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Question: iPhone not enough space for backup

Hi Apple Community,


I recently went from an iPhone 7 128GB to an iPhone X 64GB.

I backed up my iPhone 7 to my computer (I don't use iCloud) and turned in my iPhone 7 to T-Mobile (Jump on Demand program) and now have the iPhone X.


When I tried to backup, I got the error message that I didn't have enough space on my iPhone X.

I am short about ~700mb. My iPhone X has nothing on it - only the ~6gb iOS and apps that come with the phone.


Is there a way I can select what is backed up from my iPhone 7 back up file?

After a couple hours of research, I saw that there are 3rd party programs that advertise that you can do this but I first wanted to ask the community if there is another solution?


Thank you for all your help!

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Mar 15, 2018 9:36 PM in response to dyoon88 In response to dyoon88

When I tried to backup, I got the error message that I didn't have enough space on my iPhone X. I am short about ~700mb. My iPhone X has nothing on it - only the ~6gb iOS and apps that come with the phone.

This makes it sound like you are actually "restoring" not backing up.


When you create a backup, the amount of storage on your device is irrelevant. The device's content is being stored on a Mac/PC via iTunes.


It makes sense that a backup from a 128GB device would not fit on a 64GB device and would cause that error message/issue.

Mar 15, 2018 9:36 PM

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