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iOS 7.1 Storage Problems Hit iPhone & iPad



The iOS 7.1 update doesn’t seem to be causing widespread installation problems for iPhone and iPad owners, however, we ran into one isolated iOS 7.1 problem that many iPhone and iPad users will likely encounter on their quest to install Apple’s brand new iOS update. Fortunately, there is an easy fix.

Today, Apple released its iOS 7.1 update for iPhone and iPad, ushering in a new era of iOS software. The update promises a number of major fixes for iPhone and iPad users and it also delivers Apple’s new CarPlay feature that should make operating iOS 7 in the car that much easier. Needless to say, it’s an important update for iOS 7.

Millions of iPhone and iPad owners will be installing iOS 7.1 in the days ahead and at least some of them will run into a problem that we encountered earlier today on the iPad Air.


Earlier today, we tried to install the iOS 7.1 update Over-the-Air on a 16GB iPad Air. The device was not connected to a computer but it was on a Wi-Fi network. After trying to download and install the update, we encountered a problem.

According to Apple, the iPad Air needed a whopping 2.5GB of space in order to install the OTA update and our 16GB iPad Air is nearly out of space. In order to free up the space needed for the OTA, Apple recommends deleting items using the Usage Settings option that the company provides in the space below the iOS 7.1 update details.

Those who aren’t near a computer should be the only ones that consider deleting their data.

While deleting a massive app or two could free up the space needed to download and install iOS 7.1 OTA but there is no reason to take such a drastic measure because there is an easy workaround.

iPhone and iPad owners who are tight on space can bypass this problem by connecting the device to iTunes and installing that way. It’s just as fast as the OTA update and it won’t require getting rid of apps, videos, or photos. Those who aren’t close to a computer can either wait or do a little bit of maintenance and delete files that are no longer necessary.

iPad Air

Once the device is connected, iTunes will show a prompt and the iOS 7.1 download and installation process will begin. The update is over 200MB in size due to the changes so will take awhile to finish downloading and installing.

Those who do have plenty of free space should be able to install the iOS 7.1 update without any problems as it appears that it’s smooth sailing for most. Historically, Apple server issues have impacted iPhone and iPad owners trying to install on release day but it looks like Apple’s servers are running beautifully at the moment.



  1. shaunhoppermaths

    03/10/2014 at 1:00 pm

    What if you update it and then your I-pad won’t turn on! ARGH!

  2. Wtf, dude

    03/10/2014 at 1:51 pm

    The storage space on 16G models shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. If you don’t have the space, update with iTunes. End of story. Cancel the panic.

  3. Larry

    03/10/2014 at 4:35 pm

    @ wtf dude exactly, that’s why I have a 64 gb 16 gb are a waste of $$$ splurge and get a 64 if a 128gb gets here I’m on it!! I still update on I tunes anyways duh it’s faster anyways

  4. June Lawrence

    03/10/2014 at 6:12 pm

    I unfortunately deleted apps and then when it still did not work, used iTunes and discovered the update is only 285 mb. However, 4 of us ran into the same problem The update starts and then stops. 2 of us tried again and it worked. For 2 of us, it did not. We are in different states, not sharing WiFi.

  5. Foto Graffer

    03/10/2014 at 6:15 pm

    What a piece of junk! For the 2nd time in a row, Apple has released an update without seemingly performing any beta testing. It will not restore a backup to my iPad, thus I finally had to initialize it as a new device and re-install everything from scratch. Apple, get your act together!

  6. Chirag Girdhar

    03/10/2014 at 8:24 pm

    IOS 7.1 is still having many I was updating my apps and the home screen itself keeps on crashing…and other problem was the smoothness of rotation of lockscreen is still lousy…

  7. James

    03/10/2014 at 11:09 pm

    Why ii Apple forcing these updates to download to my device. I’m pretty much done with Apple.

  8. Theo Kotsovos

    03/11/2014 at 4:43 am

    Some nice UI changes but thats about it…still has bugs

  9. ovature

    03/11/2014 at 10:21 am

    Apple can eat my A$$

  10. GLGBNAF69

    03/11/2014 at 2:14 pm

    And all the bigger iPhone 6 rumors too ya would b nice a 4.7 screen and a 2 gb ram YES!! BUT that said what bad bugs come along with that and iOS 8??? If they don’t have a 4.7 and a 2 gb ram iPhone 6 apple is done!! Android is way ahead of the game, I had iPhones since 2007 and I’m considering buye buye apple!! The galaxy s5 or nexus 7 is like a rack of ribs on the BBQ grill smelling good!! I’ve seen a lot of people I know whom had iPhones as long as I have dumped apple and they ask why I haven’t ?? But my patience is running out of Steve jobs were here this would had been done with the iPhone 5 Tim cook has no idea how to run apple!!

  11. smithra1026

    03/13/2014 at 2:24 pm

    The calendar will not save appointments! Please get this fixed ASAP!

  12. arg

    03/15/2014 at 4:19 pm

    Updated ios 7.1 now my ipad will not charge. Any help out there?

  13. Rich1963

    03/20/2014 at 6:02 am

    Since upgrading none of my Apps work which includes Itunes and App Store – i am stuck going to have to go to apple shop to get it sorted


      04/23/2014 at 4:45 pm

      Same here no apps work that are connected to wifi

  14. dina

    04/05/2014 at 4:27 pm

    Since upgrading none of my Apps work which includes Itunes and App Store – i am stuck going to have to go to apple shop to get it sorted and my phone can not open and it’s still only show apple logo ,,,,

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