What If You Need More Space For An iOS Update?

By | January 22, 2019

When you’re updating your iOS device wirelessly, you might see a message that there’s not enough space on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. These steps can help.

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If there isn’t enough space to download and install an update, iOS temporarily removes some downloadable parts of installed apps. You shouldn’t need to remove or relocate any content. If you still need more space than you have on your device, there are a few ways you can update:

  • Plug your device into your computer and update using iTunes.
  • Delete content from your device and try to update again.
  • Manage the storage on your device with recommendations.

Method one: Update using iTunes

To download the latest version of iOS using iTunes, follow these steps:

  1. Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
  2. Plug your device into your computer.
  3. In iTunes, select your device.
  4. In the Summary pane, click Check for Update.
  5. Click Download and Update.

Method two: Delete content manually

You can check your storage to see how much space your apps use and delete the ones that you don’t need. You can download your purchased apps or other content again later.

  1. Go to Settings > General > [device] Storage.
  2. Select any app to see how much space it uses.
  3. Tap Delete App. Some apps, such as Music and Videos, let you delete parts of their documents and data.
  4. Install the iOS update again. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Note: Don’t forget to back up your important data before the deletion. The only solution you may think of is using an iCloud/iTunes backup, but sometimes you can’t even upload data to iCloud due to the free storage limitation. iFonebox is a powerful and reliable iOS data backup tool, it’s can be used to help you selectively back up 17 file types instead of backing the whole device up. 

Method three: Manage space with recommendations

In iOS 11 and later, you can get tips for how to save space and how to offload or delete apps and content that you don’t need. You can download your purchased apps or other content again later.

  1. Go to Settings > General > [device] Storage.
  2. Scroll to the Recommendations section to see tips.

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