How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone

The iPhone was shipped with 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB long ago, and by today’s standards, it’s hardly a swirl. Now we are downloading movies, TV shows, music with almost every app under the sun and packing your phone Because we can. Is needed Space And we need it very much.

The latest iPhone 12 and its variants have 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage. Compared to the original, it is an insane amount. But ultimately, you have to clean up that huge digital house to make room for the new stuff you want to move into. This guide shows you how to free up space on your iPhone.

Check your balance

To see where you stand about the overall storage space, do the following:

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Tap Mango.

step 3: Tap iPhone storage.

Here you will see a color-coded bar graph showing what is eating up the phone’s space, including apps, media, operating systems, etc. In the case of a brand new iPhone 12 Pro Max we used for this guide, iOS 14.3 consumed 7.16 GB of the phone’s 128 GB with 6.88 GB of mysterious “other” data. We’ll get to you soon afterwards.

You’ll also see tools for closing unused apps, reviewing large attachments, and a complete list of all installed apps with the largest at the top. This is where we will start.

Remove apps you don’t need

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Keep in mind that some applications are not necessarily large. For example, if OneDrive is using 7GB of space, this app is not hogging your phone’s storage, rather all the data you download is for offline use. In this case, you will need to open OneDrive and manually delete all offline content to reduce the overall size of the app on your phone.

Other applications are generally larger, such as Ocean 2 Using 2.66GB – This also saves an additional 397MB for your device, as shown above. Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition Weighs a small 903MB. If you want to remove these apps from your iPhone, here’s how:

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Tap Mango.

step 3: Tap iPhone storage.

step 4: Tap on Applications You want to delete

Step 5: Tap Delete app On the following screen.

Step 6: Tap Delete app On the roll-up menu to confirm again.

Step 7: Rinse and repeat for all other apps.

pay attention: If you tap Offload app Instead, as shown in the screenshot above, the app will be deleted but its related data will remain on your phone. Otherwise, Delete app Everything will be deleted, even saved data.

There is another flag to look for in this list that the app says never used. If you never plan to use them, you should remove them from your phone. More importantly, enabling Unused applications You will delete unused apps when you are running out of storage, but may leave all related documents and data untouched.

If you are looking for additional options, see our guide on how to remove iPhone applications.

Limit photo and video size

There is likely to be a lot of space in your photos and videos captured with the phone. While it is a shame not to take full advantage of the cool features of your camera, turning off some of those features can clean up some much-needed space.

Turn off live photos

Each live photo is not a photo but a three second video. This makes each shot slightly larger file-wise. To temporarily turn this feature off and save space, tap Live photos Button located in the top right corner of the camera app. It looks like a bullseye.

If you want to permanently disable Live Photos, do the following instead:

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Scroll down and tap The camera.

step 3: Tap Save settings.

step 4: Tap on Toggle Near to Live photo To turn this feature off.

Disable Dual Copies When Using HDR

Photos look better with HDR, but on older iPhones, this means having two copies by default: one with HDR and one without. If you want to use HDR, toggling from “normal” photos will free up space. Do the following so that you do not store both:

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Scroll down and tap The camera.

step 3: Tap on Toggle Near to Keep normal photo.

pay attention: You will not see this option on Apple’s A12 Bionic chip and newer phones. These devices have smart HDR, which uses AI to make the best combination of multiple exposures in a single photo.

Reduce video framerate and resolution

If you have limited space, you should avoid recording 4K or slow-motion video, as both will use a lot more storage than ordinary videos. This will help reduce resolution and frame rate, as it creates smaller video files. Like this:

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Scroll down and tap The camera.

step 3: Tap Record video And adjust the setting accordingly. You can also toggle HDR video If needed

step 4: Go back The camera And tap Record slo-mo.

Step 5: Adjust the setting accordingly.

Back to cloud

A better way to cope with storage-hungry photos and videos is to return them to the cloud. This allows you to delete these files from your iPhone and still have near-local access. In this section, we use the native iCloud platform, although OneDrive, Google Photos, and Dropbox also work well.

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Tap on your Apple id.

step 3: Tap iCloud.

step 4: Tap The photos.

Step 5: Verify that iphone photos Begging On.

Step 6: Verify that Optimize phone storage is Checked. It will replace your photos with customized versions on your phone, while storing full-resolution versions in the cloud.

