How to Fix “Not Enough Storage” on iPhone

The “Not Enough Storage” message on an iPhone is a common issue, interrupting the ability to download new apps, update iOS, or even take photos. This guide provides practical solutions to help you fix this problem and reclaim space on your device. We have compiled a set of steps and strategies to manage your iPhone’s storage effectively.

We’ll cover everything from identifying the issue, using built-in optimization tools, clearing unnecessary files, and leveraging iCloud effectively. Each section offers detailed steps that are easy to follow, allowing you to address storage issues comprehensively.

Reasons Why You Might Have Not Enough Storage on iPhone

When your iPhone displays the “Not Enough Storage” message, the first thing to do is confirm the issue. Start by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Here, you’ll see a breakdown of your storage usage. This helps you understand what’s taking up space on your device.

Look for large files and apps that might be eating up your storage. Sometimes, iPhones falsely report storage issues. For instance, you might see “iPhone says not enough storage but there is.” This can happen due to cached data or corrupted files. Verify by comparing the reported storage with the actual usage details in the settings.

Here’s how to check and identify storage issues:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Select iPhone Storage.
  4. Review the storage breakdown, noting which apps and data are using the most iPhone storage

If the numbers don’t add up, try restarting your iPhone. Sometimes a simple reboot can clear minor glitches causing incorrect storage readings. If the problem persists, proceed to manage and clear your storage, which we’ll cover in the next section.

Please check out this guide from Apple if you want to learn more about managing the storage on your iPhone.

Next, we’ll focus on specific methods to clear up space on your iPhone, including deleting unnecessary files and clearing caches.

How to ‘Fix Not Enough Storage’ Issue on iPhone

Now that we’ve looked at iOS recommendations for managing storage, let’s go over the following actions that will help you remove unnecessary data from your iPhone. These methods involve deleting unnecessary files, apps, and clearing caches. Following these steps can help you reclaim a significant amount of storage.

1. Delete or Offload Unused Apps

Apps can take up a lot of space, especially if you have many that you rarely use. Deleting unused apps is one of the quickest ways to make enough space.

  1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  2. Scroll through the list of apps and tap on any app you no longer use.
  3. Tap Delete App and confirm.delete app from iPhone

If you want to remove the application but still be able to keep the user data, you can unload the apps:

  1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  2. Scroll through the list of apps and tap on any app you no longer use.
  3. Tap Offload App. This will remove the app but keep its data.offload app without delete user data

2. Remove Unwanted Photos and Videos

Photos and videos often take up the most space on iPhones. Regularly reviewing and deleting unnecessary ones can help maintain free space.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Go to the Albums tab and select All Photos.
  3. Tap Select and choose the photos and videos you want to delete.
  4. Tap the trash icon and then Delete Photos.Manual remove photos from iPhone
Don’t forget to empty the Recently Deleted album to permanently remove these files.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that the Duplicates album was introduced with iOS 16. It assists in locating and removing duplicate photos. Here’s how to utilize it:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Go to the Albums tab and find the Duplicates album.
  3. Review the duplicates and delete the ones you don’t need.delete duplicates on iPhone

3. Clear Browser Cache

Your browser cache stores website data, images, and other files to speed up loading times for frequently visited sites. Over time, this cache can grow large and take up significant space. To clear Safari cache, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Safari.
  2. Scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data.
  3. Confirm by tapping Clear History and Data.clear safari cache

If you use other browsers, such as Chrome or Firefox, you can clear their caches through the app settings. Follow the developers’ instructions for each browser.

4. Clear App Cache

Many apps, such as Telegram, store cache data to improve performance. Clearing this cache can provide more free space without affecting application data.

  1. Open the Telegram app.
  2. Go to Settings > Data and Storage.
  3. Tap Storage Usage.
  4. Select Clear Cache and confirm.clear telegram app cache

In most applications, you can also set automatic cache deletion or specify the maximum amount of cache the app can use. Check the app’s settings for these options.

Similar instructions can be used to delete the cache in other applications. Check the app’s settings or support page for specific instructions.

