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How to Free Space on Your iPhone Root File System

How to Free Space on Your iPhone Root File System

Posted February 9, 2008 at 1:19am · 53 comments · Add Comment
mohdnajwan - September 15, 2008 at 1:23pm
For 1.1.4 Firmware users, use this tip: 1. Add source on the installer: 2. Install Cydia While installing Cydia, the system will automatically move your fonts and ringtones to another partition, thus freeing up your OS partition. The space will be available for you to install more apps.
BA - February 28, 2008 at 5:10pm
i added the source and then refreshed...but i still dont hav the big boss apps..
deb - February 28, 2008 at 4:53pm
i cant find boss tool in my 1.1.2 please
Nikos - February 24, 2008 at 5:15am
I have upgraded my iphone to 1.1.3 and when i relocate fonts through Boss tools to free up space my iphone isn't working. When i restart it, it won't open again.
wombat - February 15, 2008 at 6:09am
@KB: Add the source and refresh - now you have all the BigBoss Apps!
KB - February 14, 2008 at 12:25pm
I added iClarified to my sources but BossTools is not in my Utilities. I have 1.1.2OTB. It originally was jailbroken at 1.1.1 and I had iClarified in my sources and BossTools was available along with many games, ringtones etc in my categories in installer, but now most of these things are missing... what happened?
wombat - February 14, 2008 at 5:04am
@iClarified. I think it's useful if you add the Step: Install BSB Subsystems (if not already done so). Users here seem to be coming from different stages in the JB and UL. For thos who use the ZIPhone direct method, BSB is not installed yet. This seems absolute necessary prior to installing BOSSTool
gaurav208 - February 13, 2008 at 1:10pm
Hi, I have 1.1.2 phone jailbroken and updated to 1.1.3. When it was on 1.1.2, I was able to install the Boss Tool successfully. But once I upgraded to 1.1.3, the Boss tool icon dissappeared.So I uninstalled it and tried to install it again. I got the following error"Main script execution failed". Any idea what is the issue here. Thanks
pk - February 12, 2008 at 7:44pm
weird...10 mins after i installed bosstool and it not appearing on my springboard it magically appeared but without the icon shown here...the icon looked like a piece of paper with a pencil and some other stuff making the A letter...(ive seen this icon before on other apps on the mac and the iphone when i ssh into fact all the apps have this icon when u ssh into the phone....i went on to try and move told me it would take like 10 mins....i started with 266MG used it died after about 1 min and told me i have 266MG with 0 to write...WTF??
pk - February 12, 2008 at 7:26pm
found boss tool...go to install....install task bar goes thru motions...returns to bosstool found on springboard...same problem as others here...any solutions as yet??
Kendall - February 12, 2008 at 2:57pm
Ok, I went through the plist file for the Installer sources. Try adding a new repo, with the URL "". That _should_ contain all the BossTools, as far as I know. I upgraded right from 1.1.1 to 1.1.3, so I have no idea how things work for you...
letscheckitout - February 12, 2008 at 1:29pm
@kendall i have v3.0 installed for the installer.
letscheckitout - February 12, 2008 at 1:27pm
@Kendall,i have conceited software,,ste packaging under the community sources. And i am on a 1.1.2 jailbreak,unlocked.It was a 1.1.3 OTB but i downgraded it and unlocked after jailbreaking. Let me know if you requiremore info. Thanks
Tino - February 12, 2008 at 11:39am
If you relocated the Apps and Ringtones. Then whatever Apps and custome Ringtones you add from that point onwards will be residing in the media disk, similar to the relocated Fonts.
wombat - February 12, 2008 at 11:31am
Take it all back. Being a NEW iPhone I just had to Install BSB SubSystem. Now it works FINE. Pity that BSB APP takes up 5 MB on it's own, but what the heck, relocating Fonts and Ringtones alone gives me 75MB more space. Now 2 new Q's: a)Does anyone know if it's now safe to move the APPS as well? b) What happens with new ringtones and apps? (the Prog says xx already moved, so what happens to newer APPS?)
Tino - February 12, 2008 at 11:31am
Guys, Alternatively, why don't try the's Installer-Space_Limit Fix to relocate your Apps. That would give you unlinmited space to install anything under the sun. Check their side out. Add its source in Installer. I had done it on 3 iphones withour any issue at all.
wombat - February 12, 2008 at 11:23am
Version 0.35 worked fine on my "old" 1.1.2 OTB using the old downgrade and upgrade to 1.1.3. procedure. It does NOT work on my "new" 16Gb iPhone which was jailbreaked and unlocked via the ZIPhone Method. Although the SW installs properly, each time I press Relocate Fonts or Relocate Ringtunes the Phone appears to be doing something, but the space in the Root remains UNCHANGED. The interesting thing is, that in spite of installing more and more APPS, the space on / remains steady at 51 MB. Guess we'll have to wait for an update?
