It’s extremely hard to manage storage on a 16Gb iPhone and unless you don’t shave up some space now, you are gonna see the storage full error next time you open the camera. Before going through the list, I want you to check what apps are consuming the most space on your phone. You can do that by opening Settings > General > Storage > Manage Storage. Here are the top 10 super effective methods to free up storage on your iPhone.
Make backups if necessary
If you are an iMessage user and sends lot of pictures and attachments, then it might be wise to delete all those. You can check how much space the message app uses in the settings.
Clear Offline Reading List
Make things offline is not a thing for you!
Do you have a lot of websites on your offline reading list? If so, you can check how much space it consumes by going to the Manage Storage setting > Safari > Offline Reading List. If it is over 100mb, delete it!
Don’t Store Non-HDR Copy
Why store multiple copies of same photo?
If you are using the HDR feature on your iPhone, then there is no need to keep the normal photo of the same. You can turn off this in the settings. Just go to Settings > Photos & Camera > uncheck “Keep Normal Photo”.
Use Google Photos
Unlimited storage for your photos.
Using Google Photos is a good choice when you want to store all the photos but doesn’t have enough space on your phone. Google photos automatically deletes the photo from your phone storage after uploading it to the cloud. The app also makes your photos searchable.
Delete Photos & Videos
They can save you a ton of space!
This is probably the most important thing to do. We take lots and lots of photos with our phone and they hog up your phone storage. With a 16Gb iPhone, it’s almost inevitable to not delete photos so as to gain space. Backing up photos with the windows 10 Photos app is quick and easy and I use it a lot. The app automatically organizes your photos into date-based folders.Once you have backed up the photos please make sure that you have deleted it from the “Recently Deleted” album too.
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It helps in resetting cache and other local storage.
Unlike Android phones, you can’t easily clear app caches from your phone. There are paid desktop apps for that but who’s gonna do that! So we are stuck with reinstalling the apps. Apps like facebook and messenger gradually takes up your phone storage to make things available for you offline. Much of this data can’t be accessed by you. So you will need to reinstall the app and save yourself few hundred megabytes.
Delete Apps You No Longer Use
Don’t pollute your iPhone with apps that you don’t use.
Sometimes we ought to save every single app for future needs and might never use them. Now is the time to rethink that. Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage to find out what apps are taking up the most space. If your unused apps are way down the list and uses only few megabytes, then it might not be a good idea to delete them.
Delete Music You Never Listen To
Even the Apple Music non-offline songs take up space if you have streamed once.
It’s a very good idea to delete unwanted or old music you never listen anymore. Music takes up a lot of space especially if you have the entire album downloaded. To find out which music is taking up the most space, follow steps below.
- Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage > Music
- The songs will be listed artist wise. Click edit and then delete the unwanted songs.
Cleanup your WhatsApp
Free up Gigabytes of space.
If you are a whatsapp savvy like me, chances are your phone storage has been utilized by Whatsapp. With the new version of Whatsapp, you can see which chats take up the most space and you can delete accordingly.
- Open Whatsapp and switch to settings tab.
- Tap on the Data and Storage Usage option. Now tap on the Storage Usage option located at the bottom of the page.
- The chats will be displayed in the decreasing order of their storage use.
- Tap on the chat, select what to delete and click clear at the bottom.
- Tadaa! Thank me later.
A fresh start is always the best.
If you are ok with a reseting your phone, then that is the best thing to do. You can reset your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings. Make sure to make a backup of your important data before you proceed.