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18/12/2015 0 Comments
Not only as my Mac been mis-behaving this week - my new iPhone 6S Plus has been getting a 'Storage full' message, even though it has about 30GB of available storage! This morning it showed this message for the second time in two days, then shut itself down. Grrrr.
This was so strange, as it had shown that I had 23GB of storage yesterday afternoon - and I had not taken any photos or added anything to it since then.
What to try first in a situation like this
If you can identify the app that is causing the problem, you can double-press the home button and 'swipe up' that app to close it. Sometimes this sorts out whatever is going wrong.
In a case such as mine where I was not sure what was causing the problem, there are a couple of other things to try.
Try a clear out of its memory
Your iPad and iPhone is pretty good at managing its memory (RAM), but on occasion can get itself into a bit of a knot.
You can clear out your device's memory and see if that solves your problem - see the below article for instructions. This does not delete anything, and your list of 'recently used' apps remains intact.
Perform a hard re-boot
The next thing I tried was a 'hard re-boot' my iPhone by holding down the Sleep switch and Home button for about 10 seconds, until the screen went blank and the white Apple symbol appeared - at which point I let go.
This does a 'flush-out' (technically speaking!) and, once this is done, takes you back to the Lock Screen. If you normally use your fingerprint to unlock, you will need to enter your passcode the first time you access your i-Device after the reboot.
Did this solve my problem?
Normally, one of these methods would fix whatever was amiss with my i-Device.
In this case, however, it seemed to be something going awry with my Photos and iCloud Photo Library.
As soon as I deleted all photos from my Recently Deleted album in photos - something I had already done yesterday to (temporarily) solve the problem, 30GB was magically freed up - even though the storage used by my Photos did not show any change. (I went to Settings->General->Storage and iCloud Usage to check this.)
I'll be taking a trip to the Apple Store if this problem occurs again!
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