iOS 9 Includes New Auto App Delete/Reinstall Feature for OS Updates on Devices With Insufficient Space

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Developers who are installing the second beta of iOS 9 have discovered a highly useful iOS 9 space management feature, which will help users who have little space on their devices install major operating system updates.

    When attempting to install iOS 9 on a device with insufficient space, there's a popup that offers to temporarily delete some apps in order to make room for the update. Apps that are deleted are then reinstalled and replaced after the operating system update is completed.


    With iOS 8, many users with 16GB devices were disappointed with the large installation size of the operating system. As it was over 4GB, few users with 16GB devices had the space for the update, which may be one of the main reasons that iOS 8 installation rates were slow for several months following release. Given the disappointment that many customers expressed with the install size of iOS 8, Apple's made efforts to make iOS 9 much more space efficient.


    Apple has significantly reduced the installation size of the operating system to just 1.3GB to make it easier for people to find the space for an update, and this new auto app deletion feature will ensure that almost all customers can upgrade their devices with little hassle. Other features, such as app thinning for developers, will also help free up space on devices by installing only the necessary app assets for each device.

    Article Link: iOS 9 Includes New Auto App Delete/Reinstall Feature for OS Updates on Devices With Insufficient Space
  2. Twimfy macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2011
  3. AngerDanger, Jun 23, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2015

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Originally codenamed Flappy_Bird_Removal_Initiative, this feature will go public in iOS 9.
  4. BreuerEditor macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2008
    New Jersey
    But the REAL question is does it put the data back for the app(s) or just reinstall the app?
  5. Prof. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
  6. dannys1 Suspended


    Sep 19, 2007
  7. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I assume that it will simply remove as many big apps as needed and keep the data in place. That's how I would make it at least. :p
  8. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    I certainly hope so. If it doesn't save the app's data and have it available again after the app is reinstalled, that is going to be a very serious problem for a lot of developers.
  9. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    I assume they're only going to do this for Apps that either don't have any locally stored data... or apps that only store data in iCloud.

    Seems like quite a tricky thing to get right... if it goes awry people could easily lose data.

    Also: think about stuff like Spotify. It is the largest app I have on my phone (currently ~8GB). I have all of that music saved offline for listening on the subway. If Apple blows away Spotify and reinstalls it... I now have a chore ahead of me to re-download many hundreds of songs.

    I don't see this being all that popular of an option...
  10. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    If they only did this for some of the stock iOS apps nobody ever uses, and then permanently. If I want to "Find my friends" I'll install the app when I need it, thank you.
  11. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

    Jun 8, 2011
    I think Apple might need to borrow some of Nintendo's Pikmin that they use to transfer data between 3DS consoles.
  12. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    This is not an issue for me but a nice enhancement none the less!
  13. greg8799 macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    I'm still waiting for Apple to increase the iPhone's storage. Why not drop the ancient 16GB and finally start at 32GB?! Now that would be a better solution.
  14. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Relax, they will probably think this through. ;p
  15. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    I agree - I think they will. Just saying that it's going to be tricky to get right. The obvious targets are the biggest apps... but presumably you have all of that data stored there for a reason...
  16. mdelvecchio macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2010
    Gosh I wonder if they thought of this!
  17. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    Very cool. How long before Google copies it?
  18. viper2021 macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2014
    This is good but I hope it doesn't mean that they will keep selling 16GB as their base models for iphones and ipads.
  19. sampaul macrumors member


    Aug 22, 2012
  20. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Would be nice if you could also do this manually. Say, with an app you don't use much but want to uninstall without losing the data. So upon deletion it could backup the data to iCloud. And the next time you install it, it should ask if you want to restore the data as well from iCloud.
  21. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I don't know how iOS handles data storage. Maybe they created a new process for this that retains the data and makes sure that the redownloaded apps are assigned correctly again. I don't think that Apple will use the same deletion process that they use for manual app deletion.

    That would be really cool too.
  22. 6836838 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2011
    Great idea. I guess they do a temporary iCloud backup/restore for the relevant Apps. Clever and a good way to increase iOS9 update.
  23. k1121j macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2009
    New Hampshire
    what happens to the app data is it lost ?
  24. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    How about allowing us to manage cached data? Right now my Twitter client is showing 400MB and 363MB of that is "documents and data". The app itself is only 36MB.
  25. Hustler1337, Jun 23, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2015

    Hustler1337 macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    How much space does the update require? I had less than 1GB of free space left on my device and got the same prompt. But I decided to manually remove apps so I now have 2.2GB of free space. However, I still get 'Software Update Failed' for some reason for OTA update :(


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