How to Clean Up iPhone/iPod/iPad touch to Install iOS 12

There is no enough storage on iPhone iPad & iPod touch for iOS 12? This article will share you some useful tips to make room for iOS 12, as well as another way to update without deleting any existing data.

By iMobie | Posted on: Sep. 17, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 17, 2018
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As in past years, there is no except that Apple is going to release the next generation of the new iOS system – iOS 12 in this September. Accompany with lots of amazing new features, many new problems also come into being. However, this won’t prevent lots of Apple fans upgrading their iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to iOS 12. Even for the beta version, thousands of users are already experiencing it.

If you already make a decision to upgrade to iOS 12, there are lots of preparations you need to do in advance, for instance, back up your iPhone iPad or iPod touch at first, make a full charge of the device, connect the device to a stable Wi-Fi network, etc. Besides, there is another essential thing you need to take into consideration that is the storage of your iOS device.

Insufficient space is one of the most common causes of iOS 12 unable to check for the update especially for those who are running 16 GB or 32 GB storage plan. When you see the message that “This update cannot be installed because it requires at least xx GB of storage. You can make more storage available by deleting items in Usage Settings.”, which tells you there isn’t enough room for iOS 12. So, as you can see, it is necessary to solve iOS 12 storage issue before updating. For how to make room for iOS 12, the following tips can help you make it with no effort.

Before taking steps to free up space on your iOS device, you need to check the iDevice storage usage by going to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage.

Tip 1. Remove Useless Photos & Videos & Music

You know that photos, videos, and music take a lot of storage on your iPhone iPad, so, clean some useless photos, videos and music from your iOS device is the first method you can use to release more space.

Tip 2. Remove Unwanted Apps

Besides photos and videos, apps take up the most storage space on your iPhone iPad, some of them come in the hundreds of megabytes, but its document & data may take up to several GB storage. Thus, it is an efficient way to free up space on iPhone/iPad/iPod by removing some unneeded apps. Below are two ways to remove unneeded apps.

Directly delete: tap and hold the app icon and waiting for it to wiggle, then tap the “X” that appears in the upper right corner.

Delete in the Settings: Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage (here take iPhone for example). Choose the app you want to delete, tap it and then click Delete App button.

Make Room for iOS 12 on iPhone/iPad/iPod - Delete Unwanted Apps

Make Room for iOS 12 on iPhone/iPad/iPod – Delete Unwanted Apps

Tip 3. Clean up Messages/iMessages and its Attachments

Actually, just the text of Messages and iMessages don’t take up much space, but the attachments like images, voice, videos etc. would take much room. So, cleaning up useless Messages is another way to free up more space for iOS 12. However, it is also necessary for you to backup all your Messages to the computer in case of important data loss. You can delete messages manually by going to Message app, tap Edit on the top-left, select messages you want to delete, click the Trash Can icon on the bottom-right. Or you can remove messages with an easy way: How to Delete Messages/iMessages from iPhone iPad Quickly & Permanently >

Tip 4. Remove Other Files to Clean up iPhone/iPad/iPod touch

Actually, besides data you can directly see on your iOS device like photos, videos, movies, etc., there are many other data on your device occupies much space. But you may have no idea what the Other data on your iOS device is and how to remove it?

The Other category includes browser history, caches, cookies, logs as well as database files stored by apps. To clean the Other files, the easiest way is to restore iOS device via iTunes or iCloud. However, this might cause you data loss. Don’t try this before backing up everything on your iOS device. But, junks, caches, and cookies can’t be removed without a clean tool like PhoneClean. PhoneClean could help you deep scan then safely remove unneeded contents like browsing history, Safari cookies/caches, webmail caches and more from your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.

Free up Space to Install iOS 12 on iPhone/iPad/iPod - Remove the Other Files

Free up Space to Install iOS 12 on iPhone/iPad/iPod – Remove the Other Files

Tip 5. Update to iOS 12 by using iTunes

When you try to update your iOS device over the air, if there isn’t enough space to download and install iOS 12, you can have a try to update to iOS 12 by using iTunes. In this case, you don’t need to remove anything from your device. But, lacking space is still a potential problem, so it is better to handle it as soon as possible.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to fix iOS 12 storage issues. Remember to back up your iOS device before cleaning to avoid data loss. If you feel this post is helpful, you can share it to help more people. If you have any other iOS 12 problems or want to speed up iOS devices, you can refer to those pages for help.


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