iOS 11 System storage climbing until phone storage full

asin_visage

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Sep 21, 2017
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Has anyone experienced a random, slow, steady increase in their system storage size in iOS 11? I just did a backup and restore and everything was normal again, but about 10 minutes after the phone was setup, the system storage started to climb again and the phone is again almost full...

Any ideas?

Thanks!
 

slooksterPSV

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Apr 17, 2004
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What’s apps are showing as being the largest? My storage usage keeps going down. I think it’s because I removed the backup from iCloud, but I’ve installed and updated other apps too.
 

asin_visage

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Original poster
Sep 21, 2017
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No apps at all, oddly. They seem to stay the same size, but the 'system' storage (the item at the bottom of the storage list) goes up and up and up until there's no more up! Phone also feels quite hot, and loses batter power really fast--even after a restore. I've had the phone for a while (a 6S), so this is all new.
 

Thomasbritton

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Sep 26, 2017
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No apps at all, oddly. They seem to stay the same size, but the 'system' storage (the item at the bottom of the storage list) goes up and up and up until there's no more up! Phone also feels quite hot, and loses batter power really fast--even after a restore. I've had the phone for a while (a 6S), so this is all new.
I’m experiencing the exact same.

I’ve tried the erase all content and restore from backup method and system just takes everything it can still.

I’m on an iphone6+
 

Henry63

macrumors newbie
Sep 30, 2017
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I’m experiencing the exact same.

I’ve tried the erase all content and restore from backup method and system just takes everything it can still.

I’m on an iphone6+
I have the same problem with my iphone SE 32Go. 32 Go are used out of 32 ! I suppressed apps, but the system (or whatever) grews up and consumes all memory.
 

JONYZA

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Oct 16, 2017
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I’m experiencing the exact same.

I’ve tried the erase all content and restore from backup method and system just takes everything it can still.

I’m on an iphone6+
[doublepost=1508171034][/doublepost]Yes same problem I’m using 6s
 

Henry63

macrumors newbie
Sep 30, 2017
3
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I fixed the problem (I think). Doing a backup with itunes, I saw mention of mp3 podcast files, very old ones. . I have a lot of podcast in itunes, sync on all devices. On the mac, you can have a podcast referenced, but not subscribed. I have the feelings that on ios, the podcast app runs wild and tries to download all the unsubscribed but referenced podcast. I backuped and restored the iphone: no change. I forbid podcast app to download new podcasts, I removed all the these podcasts, but memory was not reclaimed. Updating to 11.0.3 reclaimed the memory : 10gb freed. Success.
 
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Henry63

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Sep 30, 2017
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Sure. But here I am talking about unsubscribed podcast downloaded and NOT SHOWING UP in memory usage or podcast list.
 

Mlrollin91

macrumors G5
Nov 20, 2008
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have about 9.65GB of "System" storage...not sure what it is?
I think its mainly system and app caches. Mine tends to hover between 7.5-9.0GB on my 8Plus. My Air 2 stays closer to 6-7GB. The number seems to go up and down on its own.

A fresh install with nothing installed is about 5.5-6GB.
 
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yanki01

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Feb 28, 2009
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I think its mainly system and app caches. Mine tends to hover between 7.5-9.0GB on my 8Plus. My Air 2 stays closer to 6-7GB. The number seems to go up and down on its own.

A fresh install with nothing installed is about 5.5-6GB.
the weird thing is i didn't see this when Friday when i activated it. all of a sudden I saw it late yesterday.
 

barger01

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Apr 6, 2011
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Plug your phone up and sync to iTunes...I haven’t synced to iTunes in years and my system size was up for 11gbs on iOS 11. After plugging it up, it immediately dropped to 2gb...it’s back up for 3.9gbs today so idk if it will get as high as it did before. I’m on iOS 11.2 on iPhone X if that matters.
 

Cubflyer

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Nov 1, 2017
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Plug your phone up and sync to iTunes...I haven’t synced to iTunes in years and my system size was up for 11gbs on iOS 11. After plugging it up, it immediately dropped to 2gb...it’s back up for 3.9gbs today so idk if it will get as high as it did before. I’m on iOS 11.2 on iPhone X if that matters.
I'm on 11.1.1 now and System still eating up space!

Complete reset and itunes Backup did not help, still there...
 

Shirasaki

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May 16, 2015
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Plug your phone up and sync to iTunes...I haven’t synced to iTunes in years and my system size was up for 11gbs on iOS 11. After plugging it up, it immediately dropped to 2gb...it’s back up for 3.9gbs today so idk if it will get as high as it did before. I’m on iOS 11.2 on iPhone X if that matters.
I sync my iPhone with iTunes about once per day at least. Never reclaim any space through the process. System uses nearly 9 GB with like 3 GB being in “others” that iOS has no idea about.
I respect the intention to not let user mess up with system. But these storage related issues are bothering more people. Is Apple really designing these iPhones to ONLY ever be used with all cloud based apps only? What is the point of 512GB then?
 

Appleman11

macrumors newbie
Nov 11, 2017
11
1
Experiencing the same issue. Climbed up from 6 GB to 14 GB in 11.1 GM and now to 16 GB used for the system over the past week. Using an 8+ with 64GB.
 

Appleman11

macrumors newbie
Nov 11, 2017
11
1
Update to 11.2. This fixes the issue (at least for me). If not, you should back up, erase and setup your phone again.
 

Deadcalf

macrumors newbie
Mar 27, 2018
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Has anyone experienced a random, slow, steady increase in their system storage size in iOS 11? I just did a backup and restore and everything was normal again, but about 10 minutes after the phone was setup, the system storage started to climb again and the phone is again almost full...

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Yeah. Switch out of iPhone ASAP. That’s what I’m gonna do. When my system is saying it’s taking up almost more than half of the storage it’s time to get out. Oh but I can save space by turning on my cloud storage... no thanks.
 

kenny christantio

macrumors newbie
Apr 26, 2018
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i got it fixed I guess you can just remove your other system storage such as safari website data your old Imessage which is a lot and your unreaded emails because once my system was 51 gigabyte I got an iPhone 7+ but after I deleted all of that it became to 20 giga so it helped me a lot and don't forget to sync your others in iTunes so your storage is divided between photos and other system so your processor is much faster to process
 
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