Nothing is worse than the feared message from the iPhone that always seems to appear at the wrong time: “not enough storage.”
You may have taken too many 4K videos, or you may be concerned you will receive notification when upgrading to the new iOS 15. Whether it is a preventive measure or you just desperately need to be able to take pictures again, you can free your iPhone up more space.
How can I see what space is taking?
First, you must figure out where all these precious gigabytes are used on your iPhone. Open the Settings app, tap General, then tap Storage for iPhone.
You can see a grey bar at the top of your display while your iPhone calculates how much storage you use and how much each storage category takes in its entirety. Then a color-coded breakdown will be displayed. You can’t change the dark grey bar of your system files and you can’t delete the light grey system files, either, so don’t count on that space.
Memory hogs are most likely to be categorised as apps and media for your major culprits. Below the breakdown, it will show you which apps use the most downstream memory.
But if you still have a memory shortage after all the mobile games that you are playing and the strange downloads from the App Store, that you hoped were not as useful, don’t be afraid. You can do more to free up space on your iPhone.
How do I know where to delete?
You will also find recommendations on the iPhone Storage page for how to optimise your storage, which is organised according to the size of your iPhone apps.
Taping on each app will display your app’s size on a screen that is often less than a couple of hundred megabytes (although it’s unusual for certain mobile games and other apps to have up to a few gigabytes of data). Often this is a great way to find apps that collect memory you want to delete. Those who are tucked away in forgotten folders can easily be missed. You can also see the size of any documents or data in apps here.
What does “download applications” mean and should I enable this option?
Under the iPhone Storage menu, unused apps can be downloaded. Turn this option on tracks that apps you are using and remove the ones you are no longer opening. It’s an easy way to save storage space regularly on your iPhone and remove some management from your hands.
If you want to download the deleted apps again, taping the app on your screen where they have been last accessed is as easy. All settings and documents will be saved and restored when they are downloaded.
How can I clear messages space?
Photos and videos are the biggest culprits for many when it comes to space-eaters for iPhones. These large files can be found in large attachments sent and received via iMessages and SMS. Think of all the live pictures and videos we love to share. You can fill up a phone.
In the iPhone Storage menu, you can get an organised view of those attachments by taping the Messages app. There you can check which text threads are the largest and can freely free up room by periodically clearing them out. You can also remove pictures or videos to give yourself a breath.
Scroll to Messages under the main Settings page if you want a more nuclear, unforgiven option. Find the Message History section and specify how long “Keep Messages” you want. You can limit it to only 30 days and delete all messages and attachments over a month automatically.
Sadly, it doesn’t help you with the photos in your Photos albums.
What is the best way to control my Photos albums?
The easiest way to free up room in the Photos app is through the upload of photos to the cloud service you want and the removal of all photos from your iPhone.
But this does not help you so much to clear your unwanted photos as to move them. In addition, a monthly fee will most likely be charged.
You can only decide which photos should or should be taken, but some can easily remove them significantly by clearing your Screenshots folder. If you’re happy with the screenshot, hundreds or thousands of them aren’t unusual. Over time, they can really ballon. It’s probably better to start clearing the pictures you took with your iPhone from here than to scroll through and remove old screen records from no longer relevant text conversation or memes manually.
Videos and live photos take more room than regular photos, so these are the ideal locations to start with in terms of clearing space. If you feel like duplicate photos are a problem, you can scroll and manually delete the not-so-large shots, but you can also have applications on the App Store.
Videos and live photos take more space than regular photos, so that the space is ideal to start with. If you feel that duplicate photographs are a problem, you can, of course, scroll through and manually remove the not-so-big shots, but apps can help in the App Store as well.
How can I ensure that I release photos from storage?
In order to actually free up the space you’ve just cleared in photos and videos, you need to remove the recently deleted album in the Photos app. It is important to remember that.
If you tap ‘Select,’ you are given the option to remove all or retrieve all the items on the album in the top right corner of this album. Otherwise items will usually be deleted automatically after 30 days from this folder.
Hopefully this advice will enable you to clear up some space for more photos and remove some of that anxiety.