If your phone is suddenly running low on space, don’t panic. You’re not alone. There are a lot of ways to free up storage space on your iPhone or iPad. This article will help you do that by giving specific options and methods for freeing up storage on iOS devices.
Apple’s new products come with a huge variety of storage options–from 16 GB to 512 GB for an iPhone and 16 GB to 1TB for an iPad. However, even the highest storage can fill up unexpectedly, and it always happens when you’re least expecting it.
When it comes to your device, you never have enough storage. From songs to apps, photos to messages, it can all become too much. Fortunately, this is an issue that many are aware of and have found solutions for – like uninstalling unused apps, deleting unneeded files, and finding ways to save space in other areas. Here’s how you can free up your iPhone or iPad space today.
How to Check Your Total Usage
The first thing you should do is find out how much space you have left on your device.
Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2. Scroll down and tap General.
Step 3. Select iPhone Storage on the General page.
Step 4. You may have to wait a few moments, but you’ll be able to see a graph at the top of the screen that shows how much free space you have and what’s using it (media files, apps, photos, etc.).
How to Find Apps that Taking up Space on Your iPhone
Your phone has a lot of apps, but you can see which ones are eating up the most space by going to your storage graph. Underneath that, you’ll see everything from the size of the app to how much room it’s taking up on your phone.
There is a huge discrepancy in size between apps. For example, the Music app is only 20MB, but if you have a lot of songs on your phone, this app can take up many gigabytes of space.
On the Storage page, scroll through the list of apps. If you tap on one such as TikTok, you’ll see more information about the app and have the option to delete the app or offload it temporarily.
- “Offload App” means you delete the app from your iPhone but retain its documents & data. If you want to use the app again, later on, you can reinstall it and all of the data will be there waiting for you. The “Offload App” option is most useful when the size of the app is large, but the data takes up minimal space.
- “Delete App” is a safe choice, especially if you have more data than just the app. It deletes all of the data that the app may have saved. For instance, if you downloaded some music from Spotify, or you use the Music app, deleting the app will erase all of those songs.
How to Optimize Photos on your iPhone
If you’re on an iPhone 7 or later, you have the option to take high-quality photos for less space. The “High Efficiency” mode does not affect photo quality and takes a lot less hard drive space. Double-check if this is turned on already!
Step 1. Launch the Settings app.
Step 2. Scroll down and tap Camera.
Step 3. Select Formats on the Camera page.
Step 4. Make sure your Camera Capture is set to “High Efficiency”.
In addition, you can let your phone store lower-resolution copies of your images, but make sure the originals are always saved on iCloud. You can do this to save a lot of space on your phone, but if you share any pictures from your phone, they will be low resolution. It’s a trade-off that might not work for everybody.
Step 1. Open the Settings app.
Step 2. Scroll down and tap Photos.
Step 3. Choose the Optimize iPhone Storage option.
How to Delete Music You Don't Listen to
Spotify and Apple Music usually take up a lot of space on your phone as you download songs for offline listening. It’s best to unclutter your device by removing any songs that you don’t need downloaded, since you can usually stream them over Wi-Fi or cellular data. To do this in Apple Music, follow these steps:
Step 1. Open the Settings app.
Step 2. Tap General and choose iPhone Storage.
Step 3. Scroll through the list of apps, and select Music.
Step 4. To delete music you’ve downloaded, swipe left on any artist. To delete all songs, swipe left on the “All Songs” button and tap Delete.
Here’s how to save space on your Spotify:
Step 1. Launch the Spotify app.
Step 2. Tap the Home button at the bottom-left of the screen.
Step 3. On the upper-right corner, tap the Settings icon.
Step 4. Scroll down and choose Storage.
Step 5. Select the Delete Cache button.
This will free up some space on your iPhone, but it will not delete all of your music. It saved me 1GB, but you may have more.
How to Delete Old Videos on Netflix
A lot of people like to save videos offline for their long flights. They take up a lot of space on your phone, so you should get in the habit of deleting them to free up some space. You can delete these videos from your phone by following these steps:
Step 1. Open the Netflix app.
Step 2. Tap Download at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3. Tap on the film or TV show you want to delete.
Step 4. On the detail screen, select the blue icon to the right of the show.
Step 5. Finally, choose the Delete Download button.
How to Clear Cache to Free Up Space on iPhone
Your browser’s cache could be taking up a lot of space. Every time you visit a website, your browser stores the page, which can take up a lot of space over time. Clearing your cache, however, will log you out of any websites you’re signed into and delete any cookies you have stored. This could save you dozens of megabytes.
How to Delete Old iMessages to Free Up Space
Messages don’t take up a lot of space unless you attach pictures and videos with them. But if you’ve got limited storage on your phone, you can delete individual messages or entire conversations to free up some space. You can also change your settings on your iPhone to automatically delete texts that are older than a month or a year or manually do this yourself.
Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your phone.
Step 2. Tap General and then choose iPhone Storage.
Step 3. Scroll down and select Messages.
Step 4. Tap Review Large Attachments.
Step 5. Delete the unnecessary attachments that take up too much space.
Hopefully, with the steps above, you’re able to free up storage on your iPhone. Also, if you’re curious, Here’s How to Hide certain Photos from the main library on iPhone. As a bonus, here’s How to Backup Your iPhone to ensures that you’re always prepared to easily recover your important data if unexpected issues arise.