Not Enough Space on iPhone to Restore - Tricks You Can Try

"I tried to restore my iPhone from a previous backup after reset it, but iTunes said it could not restore the iPhone because not enough free space is available on the iPhone. I don't want to lose data. Please Help."

Many iPhone users have complained in forums that after original factory settings restore, they cannot restore iPhone from backup because iTunes says there is not enough space on iPhone to restore from backup. This weird iTunes error can also happen anytime when you want to recover deleted, lost data from the previous iTunes backup, even if you have ensure you have more storage for the backup data. In this article, you will find how to deal with this error and how to rescue your iPhone data.

How to Do When You Cannot Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup File Because of Unsuffecient Space?

If you have 100% ensured that you have successfully backed up your device with iTunes but after factory reset, iTunes could not restore iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, etc from backup because not enough free space is available on iPhone, try the following tips: check iPhone storage, use iTunes Data Recovery to get data from backup, update iTunes.

Check Your iPhone Space

No matter whether you manually deleted the data from your iPhone, went to General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings, or lost all data due to factory settings restore, iOS 10 update, jailbreak, etc. you should go to check if you have enough storage to restore all the backup data from iTunes. Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Usage" on your iPhone, and then you can see how much you have available versus used.

If you have confirmed that you have enough space available, then there is more likely an error with iTunes. You cannot access the iTunes backup files directly, because all of them are in a proprietary database format. What you need to do next is to recover iPhone data from the unreadable iTunes backup file with a professional data recovery tool.

Rescue iPhone Data by Extracting iTunes Backup File to Avoid Data Loss

iPhone will not restore from backup with iTunes? You don't want to lose the precious data? Easy! You can use iTunes Data Recovery for help. As a powerful iTunes backup extractor and data recovery software, iTunes Data Recovery can help to extract all the inaccessible data from iTunes, allow you to preview all backup files, and recover all of them (you are allowed to selectively retrieve any wanted data). You don't need to open iTunes, since this software can automatically detect all iTunes backup files on your computer in Window 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista.

If you are running Mac on OS X Yosemite 10.10, Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), 10.7, 10.6, try the Mac version, iTunes Data Recovery for Mac, to recover iPhone data by extracting iTunes backup file, when iTunes shows that there is not enough space on iPhone to restore.

Important: Many users have reported that after iTunes 11.4 or iTunes 12 update, the new iTunes cannot recognize iOS devices. If this happen to you, you can try the tips above, or you can reinstall iTunes.

Here is the example of iTunes Data Recovery.

  • 1. Download, install and run iTunes Data Recovery on your PC. You will see all iTunes backup files will be found and listed in the interface o f this program. Select the resent backup file and click "Start Scan".
  • 2. After scanning, you can preview and check all data in details. Select all of them by clicking "Check All", or just choose the data you want to recover.
  • 3. Select a path to save the data on your computer, so that you won't lose them forever.

Update iTunes to the Latest Version

After you use iTunes Data Recovery to recover iPhone data from iTunes backup file, you can update your iTunes to the newest version.

For Windows, open your iTunes on PC, and choose Help > Check for Updates, and download the new version if there is one.

For Mac, choose iTunes > Check for Updates and then download the new version of iTunes.

Remember to use iTunes Data Recovery to extract and recover data from iTunes backup file any time you find iTunes could not work.