iOS 17 & iPadOS 17 taking up too much storage or unable to install update? You aren’t alone


With the release of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, some users are facing a common issue where update is taking too much of the storage space.

The trouble begins when users decide to update their iOS devices.

iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 taking up too much storage

The initial download for iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 is around 3GB, which seems manageable for most. However, the real shocker comes when the update is installed.

Users report that during this process, the update takes up a whopping 15-20 GB of storage space on their devices (1,2,3,4,5,6,7).

iOS 17 taking up too much storage

This startling increase in storage consumption has left several iPhone and iPad users bewildered and dissatisfied.

For those who own 64GB models, this storage debacle is particularly distressing. They say updates are supposed to enhance their device and not consume a significant chunk of their available storage.

This excessive storage consumption during updates leaves users with limited space for their photos, videos, apps, and other essential data.

Also, iOS 17 takes up 10.27 GB of space + 8.45 GB of “System Data”. For a 64 GB, that’s nearly 30% !

Terrible. And System Data for iPhone 11 phone storage is taking up iOS 17 9.96GB System Data 8.76GB of space @Apple?

On the flip side, there are users who face an even more disheartening issue as they are unable to install the update in the first place due to low storage space (1,2,3,4).

can't install iOS 17

For these users, it’s a catch-22 situation. They want to update their devices to access new features and improved security, but the update itself requires substantial space that they don’t have.

It’s a frustrating scenario, and some are left feeling left out of the latest advancements in iOS and iPadOS.

The iOS17 update look cute. I wanna update my phone but I ain’t got no storage 🤣

Storage space comes back

The silver lining in this situation is that the excessive storage consumption during the update process is often temporary.

After some time, the system goes through an indexing process, and storage consumption gradually returns to a more reasonable level.

iPadOS 17 taking up too much storage

However, even after this indexation period, users report that iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 still retain around 8-10GB of their storage space.

Apple needs to address this problem in future updates to ensure a more seamless and hassle-free experience for its loyal customer base.

Until then, users will continue to grapple with the storage dilemma caused by these otherwise innovative updates.

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