[5 Tips] How to Fix iPhone Storage Full but It's Not

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Cedric Grantham Updated on Jul 06, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

"My iPhone 6 keeps says iPhone storage full but it's not, I only have several pictures and less than 10 applications installed on my 64 GB iPhone. I can’t take any new pictures or record new videos."

"My iPhone 5 says iPhone storage full after I have deleted many large photos, videos, and games."

"My iPhone 7 shows iPhone storage full but nothing on phone or doesn't add up."

Above problems are the most common storage issues bothering iPhone users a lot. When facing with iPhone storage full but it's not, manually deleting individuals files or apps doesn’t work. It’s hard to specify the reason for iPhone storage full not nothing on phone. Following tips are what many users have tried and they’ve worked. Give it a try.

5 top ways to fix iPhone storage full but it's not on iPhone 5/6/7

Tip 1. Back up your iPhone files to the computer

The aim of backing up iPhone to Windows computer or Mac OS devices is to protect the data from directly removing. iPhone always carries some important info of you which can’t be lost in some ways. How to back up iPhone to the computer in the easiest way? Use EaseUS MobiMover Free, the top one and 100% free iPhone data transfer software that allows users to export iPhone data to PC/Mac in a readable way, transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud, add content to iPhone without iTunes, and manage iOS data on PC/Mac with comprehensive solutions.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer running Windows OS or Mac OS with a USB cable. Tap "Trust" on your iPhone screen when it pops up. Run EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to the "Phone to PC" mode. Move your mouse to the right pane and click "Next" to continue.

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Step 2. MobiMover enables you to back up all the supportable data, such as photos, videos, messages, contacts and more. You can set the destination for saving iPhone backup file on your computer. If you don't do any change, MobiMover will save the data to your desktop. Once choose the files and set the location, click "Transfer" to back up iPhone to computer without iTunes or iCloud

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Step 3. Wait for a while and let the software finish data transfer. Please don't disconnect the device while transferring. When the process ends, you can view, edit or remove the copied files as you need. 

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Tip 2. Delete all the photos/videos or other large documents from iPhone

After having made an iPhone backup to the computer, you can delete the files takes lots of space straightforward. You can remove photos, videos, or music on your iPhone selectively or one by one, which must take a long time. If you want to delete all of them at one time, then, try EaseUS MobiMover Free iPhone manager. With MobiMover Free iOS management tool, you can delete all contacts on iPhone, remove all photos from iPhone at one time or delete all music in the quickest way.

Tip 3. Delete your iPhone backup

If you have turned on iCloud backup and the iCloud storage is full, you will see iPhone storage full message on your phone, even there is nothing on your local iPhone or you have deleted some large documents just now. To solve this problem, one valid way is to delete iPhone backup.

Go to your iPhone Settings > tap Your Name > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups > Delete Backup.

Tip 4. Disable iCloud Photo Library

If you have enabled iCloud Photo Library, it will automatically upload and store your entire library in iCloud to access photos and videos from all your devices. The photos and videos in your photo library are always in large size, which can easily eat of the 5GB space on iCloud. Therefore, disable iCloud Photo Library service is a good way to stop iCloud storage full, then your iPhone won't says iPhone storage full but nothing on phone.

Go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Photos > find iCloud Photo Library and turn it off.

Tip 5. Restore your iPhone from backup

If the above four tips can't settle the problem, the final way you can have a try is to restore your iPhone from backup. You can choose to restore your iPhone from iTunes backup.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and run iTunes.
  • Click on the device icon in the upper left corner of iTunes and click Summary.
  • Click Restore Backup. When the option appears, choose the latest iTunes backup and click Restore. If you have encrypted the iTunes backup, you need to enter the password to unlock the iPhone backup.

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