iPhone Keeps Saying Storage Almost Full? Here Is The Solution!

As iPhone users, encountering the alert “iPhone storage almost full” is pretty familiar. And you may ask: "why? I don’t think I have overused it? I just have several third party apps and less than 50 songs! Why iPhone says storage almost full when it's not? " Well, let us analyze the reasons and discuss the solutions to fix it.

How to Fix iPhone Storage Almost Full Problem?

Common Reasons Leading to iPhone Storage Full Error

1. Too much use traces, such as app caches, temporary files, download logs, user storage files and more.
2. Shoot or download too many photos and videos.
3. Too many previously deleted files still exist on your iPhone.

So in the course of using iPhone, more and more data is piled up on iPhone, visibly and invisibly, especially for these 16GB iPhone 5S/5C/SE. iPhone storage full error lead to not only can not take more photos /videos, it may even lead to black screen or iPhone freezing!

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Find how much space you actually have:

  • On your iPhone, go to "Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage". You can check the used or available space there.
  • Using iTunes. Connect your iPhone to computer and launch iTunes. Hit the device icon. You will see the storage detail at the bottom on the right panel.

Is there any easy and effective method to solve the issue when iPhone keeps saying storage is almost full? Let's check the solutions one by one.


01 Clear up Junk Files, App Caches

One of the reasons your iPhone storage gets full is the failure to clear up app caches, fragments and some junks. iMyFone iPhone Cleaner / iMyFone iPhone Cleaner for Mac can do this well. It can help you to totally remove useless and hidden files from iPhone, so as to save sapce and also improve its performance.

  • Clean Junk & Temp Files: It has the 1-click function to delete all hidden junk files on iPhone, like App caches, cookies, crash logs, corrupted files, etc. It is for free trial.
  • Erase Third-Pary Apps Fragments: The incomplete fragments left by third-party apps will be found out and permanently deleted, like WhatsApp, Snapchat, LINE, Viber, etc.

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3 steps to remove all hidden junk files from your iPhone:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to computer and launch iMyFone iPhone Cleaner.
Step 2: Hit "Quick Scan" on the home interface. It will carry out a deep analysis of your iPhone space.
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Step 3: Hit "Clean" button beside "Junk Files". Check the junk you want to clean and hit "Clean" button again to confirm.
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Note: To erase incomplete fragments of third-party apps, you can choosoe the "Erase Private Fragments" mode.


02 Move Photos to iCloud

Do not forget the official cloud space provided by Apple? icloud provides 5GB free space for each Apple account. Original photos can be moved to iCloud, which would save you huge photo storage.

  1. On your iPhone, go to "Settings > iCloud > Photos".
  2. Turn on "iCloud Photo Library" and check "Optimize iPhone Storage".

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If your iPhone storage is full, full-resolution photos and videos will be automatically replaced with optimized versions on your iPhone.


03 Uninstall & Reinstall Apps

If you never clean your iPhone, you must find that all the frequently-used apps have a large amount of documents and data . It is normal as not only important files but also some junk files are stored in apps.

To remove such huge space occupied by app documents and data, a simple way to make it is to uninstall apps and then reinstall them from iTunes Store.

Remind: If you need to delete all apps, don't forget that iMyFone iPhone Cleaner has the 1-click function to remove apps in bulk.

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04 Manage Your Media Library on iPhone

Due to the superb video, music and photo quality of iPhone, there is always a tendency of taking too much photos, videos and music which tend to eat up so much space on your iPhone.

You can delete these videos and photos using the normal delete button on your device. Or you can also run iMyFone iPhone Cleaner. It has the function to delete or compress media.

  • Compress iPhone Photos: It releases 75% of your photo storage without any deletion. The compression won’t lead to quality loss.
  • Transfer Photos to PC: It gives you the option to quickly select and transfer all them to PC in just several seconds. Original photos will be deleted from iPhone to recovery iPhone storage.
  • Transfer Videos to PC: It can find all the videos on your iPhone. You can choose to delete original videos from iPhone or not.

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05 Permanently Erase Unwanted Private Data

Normal deletion of files through your device Delete button is not enough because files deleted can be easily recovered. If you want to delete some unwanted data, you'd best permanently delete them from iPhone, no matter for more free space or privacy safety.

You can refer to the erase modes of iMyFone iPhone Cleaner to make it. It supports to all file types on iPhone, like photos, messages, note, Safari history, WhatsApp, WeChat data, etc.

How to Fix iPhone Storage Full

Here is the steps to permanently delete photos so as to fix the iPhone storage full error:

Step 1: Launch the program and run it, then connect your iPhone.
Step 2: If want to permanently erase your data, choose from "Erase Private Data". You can preview and select photos or other data.
Step 3: Click "Erase Now" to start iPhone cleanup.

Note: If you have manually delete unwanted private data, you can also use "Erase Deleted Files" to find them out and completely erase them.


06 Reset iPhone and Restore Backup

If your iPhone is old, or you used it for years, you can consider reset your iPhone to factory default settings. It would make it totally clean. Do not forget to back up your iPhone first.

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to it with USB cable.
  2. Click the device icon at the top left corner on iTunes.
  3. You can find the "Back Up Now" button at the right panel.
  4. Once then, please click the "Restore iPhone" there again to bring your iPhone back to default settings.
  5. Once done, go to the "Restore Backup" button at the device page on iTunes. Wait until the backup is updated to your iPhone.

This way will fix the iPhone storage full error by restoring available space back.

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Please note that, using the restore function on iTunes will also update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS. If you do not like that, you can go to "Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings" on iPhone.

  • swiftdoghearted

    wonderful back up and restore option. I definitely recommend

  • stowpacked

    those darn iphones we figured you out!

  • mysteryman

    the BEST iphone space saver ever

  • kRobbie

    so good, I sent this to my mom and she was even able to understand ha!

  • Skeeter

    backup and deletion in only one click? Talk about easy!

  • -TRIPPIN-

    I just downloaded and tried it out and it works so well! Thanks so much

  • DAnderson

    that program is the best at managing my phone files

  • Yelle

    Too many tips and do not want to try all tips, the one click solution works well!

  • Tony

    I believe every people wants a easy way to fix the iPhone storage full problem. I will try the last method.

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