iPhone 5s storage space and iOS 9

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by caspian915, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. caspian915 macrumors member


    Dec 3, 2006
    New Orleans, LA, USA
    My girlfriend has a 5s (16GB) which is getting towards completely full. She hasn't upgraded to iOS 9 yet. I just read that it is very slimmed down in comparison to iOS 8.

    Is there a recommended way to make the upgrade so that her phone comes out the other side with more space available? I realize this might sound like a naive question, I've just never actually owned an iPhone despite being a Mac user.

    I know I can plug it in and update via iTunes, but would it behoove me to reset the device with iOS 9 and do a sort of "audit" of apps? Or is that just extra work and just updating via iTunes will save space by default?

  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    If her iPhone is nearly full, you may not be able to update it to iOS 9.2.1 using iTunes. It may tell you that there is not enough room to do the update. Resetting her iPhone will wipe out everything on it so be sure to do an iCloud backup first and probably a good idea to also back it up to her Mac via iTunes. It's probably better to try and create more space on her iPhone before doing anything.
  3. William Wales macrumors member

    William Wales

    Dec 24, 2015
    Los Angeles
  4. Sare2514 macrumors newbie


    Nov 11, 2015
    Yep. You can update to latest iOS system by using iTunes. That will work, but it won't free up iPhone space.
  5. ChrisWilliam macrumors member


    Jan 20, 2016
    maybe it's a good idea. :)

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