Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 10:28 AM (in response to inmyrvm)
What is the exact wording of the message? I've personally never seen a restore generate an "insufficient space" message.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 11:27 AM (in response to diesel vdub)
After I choose restore from backup and select the most recent backup it first gives me the "Restoring phone from backup" window, but then about 5 seconds later a second window comes up that says "iTunes could not restore the iPhone "Mike's iPhone" because not enough free space is available on the iPhone."
After which the phone immediately reboots. I probably done this a dozen times, always creating a new backup first then immediately trying to restore from backup. Just following the instructions in the document to set up syncing on a new PC. My iPad 2 worked fine using those instructions. For some reason the iPhone is having a problem with the restore from backup.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 11:36 AM (in response to inmyrvm)
Restore as new... then once that completes, restore from a good, working backup.
Also, make sure it's not an issue of having iTunes set to sync your entire music library which happens to be larger than the available capacity of the iPhone.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2013 11:10 AM (in response to diesel vdub)
I just restored my phone and when I went to "restore backup", it gave me the exact same error message. How do I see what it's trying to put on the phone? "Sync music" is turned off. I'm so lost. I don't want to lose my contacts and calendar!
I have an iPhone 4, if it makes any difference.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2013 11:17 AM (in response to wrayswife)
Restore as new, then sync your content to your device.
Do not restore from the backup.
If the device has been used as designed, the contacts and calendars are synced to a supported application on the computer or a cloud service and can easily be synced back.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to diesel vdub)
Thanks for the reply, but I know that my contacts have not been synced to a supported application on my computer because I do not have Outlook on my computer. I did not have my notes, contacts, or calendar synced for this reason. Am I screwed? Or is there a way to find out why it won't put my backup on my phone?
Why is the backup that I created immediately before I did the restore suddenly too big for my phone?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2013 5:56 PM (in response to wrayswife)
Outlook is not required for syncing contacts to a computer.
You can sync your contacts with:
- Microsoft Outlook 2003, Microsoft Outlook 2007, Microsoft Outlook 2010 (Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7)
- Windows Address Book (Windows XP)
- Windows Contacts (Windows Vista / Windows 7)
- Address Book (Mac OS X)
- Microsoft Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008, or Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac
Note: If using Microsoft Entourage, use Microsoft Entourage 2008 12.1.2 or later if syncing with Mac OS X v10.6 or later. If you would like to sync data on your Mac with Entourage, enable syncing between Entourage and Address Book.
Without using the device as designed, it is entirely possible that the information is lost.
There are programs that claim to be able to extract information from iPhone backups. A google search will reveal these programs. No support is provided by Apple or via these forums for those programs.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2013 11:11 PM (in response to wrayswife)
I am having the EXACT SAME issue you were having and it is driving me insane! I do not understand now that I have back-up my iPhone and when restoring it tells me my iPhone doesn't have enough free space available. My question for you is, since you had this issue a month ago, did you ever get it resolved???? And if so...could you PLEASE email me back and let me know so I can resolve this issue as well....I wish there was some way we could review our info that is on our "back-up" and delete some stuff that is on there so it will restore back up on my phone.
my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks in advance!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2013 11:42 AM (in response to inmyrvm)
Did anyone ever figure out this problem? Same thing happened to me and now i am back to a factory reset iphone, I noticed when I looked at the backup file in the folder location it says that the file size is 17.7 GB but yet my iphone is only 16 GB and can only really hold about 13.4GB. So I do not see how this could happen? If any help please let me know I am at a lost.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 14, 2013 11:43 AM (in response to mdn57)
It turns out my problem wasn't actually the phone. It was my PC. The error message I was getting incorrectly identified the iphone as running out of space when it was in fact my computer. I had recently gotten a new computer with a 60 gb SSD. Each backup was taking 1-6 gb so it wasn't taking long to fill up. Once I moved the backup folder (in c:\users\[name]\appData\Local\iTunes\Backup) to my 2TB storage drive everything was fine.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 4, 2013 9:36 AM (in response to inmyrvm)
I was having this issue too, I was able to resolve the issue by restoring the phone first to factory settings and than i restored from my backup.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2014 10:08 PM (in response to inmyrvm)
Hey, after trying to figure this out for a long time with the same issus I could not even just do a regular restore because it was still saying there wasnt enough space. There was 8gb free on the phone and 2tb free on my hard drive where the back up saves.
I went to settings on my iphone and reset it through there, the reset without deleting data. Then I went restore through iTunes and it worked. I was able to restore my phone to factory.I was then able to restore my iPhone from back up.
Alot of weird work for no real reason but it worked this way for me. Hope this helps anyone else having similar issues.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2014 10:48 PM (in response to inmyrvm)
make sure before you restore from back up that you have enough space on your hard drive. That was a little error I ran into, also I restored from an older back up.
All of this worked though for myself.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 5, 2014 2:28 PM (in response to inmyrvm)
Go to Setttings and Restore phone to factory defaults.
Then you need to restore from I Cloud or Itunes,
You just need to follow onscreen instructions.