7 Fixes for the iPhone Storage Almost Full Message

I stared receiving notifications for ‘iPhone Storage Almost Full’. It is kind of misleading because out of 64gb I still have 10gb free. How do I make it stop, any suggestions would be appreciated.

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You may see the message “Storage Almost Full: you can manage your storage in Settings” popup on your iPhone every now and then. One of the most annoying aspects of this particular message is that it can keep popping up, keeping you from using your iPhone when you need to.

This storage problem can be caused by too much data on your iPhone. All the music, photos and videos on your device could be taking up too much space than the iPhone can give, causing this message to pop up. But cache can also significantly contribute to this issue. Cache simply refers to old data stored by the apps on your phone to enable the proper running of the apps. If you’re experiencing this iPhone storage issue, don’t worry, here we will provide you with 7 effective ways to fix it.

Fix 1: Delete Unused Apps

The first thing you should do when this storage almost full message pops up on your iPhone is to delete some unused apps on the device. Go through all the apps on your device and delete the ones you don’t need.

You can go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage and delete some of the apps you no longer need.

Fix 2: Delete Unwanted Photos and Videos

Most people don’t like to delete the photos and videos on their iOS devices. But usually they can take up a lot of space on the iPhone and removing them may create enough space to eliminate this error message. The following are just some ideas if you are not sure where to start:

  • Look for screenshots you may no longer need to remove them.
  • You may also want to delete some of those selfies that look the same.
  • Photos taken using the shutter mode may be identical and can be deleted.
  • You can also move the photos and videos to your computer using third-party iPhone Data Backup tool before deleting them if you don’t want to lose them completely.

Fix 3: Clear Safari Cache

Safari is one of those apps that can store data (cache) for the purpose of cutting down the time it takes to access frequently visited sites. Cache can take up quite a bit of space on an iPhone when it accumulates over time and when deleted, you can be surprised by the amount of space you gain.

To clear Safari cache, go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data and then restart the iPhone.

Fix 4: Delete and re-install Apps

Most of the apps on your iPhone tend to have large amounts of documents and data. These files can take up a lot of the space on the device and since most of them are junk files, they can easily be deleted.

The best way to remove the documents and data from your iPhone is to delete and re-install the app. Go to the App store and uninstall all apps, and then reinstall them to create space on the device.

Fix 5: Reset All Settings

If your iPhone says storage is full but its not, you can try reset all settings to fix the problem. This will not erase the data on the device, however, it will affect the settings and preferences you’ve set up on your device.

To reset all settings on iPhone, go to Settings and choose “General”, then click on “Reset” and select “Reset All Settings

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Fix 6: Rest iPhone and Restore Backup

You can also fix this iPhone storage almost full error message by resetting the iPhone and restoring it from a backup either in iTunes or iCloud. It is important to note that resetting your iPhone will cause data loss, so you’d better make a full backup of your iPhone before doing this.

To back up your iPhone in iTunes, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Connect the device to your computer and open iTunes. If you are working with a Mac run on macOS Catalina 10.15, just launch Finder.

Step 2: When the device appears in iTunes/Finder, click on it and then select “Back up Now”. Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.

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Once the backup is complete, you can restore the iPhone to fix this issue. Here’s how to restore the device in iTunes:

Step 1: Open iTunes or Finder on your computer and then connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cable.

Step 2: Select the iPhone when it appears in iTunes/Finder and select “Restore Backup”.

Step 3: Choose the most recent backup and click “Restore”. Keep the device connected until the process is complete.

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Fix 7: Backup iPhone and Delete Data

If all the solutions above fail to remove this error message, you may want to use FoneGeek Backup & Restore (iOS) to back up all the data on your iPhone before deleting it. The following are some of the features that make it the most ideal solution:

  • You can back up your iPhone or iPad to the computer in one click, without overwriting the previous backup files.
  • It allows you to preview the contents in the backup and selectively restore data from the backup to any device of your choice.
  • It lets you backup and restore contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, and app data like WhatsApp, Kik, Viber, etc.
  • It can also allow you to restore data from your iTunes or iCloud backups selectively.
  • It is very simple to use, allowing you to complete the backup within a few minutes.
  • It supports all iOS devices and all iOS versions, including the latest iPhone 11/11 Pro and iOS 13.

   

To create a complete backup of all the data on your iPhone, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Download, install the iPhone Data Backup & Restore tool on to your computer and then run it. From the options in the home screen, click on “Phone Backup” to continue.

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Step 2: Choose “Device Data Backup & Restore” and connect your problematic iPhone to the computer via an lightning cable, then wait for the program to detect the device automatically.

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Step 3: Now you are able to select the types of data you would like to backup and then click “Backup” to begin. Ensure the device connected to the computer until the backup is done.

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When the process is finished successfully, you can delete all the data on the iPhone and then restore only what you need back to the device or start afresh and this error message will be gone.

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By Fay J. Melton

Posted on Feb 02, 2020, 10:18:02

Fay J. Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.