there was insufficient storage available. I tried doing it multiple times - to the same result.

Free internal memory - 1.1GB. Free phone storage memory - 1.3 GB. No other app apart from the inbuilt apps have been installed. Post this, I installed Facebook Messenger and it works just fine. I don't understand why Whatsapp isn't installing. Another messaging service called Hike Messenger also works fine. Please help!

Just tried installing "Advanced Task Manager" and "Advanced Task Killer" to the same result - insufficient storage memory.


3 Answers 3


Maybe there is a Dead Data Folder

Download and install SystemCleanup on Google Play

ROOT ACCESS necessary

Delete Dead Data Folder for WhatsApp.

insufficient space while updating WhatsApp on CyanogenMod

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    A "dead data folder" on a new phone after a factory reset is pretty unlikely.
    – Izzy
    Dec 27, 2014 at 16:18
  • @Izzy, I agree.
    – dev4life
    Jun 26, 2015 at 20:24

I had the same problem for past few weeks. Following solutions worked for me.

It seems a bug in Google play store update.

  1. Goto google play store in Settings >> apps >> all >> Google Play Store
  2. Open by clicking the app
  3. Then click Uninstall Updates.

Now goto play store and install any apps without getting "Insufficient Storage Available".

  • Well there is no Uninstall Updates option at all. My old phone had one. What can I do now? There are only Force Stop and Disable options available apart from the Clear Cache etc options.
    – zangetsu
    Dec 27, 2014 at 13:53
  • Try to install old versions of play store.
    – Prem
    Dec 29, 2014 at 6:32

I face this problem many times due to facebook application. It automatically expands its size internally. i have taken some screen shots of this

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Do check timings in them... Sometimes even like 5 min interval gap this problem used to occur. But imo you won't be having this problem as internal memory your phone has is quite large.

try this then--->

Settings-->Applications--> All-->

Find Google play store, Google play services and google play services framework.

Open each of them and click "clear data".

Now close every app. A restart Will be good not mandatory though.

Open google play store and "accept" agreement. You can download apps now.

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