Many iPhone users have “Storage Almost Full” pop up on their phones as we save almost everything – photos (not to mention those screenshots that you make), music, movies, apps. And these things are the ones that take up a lot of storage space in our phones. And it is essential that you don’t run out of storage, otherwise issues will occur.
One of the options to save iPhone storage is to invest in a cloud storage service like Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive or Dropbox to offload some of your files. But, there are also some device settings that you can tweak to make sure you’re using your iPhone’s storage capacity to its fullest.
First, to optimize your storage, you need to know what’s eating up the space. Go to Settings, tap General and scroll down to iPhone Storage. Here you’ll see a breakdown of the types of files and media that are taking up space on your phone.
If you’re already subscribed to Apple’s iCloud storage, then you can enable “Optimize iPhone Storage” on iCloud by going to Settings, scrolling down to Photos, turning iCloud Photos on, and tapping Optimize iPhone Storage. By turning this setting on, full resolution photos and videos will be stored in the cloud but leave a preview on the phone so you can still view all of them without taking up too much space.
Music and video files that are saved to the device for off-line use take up a giant chunk of iPhone storage. If you’re looking to free up iPhone space quickly, this is pretty much a must-do. If you purchased them from iTunes, you can always re-download them again on-demand at a later date — this same concept applies to apps you’ve previously purchased. Open Settings. Search an app from which you’ve downloaded off-line content, such as Netflix. You’ll see storage information about the app, such as its size and buttons for deleting or offloading the app. You’ll also see a section for off-line content underneath the Delete App button. Place your finger on a downloaded music or video file and then swipe it all the way to the left side of the screen to delete the file.
Another great way to free up space on your iPhone is to get rid of the apps that you don’t use or rarely use. Go to Settings, tap General and scroll down to iPhone Storage. Here you’ll see the list of all your apps, along with how much space each app occupies, and the last time you used. Check each app and try deleting the ones you haven’t used for a long time. If you don’t want to completely delete an app, you can offload it instead. When you offload unused apps, the app is deleted but the saved data from the app remains on your iPhone. Again, go to Settings, tap General and scroll down to iPhone Storage. Choose any application you want to offload and select Offload App.
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