My phone says I have 494gb available (I just spent $9.99 for cloud space!) but I'm not able to take any photos!! What do I do?

  • Have you checked how much space you have left on your phone? – user137325 Jul 23 '15 at 14:46

I suspect you have run out of space on your phone. While you may have 494GB of space available in iCloud, your phone needs a place to put them before they can be uploaded. Try deleting some existing photos, videos, music, or apps to free up some space on your device.

  • is 494GB a typo? Did you mean 49GB? iPhones ship with a Maximum of 128GB. 494GB is almost 4x the amount of space offered on any iPhone. Vahsavoc is on the right path. Follow his advice to determine where all your space is going to. – Steve Chambers Jul 23 '15 at 16:22
  • 500GB corresponds with the $9.99 for iCloud. It's unrelated the the physical memory on the phone. – Chris A Jul 23 '15 at 16:30
  • No doubt but the question starts with "My phone says I have 494gb available." On the off chance he is not talking about iCloud space I felt it was worth at least mentioning. Hence my usage of the comment form instead of the answer form. – Steve Chambers Jul 23 '15 at 16:34
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    Indeed, the root of the problem seems to be a misunderstanding of local vs. iCloud storage. – Chris A Jul 23 '15 at 16:40

iCloud storage has no correlation to a Device's available space for photos/videos/apps/etc.

To show how much space is free on the device:

Settings > General > Usage > Under 'Storage' > Manage Storage

From here you can see what is Used vs Available, and you can even see what apps are using the most.

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