Oursit contains almost everything: photos, games, movies, music libraries and more. But it also means you can run out of storage space pretty quickly. Apple has increased the default storage option for the iPhone to 128 GB instead of 64 GB with , which certainly helps. But if that’s not enough, there are a few tweaks you can make to make better use of your iPhone’s storage space.
The best way to save on local storage is to invest inlike Apple’s iCloud, , Box or Dropbox to download some of your files. But there are also certain settings you can change to make sure you’re using your iPhone’s storage capacity to its fullest. When at launch, your iPhone will also be able to detect duplicate photos, which should make it easier to keep your photo library lean and organized.
See below to learn more about how to free up storage space on your iPhone.
First, take a look at what’s taking up the most space on your iPhone
To maximize yourwarehouse, you need to know what is occupied in the first place. See what’s eating up your storage so you know where to start. Run it Settingstouch General and scroll down to iPhone Storage. Select this option to see a breakdown of the types of files and media that are taking up space on your iPhone. it can also make some recommendations on how to free up space, such as reviewing the videos stored on your device as shown below.
Check if your iPhone is optimizing photo storage
are among the biggest offenders when it comes to eating up space on your iPhone. But menu has an option that allows your device to store smaller photo files locally if there is not enough space on the device instead of the original versions. These full resolution photos and videos are instead stored in the , and you can download them as needed. To make sure this feature is turned on, start by opening it Settings application. Then scroll down to Photographs and make sure there is a blue check mark next to it Optimize iPhone storage option.
Save photos and videos to a cloud service instead of your device
The best way to free up spaceis to remove files you don’t need to store on your device. But that doesn’t mean you have to downsize your photo library. Try storing them instead like Google Photos, not on your device. It’s a quick way to free up a lot of storage space without having to part with old memories.
But before you delete anything, make sure the photos you want to keep are backed up or transferred to them. If your photos and videos are not backed up to another service such as Google Photos, Dropbox, Box or OneDrive before deletion, they will be permanently deleted. This guides you through how to copy your entire iCloud photo library to Google Photos, but just keep in mind that .
You may be wondering why you need to use a special cloud service if your photos are already stored in iCloud. That’s because deleting your photos from your iPhone also deletes those from iCloud, so you’ll want to use a different service if you plan to delete images from your device.
Delete apps you no longer use
Another great way to clean up your iPhone is to get rid of itno longer use. If you don’t know where to start, take a look at which apps you haven’t used in a long time. Open yours Settings menu, tap General and go to iPhone Storage. You’ll see a list of your apps along with the amount of space each app takes up and when you last used it. Scroll through the list and try deleting apps you haven’t used in a while.
Uninstall apps you don’t use regularly
If you don’t want to completely, you can download it instead. Unloading allows you to keep the documents and data associated with that application so that you can reinstall it at any time and quickly pick up where you left off. Return to the list above by opening it Settingsby pressing General and dialing iPhone Storage. Tap any app in the list and select Offload App. You can also set your own to do it automatically by opening Settingsby touching the App store option and see for yourself Empty unused apps the switch is on.
Automatically delete old messages
It’s not just, videos and apps that can clog up your iPhone’s storage. Liberation from the old may be helpful. You can set your iPhone to automatically delete yours history by opening Settingsdialing Messages and by tapping on Hold messages option below Message history. From there, choose whether you want your iPhone to keep text messages for 30 days, a year, or forever.
Delete videos and music from apps
You probably have videos andstored offline in multiple apps on your phone, and luckily, there’s an easy way to find those files and delete them. Run it Settingschoose General and select iPhone Storage. Look for the app from which you downloaded the offline content, such as Netflix. You’ll then see storage information about the app, such as its size and buttons to delete or uninstall.
If you downloaded offline, you’ll also see a section for this content below the Delete App button. Place your finger on the downloaded video and drag it all the way to the left side of the screen to delete it.
Clear your web browser cache
You can always try to clean yourscache if you’re really looking for space, although clearing apps and media will make a much bigger difference. But it might give yours a slight increase in speed when browsing the web, so it’s worth a try if you’re low on storage space and have slow browser performance. But just remember that it will log you out of the sites you’ve logged into.
Open it Settingschoose Safari and tap Clear history and website data.
If you are usingtap the three dots at the bottom of the screen, select history and tap Clear browsing data. You should see a check mark next to three categories: Browsing history, Cookies, site data and Saved images and files. If you want to delete only the search data for a certain period of time, tap Time range option at the top of the screen before you tap Clear browsing data at the bottom.
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