iPhone currently shows 255.8GB used out of 256GB. I'm unable to delete files to clear up space:
- Deleting apps seems to work but doesn't free up any space
- Deleting files in "Files" results in error saying that more space is required to move it to Trash
- Deleting files in settings>storage doesn't work
- Deleting "deleted" photos/videos seems to work but they are still there when refresh the view
I've seen suggestion to backup then erase the iPhone. I wasn't able to backup because of an error "lost connection to iPhone" which I assume is due to having no space available.
I've experienced this exact problem on my macbook, where the storage is full and I'm unable to delete files. However, I freed up some memory and the OS removed some swap files, which freed up space and I was able to start deleting files to make more space. I guess the OS must be freeing up the swap file using another system call which does not require more space. Is there some similar hack I can try on the iPhone?
Using an iPhone 13 with iOS 16.0.2.
Update: I changed my language to English (in the hope that this might free up some space) and the phone crashed. It’s now in a boot loop.