Does iOS 8 take up 1.1 GB or 5.8 GB?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by TantalizedMind, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. TantalizedMind macrumors 6502a

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    On the update screen it says the file size is 1.1 GB but underneath it says I need 5.8 GB to install it. What?! LOL. I'm confused.
     
  2. ronm99 macrumors 6502

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    The download is 1.1GB, but the installation process also needs free space to unpack files and to perform the installation process. 5.8GB seems like an awful lot, but it is what it is.
     
  3. Menel macrumors 603

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    It comes as a compressed archive. Needs space to expand. Needs space to do it's work.
    Then it'll clean up after itself.
     
  4. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. So if I have 5.8 GB free, after the download installed I would have 4.7 GB free, right?
     
  5. matt9013 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, that is correct.
     
  6. Ulisescm macrumors regular

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    I though the same. Actually I lost and extra gig, two less than before..
     
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  8. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What device are you on? I have a 16GB 5S Verizon.
     
  9. drenline macrumors 6502a

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    IPad Air 16gb.

    It says I don't have 6.9gb space available, I only had 5.7gb free so I had to free up more space.
     
  10. GreyOS, Sep 18, 2014
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    GreyOS macrumors 68030

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    No, you would have more or less the same size as before. You might lose space because iOS 8 is bigger but it won't be 1.1GB bigger.
    edit:removed dumb example.
     
  11. jaymzuk macrumors regular

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    So an iPhone 5C a standard of 8GB of storage, needs to have 5.8GB free, leaving 2.2GB for the existing iOS7 install, apps and other files?

    That's one way of ensuring that 5C owners upgrade next September!
     
  12. GreyOS macrumors 68030

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    Downloading and installing via iTunes will require less space during the installation process.
     
  13. jaymzuk macrumors regular

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    I understand, but forcing customers down certain, more cumbersome paths for something as simple as an iOS update is the antithesis of iOS devices.

    Apple's last decade has been built on the back of devices so intuitive and easy to use that any moron could buy one and feel like they're on the bleeding edge, and new features were the big selling point for an upgrade. The 5C, now Apple's value offering, looks very steep compared to a Moto X.

    At the end of the day, it's not an issue for me. My contract is up next March and I'll wait until next September's launch before deciding on my next phone. Until then, my Moto G is doing a sterling job.
     
  14. lke macrumors 6502a

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    If I install iOS 8 from my iphone it ask 5.8 GB but I only have 1.5 GB

    I install it with itunes and it work perfectly, at the end I have left over 1GB but after installing zen garden ( 400mb ) and other things I have very little space available.
     
  15. Ulisescm macrumors regular

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    For my air it asked 6.9, and at the end it took like 2 gb just like my 5s
     
  16. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

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    It's around 1 GB compressed, 2.1 GB uncompressed, and the phone needs to have space to uncompress the 1 GB file, install the compressed file, and have a back up file in case something goes wrong with the install.
     
  17. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Something like an OS upgrade is pretty much the opposite of something simple.
     
  18. Arndroid macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah iTunes requires about 600 Megs free on the device.
     

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