Quick Fixes iTunes Backup Problem – Not Enough Space Is Available on Computer

In this iMobie post, we will show you how to solve iTunes could not backup the iPhone because not enough free space is available on this computer problem and offer you an iTunes alternative to help you backup iPhone without iTunes.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Mar. 16, 2021

I plan to update to iOS 14, so I am trying to back-up my iPhone 12 to a MacBook pro, but get an error message saying that I do not have enough free space. After emptying my trash and checking my available HD space, it shows that I have over 200gb left, enough to back up my 128GB iPhone. I do not have time machine set up and my HD is not partitioned. Is anyone else having this problem? Any suggestions?

Many iPhone iPad users reported that when they’re backing up their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes, they get an alert message says, “iTunes could not back up the iPhone because not enough free space is available on this computer”, just like the user above. If you are also stuck on this iTunes backup error, then here are some solutions to help you solve this not enough space to backup iPhone problem. Also, we will share with you an iTunes alternative to backup your iPhone without iTunes.

iTunes Cannot Backup iPhone

iTunes Cannot Backup iPhone

How to Fix: Not Enough Space on Computer to Backup iPhone/iPad Problem

Firstly, you should check your computer usage, and make sure that you have enough available space on computer. If your computer is running out space, and you are using a Mac, you can refer to this How to Free up Space on Mac guide to get several solutions. If your computer has enough room but this message keeps popping up when you are backing up your iDevice, you can try performing the possible methods below.

Method 1. Restart Your Computer and Device

Restart iPhone X or later: Press and hold the Side button and either volume button until the power off slider appears > Drag the slider to turn your device completely off > Press and hold the Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

Restart iPhone 8 or earlier: Press and hold the Top (or Side) button until the power off slider appears > Drag the slider to turn your device completely off > Press and hold the Top (or Side) button again until you see the Apple logo.

Restart Your iPhone

Restart Your iPhone

Restart PC: Go to “Start” and click on “Restart”.

Restart Mac: Click the Apple button on your desktop and when you see the dialog box, click on the Restart button.

How to Restart Mac

How to Restart Mac

Method 2. Upgrade iTunes Version

If you have installed an outdated version of iTunes, then it would lead to the problem. So, check if your iTunes is updated to the latest version. If not, just update it to fix the iTunes could not back up the iPhone because not enough free space is available on this computer issue.

Update iTunes to the Latest Version – Check for Updates

Update iTunes to the Latest Version – Check for Updates

Method 3. Delete Corrupted Backups

Deleting corrupted backups to free up more space can be a direct way to fix the “iPhone backup cannot be saved because of not enough space on computer” error.

Launch iTunes: go to iTunes > Preferences > Devices. Select the backup file and click the Delete Backup button.

Method 4. Check USB Port

Make sure that the USB port is working correctly. You can try connecting to a different USB port or cable. The “iTunes not enough space to backup iPhone “problem should be solved.

Method 5. Try iTunes Alternative to Backup iPhone

If the above methods still not solve this problem, you can try using an iTunes alternative to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. AnyTrans is the best award-winning iTunes alternative that you can rely on. It also supports iPhone 12 data backup.

AnyTrans – Backup iPhone to Mac/PC

  • Just a few minutes and 1 click to make a full backup of your iPhone.
  • Cover 10 more types of files than iTunes backup includes.
  • Back up your iDevice automatically, wirelessly at daily, weekly, etc.
  • Unlike iTunes, it won’t erase anything while restoring the backup.

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Now, Download AnyTrans on your computer, and then follow the steps below to backup your iPhone quickly.

Step 1. Launch AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer with USB cable > Click on the “Backup Manager” function on the main interface > Check “Back Up Now” to backup all files on your iPhone.

Back up iPhone with AnyTrans

Back up iPhone with AnyTrans

Step 3. Click on the Back Up Now button to start the process. If you want to protect your data safe and private, please check the “Enable Backup Encryption” option and you can also change the backup path.

Protect Your Backup Data

Protect Your Backup Data

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Method 6. Get out of This Issue via AnyFix

A newly released system/iTunes issue troubleshooter, AnyFix, provides an efficient way to get you out of any iTunes/system troubles. If all these methods mentioned above are failed to work this problem out. We truly recommend you give AnyFix a try which won’t let you down. Here the leading steps will give you a clear tutorial to fix the backup issue.

Step 1. Download AnyFix and run it on your computer > connect your iOS device to the computer > choose the iTunes Repair.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Tap on iTunes Repair from Homepage

Tap on iTunes Repair from Homepage

Step 2. Click on the second one – iTunes Connection/Backup/Restore Error > Tap on the Fix Now to go on.

Fix iTunes Error with Anyfix Easily

Fix iTunes Error with Anyfix Easily

Step 3. In this step, AnyFix will analyze the iTunes’ components to check out the problem. Moments later, you will be asked to authorize the administrator right to AnyFix, click on the yes and OK button to continue.

Authorize AnyFix the Permission to Repair iTunes Issues

Authorize AnyFix the Permission to Repair iTunes Issues

Step 4. Minutes later, you will see the successfully repaired page on your screen.

Repairing Completed

Repairing Completed

How to Backup iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch over Wi-Fi

To back up the iPhone over Wi-Fi, you just need to enable the “Air Backup [your iPhone] Automatically” option in AnyTrans. Then it will backup your iPhone automatically when your iPhone and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Please make sure that you have enabled the “WiFi sync option” in iTunes before trying this function.

Step 1. Free Download AnyTrans on your computer > Run it > Click on “Backup Manager” > “Back Up Now”. If this is the first time that you use Air Backup function, please connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Back up iPhone with AnyTrans

Back up iPhone with AnyTrans

Step 2. Check the “Enable [your iPhone] Air Backup”. You can schedule Air Backup frequency as you like. You can also change your backup to the space you like by changing Backup Path.

Click on Enable Air Backup

Click on Enable Air Backup

If you don’t want to continue the Wi-Fi backup plan, just click the “Remove Device” to remove the device from Air Backup history. Then, it will not back up your iPhone anymore.

The Bottom Line

The above are some useful solutions to fix the iTunes backup error messages problem: iTunes could not back up the iPhone because not enough free space is available on this computer. As you can see, AnyTrans would be your best helper to selectively backup iDevice data when you cannot backup iPhone/iPad/iPod with iTunes.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.