How to Fix iPhone Filling Its Memory with Nothing after iOS 10/10.1/10.2 Update

“Help please! My iPhone is filling its own memory … I keep resetting it … but within half a day all the storage has gone, it is full. I don’t think I’ve done anything to make this happen. Though I’ve tried a hard reset, it repeats itself every time.”

Such a frustrating situation to keep finding your iPhone filling its own storage!

It would take a long, rather technical explanation, to try and be completely clear. However, as our correspondent demonstrates, so many people are confused about the difference between ‘memory’ and ‘storage’.

A brief boxing analogy. Memory is the ring, where the fight takes place. Storage is the stools in the corners where the boxers sit between rounds. Switch the computer on, ring the bell, and the programs run, the fight takes place in memory. Ring the bell again, switch the computer off, and the fighters sit in their corners, in storage, on the hard drive, waiting to get up and fight again. What our correspondent and some others have talked about is the storage becoming full. It is not where the work is done, but it is where the data is stored. It is a BIG problem, as nothing can be saved, some apps will not even run, there is no stool in the corner for the boxer to go and sit on, no photographs can be taken, no text messages sent, your precious phone will be, in many ways, useless.

Following upgrade to iOS 10/10.1/10.2 it seems that for some people, their iPhone is randomly filling up its storage. This makes the phone close to useless. Do not worry, this is just one of the situations which dr.fone toolkit - iOS System Recovery can help you escape from.

Solution One – Fix iPhone Filling Its Own Memory in Three Steps with dr.fone

Step 1. Choose the Repair iOS System Feature

Firstly, download and install dr.fone toolkit - iOS System Recovery on your computer. Then run the program.

Choose ‘System Recovery’ from the main dashboard window of dr.fone toolkit. Then connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your computer, preferably with the factory supplied USB cable. When dr.fone detects your iOS device, just click ‘Start’ to begin the process.

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This is a ‘clean install’, and will do the trick of putting things back to the way they should be. This approach will work, it will solve the problem, but you might also want to consider the following.

Solution Two – Fix iPhone Randomly Filling Its Own Storage via Factory Reset

This is a rather more drastic approach to solving the problem of your iPhone filling its own memory.

Step 1. We suggest you first make a backup of your data. If you are not worried about keeping your photographs, music, contacts etc. you can move straight to Step 2. If you want to make backing up and later restoring your data as simple as you can, we suggest you use dr.fone.

Step 2. On your device, go to ‘Settings’, and scroll down to ‘General’, tap on it and scroll down to the bottom where you will find the ‘Reset’ menu. You will have a series of options, and we think the right choices are to try either of the options containing ‘All’. Tap your choice!

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Step 3. You will be warned that you are erasing all data. You will be given a choice to ‘Cancel’, but you should continue and it will then take just one or two minutes for you to effectively have a brand new iPhone.

Step 4. If you made a backup, you should now restore your data. If you made a backup using dr.fone toolkit - iOS Data Backup & Restore that process will be very easy.

This method will almost certainly work without a problem. It will almost certainly prevent your iPhone from filling its own memory with nothing.

Solution Three – Fix the Issue via DFU Mode

DFU mode! Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Do not worry, it is simply Device Firmware Upgrade. Just walk through the steps with us.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer with a USB cable. Best to use the original cable to avoid possible complications. If it does not do so automatically, click on and run iTunes yourself.

Step 2. Switch off your device by pressing the sleep and power buttons at the same time, holding them until your phone shuts off. (One small detail, the power button was moved onto the side, with iPhone 6).

pressing the sleep and power buttons at the same time

Step 3. Then, the next step is to start your phone in DFU mode.

We suggest you read all the next steps in this paragraph first before executing them. Simply hold the power and sleep buttons again. This time, do so for ten seconds. Now release the power button but continue to hold the ‘sleep’ button, that is the ‘home’ button at the bottom of your phone. iTunes should now show you a message that your device is in a recovery mode. If not, just repeat the process.

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Step 4. Finally, it is advisable to update your iPhone or iPad to the latest firmware.

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This does seem to be a problem which has affected just a few people, where they have found their iPhone filling its storage, after they have upgraded to iOS 10/10.1/10.2. It is quite an annoying one though, because it makes your phone close to useless. No worries though, we are here to help.

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