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How to Free Up Space on An iPhone

Your iPhone might get full because of images, videos, apps, and more. There will be times when you need to get rid of some of the things to free up some space.

It is only natural that you are deleting the apps or other files to expand your available storage. But how if I tell you that it is not the only way to reserve some space in your device?

Here are a bunch of tips you can try for your iPhone without having gone too far away.

Get rid of some apps

Let’s not overlook the fact that some apps are pretty demanding in storage. Deleting a small app can save you from 50MB to 500MB. All you need to do is to delete it from your Home Screen, or through the Settings section.

Some apps might be hard to delete because Apple included these as the factory version. These pre-installed apps include Notes, Calendar, Stocks, FaceTime, and many more. But if you have updated your device to iOS 10 or above, you can delete some of these apps.

You can also see Settings – General – iPhone Storage to see the apps which take more space in your device. Through this section, the gear will list the apps based on how much space they take. Manage the list and delete apps which take too much space.

Manage them with your iTunes Match

If you’ve subscribed to iTunes Match, you have been on the right track. It is a storage space saver for your iPhone. This app allows you to keep the tracks in the cloud, rather than in your internal storage. you can delete all of the music tracks on your iPhone. You don’t have to worry since all of them are in the iTunes Match iCloud. You just need to download any specific track from it, or the whole album. Just swipe left on the track to delete it. And download it again in the future if you want to listen to it again.

Manage the iCloud usage

If you’ve been using your iPhone for a while, you will be surprised to see some unnecessary files in your iCloud storage. Go to Settings – General – Storage & iCloud Usage – Manage Storage. Find Apple Music on the Manage Storage list. You will find a lot of songs there. You could choose what songs you want to delete, or just delete them all.

Besides songs, your iPhone might have also stored some podcasts. The Podcasts app often saves the products automatically. Still in the Manage Storage session, you will need to choose “Podcasts”. Then choose the podcasts you want to delete.

Get rid of text messages

Some texts are worth saving to keep the memories between you and someone. But some irrelevant texts are not worthy to get there. Stop your phone from saving these texts all the time. You could workaround the message history. In the Message History – Keep Messages, Change Forever to 30 Days or else. Then a message will pop up to ask if you want to delete older messages. Choose Delete. You will be surprised at how big the files of these messages are.

Delete double photos, videos, or other files

If you are using your iPhone for videos, photos, and other multimedia a lot, you might notice that your phone is saving multiple files. It especially happens to HDR version users. Usually, the phone stores two photos of the same: the HDR and the normal version.

Or, if you use Instagram, the app will save the photo you’ve uploaded to Instagram. So, you will have both the original version and the Instagram version. Delete these double photos for good.

Turn the Photo Stream off

Did you know that the Photo Stream feature takes up a lot of space in your device? You probably don’t need these photos since you already have the original ones in your particular device. Go to Settings, choose “Photo & Camera”, then untick the “Upload to My Photo Stream” option.

Clear your browser cache every time you finish

There is no good reason to store web history and data all the time when you do not need them. Clear your safari’s browser chance by going to Settings – Safari, and choose Clear History and Website Data. You can also do the same for the Chrome browser.

With the simple tips above, you could really free some space in your iPhone device. Have a good try!

By Maria Tsekova

Maria Tsekova has worked in several IT companies for the last 8 years. Her experience contributes to her knowledge of different fields. She is most interested in new technology trends following the last brands on the market, listening to webinars, and be in touch with people from the corporate environment.