This guide explains how you can reduce “system” storage size on your iPhone or iPad. System storage consists of two type of files: (a) system files that are necessary for operating the core system of the device and (b) temporary system files: system settings, backups, logs, caches and other files.
To check your device’s current “System” Storage size, on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > iPhone or iPad Storage > and scroll down:
System storage size can vary a lot. It can be 5 GB or it can be 15 GB. Usually this is normal and again usually you should not worry about system storage if you still have a lot of free space. But if you are low on storage and if you think that system is taking up a lot of storage, you may want to try the following tips:
- The first thing you should try is to restart your iPhone or iPad. Restarting your device will highly likely reduce this system storage. In fact, when I restarted my iPhone system storage went down from 13.17 GB to 11.87 GB.
- You may want to try the following steps. These steps will trigger a maintenance which may reduce the size of system storage:
- Open iTunes on your computer (make sure that you are running the latest version of iTunes)
- Connect your device (your iPad or iPhone) to your computer (Mac or PC) via your USB cable
- Follow the onscreen tips, like entering your passcode or tapping “Trust This Computer”
- Select your iPad or iPhone in iTunes
- Now just wait, you do not need to do anything else. Just wait several minutes
- Now again check current system storage to see if it is reduced
- Now disconnect your device.
- iOS have space recommendations. Following them may help. They are great tips. Here is how:
- Settings > General > iPad or iPhone Storage
- Find the the Recommendations section
- You will see a number of recomendations
- Restore your device from a backup using iTunes or iCloud. Here is how:
- Back up your device. In this article, we will show how you can do this via iCloud. You can also do this via iTunes. On your device, Settings > [your name], and tap iCloud.
- Tap iCloud backup
- And tap Back Up Now
- Wait until backup is completed before moving the next step.
- The next step is to delete all content and settings. This will restore your device to its factory settings.
- Now tap Settings > General > Reset and Erase All Content and Settings. And follow the onscreen guidance, like entering your passcode etc.
- This may take a few minutes and your phone or iPad
- Now you should see a Hello screen
- Again now follow the onscreen steps
- When you are asked, select Restore from iCloud Backup. And again follow the onscreen steps.
If you think that you have a hardware problem, you may want to make a Genius Bar appointment.