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Question: Why does settings take up most of my storage?

I have an iPhone SE with sixteen gigabytes. Storage takes up 14.76 gigabytes of that storage. (Leaving me with only 1.24 gigabytes of storage for whatever else.) I have factory reset my phone once. Since it happened again I decided to deal with it upon hearing it was a bug that came with iOS 11.2.6. Now I can’t load a great amount of things though. If I go either to Mail or Snapchat it will tell me something along the lines of, “Due to storage being full this cannot be loaded. Free up space by going to settings or deleting apps.” All my photos are put onto Google Photos to free up space and I delete any messages I have weekly, if not bi-daily. I deleted several apps that come pre-installed on the phone and only have three downloaded apps: a banking app, a car maintenance app, and Snapchat. Once I delete any applications Settings quickly fills up even that free space. If this is only a bug it needs to fixed pronto. I don’t mean to be rude by any means, but being an Apple customer for maybe only four years has caused me to consider switching back to Android. (It would not be too rough of a transition, but I do enjoy the Apple Music I frequently use.)

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Unfortunately, it did not help any. I have factory restarted my phone for now and that'll have to just be the solution for now. Thank you for all your help and time.

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Mar 14, 2018 4:35 PM in response to BuggyBooSC In response to BuggyBooSC

Toward the top of Settings > General > iPhone Storage, right under the bar graph showing your used storage but above the individual applications, you should see a "Recommendations" area.


Does that offer some useful recommendations to you?

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Mar 15, 2018 7:48 PM in response to sberman In response to sberman

As mentioned before, I have factory/hard reset it. (I cleared all settings and content, hence why it is at a decent storage usage.) This will only stay low for a couple of days then the original issue will return. I’ve done the same thing one other time.

Mar 15, 2018 7:48 PM

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Question: Why does settings take up most of my storage?