iTunes Could Not Restore iPhone Because Not Enough Free Space – The Fix

“I recently reset my iPhone 5 but when I try to restore it from a backup I had created earlier, I keep getting the error “iTunes could not restore the iPhone because not enough space is available on the device.” This shouldn’t make any sense since the iPhone has been reset, all data deleted. To try and fix the problem I did a backup and reset the device to factory settings. Now I can’t even restore the device. Any help on how to get the device set up again?”

If you are experiencing this or a similar issue, we are going to attempt a step-by step fix. Each of the solutions we outline above is designed to diagnose and then ultimately fix the issue. Let’s get started.

1 Check the Usage of Your iPhone

As obvious as it sounds it may very well be that there isn’t enough space on your device, hence the very poignant error message from iTunes. And before you argue with this statement, it may very well be that you are not aware of just how much free space there actually is on your device.

Therefore, it makes sense to see if iTunes is telling the truth or not. To do this go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and see just how much available space there is on your device. If you find that iTunes is in fact right, you might want to delete some unwanted apps and content to make enough space for the restore process to proceed uninterrupted.

Check the Usage of Your iPhone


2 Update iTunes and iOS to the Latest Version

If you clear up some storage space and you still get the same error message, it could be that you are dealing with a software bug. Fortunately, these can be easily fixed by updating the iOS and iTunes to the latest versions.

To update iOS, plug in the device to a power source and a Wi-Fi connection and the go to Settings > General > Software update. Tap “Install” if there is an update available and simply wait for the process to be completed.

 Update iOS to the Latest Version

To update iTunes, launch it on your computer and then click on “Help” and then choose “Check for Updates.” If there is one available, allow it to update. You can also simply uninstall the version you have and then download the latest version from the Apple website.

update iTunes to the latest version


3 Selectively Restore Backup using D-Port

If all the above still don’t work to solve the problem, you can use iMyFone D-Port to restore data to your device from iTunes. This program will not only allow you to safely get your data back to your device but it also gives you the enviable opportunity to select the type of data you wish to restore from any backup. It is easy to use, runs on both Mac and Windows and works very well to detect iTunes backup files and finally allow you to choose the data to be restored.

To demonstrate just how easy to use iMyFone D-Port is, here’s a step by step guide on how to use it.

Step 1: Download and install the program to your computer and then launch it.

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Step 2: Choose “Extract from iTunes Backup” and click “Start” to begin. Choose the type of data you want to restore to the device from the lost provided. You can select all types if you want. Click “Next.”

Choose “Extract from iTunes Backup”

Step 3: Select the relevant iTunes backup file from the ones listed and click “Scan.”

Select the relevant iTunes backup file

Step 4: Once the program is done scanning the backup for the selected data type, you should see a list of all the data found. Simply click on an item to preview. Select the ones you need and click “Export.” Choose a location on your computer to save the data. You can now just simply transfer the data to your device.

restore iTunes backup selectively

Download D-Port to restore data selectively instead of a full restore.

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