Kendall - February 12, 2008 at 11:04am
That shouldn't be a problem. What sources are listed, and what version of Installer do you have installed? (It says what version it is on the welcoming screen).
letscheckitout - February 12, 2008 at 6:30am
Hi Kendall, I did try that but still not able to find the packages. The other thing is noticed is when i go into sources it has a lock at the bottom of the globe. What does that mean? Thanks
Kendall - February 12, 2008 at 1:48am
yes, I had the same problem. Install Community Sources from the Sources category. Then refresh the sources.
letscheckitout - February 11, 2008 at 5:55pm
Hi, I am unable to find bosstool and some other application. Is anyone facing the same issue? Do we need to change or modify the source. Thanks
Kendall - February 11, 2008 at 2:17pm
I see what you mean :/ Really strange... The only thing I can think of at this stage is restoring, then jalbreaking and jailbreaking with the collection of tools that Zibri put together. ( and That would probably be quicker than trying to find the problem. Of course if you have a ton of settings, contacts, etc then that would be a pain. I don't think that this has anything to do with the new folder layout, /private/var/mobile rather than /private/var/root, though. Though if possible it would be good to check that there is an at least an Installer folder in one of them. What's the contents of /private/var/mobile/Library/Installer/ ? (At least, I take it that you can access the phone via SSH?
wichert - February 11, 2008 at 1:52pm
all packages... really strangs, still doesn't work. Can it be that because of the program the root has changed? or the installer can;t find the right map to install it?
Kendall - February 11, 2008 at 1:46pm
The repositories changed recently. See if you can install the "Community Sources" package in the "Sources" package. That should replace the sources with new ones rather than just refreshing the package list. Or do you have this problem with all packages?
wichert - February 11, 2008 at 1:26pm
@kendall: thanks for thinking with me! but those things are not the problems, wifi is working on pc, iphone (via Safari). the sources I refresshed them more times and i didn;t changed those after updating. Maybe other ideas?! Thanx
Kendall - February 11, 2008 at 12:08pm
@wichert: Either you are not connected to the WiFi network in your home (Settings -> WiFi) or there's something wrong with your sources. If that's the case, in Installer, tap Sources along the bottom, then Refresh at the top left. If that fails, check that you have a working connection to the Internet via Safari.
wichert - February 11, 2008 at 10:13am
i jailbreakt my phone 1.1.2 -> 1.1.3 -> used this tool for more space -> unlocked it and now i want to download things from installer there is a error been given : package downloadn failed:can't find host! what went wrong?!
Kendall - February 10, 2008 at 1:29pm
@seljose: isn't that enough space to play with? I only have 64mb after relocating the fonts - but ibegan with 1mb right after upgrading to 1.1.3. What do you need the extra space for?
Mask - February 10, 2008 at 6:27am
After using this I get the following error “Repair Needed. iPhone cannot make or receive calls.” please help, i have tried restoring but that didn't work
seljose - February 10, 2008 at 5:18am
hi, i installed boss tool onto my jailbroken otb 1.1.2 iphone. i ran the "relocate fonts" and clicked "do it" as well. but nothing seems to happen after that, and my free disk space still remains at the initial space which is 53mb. any ideas?
bjlm - February 10, 2008 at 2:35am
after using the BossTools, is it safe to uninstall?
LJ - February 10, 2008 at 1:46am
make sure to have the BSD subsystem install, or else it wont relocate the files.
pedro - February 10, 2008 at 12:27am
Can't Find BossTool... :-(
paul - February 9, 2008 at 10:45pm
Hi, I managed to get it installed, I just had to read across the comments. thanks for Tino for the link. Now, I tried and wooow!!! my OTB 1.1.2 iphone is unlocked! thanks to geohot! :D
paul - February 9, 2008 at 9:56pm
Hi! I have just had jailbroken a 1.1.2 OTB iphone. Then, I followed this tutorial you posted (thanks a lot!) , but when I click under the system category and looked for the boss tool, I could not find anything. Why is that so? I could not even find the boss prefs, etc... please help! thanks!!!
Tino - February 9, 2008 at 7:59pm
266MB free space is probabdly just right. The rest of 34MB should be loaded with OS. So, 286MB+34MB = 300MB. That's the correct figure.
gc8 - February 9, 2008 at 11:17am
I already freed it all, 266mb is what i have so when i free it doesnt change that number it changes how much I have free.... so you figure it out lol
Tino - February 9, 2008 at 10:21am
Well, after Apps migration, you should have about 35mb, after Fonts migration, you should have about 120mb free on os partition. So, go figure it out!
GC8 - February 9, 2008 at 10:01am
how come I only have 266mb???
Tino - February 9, 2008 at 6:59am
Add this to your installer source, it's BigBoss's BossTool repo.
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