How To Free Up Storage Space On Your iPhone

Have you ever been annoyed when your iPhone keep running out of storage space? Owners of the Apple’s iPhones with small storage models know this situation too well, especially the 8GB GB or 16GB model.

When you try to take a photo, record a video or download an app, you will receive this error message: “There is not enough available storage.”. In this situation, you had constantly having to delete apps, photos, videos that used the storage space on your iPhone to make room for other ones.

Sometimes, you wish your iPhone has a MicroSD card slot so you can purchase a memory card to expand your storage space, right? But Apple never does anything like that.

If you don’t want to spend several hundred dollars to change your iPhone (from 8GB or 16GB) to a higher storage space model (64GB or 128GB), there are a few simple steps that you can use to gain more free storage on your iPhone.

Simple Steps To Free Up Storage Space On Your iPhone

In this article, we will tell you ten useful methods to help you release your used storage space on your iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad or iPod.

These tips will help you to gain back some storage space and use it to install other necessary apps and save important files.

1. Remove Unnecessary Apps On Your iPhone

Firstly, you should check which apps are using too much storage space of your iPhone. Just go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage, and you will see exact apps that used your iPhone’s space.

Apple iOS Manage Storage

If there is any unnecessary app or app that you don’t want to use anymore, simply delete it to gain your storage back.

2. Remove Unnecessary Songs On Your iPhone

You may have noticed that all new iPhone come with a U2 album on the Music app. It does not use too much of your storage space, but remove these songs will help you to gain some more space. If you don’t know how to delete music from iPhone, check out the following article on the link.

How To Delete Songs From iPhone

3. Remove Unnecessary Videos On Your iPhone

If you record too many videos with your iPhone, that’s the reason it keeps running out of storage space. One minute of full HD videos usually takes about 120MB of your storage. Imagine you have many FHD videos on your device, how much storage they would be used?

How large iPhone videos are?

If these videos are important to you, just plug your iPhone into your computer through a cable and then move these videos to your computer and keep in there. You can also use online cloud services to keep your photos and videos in there instead of keeping them on your iPhone.

4. Clear Temporary Files Of The Mail App

If you are using the default Mail app from Apple, you may want to consider to use third party mail apps as does not offer a lot of control over how much storage space that the Mail app uses. If you click on the Mail app in Manage Storage, you will see how much storage space the Mail app used. This used storage space contains temporary, logs, and attachment files.

Apple iOS Mail app

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But there is no option to erase all these files. Fortunately, you can remove your email account from your iPhone to clear all those temporary files. Once you have removed your account, re-add it again.

To do this, go to Settings > “Mail, Contacts, Calendars“, tap your email account on the list and select “Delete Account” to remove it from your iPhone.

5. Delete Temporary Files Of Other Apps

You can also delete temporary and cached files of third party apps on your iPhone by removing it and install it again. This process will erase all data from the app and give you some more space for other necessary apps.

Delete iMovie app

6. Remove iOS Junk Files With Battery Doctor

On the Apple Appstore, there are a few apps that allow you to install and delete junk files like Battery Doctor. This app does not only provide you battery information but also enable you to clean out junk files on your iPhone as well as other iOS devices.

Battery Doctor

If you want to try out, go to App Store, find and install “Battery Doctor” app. Once the installation process is done, launch the app, select Junk > Clean up > Clean.

Wait for the “Battery Doctor” app to scan your files.

Next, tab “Memory” > “Boost“.

The “Battery Doctor” app will show you how much storage space has been gained.

7. Remove Browsing History, Cached Files And Cookies

You can release some more storage space on your iPhone by removing browser temporary files, such as cached files, browsing history, and cookies. Sometimes, cookies and cached files are used a lot of your storage. So, make sure to clean out all of these files from all of your browser, including Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

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If you don’t know how to erase history and website data on Safari, go to Settings > Safari and select “Clear History and Website Data” > “Clear History and Data“.

Clear Safari History And Data

To delete history and other data on Google Chrome, tap the menu icon on the left corner of your screen, and select “Settings“. Next, select “Privacy” > “Clear All“.

Clear Google Chrome History And Data

To remove history, cookies and other data on Mozilla Firefox, go to “Settings” > “Clear Private Data” > select which data you want to delete > click on the “Clear Private Data” button.

Clear Mozilla Firefox Data

8. Only Keep HDR Photos

All we knew that photos take up lots of storage space on our iOS devices. Many of us always are going to find and delete older images that we don’t need any more in the Photos app. It’s a good solution to clean out any iOS device and gain more free space.

But many of us don’t know that a new photo we take is being saved as two photos, not just one. When you take an HDR photo, your iPhone will take three photos at three different exposures and then combined into one photo to give you the best look.

However, your iPhone also keeps a version of the non-HDR photo by default. It’s mean it will save two photos when you take an HDR photo.

To disable this feature, go to Settings > Photos & Cameras and switch off the “Keep Normal Photo” feature.

Keep Original Photos on iPhone

You can also reduce image size with a few apps such as Shrink My Pictures, Resize Image, Minima and Simple Resize. These apps for iOS will help you reduce the size of your images without losing the quality.

9. Set Messages On Your iOS To Auto Delete

The message on your iPhone can take a lot of storage space, including both text messages and iMessages. Your storage space will be running out faster if you send or received images via text messages.

From the iOS 8, a new feature in Messages app that allows you enable automatically delete older messages when it reach a particular time, such as one month, or one year.

To enable this feature, go to Settings > Messages, tap “Keep Messages” and then select the period you want.

Apple iOS Messages

You also need to set the expire time for “Audio Messages” and “Video Messages” to clean up your storage space, avoid of keeping these audio and video files on your device.

10. Delete Voicemail Messages

This is the last method to help you clean out your iPhone and gain back some more storage space. If you are using Apple’s Visual Voicemails, it can quickly take up lots of storage space on your iPhone if you keep all of your voicemail messages.

If you have only got a few voicemail messages, there is nothing to worry about. But many users keep every voicemail they have ever received on their iPhone. It will be taken a lot of your iPhone memory.

Apple Visual Voicemail
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To remove these Visual Voicemails, tap “Phone” > “Voicemail” > select the voicemail you want to delete > swipe left > tap “Delete” button.

We hope this article can help you to free up your iPhone storage space and clean out the room for other apps and files.

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