How to update when iPhone is running out of space

When a new version of IOS is released, it will be able to fix some previous bugs and add some exciting new features. However, if you don’t have enough space on your iPhone to upgrade, this can be frustrating.

You need to sort out the storage space for your iPhone, here are a few methods, and these methods are suitable for any version of the iOS upgrade.

What happens during the iOS update installation

Nowadays, IOS upgrades are not a big problem, because the storage space of the iPhone is already getting bigger and bigger, but if your phone is older, the storage capacity is less than or equal to 32 GB, or the amount of data is too large, you may encounter this problem.

When you want to update your iPhone to the latest version, you need more space as the installation process requires creating temporary files and deleting expired and unused files. If you don’t have enough space, you can’t upgrade.

Install iOS updates using iTunes

Using iTunes update can be a good solution to the lack of space problem. This is because the installation software is downloaded to the computer instead of the phone, and then only the necessary files are installed on the phone, which reduces the storage space required for updates.

Since iTunes understands what’s on your phone and how much space your phone has, it can process that data without deleting anything, making room for updates.

Delete the apps that take up the most space

In order to solve the problem of insufficient available storage space, Apple has added some smart features during the update process. Starting with the iOS 9 operating system, when it encounters storage issues during the update process, the operating system tries to intelligently remove some downloadable content from the app to free up space. Once the update is complete, it will re-download the content so you don’t lose anything.

But in some cases, the process doesn’t work. If this happens, delete the data from your iPhone. The easiest way to know what to delete is to check which apps are taking up the most space and then deleting those apps can free up storage space.

You can also delete apps built into your iPhone, but this doesn’t get any space.

Since iOS 12, the iPhone Storage Settings area offers suggestions on how to free up space, including deleting shorts for more than a year or storing photos in iCloud. It also prompts you to uninstall unused apps, which will get more storage space.

Other ways to clear storage on iPhone

If none of the above methods provide enough storage space for the update, consider the following:

Delete apps you no longer use: See your phone for apps you’re no longer interested in or need. Some of these apps can take up 1 GB or more of space, so uninstalling these apps and their data can free up a lot of space.

Purge old or deleted voicemails: We also often forget to delete voicemails, which in the long run take up a lot of space.

Delete those voicemails that you don’t need.

Delete your photos: Too many photos can also take up a lot of space for you, and you can delete them. If these photos are important to you, upload them to your computer or somewhere like iCloud.

Delete Non-HDR Photos: If you take HDR to save photos on your iPhone, then there are two copies of each picture in your library: a normal picture and an HDR picture. There is no need to keep both photos at the same time, so delete non-HDR images from the Photos app (these are lower quality versions).

Delete podcast clips: Episodes that have been downloaded but haven’t been watched yet can take up a lot of space. Delete these episodes to free up space and then have the option to re-download them after an iOS update. Remember to delete the most recent episode first, as older episodes may not be able to be re-downloaded.

Purge old or large emails: Reducing email storage is important for getting more room for updates. Email attachments take up not only mailbox space but also on your phone. Double-check your emails and delete messages that are not useful to you. Most importantly, remove everything in the trash.

When you’ve done all this, your iPhone should already have enough space for your iOS upgrade. When the upgrade is complete, you can re-download the data and apps that you wish to restore or back up.