iPod Storage Full? 4 Useful Tips to Free Up iPod Touch/Shuffle/Classic/Nano Storage

This post covers 4 solutions to "iPod Storage Full". You can follow this guide to free up your iPod Touch/Classic/Shuffle/Nano storage. And it also explains why an iPod Storage is full when iTunes shows it's not.


By Dylan / Updated on June 1, 2023

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My iPod Touch storage is full but it is not

So I have an iPod Touch 7th Generation running with iOS 13. Last week, I get a message saying my iPod Storage is full. But when I connect it with my computer, iTunes shows there is 488 MB available space on the iPod? Why?

- Question from discussion.apple.com

iPod is a pocket-sized music player created by Apple. You can transfer music from PC to iPod and enjoy them wherever you go. And now the iPod Touch is the only iPod model that sells on the official website. With the A serial chip, you can use it to take photos, enjoy music, play games, and visit sites as an iPhone does.

But with year of use, you will easily get the iPod storage full notification, especially if you use old models, like iPod Shuffle/classic/Nano. For example, the iPod Classic has only up to 160GB of storage space. 

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Why iPod storage is full when iTunes shows it's not?

In some cases, like the scenario, if you connect your device with a computer, you might notice there are hundreds of MB or several GB left on your iPod. It is because an iPod needs 2-6 GBs of available space to maintain the functionality. So sometimes, even your iPod contains some free space it will also tell the storage is full.

The steps to check iPod Touch memory:
1. Go to “Settings” > “General”
2. Tap “Usage”. Then you will see how many available spaces are left on your device.
The steps to check iPod Classic, Shuffle, Nano storage.
1. Connect your iPod with a computer.
2. Then iTunes will be automatically opened. Hit the “Device” icon on the top to enter the Summary window.
3. At the bottom of the window, the storage information will be demonstrated.

How to free up iPod storage when your iPod storage is full

In this part, we will give you 4 simple and useful tips to free iPod space when the internal storage is full.

Tip 1. Delete browsing history and data

If you often use your iPod to browse websites and pages, its history log will take some storage on your device. Learn how to delete them.

  1. Go to “Settings” > “Safari”.
  2. Scroll down and tap “Clear History and Website Data” and click “Clear History and Data” to confirm the operation.

clear history and data

How to block cookies:

Cookies are some small blocks of data by the website you are browsing. And the website will know you when you visit it next time. If you don’t need them, you can block all cookies.

Go to the “Settings” > “Safari”. Scroll down and enable the “Block All Cookies” option.

Tip 2. Delete unused apps

Sometimes you may download and install some apps that only use one time. After a long time, they can take up a large percentage of the storage so you will find the iPod storage is full. Here are the steps of how to delete unused apps.

Step 1. Go to the “Settings” app on the device.

Step 2. Choose “General” > “Usage” > “Manage Storage”

Step 3. App apps on your iPod will be listed by their size. You can tap one and delete them.

Tip 3. Remove some songs on the iPod

Local music files can be the main reason why an iPod/iPhone storage gets full. It is different to delete songs from iPod Touch and the other models. We will show you how to perform that on iPod Touch and the old iPod versions.

Remove songs from iPod Touch

An iPod Touch works like an iPhone. You can directly delete songs from the Apple Music app.

Note: Here we just delete the downloaded music. Your Apple music library would not be changed.

Step 1. Run Music on your iPod Touch, and choose “Downloaded” on the library tab.

Step 2. Tap the “Songs” option. Find the songs you want to remove and tap the 3-dot option to remove the songs.

remove downloaded songs

Remove songs from iPod Classic, Shuffle, Nano

1. Connect your iPod to computer and iTunes will automatically run. Click the device icon > “Summary” > Check “Manually Music and Videos”. Then click “Done” to save the change.

2. Click Music on the left pane > right-choose the songs you don’t need > Click “Delete” to remove them.

Tip 4. Delete redundant/duplicate photos

You might ever sync your photos to your iPod to often take photos with your iPod, you can get lots of duplicate or redundant photos. Deleting these photos can free up some storage space. You can go “photos” . Select redundant photos and click the "Trash" icon to remove them.

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But if there are tons of duplicate or similar photos, you can turn to a professional iPod duplicate remover-FoneTool. This tool can easily find any photos appearing twice or more than, even they are edited from thousands of photo files.

You can download this tool and refer to the following guide to see how it works.

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Step 1. Run FoneTool, click "Toolbox" and then choose “Photo Deduplication”.

photo deduplication

Step 2. Click “Filter photos in iOS device” to scan your iPod.

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Tip: If you are using iPod classic, nano, shuffle, please use it as an external hard disk. Click “Filter photos in the computer”, and select your photos on the iPod.

Step 3. Set a date range to scan or choose the whole photos library. Click “Start scanning”.

start scanning ios

Step 4. Then the search outcome will be shown. Choose duplicate photos, and you can delete them or migrate them to another location.

delete duplicate photos

Backup iPhone to computer

If your iPod storage is still not enough for you, you can backup some photos, videos, music to your computer/external disk. Then delete them from your iPod to free up storage.

FoneTool is also a backup and transfers software, enabling sending your photos, videos, contacts, etc. to another location. Unlike iTunes, it allows you to selectively transfer data. And this tool support incremental backup that only saved newly added data with the “Selective Backup” feature.

Step 1. Go to "iPhone to PC" of "Phone Transfer" or "Selective Backup" of "Phone Backup". Here we demonstrate the transfer process in detail.

Transfer to Computer

✍ Note:
• iPhone to PC: You can make a copy to your PC, or an external disk with this feature.
• Selective Backup: It will backup messages, contacts, videos, music, photos on a specified location. And it allows you to make an incremental backup.

Step 2. Click the “+” icon. Then you can a file type and choose the items you want to save. Then click “OK”.

Choose Photos

Step 3. Then the selected items will be listed on the interface. Click "Start Transfer" and choose a path to save these files. And click “Transfer”.



What to do when iPod storage is full? I believe you have the answer. You can remove apps, cache/browse history, redundant pictures from your iPod to free up storage. In addition, when you need to delete some data, we do suggest you transfer or backup iPod data with FoneTool, so you can easily restore them if you need them one day.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.