iPhone IOS System size hitting 9 GB

Sheldonsmith

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I have noticed that the system size on my iPhone X, iOS 11.2.5 has swelled to 9 GB. I have been using Public Beta’s and had not noticed that the system size increased.

Any idea how to have it return back to its normal size. Restore in DFU mode?

Insights appreciated,

-Sheldon
 

Samuel79

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Its probably about right it seems daft to need that space but I tend to think if apple cant get the planned obsolescence via there battery trick then filling the os full of junk to take up space to leave you with just under half is the route they will take
 

Banglazed

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Mines actually close to hitting 9GB too and I found out interestingly the Files app takes a considerably 684.5MB despite I’ve never used it. It could possibly be right since apps do stored caches on the device and a freshly restored device should be around 6-8GB for system.
 

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Sheldonsmith

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I recall 6GB at the outset, and a similar thread on this question although I couldn’t find it in the search.
 

Shirasaki

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Mines actually close to hitting 9GB too and I found out interestingly the Files app takes a considerably 684.5MB despite I’ve never used it. It could possibly be right since apps do stored caches on the device and a freshly restored device should be around 6-8GB for system.
My files app take less than 20MB. I somehow manage to infrequently use it.
But my system takes 10GB. Some things could cause this increase: failed to sync music, everything in “recently deleted” in photos app, system logs, thumbnail caches (can be 4GB or a lot more) and so on.
 

zorinlynx

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10.82GB on my 7Plus with iOS 11.2.5. It was almost 13GB and shrank when I purged recently deleted photos.

I think that's what it is; caches and such. I have a 128GB phone with about 40GB of free space, and it's understandable that iOS would cache more data when more free space is available.
 

mateo124

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I believe it includes the iOS system software as well as temporary files. It would explain why our devices now list their advertised capacity whereas before a 128GB iPhone would show as 113GB usable or something along those lines.
 

cynics

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Connecting to iTunes and a manual sync could help especially if you are running Betas (pulling all the diag data off). Removed around 1-2 gb of "system" usage from all 3 of my iOS devices. However for the most part its normal, its mostly system cache that should clear itself if needed.

Unused space is wasted space. Apple will use a lot of it if it sees you don't need it and caching data can benefit performance in anyway.

Online I've found people with near 40gb of system storage usage lol.
 
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ad931

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on my 16GB iphone 6S, system is 9.5GB with 11.3 beta1, on the 11.2 beta's it was around the 6 GB mark which was acceptable but 9GB on a 16GB device is over 50%!!!

Any ideas on how to reclaim the storage? i tried syncing with iTunes, no difference whatsoever.
 

IowaLynn

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on my 16GB iphone 6S, system is 9.5GB with 11.3 beta1, on the 11.2 beta's it was around the 6 GB mark which was acceptable but 9GB on a 16GB device is over 50%!!!

Any ideas on how to reclaim the storage? i tried syncing with iTunes, no difference whatsoever.
Is there a tem file left from installing that beta? It weighed in at around 2.1GB on my iPad.