It can be beneficial to delete some programs and downloaded videos.
There is never enough space on an iPhone. It’s simple to run out of room on your iPhone, whether you shoot high-resolution video projects, download numerous Netflix episodes, or simply have an extensive photo collection. Fortunately, you may take a few actions to increase your phone’s capacity.
The best option to conserve local storage is to move some of your files to a cloud storage service like Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, Box, or Dropbox. However, there are several options you can alter to make sure you’re making the most of the storage space on your iPhone. With the release of iOS 16, your iPhone will also be able to recognize duplicate photos, making it simpler to maintain a lean and organized image library.
For further information on how to make space on your iPhone, see the section below.
Check what’s using the most space on your iPhone first.
Knowing what’s taking up space on your iPhone in the first place will help you use its storage capacity to the fullest. Examine what is using up your storage to decide where to start. Open Settings, choose General, and then scroll down to reach iPhone Storage. Choose this to see a list of the many types of files and media taking up space on your iPhone.An evaluation of the videos on your smartphone, as shown below, may be one of Apple’s suggestions for how to clear up space.
Ensure that the photo storage on your iPhone is optimized
The biggest culprits when it comes to hogging space on your iPhone are photos. However, the iPhone features a setting that allows you to save smaller photo files locally rather than the originals if your device is running low on storage. Instead, you can download these high-resolution pictures and movies from iCloud as needed. Start by using the Settings app to confirm that this functionality is enabled. Next, scroll down to Photos and confirm that the Optimize iPhone Storage option has a blue checkbox next to it.
Instead of keeping them on your smartphone, save your pictures and movies to the cloud.
Removing files you don’t need to keep on your iPhone is the greatest approach to making space on it. You needn’t, however, reduce the quantity of your photo collection. Instead of keeping them on your smartphone, try keeping them in a third-party cloud storage service like Google Photos. It allows you to quickly free up a lot of storage without having to give up old memories.
However, be sure the pictures you wish to save have been copied to Google Photos or have been backed up before you remove anything. Your photographs and videos will be permanently wiped if they are not first backed up to a different provider, such as Google Photos, Dropbox, Box, or OneDrive. To transfer your complete iCloud photo library to Google Photos, follow this tutorial, but keep in mind that the unlimited free storage option is no longer an option.
If your images are currently stored on iCloud, you may be wondering why you need to utilize another cloud service. This is because deleting photos from your iPhone also deletes them from iCloud, thus if you wish to remove photos from your device, you need to use a different service.
Get rid of any unused apps
Eliminating apps you no longer use is a fantastic additional approach to cleaning up your iPhone. Look at the apps you haven’t used recently if you’re unsure of where to start. Go to iPhone Storage under General in the Settings app on your iPhone. Your installed programs will be listed, along with their size and the most recent usage information. Try removing any programs you haven’t used recently as you scroll through the list.
Get rid of any apps you don’t use frequently.
You can unload an app if you don’t want to delete it. Offloading it enables you to keep the files and data related to that application so you may reinstall it whenever you choose and simply continue up where you left off. By accessing Settings, selecting General, and then selecting iPhone Storage, you can return to the list described above. Offload App can be chosen by tapping any app in the list. By opening Settings, selecting the App Store option, and making sure the Offload Unused Apps switch is turned on, you may also program your iPhone to perform this action automatically.
Old messages will be deleted on autopilot
It’s possible that your iPhone’s storage is being clogged by more than simply photographs, videos, and apps. Additionally, it can be beneficial to delete outdated text messages. By accessing Settings, selecting Messages, clicking the Keep Messages option under Message History, and then configuring your iPhone to automatically delete your message history. Choose whether you want your iPhone to keep text messages for 30 days, a year, or indefinitely from there.
Remove music and videos from apps.
There is a simple technique to locate and remove any offline videos and music that you may have stored in various apps on your phone. Open Settings, click General, then pick iPhone Storage. Look for an app like Netflix from which you have downloaded offline content. Next, you’ll find buttons for removing or unloading the app as well as storage details like its size.
You’ll also see a section for this content under the Delete App option if you’ve downloaded offline videos. To erase a downloaded video, place your finger on it and swipe it to the left side of the screen.
Delete the cache from your web browser.
If you’re tight on space, you could always try clearing the cache in your web browser, however uninstalling apps and media will have a much bigger impact. However, doing so can provide your iPhone a slight speed boost when browsing the web, so it’s worth a go if your storage is limited and your browser performance is slow. Just keep in mind that it will log you off of any websites you are currently logged into.
Select Safari from the Settings menu then touche Clear History and Website Data.
If you’re using Google Chrome, select History from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen, then select Clear Browsing Data. Three categories—Browsing History, Cookies, Site Data, and Cached Images and Files—should have a checkmark next to them. Before selecting Clear Surfing Data at the bottom of the screen, select the Time Range option towards the top of the screen if you just want to remove browsing history from a specific time frame.
Want to get more iPhone advice? View our iOS 16 user manual. Here’s also how to clear the cache on your iPhone.