Your iPhone is running out of storage space and you’re not sure why. You went to Settings and found that “System” is taking up a huge chunk of storage space. In this article, I’ll explain what iPhone System storage is and how you can remove it. These tips work for iPad too!
What Is iPhone “System” Storage?
“System” in iPhone storage consists of essential system files that your iPhone could not function without and temporary files like backups, cached items, and logs.
You can see how much space System is taking up on your iPhone by going to Settings -> General -> iPhone Storage. Scroll all the way down to find System.
Unfortunately, Apple isn’t very helpful beyond that. If you tap on System, you won’t find any useful information.
How To Remove System From iPhone Storage
The first thing to do when System is taking up a lot of storage space is to restart your iPhone. It’s easy for System files to build up and take up a large amount of storage space when you don’t turn off your iPhone for an extended period of time.
Here’s how to restart your device:
- iPhone X or newer and iPads without a Home button: Press and hold the side button and either volume button until “slide to power off” appears on the screen. Swipe the red and white power icon from left to right.
- iPhone 8 or older and iPads with a Home Button: Press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears on the display. Slide the power icon from left to right to shut down your device.
Optimize Apple Music Storage
Another trick that has helped a lot of people clear System storage is turning on Optimize Storage for Music downloads.
Open Settings and tap Music -> Optimize Storage. Turn on the switch next to Optimize Storage and select None under Minimum Storage.
Follow Apple’s Storage Recommendations
Apple provides some great storage recommendations when you go to iPhone -> General -> iPhone Storage. These are great for saving storage space on your iPhone and might help clear out System storage.
Tap Show All to see all of Apple’s storage recommendations. Tap Enable or Empty next to the recommendations you’d like to turn on. Apple also recommends reviewing large files such as videos, panoramas, and Live Photos, which can take up a lot of storage space.
Erase All Content And Settings
If the iPhone System storage problem persists, we recommend erasing all content and settings on your iPhone. This reset will erase everything on your iPhone — your photos, contacts, songs, custom Settings, and more. It should also clear out the System files taking up storage space.
Before performing this reset, it’s important to save a backup of the data on your iPhone. Otherwise you’ll lose your photos, contacts, wallpaper, and everything else!
Once you’ve backed up your iPhone, open Settings. Tap General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings to reset your iPhone.
Fight The System!
You’ve fixed your iPhone and eliminated some of that iPhone System storage. Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your family, friends, and followers how they can save iPhone storage space too. Leave a comment down below and let us know how much storage space you freed up!