If you have a Chromebook, we recommend that you are using Windows PC and Google Photos. For more ideas consult our roundup of the best free cloud storage apps.

Stream music and movies

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Forget about downloading music, TV shows, or movies. Use streaming services instead.

Spotify and Netflix are our favorites, but there are loads of other options. Apple Music and SoundCloud are great for music lovers, while Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and HBO Max are the perfect companion for those looking for movies or TV.

If you use these services while you are out and about, just make sure you keep track of your data usage.

Delete old messages and attachments

Attachments take local place in your messages. One way to keep it to a minimum is how long your messages on the phone will remain closed. You can adjust this setting by doing the following:

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Scroll down and tap Messages.

step 3: Tap Keep message Is listed under Message history.

step 4: Choose 30 days, 1 year, or Always On the following screen. If you select a duration that is shorter than your current setting, such as switching Always Service 30 days, For example, you will be prompted to delete messages older than 30 days.

If you just delete attachments without adjusting the message message, there is a tool for this as we saw earlier in this guide:

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Tap Mango.

step 3: Tap iPhone storage.

step 4: Tap Review Large Attachments.

Step 5: Tap Edit Located in the top right corner.

Step 6: Tap on each Attachment You want to remove it from your phone.

Step 7: Tap on Trash can The icon in the top right corner.

Purge unnecessary files

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If you have old documents, videos, or other files on your iPhone that you can live without, it’s time to get rid of them. Again, be sure to open apps you downloaded to your phone, such as OneDrive or Google Drive. Do you read books in the Kindle app? Delete all downloaded books if you have read.

Be sure to open the files as well and delete anything you have downloaded and no longer needed like PDF. However, if you see the “cloud” icon on the thumbnail of the file, it is already supported in the cloud and is not sitting on your iPhone.

Turn off automatic download

One way to prevent your iPhone from rapidly running out of space is to disable automatic downloads. However, it currently only applies to apps and music – there is no way to block automatic downloads of videos and books.

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Tap app Store.

step 3: Tap on Toggle Near to Apps under which Automatic download To turn this feature off (if it hasn’t already).

step 4: This is optional but will help regain space. Tap on Toggle Near to Unused applications To automatically delete apps you do not use.

pay attention: For the App Store, we recommend keeping App update Begging On So your phone stays up to date and does not miss the necessary bug fixes and feature fixes.

Step 5: Return to main Adjustment Menu and tap music.

Step 6: Scroll down and tap Toggle Near to Automatic download Is listed under download.

Clear browser cache

Your browsing history and website data are built over time, but it is easy to remove. Like this:

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Scroll down and tap Safari.

step 3: Scroll down and tap Clear history and website data.

step 4: Tap Clear history and data On the roll-up menu.

What about that “other” storage?

We see the same problem in MacOS: the operating system cannot classify all data under the “other” label. The problem is, you will have a hard time trying to figure out what the data is under that ambiguous umbrella. Also, its potential is large – a “normal” size from 5GB to 10GB.

Unfortunately there is no easy way to clean it. This includes caches from streaming services, cloud services with downloaded files, Safari’s own cache, archived messages and more. For example, if you downloaded files to OneDrive, those files are lumped into another category because it is “documents and data” contained within the application.

Again, we suggest skimming through the app list on the iPhone storage screen, tapping into larger apps, and looking at them Documents and data Information. This may give you some clues as to which apps have “other” data that you may need to extract.

Of course, there is a way to retrieve all your out-of-the-box storageā€¦

Restore your iPhone

This should be your last resort, honestly. If you have worked through all of our space-saving tips on your iPhone and you are still short of space, it will definitely get the job done. This will also reduce the size of that obscure “other” category listed in your storage breakdown. However, make sure that your iPhone is under a reset path before starting your iPhone, whether it’s a backup of iCloud or another PC.

Here’s how to reset:

Phase 1: tap to open Adjustment.

stage 2: Tap Mango.

step 3: Scroll down and tap Reset.

step 4: Tap erase all content and settings.

Step 5: Tap Backup erase again On the pop-up window. However, if you have iCloud Backup turned on, chances are you already have a fresh backup in the cloud and you can tap Erase now Instead.

For more information about resetting iPhone, consult our guide on how to reset your iPhone or how to reset iPhone.

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