iOS 15 & watchOS 8 now let you install them with almost no available space

What you need to know

  • Apple has made changes to iOS 15 and watchOS 8 that will allow them to be installed on devices with less free space than before.
  • Devices with less than 500MB of space will now still allow the updates to be performed.

No more deleting stuff just to install an update.

Apple’s latest iOS 15 and watchOS 8 betas include a change that will allow updates to be installed on devices with less than 500MB of free space. The move means those with devices without globs of available storage will now also be able to perform updates without the need to first delete apps and data to make space.

The move was mentioned in the latest release notes and was first spied by the folks at 9to5Mac. The change resolves an issue that people have been complaining about of late, specifically on Apple Watches with a limited amount of storage in the first place. People using Apple Watch Series 3, in particular, have suffered from a lack of free available space for some time now, causing them to have to do a complete device restore just to perform a software update.

That, at least for now, appears to be fixed in this latest beta release.

Software Update

Resolved in watchOS 8/iOS 15 beta 3: You can now update your device using Software Update if less than 500 MB of storage is available. (78474912)

Apple continues to put the iOS 15 and watchOS 8 betas through their paces ahead of an expected September launch alongside new iPhones.

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