Question: Hello, I am running into a problem when restoring the iPhone from backup in iTunes. It’s telling me, iTunes could not restore the iPhone, because not enough free space is available on the iPhone. What’s wrong with my iPhone and how to solve it?
– A User from Yahoo Answers
After Apple released the latest iOS 12, many users updated their iPhone or iPad to this brand new iOS system. However, you may come across many iOS update problems like this or that. One of the annoying problems, like the user mentioned above, is that not enough space on iPhone to restore from backup. When you try to restore iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from backup on iTunes, you may get this error message as well. Have you encountered it? Have you fixed it? If you haven’t, this iMobie guide is what you are looking for; you will get what you want. What’s more, this article also suitable for fixing not enough space to restore iPad iPod backup.
Not Enough Space on iPhone to Restore
To fix this problem of iPhone restore not enough space, you need to check the storage of your device firstly, because you need to know whether it is really that there isn’t enough space on your device to restore it. Follow us to check storage on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch: Go to Settings > General > Usage > See how much available space on your iDevice.
If you haven’t enough available space on iPhone or iPad, you need to get more free space on your device. If there is having enough space on your iPhone iPad, this means the message of having not enough space is available on the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch is wrong. No matter which you are, you can try the following methods to fix it:
Method 1: Free Up Space on iPhone iPad with a Quick Way
You can free up space on iPhone/iPad/iPod by removing unwanted songs, photos, videos, etc. However, this is a huge and complicated job. And there are many junk files you even can’t find out at all. So, if you want to quickly free up more space on your iOS device, you can with the aid of some tools, such as an all-around cleaning tool – PhoneClean, which can help you clear up your device’s space with ease. It aims to remove all kinds of junk files from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to free up more space, and also allows you to delete all unwanted files and data to get more available storage on your iDevice. More than anything, it will make a backup of iPhone automatically before performing any cleaning work so that you can easily get them back in case of mistaken deletion.
It supports all models of iPhone/iPad/iPod in iOS 7/8/9/10/11/12. Besides, PhoneClean not only allows you to clear storage on your devices but also can help you restore your iPhone in a safe & reliable way.
How to Fix iPhone Restore Not Enough Space with PhoneClean
Method 2: Update iTunes to the Current
The error may be caused by iTunes, so update it to the current with steps bellow:
Run iTunes > Click Check for Update > Follow the prompts to install the latest version of iTunes.
Or you can also install the iTunes from your computer, and then download a new one from Apple official website.
Method 3: Upgrade iOS Version
After updating your iTunes to the current, you can upgrade your iOS version to the latest with the iTunes. Here is a detailed tutorial about How to Install iOS 12 on your iDevice, you can follow it to upgrade your iOS version.
After updating your iTunes or iOS version, you can try to restore your iDevice with iTunes again and see whether if you had fixed the problem of having not enough space to restore iPhone backup. If you hadn’t, follow us to try the following methods.
Method 4: Restart Your Computer and iDevice
Disconnect your iPhone/iPad from your computer, and then restart your iDevice and computer.
For restarting an iPhone which is easy to do, however, as iPhones have changed over the years, the operation of rebooting an iPhone has been slightly different. Here is a comprehensive guide will tell you how to restart an iPhone, including iPhone up to iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 to iPhone 8/8+, iPhone X, and the new iPhone XS, iPhone XR.
Also Read: How to Force Reboot an iPhone >
Method 5: Checking the Security Software Settings
Sometime your security software may prevent you from restoring your iDevice from an iTunes backup. Therefore, when restoring your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you need to disable the security software on your computer, or change its settings. About how to make it, you can follow this guide: How to Fix the Problem Between iTunes and Security Software >
If you still can’t fix this iTunes restore problem – not enough free space on iPhone after trying the all methods mentioned above, you can consider making a new iTunes backup and restoring your iDevice on another computer. Or you can follow Method 6 to get an iTunes alternative to restore your iDevice. Next, we will show you how to restore iDevice from iTunes backup with an iTunes alternative.
Method 6: Restore iPhone iPad with an iTunes Alternative
Normally, we want to restore our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch due to several reasons, such as, restore data from an old backup after getting a new device, troubleshoot a problem, or want to get back deleted or lost data, while the first and the third are the most common reasons. What does make you want to restore your iDevice? Reason 1 or Reason 3? No matter what reason makes you want to restore your iDevice with iTunes, here we offer you an iTunes alternative – PhoneRescue to help you restore specific data you really need from iTunes backup and iCloud backup rather than restore the whole backup, as well as fixing the problem of not enough space on iPhone.
PhoneRescue is an all-in-one data recovery software, supports getting back data from both Android and iOS devices. With PhoneRescue for iOS, you can get back deleted data without effort. At the same time, it is also a best backup restore tool, which allows you to restore different types of data in iTunes or iCloud backup with ease, including photos, videos, messages, contacts, call history, notes, etc. Besides, it makes it possible for you to preview and restore the specific type of data from iTunes/iCloud backup directly, and even specific items you really need, and without erasing previous data on iPhone.
Now, download PhoneRescue (choose PhoneRescue for iOS) on your Mac or PC computer, and then follow steps below to selectively restore iPhone data from backup.
Step 1 Run it and connect your iPhone with USB cable. If you want to restore from iTunes backup, just select Recover from iTunes Backup, or select Recover from iCloud if you want to restore from iCloud backup. Here take Recover from iTunes Backup for example.
Fix iTunes Restore Not Enough Space on iPhone – Step 1
Connect your iPhone at first if you want to restore data from iTunes backup to iPhone directly.
Step 2 PhoneRescue for iOS will detect all the iTunes backups on your computer; select a backup contains the data you want to restore. It gives you the ability to choose the type of data you want to restore, here we select all, and click on OK to scan data in iTunes backup.
Fix iTunes Restore Not Enough Space on iPhone – Step 2
Step 3 Preview and select the data you want to restore from iTunes backup, and then click on the To Device icon to restore selected data to your iPhone directly.
Fix iTunes Restore Not Enough Space on iPhone – Step 3
1. As you can see from Step 3, you can restore data from iTunes backup to your iPhone directly, and won’t replace the previous data on your iPhone. Besides, you’re also be allowed to extract data from iTunes backup to computer as well.
2. It also enables you to set the output format of the data you want to extract from iTunes backup to computer, for example, you can export contacts in .vcf and .csv, or messages in .text or .html., etc.
Also Read: How to Export iPhone Text Messages to PDF >
As you see, using PhoneRescue for iOS to selectively restore iTunes backup or iCloud backup can help you fix the issue of iTunes restore not enough space on iPhone without effort. More than anything, it can help you fix lost data after updating iOS, fix some iOS update problems like failure update, stuck on Apple logo, unable to start iOS, etc. Now, download it to have a try.
Now you have learned several ways to solve the problem of having not enough space on iDevice to restore, hope you can restore your iPhone/iPad with iTunes backup smoothly. If you also meet other problem when restoring, like the iTunes backup is not compatible or corrupt, the firmware files are not compatible, the device is eligible for the requested build, etc, please visit this iMobie guide to fix them with ease. Absolutely, you also can get some solutions to fix iTunes backup problems. By the way, if you have other solutions to solve this problem, be free to share with us by leaving a comment in the comment section.