How to Fix Health App Too Much Storage on iOS 14

Having a problem trying to fix the Health app consuming too much storage on iOS 14?

When Apple released the new operating system for its iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, getting petabytes of data is not what most users expected. Yeah, petabytes (PB). A thousand times larger than a terabyte.

Of all the applications, why is the Health app consuming so much storage on the new iOS 14? This brought a lot of attention to Apple users all over the internet. In this article, we’ll be explaining what you can do about it.

Additionally, we’ll also tell you why that happens and what Apple’s customer support has to say about this issue. Here’s what we can do to fix the Health app consuming too much storage on iOS 14.

Let’s get started!


1. It’s a Bug.

First off, there’s no way you have over 50 petabytes of data on your iPhone. That’s way too much data, and your device would have either crashed or stopped working altogether. Now, this isn’t commonly understood, but data is passed as electrons and stored in physical arrangements, like handwriting for data.

These arrangements are read by your processor or iPhone and transmitted as data or information. Currently, your iPhone probably has a maximum storage capacity of 512GB, if you bought the premium storage model. 50 petabytes of data cannot be physically stored in your device.

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According to Apple’s customer support, this is a hardware issue. However, we think that this bug is compromising how your phone reads data and approximates it into your screen. We theorize that since your phone “made up” a ton of files, it’s also using a ton of battery life and power to organize or process these large amounts of data.

Which is why you’ll often find Apple users with the Health app storage problem also suffer from extreme battery draining. Now, there are a couple of things that you can do for this problem. Let’s start by deleting some Health data on your device.


2. Delete Health Data On Your Phone.

The petabyte bug is a bizarre circumstance and is probably the result of wrong-read files. A practical way to solve this is by deleting the files that are being read. Additionally, if you’re only suffering from gigabyte-level data, then this could help you as well.

Unfortunately, you cannot individually choose which data records to delete. This method will delete all files and statistics that are stored in your Health app.

Here’s how you can delete Health data on your iPhone:

  1. Start by opening the Health app on your iPhone.
  2. Now, tap on the profile icon located at the top-right corner of your screen.
  3. On the next screen, under Privacy, look for and tap on Apps.
  4. Next, select Health.

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  1. Once you’re there, tap on Delete All Data from “Health”. You’ll be asked to confirm, simply tap on Delete.

We recommend erasing all Health files if you’re dealing with the petabyte bug, as removing all your files is the only way of making sure that the corrupted file(s) are deleted.


3. Delete Health Data For Other Apps.

The Health app is an incredibly versatile feature that Apple added for its users. When it first released, other default and third-party applications frolicked to make good use of its innovations.

These third-party apps, like the Health app itself, store a ton of data entries. Files for functions like Steps, Body Measurements, Hearts, and so on, were great additions for health-conscious and fit individuals. Unfortunately, we may have to delete these records to cleans your iPhone from the bug.

Here’s how you can delete Health data for other apps:

  1. Bring up the Health app on your iPhone and navigate to the Browse tab.
  2. When you’re there, you can tap on any of the Health Categories you want to delete. For this example, we’ll go to the Activity category.
  3. In the Activity page, a list of different activities should be displayed. Tap on the data you want to delete, for this method we’ll be tapping on Steps.
  4. Now, scroll down until you can find and tap on Show All Data. When you’re there, tap on the Edit button at the top-right corner of your screen.

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  1. Finally, you can choose to delete the data individually through the Minus icon () and by tapping on Delete or as a bunch by tapping on Delete All.

4. Restart Your Devices.

When’s the last time you restarted your device? Unfortunately, the automatic restart when updating your iOS doesn’t count. Restarting your iPhone is a great way to fix software issues that are usually caused by bugs and glitches like this.

Furthermore, restarting your device frequently is a very good habit to have. A lot of issues can build up in the background of your device over time. These may not affect your performance at first, but all it takes is one annoying bug to mess with your iPhone experience.

Here’s how you can restart your iPhone or iPad:

  1. First, press and hold down the power button to begin shutting off your device. This should be located on the right side of your iPad or iPhone.
  2. After a while, a prompt with a slider that says ‘Slide to power off’ should appear on your screen. Drag or swipe this slider to the right to power down your device.

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  1. Finally, wait for a couple of seconds after turning off your iPhone or iPad before holding down the power button again.

Now, contrary to a lot of articles, we absolutely do not recommend that you force restart your device. Force restarting your iPhone or iPad is potentially hazardous to the operating system and other files. There are a ton of things that could go wrong with a force restart and here’s why.


5. Unpair and Re-pair Your Apple Watch.

If you’re using an Apple Watch, here’s an extra tip for you. Chances are both your iPhone, and Apple Watch are suffering from battery problems after the update. This can be due to a lot of things, like the watch’s new features.

Whatever the case may be, unpairing and re-pairing your device seem to help a lot according to some users. This is probably due to the watch and iPhone re-calibrating your data and possibly having trouble with the software process. Reconnecting your devices should iron this connection out and fix the issue.

Here’s how you can unpair your Apple Watch:

  1. Start by placing your iPhone and Apple Watch next to each other. Now, open up the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and navigate to the My Watch tab. This should be on the lower-left corner of your screen.
  2. Then, tap on your watch at the top of the screen. This will open a list of all the watches your iPhone has paired with. Select the info button ( i ) next to the watch to being unpairing.

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  1. Next, select the Unpair Apple Watch. A prompt might ask you regarding your plan. For this method, go ahead and Keep it.
  2. Lastly, tap on Confirm to unpair your Apple Watch.

Now, here’s how you can re-pair your devices together:

  1. Go ahead and open up the Apple Watch app again and go to Start Pairing.
  2. Now, this should activate your back camera. Position your Apple Watch behind the camera so that your watch fits inside the square viewfinder.

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  1. Finally, feel free to set your preferences back to how to your preferred settings.

Go ahead and monitor the battery consumption of both devices. Hopefully, the battery problem has improved.


6. Factory Reset Your Device.

The storage and battery problem can be a very annoying thing to deal with. Furthermore, if the methods above didn’t fix this for you, then you may be down to the last straw. At this moment, we suggest factory resetting your device.

With the proper steps, your personal files will be backed up and saved. Meanwhile, reformating your device will install the latest authentic iOS version on your iPhone or iPad. This way, default applications like the Health app should be completely ironed out and fixed.

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If you’re interested in doing this, here’s our comprehensive and detailed step-by-step guide for performing a factory reset. Furthermore, here’s an in-depth explanation as to why we don’t recommend doing a DFU mode reformat.

Now that you’ve reached the end of this article, hopefully we’ve helped you fix the Health app taking too much storage on your iOS 14. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below.

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  • Mako Young

    Mako is a staff writer at Saint. He's been writing about tech for more than a decade. When he isn't reading about the latest news on Apple, he's busy studying cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, cloud computing, and other IT-related sectors. His exceptional work graces technology and Apple-related blogs like How-To Geek,, Macgasm, onMac, PhotoWorkout, GameRant, and many more. He also has a Bachelors in Computer Science and has been writing since 2018, with over 400 posts published. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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