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Every update on iOS is worth downloading and installing because of the assurance that there is something new and interesting. Just as iOS 13 came with so many mind-blowing features, so is iOS 14. However, before upgrading to iOS 14, we should make one thing clear: how much space does iOS 14 take up?

If you鈥檙e an ardent iPhone user who uses their device heavily for activities such as to listen to podcast, play heavy games, take photos regularly, then you may have encountered the much dreaded 鈥淣ot Enough Storage鈥 prompt. This article will show you stress-free ways to free up huge space on your iOS 12 or iOS 13 device.

Frequently Asked Questions about iOS 14

1. Is iOS 14 worth downloading?

Compared to iOS 13, iOS 14 has delivered a greater experience. And iOS 14 hasn't occurred many bugs or performance issues, so it is relatively more stable than any other iOS earlier versions. If you want to enjoy all the new features of iOS 14, then you can try to download it.

2. How big is iOS 14?

The official iOS 14 public is about 2.2GB.

3. How much iPhone storage do I need for iOS 14 update?

You are expected to have at least 5GB free storage space before installing, which can promise your iPhone/iPad run smoothly after updating to iOS 14.

4. How long does it take for iOS 14 to update?

The average time to download and install iOS 14 on iPhone is between 20 - 35 minutes. If you find it is taking too long to update iOS 14 to your iPhone, then you should go to check your device storage first. If there is not enough storage space for iOS 14 update, you will need to release more space for your iPhone.

Note: If updating to iOS 14 has taken up much space on your iPhone, then you need to release more space for your device to run iOS 14 well.

Free Ways to Get Enough Space for Running iOS 14 Smoothly!

iPhone is a storage hog, and because of the limitation on the use of external memory, you cannot expand your iPhone storage space. Now, if you have not enough storage for well running iOS 14, there is still one thing you can do in other not to run out of storage space: optimize iOS storage space.

To be able to meet iOS 14 space requirements, you are obliged to understand and ascertain which files and applications occupy the largest chunk of your iPhone storage and find a convenient way to optimize it. On a conventional level, let us discourse what should be optimized on your iPhone.

1. What Kinds of Files & Data That Should be Cleared from iPhone

  1. Junk & Temporary Files, App Caches, Corrupted files: These redundant files accumulate at a very rapid pace, and will damage the performance of your device and reduce the effectiveness. Too many such files can even lead to iPhone stuck and App crash, so we should first delete these files.
  2. Previously Deleted Files: The deleted files will still exist on your iPhone before having been totally overwritten. These useless files also eat up your storage though they are invisible. And if you have deleted some sensitive files, they can even be recovered by data recovery software as they still exist on your iPhone, which may lead to privacy leak.
  3. Large Files: When we talk about large iPhone/iPad files, we鈥檙e talking of 4k photos, videos, music, and other files that occupy a large chunk of iOS storage space.
  4. Incomplete Fragments of Third-Party Apps: You can easily delete visible files in iPhone, but incomplete traces of third-party apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, Snapchat, etc. can鈥檛 be easily deleted because they鈥檙e invisible to iOS 14.

2. How to Optimize Storage Space for iOS 14

If you must enjoy a stable iOS 14, then you need to optimize your iOS 14 storage space. Here are some of the tips that will help you:

Way 1. Free Way to Clear up App Caches & Temporary/Corrupted/Junk Files

From the above paragraphs, we鈥檝e established that junk, temp files, app caches, and app fragments are hidden in your iOS 14 device storage space. Hence, if they are invisible to iOS 14, how then can you clean them out of your storage space? The best way to achieve a clean and optimized iPhone storage space is to use iMyFone iPhone Cleaner.

iMyFone iPhone Cleaner is a powerful iOS cache cleaner that鈥檚 designed to delete needless files and photos from an iOS special at deleting such files on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. The trial version of this app - clean junk files - is completely free of charge but the paid versions have more fantastic features for iDevice optimization.

iMyFone iPhone Cleaner received lots of positive reviews from users, and has been highly spoken of by famous media, like,,

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To use it, you just need to connect your device, then scan your device and click on 鈥淐lean鈥 at last.

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Way 2. Scan and Empty All Deleted Files

You can permanently erase deleted files that are still lurking in your iOS device storage space using iMyFone iPhone Cleaner. This is because when your iPhone is scanned for deleted files, and such files are permanently erased using iPhone Cleaner, and then the erased data/files are 100% unrecoverable, even by the most modern recovery software. You can try the 鈥淓rase Deleted Files鈥 feature of iMyFone Umate Pro, which would scan your iPhone to find for free and erase all deleted files.

