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TheOnlyTazman Level 1 Level 1

Yes may be a stupid question BUT i can't find this anywhere online. So I need a bit of help on this.


I get a pop-up on the screen every so often ...


Storage almost Full message appearing constantly on my iPhone 4 only AFTER updating to iOS5. After update iOS5 seems to have stolen nearly a BIG chunk of my iPhone's memory/storage for itself, so had to remove a number of apps to give myself at least 700mb free. Message pop-up still appears. I then removed yet more apps - note that with the old iOS4's I never had this issue & all the apps I was removing now worked perfectly fine on the phone!


Then had over 2gb free & yet I was STILL getting the message. My iCloud is 100% free (ie 5gb available). Storage in settings/useage shows up as 2gb+ free.


So what's going on???


The pop-up states: "Storage Almost Full you can manage your storage in Settings."

Dell PC, Windows 7, 64 Bit
Reply by jrssms97 on Jul 26, 2012 6:26 PM Helpful

I'm having a similar issue, I get a message that storage is almost full.  When I checked Usage (Settings-->General-->Usage) I see 0 MB of 13.7 GB is free.  I deleted several apps (this was not an iCloud message) but the message keeps popping up (I have 437 MB free now).  I tried a forced shutdown, but when the phone powers back on, it sits at the Apple screen.  I'm going to try a restore once I get home, and hope that resolves things.  One other symptom---everything on the phone is slow.  When I press an app icon, it takes 5 seconds to open the folder, then another 5 seconds to bring up the app.  Some apps display a blank screen, while others open, then force close.  If this was a Windows POS, I'd think I have a virus.  If a restore doesn't work, a trip to Verizon, and an upgrade to a 32 GB 4S may be in my future.  Hope that doesn't reset 2 year commitment, because I was going to upgrade to an iPhone 5 in October.  My message just started today and I haven't downloaded any new apps since Monday (I've been on iOS 5 since it came out, so this doesn't appear to be an iOS 5 issue).

Reply by Grovech on Dec 8, 2011 12:34 PM Helpful

I started having this exact same issues a couple days ago. It is wreaking havoc on my phone!

Nothing is performing correctly and no matter how much I delete, it doesn't last.

What is filling up that space on it's own???

Reply by Analia10 on Mar 24, 2012 7:57 PM Helpful

Just tried your suggestion and it worked perfectly. I had a massive portion of my iphone taken up by OTHER when in fact I have very few apps, no photosor videos etc. Not sure what the OTHER was but what you suggested cleared most of it out. Thanks!

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  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10

    If you have photos stored on your iPhone, deleting the photo cache can free up storage space.


    iTunes: Understanding the iPod Photo Cache folder

  • TheOnlyTazman Level 1 Level 1

    Carolyn - I have no pics on the phone :(

  • rodent1309 Level 1 Level 1

    I 've got similar problem - after update  there is 16.5 Gb in Other - and I cannot do anything, this is not Musit Foto Etc. may be  that is previous iPhone back-up? How delete it?

  • Goetia Level 1 Level 1

    I started having the same issue this week


    Was somehow at 0 space left on my iPhone4 (with iOS5) and got the message.

    That was fine, I deleted some unused apps and made approx 500mb of space.

    Still was getting the message, so I deleted more. Now I have almost a GB free and am still getting the message quite frequently.

    I shut off the iPhone are rebooted hoping that would clear it out, but it still continues.

    I have no video installed, few photos and mainly apps and music because I lost everything when I updated to iOS5 and reinstalled from a fresh format.

    So it's pretty clean considering I've had it a year...


    Why can't I simply check "Ok, Understood ~ don't remind me anymore!"

    1GB should be PLENTY of free space to not receive the message every 20 minutes or so.




    Message was edited by: Goetia (re:typo)

  • tlfillingim Level 1 Level 1

    I, too, just started having this issue yesterday. My iPhone 4 shows 1.3GB free but I'm getting this Storage almost full message very frequently.


    Interesting that it didn't show up for a week after the iOS 5 upgrade. I haven't added anything to the phone in at least 3 days since I've been out of town.


    When I get home I plan on syncing and doing a full restore. I hope that will fix this.

  • JAC2598 Level 1 Level 1

    Add another one to this list - my free space seems to fluctuate between 1 and almost 3 GB free without doing anything. The phone (iPhone 4 w/ iOS 5) has become sluggish even after closing all apps and turning off/on.


    ::Update:: I have 2.7 GB free, yet I still recive the message.


    I'm confused.

  • Goetia Level 1 Level 1

    This is a continuation to my previous post...

    Yesterday it drove me crazy with the prompt... Storage space is low etc.. Every chance it had it popped up.

    Overnight it cleared up with no action of my own.

    Today, it hasn't came up once.

    Hoping it's all clear now.

  • JAC2598 Level 1 Level 1

    An update on my situation. Almost immediately after I posted this yesterday, I stopped receiving the message and the sluggishness went away.


    I have yet to receive the message, or experience any sluggishness since.

  • a7xfan Level 1 Level 1

    I just got this message today. So I hooked my iPhone up to my mac and it said I have 8.3 GB left. I don't understand what's going on! 8.3 GBs is a lot of room left, right?

  • TheOnlyTazman Level 1 Level 1

    I'm wondering if this will ever be sorted? Don't have the problem on my 4s only seem to be getting it on my 4 after the iOS5 update. Now have over 2gb free still get the msg.


    Can't find anywhere online informing me how to resolve this issue, i presume a complete factory reset then re-install each app 1 at 1 time should work but that's going to take hours. NOT happy with Apple for not informing its users that this could be a problem with the iOS5 update.


    Is it possible to go back to the old iOS4 as I'd rather have a working iPhone that a phone which periodically brings up the pop-up box of low storage?

  • Goetia Level 1 Level 1

    My issues cleared up on it's own....

    Now one thing I did do however was download a few more apps. I figured, if I am getting this message anyway, why not download some new stuff to fill up the extra space I had made, right?


    It may have been coincidence that my issue resolved itself after I added a few new apps - but go pick out something free on the store and see if it helps you too.


    Worth a shot.

  • terry98 Level 1 Level 1

    Yup, happening to me too. I have nearly 2gigs left of storage. This is getting frustrating. Come on us out here!!!

  • terry98 Level 1 Level 1 a complete restore from backup. Worked for me. I noticed I had no room left all of a sudden. Hooked my iphone to my mac and saw that "other" had taken all my remaining space. After restoreing I got back 4gigs of space taken by "other".

  • tlfillingim Level 1 Level 1

    I suspect that this problem cleared up on its own and not because of anything I did.  The day after I started seeing this problem, I disabled all iCloud syncing (backup, docs, apps, everything).  After that, I didn't see the message again.  In the last week, I have re-enabled all the iCloud options that I turned off with the exception of iCloud Backup.  I will enable that today and see if the problem comes back.  I don't really think any of this had a real affect, but maybe it will help someone if they are still seeing this message.

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