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iOS 7 Update Storage Issues Strike



The iOS 7 release is finally here and it’s anything but a smooth ride for 16GB iPhone and iPad owners who need to clear out space for the iOS 7 update to download and install.

Compounding this problem is the general iOS 7 Software Update Failed error that many users are getting while attempting to be among the first to download the iOS 7 update.

Several members of the Gotta Be Mobile team own 16GB iPhone 5s and 16GB iPads, are not able to download and install iOS 7 on these devices without deleting photos, videos or apps to make room.

The iOS 7 update error for not enough storage.

The iOS 7 update error for not enough storage.

The iOS 7 update requires at least 3.1GB to 3.3GB of available storage space on the iPhone or iPad to download and unpack for the installation. If you have less than 3.1GB of space available, or you have just 3.1GB of space available you will need to make some room for this update.

After it is installed users will not lose this 3.1GB of space to the iOS 7 update, it is only needed for the installation process. The iOS 7 download is roughly 750MB in size.

This isn’t an issue for most users on a 32GB or 64GB iPhone or iPad as there is typically more room for the installation file.

Users need to free 3.1GB to 3.3GB of storage space for the iOS 7 update.

Users need to free 3.1GB to 3.3GB of storage space for the iOS 7 update.

When users with not very much storage space attempt to download and install iOS 7, they will see a small error message that tells them there is not enough storage space.

The easiest way to get around this error is to try the iOS 7 update on your computer with iTunes. In previous years using iTunes to update allowed users to get on the latest version of IOS without un-installing apps or deleting media.

Check out our how to install iOS 7 guide and skip to the iTunes part to give this a shot.

If you cannot use iTunes you need to go to Settings -> General -> Usage to see which apps or videos are taking up the most space on the iPhone or iPad. This will allow you to delete the biggest apps for a faster iOS 7 upgrade, instead of hunting and deleting on the iPhone or iPad.

Free up storage on the Pad or iPhone for iOS 7.

Free up storage on the Pad or iPhone for iOS 7.

While doing this keep in mind you will need at least 50% battery life to perform the upgrade, so plug in to stay charge up. This is another reason why the free 8GB iPhone 4s that arrives later this week could prove troublesome down the road.



  1. Andy Wads

    09/18/2013 at 10:59 am

    My iOS7 update failed and put the phone into recovery mode….. stuck until I can restore from my laptop (locked in a drawer in the office grrr) and iTunes!

    • Emilee

      09/18/2013 at 11:15 pm

      Search in YouTube how to restore it without a laptop that’s what I did and it worked

  2. bu

    09/18/2013 at 11:05 am

    I have 24Gb available on my ipad 2 but still getting software update failed!

  3. koko

    09/18/2013 at 11:18 am

    iphone 5 16gb stuck on ‘less than a minute to download’ for over 30 min. tried to restart but nothing is happening – should have bought an android

    • Tony

      09/18/2013 at 11:23 am

      You know what Apple folks always like to say, “It just works”….yeah, right. You have it right…buy Android.

      • wacka

        09/18/2013 at 12:18 pm

        the hell does android have to do with this? you guys are pathetic, millions of people are doing the update right now, has it come to your small little brains that the servers are busy? this is not an apple software issue, but a network traffic issue, which was mentioned to happen anyways, its common sense.. dumbasses

        • flocka

          09/18/2013 at 4:06 pm

          lol if the servers were busy why would there be a local storage issue. clearly you’re the dumbass here

      • Greg Lescoe (@doctorfedora)

        09/18/2013 at 7:06 pm

        Yeah! That way you never have to worry about an update coming out for your phone that you might have to install.

        • Lourdes Zalcik

          11/06/2013 at 8:57 pm

          Actually I was worried enough to avoid updating until now, and that is because lots of apps require the upgrade and my iPad has become unstable. And I am behind by two upgrades.

    • Shirley

      09/18/2013 at 1:30 pm

      ITA. As soon as my contract is up. I’m all over the Samaung galaxy. And I won’t have to keep the darn phone charging all day. Smh

  4. Appletobegone

    09/18/2013 at 11:26 am

    I knew it that’s apple for ya!! And ios 7 issue I say terror attack on apple head quarters!! Glad I’m a android guy apple sucks have fun apple fanboys!!! Haaaaaaa I told yaaaa!!!

    • wacka

      09/18/2013 at 12:19 pm

      people like you shoudl be look upon “terror attack on apple” hmmm I might refer your comment to FBI..

    • android hemhroid

      09/20/2013 at 11:25 am

      androids get hacked every ten seconds…duh!

  5. Stacie

    09/18/2013 at 12:14 pm

    Mine downloaded but now says Software Update is not available at this time. Try again later.

    • Norm

      09/18/2013 at 12:44 pm

      Same here

    • Crappy Iphone

      09/18/2013 at 1:13 pm

      same here

  6. larry

    09/18/2013 at 3:58 pm

    i waited till i got home, something told me this was gonna happen, so i waited till after work and went easy in less than ten mins, trust me it felt like more cause all the topics on the errors and at work i was like ohhh noooo!! keep trying its worth the wait people you will be happy with it!! it worth the wait trust me after 7 years apple finally did what i waited for a new look!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!! YOU WILL GET IOS 7!!! ITS NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!

  7. Wyatt Weseman

    09/18/2013 at 8:17 pm

    I have a 5 gig iphone 4 and I deleted everything but it still says I’m using 4.1

    • Lourdes Zalcik

      11/04/2013 at 6:06 pm

      Same here. I have erased more and more, and my iPad still says I have 2.4 GB left. That amount has not increased at all despite the fact I deleted more apps and documents worth at least that much.

  8. Pali

    09/20/2013 at 10:34 am

    I have iPhone 5 and I deleted everything from photos to apps to make space for update but it’s still not showing enought space available to update. The most space available after deleting everything is 2.8! What is taking up all this space as I have deleted everything that I see and can?!? Help please??!!?!

    • Lourdes Zalcik

      11/06/2013 at 8:58 pm

      I have the same question, but it looks like in here all people do is vent about the upgrade and brag about Android.

      • Pali

        11/06/2013 at 9:04 pm

        I actually fixed it! Just reset your phone completely…erase all data and everything and restart it…where you log in apple from the beginning. It works great now and all the space is available!

        • Rhett

          11/13/2013 at 12:12 am

          Sounds like a plan ! I’m on it… And FINALLY someone states a solution!

        • Lourdes Zalcik

          11/13/2013 at 7:13 am

          I upgraded from itunes. It also worked fine, and I did not have to reset, but resetting from time to time is good because the device works like is new. I just felt too lazy to do that at this time.

  9. android hemhroid

    09/20/2013 at 11:21 am

    you all are stupid

    • Lourdes Zalcik

      11/06/2013 at 9:01 pm

      If reading this article and wasting your time just to post comments that have nothing to do with the issue or the solution and you don’t even have a device running iOS is not stupid, then what is?

  10. android hemhroid

    09/20/2013 at 11:22 am

    androids get hacked every 10 seconds

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