The years go by and, despite the arrival of new iPhone models with more comfortable capabilities, users still seem to be looking for a way to not saturate the storage space of their device.
It must be said that if there are models with 128 GB or 256 GB, their relatively high price is often enough to opt for a 64 GB version.
Once the space occupied by the operating system counted down, what remains of these 64 GB is quickly occupied.
Finding a solution quickly to make room is essential. Your camera may well, failing to do this household, refuse to capture a snapshot. In the following lines, you will find some answers to help you free up storage space on your iPhone.
Tips for free up space on your iPhone
1st Trick: Store photos on the cloud
This seems to make sense, but many users still do not know how to save their film on the cloud.
If you have opted for the homemade solution, iCloud, all the content of your film is automatically saved, in original quality.
You can then choose to keep all the content of the film locally on your device which will monopolize the storage, or choose to keep the originals in full resolution on iCloud and keep locally only a smaller version, adapted to the size from the device screen. It will take up less space on your iPhone.
- To find this setting, go to Settings, then in your Apple ID, enter the iCloud
- Then go to the Photos menu, and choose Optimize iPhone Storage, rather than Download and Keep Originals.
Those who do not wish to pay for an iCloud subscription-only 5 GB are offered – to save their photos will be able to turn to Google Photos.
This solution is free if you choose a high-quality backup – but with light compression: up to 16 megapixels for photos and 1080p HD for videos.
It is deducted from your Google Drive space if you choose a backup in original quality.
When all your images are saved in Google Photos, you can free up space on your iPhone by deleting photos from the film.
To do this, launch Google Photos, tap Free Space, and then tap Delete to delete photos stored locally on the device.
Google Photos will become your main photo application, replacing the native Photos application.
2nd Trick: Delete unused applications
Your iPhone undoubtedly houses applications that you have never opened, or that you have not used for several months.
Even if you may need it “someday,” they are unnecessarily monopolizing the storage space of your device.
- To check which apps are rarely or never used open Settings, then in General, enter iPhone Storage.
- iOS should first display the amount of space that can be recovered by removing unused applications. Then scroll through the options until you reach the device’s application list.
- For each of them, iOS displays the date of the last use and also displays very clearly the applications never used.
- Enter the details of the applications never used and press Delete App to uninstall it permanently.
However, if you have documents in some of your unused applications, you can uninstall them without deleting the documents associated with them.
To do this, open the Settings, go to iTunes and App Store, and enable the Uninstall unused apps option.
The application icons will remain on the iPhone homepage but will be covered by the iCloud icon, indicating that they will need to be downloaded again for use.
3rd Trick: Delete the application documents
We rarely think about it, but the documents or the contents that you create or use with the applications installed on your iPhone also occupy your storage unnecessarily: episodes of series downloaded locally on Netflix, documents saved in the file manager, photos and videos received in messaging applications (iMessage, WhatsApp), etc.
Begin by first taking an inventory of the documents and data associated with your applications.
- Open the Settings, go to General, then in iPhone Storage, before consulting, application by application, the amount of space used by Documents and data.
- Apart from the Music application that allows you to delete content directly from the storage manager of iOS, you will have to manually open all the applications concerned to sort and delete unnecessary documents.
Consider, for example, deleting locally downloaded content for offline use (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, etc.), deleting photos and videos received in Message or WhatsApp, or deleting stored videos in your third-party video player.
- For Message, you can easily clean up from the iPhone Storage menu.
- The documents and data are categorized, while the largest attachments are recorded in a menu dedicated to them.
- By pressing Edit, you will be able to select multiple items for Delete.
- To manage content on WhatsApp go to Settings, enter Data and Storage Usage and navigate to Storage Usage.
For each stored conversation, WhatsApp displays its size. By going into the details of a discussion, you will discover the distribution of storage usage according to the type of attachment.
Tap Manage …, select the items to delete, and confirm by pressing Clear.
4th Trick: Clear the application cache
iOS does not offer a native solution to empty the cache of applications installed on the device.
If some applications offer this option directly in their Settings, it will be necessary to proceed otherwise to empty the cache on the others.
To check how much data is in your app’s cache, open iOS Settings, go to General, and go to the menu iPhone Storage.
Then enter the details of an application. The Documents and Data section shows the amount of space used by all application data, including the cache.
To delete the cache, there is no other way than to remove the application before reinstalling it.
You can then check the correct deletion of this data by returning to the settings dedicated to the storage of each application.
Logically, the amount of data in the Documents and Data of each application deleted and reinstalled should be reduced to zero.