As an entrepreneurship consultant, I work with small business owners daily to maximize their productivity. And in my experience, one of the most frustrating problems entrepreneurs face is not being able to view their iPhone storage.
You try to check your storage space and just get stuck on the dreaded “Calculating…” screen. The storage info just refuses to load no matter how long you wait. Sound familiar? If so, read on for my comprehensive troubleshooting guide to get your iPhone storage working again.
Why Entrepreneurs Need Reliable iPhone Storage
To understand why an iPhone storage malfunction is particularly troublesome for entrepreneurs, let’s look at some statistics:
- 64% of small businesses say their smartphone is “very important” to running their company (Guidant Financial).
- The average iPhone capacity is 128 GB, of which an average of 83 GB is typically in use (Salesfloor).
As an entrepreneur myself, I know how heavily we rely on iPhones to juggle emails, documents, web access, and more throughout the workday. Running out of storage space can be a major disruption. My goal in this article is to help you reclaim your iPhone‘s full storage capacity so you can get back to business.
Possible Causes of iPhone Storage Not Loading
From my experience resolving hundreds of client tech issues, I’ve found several factors can cause iPhone storage to get stuck on the loading screen:
iOS Software Bugs – One of the most common reasons is an iOS bug. In particular, connectivity problems with iCloud syncing or the Storage Management system often prevent loading.
Excessive Files – Today‘s iPhones hold thousands of photos, videos, apps and more. All this content can simply overwhelm the phone‘s capacity to calculate storage.
Outdated iOS Version – Using an older iOS version that has known compatibility issues or inefficiencies can lead to storage calculation failures.
Connectivity Problems – Both WiFi and cellular network glitches can interfere with your iPhone communicating properly with iCloud to sync storage data.
Hardware Failure – In rare cases, the storage issue stems from an actual hardware problem with the iPhone‘s components.
Now let‘s explore the solutions to get your storage loading correctly again.
7 Proven Ways to Resolve the Issue
1. Restart Your iPhone
An ordinary restart is the easiest first step to clear out any minor software glitches. Press and hold the Side button and either Volume button until the power off slider appears. Swipe to turn off completely. Wait 30 seconds, then press the Side button again to restart the iPhone. Many times this simple reset resolves the storage not loading problem.
2. Update iOS Software
Having an outdated version of iOS is one of the top reasons behind poor iPhone performance. Go to Settings > General > Software Update and install any available updates. This will resolve known bugs and optimize the way your iPhone handles storage.
3. Toggle Airplane Mode Off and On
Flipping Airplane Mode off and back on again essentially reboots your iPhone‘s connectivity. Doing so forces your device to re-establish communication with iCloud and resync the latest storage data.
4. Delete Unnecessary Content
If your iPhone storage is completely full, it can struggle to accurately calculate usage. Take time to delete unused apps, messages, photos, videos, music, etc. to free up space. With more breathing room, the storage usually begins loading properly again.
5. Reboot Into Recovery Mode
For more stubborn underlying software issues, you may need to reboot your iPhone into Recovery Mode. Press and release Volume Up. Then press and release Volume Down. Finally, press and hold the Side button until the Recovery screen appears. This runs a full diagnostics suite and can fix corrupted data preventing storage access.
6. Reset All Settings
Resetting all settings clears out any corrupted preferences or data that could be interfering with the storage calculation process. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Your personal data won‘t be deleted, but any customized settings will revert to defaults.
7. Seek Professional Service
If none of these DIY solutions resolve the issue, your iPhone likely has a hardware defect requiring professional repair. Make an appointment at an Apple Store Genius Bar for assistance. Apple technicians can run comprehensive diagnostics tests and fix any internal problems discovered.
Avoid Future Storage Headaches
While iPhone storage failures are inevitable, you can take proactive measures to minimize their impact on your productivity:
- Maintain at least 20% free space by regularly deleting unused apps, photos, videos, etc. Don‘t let content endlessly accumulate.
- Closely track new iOS updates and install them as soon as available. This ensures you have bug fixes and optimal performance.
- Leverage iCloud and auto-syncing to store more of your content in the cloud rather than filling limited local storage.
- Consider upgrading to an iPhone model with higher internal storage capacity if needed. For entrepreneurs, the days of 16GB phones are long gone.
I hope these in-depth troubleshooting tips help you get your iPhone storage loading properly again. As your consultant, I aim to provide the detailed solutions you need to maximize productivity. Let me know in the comments if you have any other iPhone issues I can help diagnose!