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This option is especially suitable for those who often share their iPhone with friends/family members, or plan to send your iPhone to repair. As for some sensitive data, like bank account and passwords, private chat history/messages, personal photos/videos, etc, we may not want anyone else gets access to them. So the best way is to permanently erase all of them before giving your iPhone to others.

Way 3. Backup Photos/Videos and Delete from iPhone

  • To deal with the large size photos and videos, you can choose to back up the original files to iCloud, and stored compressed ones on iPhone, by enabling Settings > Photos & Camera > iCloud Photo Library > Optimize iPhone Storage.
  • However, for the invisible photos and videos, or you want to delete them, you should still turn to iMyFone iPhone Cleaner, it can detect and list all photos and large files on your iPhone, you can preview and decide to backup and delete them.

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Except that, iMyFone iPhone Cleaner also allows to losslessly compress iPhone photos, which reclaims 75% of your photo space, and you鈥檒l have auto backup for your original photos on computer.

Way 4. Wipe Third-Party App Traces

Deleting credit card records and Apple pay information from iPhone doesn鈥檛 mean such records and data can鈥檛 be recovered. A good recovery software can recover such information and use it to leak up your savings and income. Therefore, there is a need to completely wipe third-party app traces from your iPhone using iMyFone iPhone Cleaner.

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Reduce System Storage in iPhone/iPad

The iOS Storage section of the Settings app shows the amount of iPhone or iPad storage occupied by different apps and files. The 鈥淪ystem鈥 storage is the section taking up by iOS firmware and other default apps.鈥淪ystem鈥 can be widely different sizes, sometimes it鈥檚 7GB, but it can also easily be 10GB, 15GB or even 25GB. For example, if you鈥檙e using a 16GB iPhone, the system would be 4GB while the system for 64GB iPhone would be 9GB. The system storage will also change every times when you make an iOS update.

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Check System Storage by clicking 鈥淪ettings > General > iPhone storage鈥 then, scroll down to System.

However, there is a feature in iOS where you can reduce System storage; here is how to do it:

  • Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC or Mac and launch iTunes.
  • Step 2. Unlock your iPhone, and trust your computer.
  • Step 3. Leave your iPhone connected to iTunes for a few minutes. You don鈥檛 need to do anything.
  • Step 4. Then launch your iPhone 鈥淪ettings鈥 app, and go to 鈥淕eneral > Storage > System鈥. The system will recalculate and at this time, it will be considerably lower.
  • Step 5. Disconnect your iPhone from computer and enjoy your new free storage space.

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However, this method of iOS system storage recovery doesn鈥檛 always work. There is no promise that it will reduce how much space. It could free up over 5Gb space or less than 1GB.

Working Tricks to optimize iOS 14/13/12 Storage Space

If you鈥檙e still struggling with lack of storage space after downloading and installing iOS 14, then you can try these tricks.

1. Stock, Game Center and Other Hard-to-Delete Apps

In iOS 10 and below, Apple prevented users from deleting pre-installed apps on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Now, you can easily delete some of these apps, and erase the app data of others that can鈥檛 be deleted.

2. Delete and Reinstall Your Social Media Apps

Social media apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc. can easily accumulate app fragments, but uninstalling and reinstalling these apps will take away those fragments associated with them.

3. Manage Space with Recommendations

If you still have game apps you鈥檙e done playing, apps you never click, or files you never open, then it鈥檚 time to offload them in order to have more space for iOS 14.

To do it, you can go to "Settings > General > iPhone Storage". Click "SHOW ALL" and you will see the option "Offload Unused Apps". Turn it off.

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4. Automatically Delete Old Messages

It may seem hard to delete all your messages at once, but there is a way you can make them go away after a period. Go to 鈥淪ettings > Messages > Massage History > Keep Messages鈥, and then select a time for messages to expire. For example, select 30 days. Tap 鈥淒elete鈥 on the prompt to delete all messags and file attachment older than 30 days.

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5. Turn off Photo Stream

If Photo Stream has turned on all your devices, then you can view photos you took from one device in all the devices you have. These images will take up your storage space, which makes it advisable to turn this feature off. Go to 鈥淪ettings > Photos < deselect Photo Stream鈥.

6. Erase iPhone and Restore Backup

Use iMyFone Umate Pro's "Erase All Data" to completely wipe out all the data on your iPhone or iPad, and then connect to iMyFone TunesMate to restore your iPhone data without any hassle. However, make sure you鈥檝e backed up your iPhone data before embarking on this tip. Erasing all the data and restore backup to iPhone will save you a huge amount of space.

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