iPhone XS iPhone XS - iPhone Storage Full (System growing at 35 GB and up)

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  1. nutmac macrumors 601

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    iPhone XS is replacing iPhone 7 Plus, which used about 45 GB out of 128 GB. The migration was uneventful and everything seemed normal.

    Then I get "iPhone Storage Full" error. So I poke at Settings | General | iPhone Storage, and lo and behold, System at the bottom is taking more than 35 GB of storage.

    After Googling, I proceed to restore from backup, which brings it back down about 1 GB of System storage. Several hours later, it's back to 35 GB.

    What the heck is going on? At this point, I feel like making a Genius appointment. If they cannot fix it, I think I will demand a free upgrade to 256 GB.
     
  2. Dmal99 macrumors 6502

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    They won’t upgrade you tell just tell you to restore your phone and set it up as a new phonE. Probably a good idea anyway I try to do it whenever I can with the new phone you never know what was in the background of your old cluttered phone
     
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Demanding will get you nothing.
     
  4. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Possibly corrupted backup...
    Try backing up your old phone again (if you haven't wiped it clean yet) and redoing the new one.
    Otherwise, set up the new one from scratch (no backup restore).
     
  5. OVERTASK macrumors 6502

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    Try to back-up the XS via iTunes, it sometimes can minimise bloated system files.
     
  6. parseckadet macrumors 65816

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    I’m getting the same thing as well. I replaced a 64GB 6S with a 65GB XS. I had 15+GB free on my 6S, but started getting storage full messages on the XS this morning. And I set everything up using iTunes backup. Not sure what’s going on. I turned off analytics and that seems to help some, but system is still taking up 16.59GB.
     
  7. now i see it macrumors 68040

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  8. parseckadet macrumors 65816

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    Well 4 hours later and the system size has pretty much doubled and I’m running out of space again. System is now 34.57GB.
     
  9. treyhunnid macrumors regular

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    It’ll go away when restore completes. It’s just settled data. My xs and Xs max did this. Went away today
     
  10. OVERTASK macrumors 6502

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    System 9gb on XS Max and 16 on 7+, didn't set up as new. Though I've been running iOS12 since PB2
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    Yea, now I feel total inept for not actually having thought of that because it is so obvious :(
     
  11. royinla14 macrumors 6502

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    I currently show over 60gb of system storage! Wth...I really want to avoid setting as new phone. Any suggestions?
     
  12. calisurfboy macrumors regular

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    Same here. System storage is at 57.67gb in size right now. I had 23gb free so I have no clue what is messed up.
     
  13. okmegan macrumors newbie

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    I am having the same issue 51 GB of system storage. It says my restore is complete though, it's been 48 hours system I implemented that backup and it says it's restored but could not restore my photos. System is still taking up 51GB and growing. None of my apps are working, they keep crashing no matter how much I reboot my system. The apple support team seems to have no idea what to do, waiting for them to call me back for 2 hours now while they try to figure it out. Afraid I might lose everything because my old iPhone backup has been disconnected from my apple ID.

    Please let me know if any of you find a solution.
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    So how does one fix that? We just screwed?
     
  14. nutmac thread starter macrumors 601

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    Setting up your phone as as new, not restoring from backup, was the only solution that worked consistently for me.

    This is regrettably very painful (reinstalling and configuring apps one by one). Any apps that do not sync to the cloud will lose data. For instance, if you do not use Message in the iCloud, you will likely lose all your iMessage and SMS.
     
  15. Lekro macrumors regular

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    Have you tried restoring from iCloud backup instead of iTunes backup? iCloud backup has less data, normally the data that can be redownloaded will be redownloaded instead of restored from the backup, making it cleaner than the iTunes backup which has everything in it.
     

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