Is your iPhone or iPad full? Try this to quickly reclaim space

“On Monday, Apple released iOS 7.1.2, a minor update to its mobile operating system,” Dwight Silverman writes for The Houston Chronicle. “It was nothing major, fixing some bugs and closing some security holes. Most folks, alerted to it, likely installed the update and went along their way.”

“But some iPhone and iPad owners could not install it because they didn’t have enough space available. This is a common problem, particularly with those devices that only have 16 gigabytes of memory,” Silverman writes. ” I have discovered that there’s often one type of iOS data that can be deleted quickly and easily, and in big chunks, making for a quick, efficient reclamation of space.”

Silverman writes, “Try deleting text messages – specifically, whole threads of messages at a time.”

Read more in the full article here.


  1. The funny thing after the update. The next morning I woke up to watch the World Cup games and I woke up my wife with the sound streamed to the Bluetooth speaker in the bedroom. That was not a pleasant thing. Same thing for iPad and iPhone.

  2. I’ve got constant Diagnostic Reports (which are quite large) and if I don’t sync pretty much daily, they build up and use lots of disk space.

    Reason: Power assertion timeout for “” Simply releasing it now.

    Hundreds and hundreds of them.
    Now it’s going to take a half hour to sync… damn.

    1. I still don’t understand why people still sync “the old-fashioned way”. I sync purely over-the-air, but then again, I’m an iTunes Match user and only access my content from iCloud servers, not synced from my local library. Maybe that’s the difference?

      CAn’t you manage how diagnostic reports are handled in settings?
      Settings > General > About > Diagnostics & Usage.

      It only gives “Automatically Send” and “Don’t Send” as options. Would the “Don’t Send” option also prevent them from being stored? Mine is set to automatic, but I have reports that go back a few months? Wonder why these aren’t removed once sent?

      1. There can be a variety of reasons – backing up to or restoring from a local backup, to access the file structure through third party apps or Apple diagnostic tools, to utilize developer tools, and yes, to access or download your own locally stored media files or data (I would never recommend to anyone that they cease keeping local backups of their data altogether in favor of cloud storage – if it disappears from their servers it’s just as gone forever as with a local backup failure) etc., etc. Granted these are not likely things your average Joe non-nerd would be doing most of the time, if at all.

  3. I had a few people complain about the update about it locking the phone up while the progress bar goes across the screen the second time. A force reboot of the phone seems to fix the issue, but never had that happen before.

  4. Things like text messages and diagnostic logs generally take up. VERY little space (unless there are embedded videos/audio/pics in the texts).

    Otherwise you’d probably free up more space by deleting a single song.

  5. He’s talking about the many pictures and videos we send and receive using iMessage, not the actual texts themselves. Adds up very fast for some users.

    Also this is why we will be able to set the attachments in iOS 8 messages to delete automatically after, I believe, an hour, a day, a month, and never. To keep more space free.

  6. there is very simple solution for you. don’t install freaking so many apps on your device if you don’t use them. contents you don’t watch or listen? you should delete all of them to save some space. it’s not just issue for update 7.1.2. it’s been very old scheme every knows about. don’t complain why your phone is lack of space that it doesn’t even have for updating iOS. shame on you.

  7. The only reason I still plug my iOS devices into my Mac is to sync photos from iPhoto. Everything else is synced via a cloud of some description (iCloud, Dropbox etc.)

    So I’m stoked that Photos is coming in Yosemite and iOS 8, that means my devices will all be 100% standalone but fully synchronised with each other.

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