For many people, thehas become a storage hub for everything from photo libraries to collections of music, books, games and more. But that also means it can be easy to run out of space. Even though Apple has increased the from 64 GB to 128 GB with the that might not be enough for everyone.
The best way to save local storage is to invest inlike Apple’s iCloud, , Box or Dropbox to offload some of your files. But you can also tweak some settings to make sure you’re using your iPhone’s storage capacity to the fullest. When launches, your iPhone will also be able to detect duplicate photos, which should make it easier to manage and organize your picture library.
See below for more on how to free up storage space on your iPhone.
First, see what takes up the most space on your iPhone
To maximize yourstorage, you need to know what occupies in the first place. Take a look at what’s eating up your storage space so you know where to start. Launch Settingsfaucet General and scroll to iPhone Storage. Choose this option to see a breakdown of file and media types that are taking up space on your iPhone. may also make recommendations on how to free up space, such as reviewing videos stored on your device, as shown below.
Make sure your iPhone optimizes photo storage
are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to gobbling up space on your iPhone. But the has an option that allows your device to locally save smaller photo files if your device is running out of space instead of the original versions. Instead, these full-resolution photos and videos are stored in , and you can download them as needed. To make sure this feature is enabled, start by opening the Settings application. Then scroll down to Pictures and make sure there is a blue tick next to Optimize iPhone Storage option.
Save photos and videos to a cloud service instead of your device
The best way to free up space onis to delete files that you don’t need to store on your device. But that doesn’t mean you should reduce the size of your photo library. Instead, try storing them in like Google Photos rather than on your device. It’s a quick way to free up lots of storage space without forcing you to part with old memories.
But before you delete anything, make sure the photos you want to save have been backed up or transferred to. If your photos and videos are not backed up to another service like Google Photos, Dropbox, Box or OneDrive before being deleted, they will be permanently erased. This tells you how to copy your entire iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos, but just note that the .
You might be wondering why you need to use a separate cloud service if your photos are already stored in iCloud. This is because deleting your photos from your iPhone also erases them from iCloud. So you will want to use another service if you plan to delete images from your device.
Delete apps you no longer use
Another great way to drain your iPhone is to get rid ofyou no longer use. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at apps you haven’t used in a while. Open your Settings menu, touch General and go to iPhone Storage. You’ll see a list of your apps with the space each app takes up and the last time you used it. Scroll down and try deleting apps that you haven’t used in a long time.
Offload apps you don’t use all the time
If you don’t want completely, you can unload it instead. Offloading allows you to keep documents and data associated with this application so that you can reinstall it at any time and quickly pick up where you left off. Go back to the list mentioned above by opening Settingsby pressing General and choose iPhone Storage. Tap any app in the list and select Download the app. You can also set your do it automatically when opening Settingsby pressing the App store option and ensuring that Offload unused apps the switch is on.
Automatically delete old messages
It’s not only, videos, and apps that can take up your iPhone storage. Get rid of the old can also be useful. You can set your iPhone to automatically delete your story by opening Settingsby choosing posts and pressing the Save messages option under Message history. From there, select whether you want your iPhone to keep text messages for 30 days, a year, or forever.
Delete app videos and music
You probably have videos andstored offline in several apps on your phone, and luckily there is an easy way to find these files and delete them. Launch SettingsChoose General and select iPhone Storage. Look for an app from which you downloaded offline content, such as Netflix. You’ll then see storage information about the app, such as its size and buttons to delete or offload it.
If you downloaded offline, you will also see a section for this content under the Delete Application button. Place your finger on a downloaded video and drag it to the left side of the screen to delete it.
Clear your web browser cache
You can always try to clean yourcache if you’re really looking for space, although deleting apps and media makes a much bigger difference. But it might give your a bit more speed when browsing the web, so it’s worth a try if you’re low on storage and slow browser performance. But remember that this will log you out of websites you have logged into.
Open SettingsChoose Safari and press Clear history and website data.
If you usetap the three dots at the bottom of the screen, choose Story and press Clear browsing data. You should see a checkmark next to three categories: Navigation history, Cookies, site data and Cached images and files. If you only want to delete browsing data for a certain period of time, tap the Time interval option near the top of the screen before hitting Clear browsing data basically.
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