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Simple Ways to Free Up Space on Your iPhone

This article was ghostwritten for Xtraspace. It is written in British English.

A common complaint amongst iPhone users is a lack of storage space, usually attributed to large apps or too many photos. Unfortunately, space on your iPhone is not expandable, so you have to work wisely with what you have if you don’t want to upgrade the entire phone. Here are some tips on how best to free up some of the storage space on your iPhone.

Change your message storing defaults

By default, your iPhone is set to store your text messages forever. Changing this setting to 1 year or 30 days, depending on your preference will help keep storage free by clearing out old and obsolete messages from your memory.

Go to Messages under your Settings and under the Keep Messages option you will be able to set how long you want to keep your text messages in storage.

Clear your browser cache

Whether you use the default Safari browser or you’ve downloaded an alternative browser app such as Chrome, it’s important to clear your cache periodically.

Under Settings, go to Safari and there will be an option to Clear History and Website Data. For Chrome, open the app and go to your history (the phone and desktop icon on the bottom right). Select Show Full History and you will see an option to Clear Browsing Data at the bottom in red. This will give you the option to clear your history, cookies, site data and cached files.

Manage your storage

You may not know which apps on your phone are taking up the most space, which makes it tricky to delete the offenders.

To find out which apps are taking up the most space, go to Settings and under General, there is an option to view your Storage and iCloud Usage. This will tell you how much space you have available but there is also an option to Manage Storage. Under here, you can see which apps are taking up the most space and you can decide which ones you no longer need.

Clear your app data

Over time your apps will accumulate data and documents as you use them. You can also view this information under Manage Storage by tapping on the individual apps. This will tell you the app size and the data cache size.

The proper way to clear this data is to uninstall the app and reinstall it but there is another trick that forces the iPhone to clear any unnecessary data without reinstalling or deleting any apps. Open the iTunes app and search for a movie that’s larger than the space you have available on your phone. We used The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition at just under 9GB.

Tap the Rent button twice (don’t worry, you’re not actually going to rent it) and a warning will pop up telling you there isn’t enough space to download the movie. Go to Settings and you should see a good chunk of space has been freed up. The phone we tested it on went from 2.21GB of available space to 4.86GB.

Don’t double save photos

Taking photos on the HDR setting will automatically save two versions of every photo you take, one HDR and the other normal. Luckily, if you like to shoot in HDR, you can change this setting to only keep the HDR version.

Go to Settings and then Photos & Camera. At the bottom, there is an option to toggle Keep Normal Photo off. This will ensure only the HDR photo is saved. Alternatively, you can also shoot with HDR off.

Use the cloud for storage

You need not delete all your favourite photos and videos to free up space. Simply activate your iCloud storage or backup so that you won’t need to keep quite as many photos and videos on your phone.

To enable iCloud storage for your photos, go to Settings and Photos & Camera. Enable the iCloud Photo Library option at the top. This will sync all your photos and videos to cloud storage.

Restore your iPhone

When your phone is plugged into iTunes, you may have noticed a section of your storage that’s labelled Other (the yellow section of the graph). This is an accumulation of various bits of data from your history of using the device. Backing up your iPhone and restoring it to its factory settings will reduce this.

While your iPhone is plugged into the computer it is synced with, go to iTunes and then to the Summary page for your phone. Click the Back Up Now option and then the Restore iPhone once that is done. Once the phone is reset, click on Restore Backup to put everything back where it was. Be sure you have some time to spare, however, because this can take a while.

Expand your storage with an accessory

If you’re still struggling with space after all these tricks, consider an accessory such as a phone cover, which expands your storage (and sometimes battery life as well). Mophie makes a cover which provides up to 64GB of extra storage as well as 100% extra battery and the Kunercase is a battery case with a MicroSD card slot.

We may not be able to give you more space of the digital variety but at XtraSpace, we offer clean, affordable self-storage units in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.

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