5. Manage Message Attachments

Message attachments, especially large ones, can take up a lot of space. Review and delete large attachments:

  1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  2. Select Messages and tap Review Large Attachments.
  3. Delete the attachments you no longer need.delete message attachements

6. Auto Delete Old Messages

Setting your iPhone to automatically delete old messages after a set period can help manage storage effectively:

  1. Go to Settings > Messages.
  2. Under Message History, tap Keep Messages.
  3. Select either 30 Days or 1 Year to automatically delete messages older than the chosen period for messages

In the next section, we’ll discuss how to use iCloud Storage to manage and offload data, so that you have enough space on your iPhone for essential tasks.

Use iCloud to Get Enough Storage Space on iPhone

If you’re still struggling with storage space, leveraging iCloud can be an effective solution. iCloud allows you to offload photos, apps, and other data to the cloud, freeing up local storage on your iPhone. It’s worth noting that iCloud provides 5 GB of free storage. For more storage, you’ll need to sign up for a subscription plan.

1. Enable iCloud Photos

Storing your photos and videos in iCloud can get more storage space. When you enable iCloud Photos, your entire photo library is uploaded to iCloud, and you can access your photos from any device signed into your iCloud account.

  1. Go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud.
  2. Tap Photos.
  3. Turn on iCloud Photos. This will upload your entire photo library to iCloud.Sync photos with iCloud
You can also enable Optimize iPhone Storage, which keeps smaller, space-saving versions of your photos on your iPhone and stores the original, full-resolution versions in iCloud. This is particularly useful if you have a large photo library and limited local storage.

2. Offload App Data to iCloud

Some apps can store their data in iCloud, freeing up local storage without losing any information. This feature backs up app data and allows you to access it from any device where you’re signed in to your iCloud account.

  1. Go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud.
  2. Scroll down to see a list of apps using iCloud.
  3. Toggle on the apps you want to store data in iCloud. This will move the app data to iCloud and remove it from your iPhone’s local storage.sync apps data with iCloud
By using iCloud storage, you can effectively manage your iPhone’s local storage while keeping your important data accessible and secure. For more information on using iCloud, visit Apple’s iCloud guide.

In the next section, we’ll cover tips for updating your iPhone and maintaining sufficient storage to ensure smooth updates.

Additional Update and Maintenance Tips

Making sure your iPhone has enough storage for updates and ongoing maintenance is key to keeping it running smoothly. Sometimes, you might see the message “Not enough storage.” This can be due to temporary files or update files taking up space. Here’s how to handle it effectively.

1. Delete Old Update Files

If your iPhone says there’s not enough storage for an update, it might be due to old update files taking up space. Removing these files can free up storage for the new update.

  1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  2. Scroll down to find iOS Update.
  3. Tap on it and select Delete Update.delete old software update

2. Clear Temporary Files

Temporary files can accumulate over time, taking up valuable space. Clearing these files can help free up storage.

  1. Restart your iPhone. This can clear some temporary files automatically.Restart iPhone
  2. Consider using third-party apps designed to clear cache and temporary files, guaranteeing they are trusted and well-reviewed.

3. Regular Maintenance Tips

Regular maintenance helps ensure your iPhone remains in good condition and has enough storage for updates:

  • Update iOS Regularly: Keep your iPhone updated to the latest iOS version. Updates often include optimizations that can help manage storage better.
  • Back Up to iCloud: Back up your iPhone regularly to iCloud to make sure your data is safe and recoverable if needed.
  • Review Storage Usage: Periodically check your storage usage in Settings > General > iPhone Storage and follow any recommendations provided by iOS.
By following these tips, you can maintain sufficient storage on your iPhone, making updates and daily use smoother. For more detailed information on managing iPhone storage and updates, visit Apple’s support page.

With these strategies, you can keep your iPhone running efficiently and avoid the frustration of storage-related issues.


Managing storage on your iPhone involves a combination of identifying the problem, using built-in optimization tools, clearing unnecessary files, and leveraging iCloud storage. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can effectively free up space and maintain your iPhone’s performance, without the worry of running out of memory for updates or everyday use.

Oleksandr Lukashyn is a QA specialist at InsanelyMac, ensuring technical accuracy across content for macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. He recently began writing articles himself, drawing on his expertise to explain complex topics. Team members rely on him for clear explanations and solutions to technical problems.
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