Apple’s OS upgrades are getting bigger by the day. If you have only a 16GB device, you’ll need to have at least 6 GB of storage space to upgrade to the new iOS 8 update over the air. If you want to upgrade your iPhone only using this process, depending on your iPhone model and the last time you updated your device, your space requirements may vary. While the iOS file size itself is only about 1.2 GB, it needs at least up to 6 GB of space to complete the upgrade. That means, if you are running short of space you’ll need to do doing some clearing up and that can potentially take a lot of time. You can avoid all that by upgrading via iTunes, but if you haven’t updated your iTunes version or if you simply don’t use iTunes, then you’ll just have to consider the former option. If that’s what you’re doing, here are a few handy tips that will help you clear up space for your iOS 8 upgrade.
Tips to Clear Up Space For Your iOS 8 Upgrade
Identify and Delete Apps Eating Up Space
There are probably a bunch of apps hogging up all the space on your iPhone. Identify them, see if there are any that you can live without, at least for the moment, and then chuck them out. Typically games you’ve been playing would occupy the top places. Go to Settings > General > Usage. wait for the list to get populated. Then run though the list of offenders and delete them. You can always reinstall them later on after the download.
Lose the Music Files, Videos, and Photos
If you’ve cleared out the unwanted apps and are still short of the required space, its time to offload your music files, videos, and photos. Open up your Videos app and delete stuff you’ve downloaded or purchased. You can always reload them back again later. If there are personal videos or photos transfer them to your PC. Its better to simply copy them to your PC and delete them from your phone later as moving the files doesn’t work effectively. The same goes for photos. If you are using a cloud service, make sure that you move the files from your cloud folder to another folder. As far as music files are concerned moving them to Google Music, Spotify, or other streaming services could save you the hassle of reloading them back again after you’ve deleted them.
Simply doing these two things should clear up the space needed for the upgrade. After the upgrade is complete you will find a lot of the free space back at you. Just reinstall the apps, music files, photos and videos that you can’t live without and you’re good as new.
How has your upgrade experience been? Did you manage to get your iOS 8 upgrade without having to make too many adjustments, or do you think Apple needs to offer a better user experience when it comes to upgrades?