“This update cannot be installed because it requires at least 5.7GB of storage space.” If you’re getting an error this when trying to install iOS 8, you may be facing a major dilemma of which apps to delete and how many photos to delete . If you haven’t the process, please wait. You can install updates without deleting any apps or photos. Here’s how to do it.

Update using iTunes
If your iOS device is full and you don’t have room to clear space, just install an update through iTunes. Before starting this process, make sure you have a full backup of your iOS device. We again recommend that you back up your data via iTunes rather than iCloud for best results. In this article, we walk through the of backing up your iOS device and updates through iTunes. Followed all the steps there to install iOS 8 smoothly.

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No computer to update via iTunes
If you don’t have a computer to install updates through iTunes, some of you must be wondering how to clear up space on your iOS device. In this case, there’s no getting around the fact that you’ll have to clear some space to get iOS 8. You can do the following.

1. Check which apps are taking up the storage space. Go to Settings > General > Usage.

2. Now wait for the list of apps to load. You’ll see the apps taking up the space. Start by deleting games you’ve finished or stopped playing.

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3. You can delete apps Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, which grow in size as you use them. Your data is safe within these three apps and you will get it back once you reinstall them.

4. people’s iOS devices are filled with photos and videos. This will be difficult to delete, but you can easily back them up using iCloud. Follow the steps described in this tutorial to make a full backup. You can delete a lot of it when you’re done.

5. You can delete music and videos, which tend to take up a lot of space on multiple iOS devices. These can be downloaded again via iTunes, or if you’ve transferred them via computer, an updated iTunes sync will restore the songs and videos to your device.

6. Safari is a bulky app that’s often overlooked. The browser is probably the used application for many people, and its cache can grow to ridiculous sizes over time. Clear it by going to Settings > Safari > Clear Cookies and Data. Clearing the history will also free up some space. You can do this by going to Settings > Safari > Clear History.

These are some of the best ways to free up storage space to install iOS 8 in case you can’t update via iTunes. Once the update is installed, it doesn’t take up the 5-7GB required for the installation. Tell us about your experience the iOS 8 update in the comments.

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By Rebecca French

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