We store just about everything on our: family photos, movies, music libraries, you name it. That’s why it’s important to make sure you don’t run out of space. Apple made that a bit easier in 2021 by boosting the default storage option . But for those who need more space or have a lower-capacity model, you’ll want to make the most of your iPhone’s storage space.
The best way to save local storage is to invest inlike Apple’s iCloud, , Box or Dropbox to offload some of your files. But there are also a few settings you can tweak to make sure you’re using your iPhone’s storage capacity to its fullest.
See below to learn more about how to free up storage space on your iPhone.
First, see what’s taking up the most space on your iPhone
To maximize yourstorage, you need to know what’s occupying in the first place. Take a look at what’s eating up your storage so that you know where to get started. Launch Settings, tap General and scroll down to iPhone Storage. Choose this option to see a breakdown of the types of files and media that are taking up space on your iPhone. might also make some recommendations about how to free up space, such as reviewing videos stored on your device as shown below.
Make sure your iPhone is optimizing photo storage
are among the biggest offenders when it comes to gobbling up space on your iPhone. But the menu has an option that enables your device to save smaller photo files locally if your device is low on space instead of the original versions. These full-resolution photos and videos are instead stored in , and you can download them as needed. To make sure this feature is turned on, start by opening the Settings app. Then scroll down to Photos and make sure there’s a blue checkmark next to the Optimize iPhone Storage option.
Save photos and videos to a cloud service instead of on your device
The best way to free up space onis to remove files you don’t need to store on your device. But that doesn’t mean you have to downsize your photo library. Instead, try storing them in like Google Photos rather than on your device. It’s a quick way to free up a lot of storage without requiring you to part with old memories.
But before you delete anything, make sure the photos you want to save have been backed up or transferred to. If your photos and videos are not backed up to another service like Google Photos, Dropbox, Box or OneDrive before being deleted, they’ll be permanently erased. This walks you through how to copy over your entire iCloud photo library to Google Photos, but just note that the .
You might be wondering why you need to use a separate cloud service if your photos are already stored in iCloud. That’s because deleting your photos from your iPhone erases them from iCloud as well, so you’ll want to use another service if you plan to delete images from your device.
Delete apps you no longer use
Another great way to clear out your iPhone is to get rid ofyou no longer use. If you don’t know where to start, take a look at which apps you haven’t used in a long time. Open your Settings menu, tap General and go to iPhone Storage. You’ll see a list of your apps along with how much space each app occupies and the last time you used it. Scroll through the list and try deleting apps that you haven’t used in a long time.
Offload apps you don’t use all the time
If you don’t want to completely, you can offload it instead. Offloading it lets you retain the documents and data associated with that app so that you can reinstall it anytime and quickly pick up right where you left off. Navigate back to the list mentioned above by opening Settings, pressing General and choosing iPhone Storage. Tap any app in the list and select Offload App. You can also set your to do this automatically by opening Settings, tapping the App Store option and making sure the Offload Unused Apps switch is toggled on.
Automatically delete old messages
It’s not just, videos and apps that may be clogging your iPhone’s storage. Getting rid of old can be helpful as well. You can set your iPhone to automatically delete your history by opening Settings, choosing Messages and tapping the Keep Messages option under Message History. From there, select if you’d like your iPhone to retain text messages for 30 days, one year or forever.
Delete videos and music from apps
You probably have videos andstored offline in multiple apps on your phone, and fortunately, there’s an easy way to find those files and delete them. Launch Settings, choose General and select iPhone Storage. Search for an app that you’ve downloaded offline content from, such as Netflix. You’ll then see storage information about the app, such as its size and buttons for deleting or offloading it.
If you’ve downloaded offline, you’ll also see a section for this content underneath the Delete App button. Place your finger on a downloaded video and swipe it all the way over to the left side of the screen to delete it.
Clear out your web browser cache
You can always try cleaning out yourcache if you’re really scrounging for space, although deleting apps and media will make a much bigger difference. But doing so could give your a bit of a speed boost when web browsing, so it’s worth trying if you’re low on storage and are experiencing sluggish browser performance. But just remember that it will sign you out of websites you’ve logged into.
Open Settings, choose Safari and tap Clear History and Website Data.
If you usetap the three dots at the bottom of the screen, choose History and tap Clear Browsing Data. You should see a check mark next to three categories: Browsing History, Cookies, Site Data and Cached Images and Files. If you want to only delete browsing data for a certain time period, tap the Time Range option near the top of the screen before hitting Clear Browsing Data at the bottom.
For more details on how to delete your iPhone’s cache and why you might want to, check out our guide.
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