How to Increase the Size of a Root Partition for an iPhone

Written by chester rockwell
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Applying a process known as "jailbreaking" to your iPhone can allow you to install third-party applications and operating system extensions that you wouldn't normally be able to install with an iPhone. When you jailbreak your iPhone, you create a new partition on the phone's on-board hard drive that is dedicated to the installation of these third party applications. If you have installed a large number of third-party applications, you may be close to reaching the partition's maximum size, requiring you to increase the overall size of the partition to install more.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • iFile iPhone application

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  1. 1

    Open the iFile application on your iPhone.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the root folder, indicated by a single backslash, using the iFile browsing system.

  3. 3

    Select the "/System" folder and select the "Copy" function in the iFile program.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the "/var" folder by tapping it on from the main iFile menu.

  5. 5

    Using the "Paste" function, move the "/System" folder into the "/var" folder.

  6. 6

    Navigate back to the base "/" folder and select the "/System" folder that remains in the list. Press the "Delete" function to remove the folder.

  7. 7

    Tap "edit", the tap "+", and call the new folder "System" (it is case sensitive), then select "symbolic link."

  8. 8

    Under "link target," enter "/var/System/" and then close iFile. Reboot your phone to complete the procedure. Approximately 300 MB of space will have been added to your root partition.

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