Your iPhone Storage is Full

We all dread the message…

iPhone Storage Full Warning.

Google even made a commercial making fun of us iPhone users.

On Tuesday, while attending my daughter Molly’s orchestra concert I was greeted with a warning that I was nearly out of space on my iPhone 6s (running 11.2.5). Thinking that was rather odd, I checked the storage.

iPhone Storage Screenshot

58.4 GB of 64 GB available.

So, we have just under 6 GB available and my Photos library is consuming 3.06 GB of storage.

So, we go about trying to grab some video. 67 seconds later recording stops and my iPhone is telling me it is full again. At this point I grab my wife’s iPhone and record the rest of the concert.

Looking at the settings, I don’t see any reason there is an issue. We will fight this battle another day.

At the office, I upgraded the iPhone to 11.2.6, but didn’t address the storage issue further.

Jump to Wednesday evening, still struggling with my iPhone saying the storage is full as I have not taken any of the recommendations to remove apps, large attachments, or old messages from the phone. My phone now shows 63.5 GB used, but that’s not the crazy part. Photos is now consuming 20.37 GB and it shows it wasn’t used since Sunday 2/18.

iPhone Screenshot showing 20.37 GB used by the Photos app

How did Photos consume an extra 17 GB?

What is going on here Apple? How do 20.37 GB of Photos fit in the 6 GB of free space I originally had on Tuesday?

Somehow another 1.5 GB appeared in Photos within the next 45 minutes (and only consumed 200 MB). At least now, Photos was reporting that I had saved the previous screenshots.

iPhone Screenshot showing 63.7 of 64 GB now used.

Another 1.5 GB of Photos!

At least point, you might be saying why don’t you turn on iCloud Photo Library and Optimize iPhone Storage? Well, they’ve been on the entire time. That why my nearly 10,000 item Photos collection was only consuming 3.06GB in the first place. To be safe, I checked agin. Yep, still on.

iCloud Photo Library Settings Screenshot.

Yes, please, optimize iPhone storage.

Here I am today with an iPhone that is barely usable. Most apps are refusing to run. I have restarted the device. I have toggled settings on/off. I am not sure what to do next besides trying backup and restore. Should I just jump ahead to nuke and pave and start over?

Out of curiosity I checked on my iMac today to see if the iPhone is still syncing correctly with iCloud Photo Library. Nope. None of the screenshots have synced since Tuesday night.

Photos app on the Mac.

Syncing to iCloud Photo Library is not working.

Clearly my iPhone is having issues with iCloud Photo Library, but I am not sure how to resolve. Yes, I already checked, there is 111 GB averrable in my iCloud Drive. Is there a Photos database issue? An issue with iCloud? An issue with iOS itself? Has anyone seen this before? So far, I haven’t seen any similar reports.

This might be some isolated case, but reports that Apple is slowing iOS development can only be taken as a good sign. I am hoping they return to the functional high ground one day in the near future, before it is too late.

Update 1:

Just tried to backup locally to the iMac which has 141 GB free as I type. Failed. Not enough disk space! iTunes backup failed.

So you want to see ’50 Shades’?

50 Shades of Grey opens this weekend. It seems like everyone is talking about seeing this movie. You want to go see it, right?

Let’s talk about not supporting this film.

Do not go see this film. Do not read the book if you haven’t already. Do not waste your money. Do not support this rubbish.

Why? Here are numerous critiques:


  • 50 Things to Know About “Fifty Shades of Grey”

  • 4 Lies About Sexuality in Fifty Shades of Grey

Do you still want to go see this filth?

My take on Family Sharing in iOS 8

Like many Apple users, my family is heavily invested in the Apple universe. We have 4 users, 3 iPhones, 2 Macs, 2 Apple TVs, and 1 iPad. All users have their own Apple ID for iMessages and FaceTime. My Apple ID has been used to purchase all services and media so we can easily share it between our devices.

The announcement of iOS 8’s Family Sharing feature looked to be a great addition and problem solver. I would love to be able to approve the purchases my kids make. I can’t tell you how many songs we’ve bought from iTunes that we already “owned” after ripping from our physical CD collection and sharing via iTunes Match.

Yesterday, we began the process of upgrading our devices and upgrading 2 of our 3 iPhones. Things seemed to go pretty easy setting up my wife’s iPhone. I had (accidentally) left my Apple ID as the iTunes user ID when restoring from the backup and accepted the Family Sharing invitation for her Apple ID. She has full access to all the media we have purchased.

Setting up my daughter’s phone has been another story entirely. I followed the same process to back up her old iPhone and restore to her new iPhone. I signed into her Apple ID account for iClould and accepted the Family Sharing invite. I used her Apple ID to initially sign into iTunes. Going to the App Store > All Purchases does NOT bring up the list of expected family members and our “Family Purchases”. So I changed the iTunes ID on her phone to my Apple ID. At this point the Apple Store appears completely borked. I get a message saying that her iTunes account is tied to a different iCloud account. IMG_4641

Another oddity, while I am getting this message (and unable to see my purchase history), I can download apps previously purchased with my Apple ID. If you try to buy a new app, you get the Ask Permission dialog box.

After several hours I changed her iTunes ID back to her iCloud account ID and she can now see all the media as expected.

I honestly have no idea what is going on and if I want to continue using Family Sharing.


Let’s see what we’ve uncovered so far:

  1. Family Sharing feels like it is still in beta.
  2. iTunes Match does not appear to work with Family Sharing.
  3. How can you share iCloud disk space? It would seem to be a logical item to share just like iTunes Match.
  4. We already had a shared “Family” calendar that my apple ID owned and shared. Can this be merged with the Family Sharing calendar?
  5. It doesn’t look like 2nd generation Apple TVs will be able to use Family Sharing. This will probably spell the end of the line for my first Apple TV.
  6. You cannot correct the DOB for a user on the Apple ID site to have the true year of birth for a child that you previously had to lie about in order to get them an account in the first place. You must make a new ID.

I really hope things improve with Family Sharing.

ALS #IceBucketChallenge Video

Yes, we are a little slow, but we accepted the multiple Ice Bucket Challenges from Beckett and Jaxon Robertson, Brooke Serpas Lee and Brittany Serpas, and Dayne Masters. We don’t check Facebook all that often, so apologies for the delay and last week was pretty crazy getting ready for back to school.

We love Uncle Ken Serpas and pray for God’s mercy in his battle with ALS.

We have issued our own challenge to John Sharber and Ami Gunter.