Fixed: Notification Says iPhone Storage Almost Full When It's Not (2023)

Is your iPhone saying storage full? Learn more about this annoying error.

What to Know

  • Sometimes, after updating, your iPhone says storage is full, despite having plenty of space. This is a known software bug.
  • Check your iPhone storage in the Settings app to confirm it is only a bug.
  • If you are experiencing this glitch, you can carry on taking photos and downloading content without worrying about your storage.

For every iPhone user, storage capacity is a common concern, but the “storage almost full” error began back in iOS 15. It's unclear why this glitch still occurs even in iOS 16, but if you get this iPhone storage full error message, there are a few things you should do. Please keep in mind that this iPhone error is happening to many users who still have a lot of free data on their phones.

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iPhone Storage Says Full, but It's Not

Why is your iPhone saying storage full when it's not? Well, back when iOS 15, and in some cases, iPadOS 15, launched, many users experienced an unusual error. Their iPhones started saying storage was full. The notification kept popping up even after being dismissed. This can happen if you are almost out of storage, but these users have a lot of space left on their devices and are still getting this message. With the release of iOS 16, it's possible you might still see this error.

Unfortunately, there isn't a definitive solution for this error, and it is best to wait for Apple to fix it in an upcoming software update. If your iPhone keeps saying storage is full, do not attempt to delete files on your device, as this will not fix the problem. Likewise, buying more data on iCloud will also not solve this problem. The first thing to do is to check your storage to see if it is actually full. For more iPhone tips and tricks, be sure to sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter.

How to Check If Your iPhone Storage Is Full

If you ever see a “storage almost full” or “iCloud storage almost full” message, you should check your storage first. Here's how to do this:

  1. Open the Settings app.

    Open Settings.
  2. Tap General.

    Tap on General - how to fix storage on iphone
  3. Select iPhone Storage.

    Select iPhone Storage.
  4. Here you can see how much space you are using on your iPhone.

    Here you can see how much space you are using on your iPhone.
  5. If you don’t have a lot of storage left, there may be suggestions under RECOMMENDATIONS on what to delete.

    If you don’t have a lot of storage left, there may be suggestions under RECOMMENDATIONS on what to delete.

If your iPhone storage actually is almost full, be sure to check out this guide on how to clear even more storage. However, keep in mind that this will not fix this storage almost full error. On the other hand, if your iCloud storage almost full notifications won't go away, find out how to manage iCloud storage.

Although there isn't a fix for this annoying problem just yet, you now know that you can safely disregard this message once you've checked your storage. If your iPhone says storage is full but it's not, you do not need to delete files or buy more iCloud storage; you should still be able to take photos and receive text messages and other content. Remember to keep checking if a new iOS update is available whenever you run into a problem or bug like this. Next, learn what to do if you see the iPhone pink screen of death.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.