Your iPhone holds lot of junk you don’t really need. Moreover, a recent class action lawsuit against Apple has revealed that even if you buy a 16 GB iPhone, you can’t actually use all 16 GB of storage.
So let’s be wise and do something —– so that we end-up making the most of what we have. Here are 10 simple ways you can manage and clear space on your iPhone:
Check your usage
First thing: Identify what’s taking up the most space on your phone. You may have some unanticipated storage hogs.
First open the Settings app — next go to General > Usage > Manage Storage.
At the top, you’ll find displayed how much space you’ve used and how much you have available. Below, you’ll see a list of your apps ranked by how much space they’re using. (It will take a minute to load.)
Beware of apps’ internal downloads
The numbers you see in Manage Storage encompass how much the app itself takes up in combo with the data inside it. Some apps are small by themselves however get to store a lot of files.
The Spotify app, for example, is just 56 MB. But if you have a lot of music downloaded to your phone, the app takes up a ridiculous amount of space. I have about 800 songs downloaded, which consumer around 2 GB.
You can tap any app icon in Manage Storage to view the app size vs the downloads within it.
Delete those unused games
A majority of apps are small, however, some of them can take up over 1 GB of space due to the 3-D graphics. For example, Oregon Trail, uses 1.2 GB.
Some old games may have lodged inside your phone that you’ve either finished or no longer play. Angry Birds? 2048? Candy Crush? Simply delete them. You can do that within Manage Storage by tapping on the app.
Later on if you wish to play these games again you can always redownload them from iTunes. But, yes, your score won’t return.
Remove old podcasts and videos
Some of the podcasts you downloaded that you’ll never really listen to again — they can really take-up space. To delete just swipe left on the individual podcast.
Similarly, in case of videos — an even larger space invader. Swipe left and tap delete within the Video app.
Set your messages to automatically expire
If you don’t really need conversations that are one year old — then go for automatic deletion of older messages! This option is offered in iOS 8. This option is much easier than manually deleting old threads.
Go to Settings > Messages. Under Keep Message, select 30 days or 1 year.
Use Google+ or Dropbox for storing photos
Perhaps you don’t want to take all your photos off your phone. You don’t have to. But to save space have your photo library back up automatically to a cloud storage system.
I advice going for the app Google+ because apart from giving you an unlimited amount of storage — for photos less than 2048 by 2048 pixels (which includes anything you’ll be taking on your phone) and videos less than 15 minutes long — it’s also free.
Just download the Google+ app, create a Google account if you don’t have one already, and select Auto Back-Up under the app’s Settings. Make sure to select to have it back up Over Wi-Fi Only so that you don’t get charged for data use. Alternatively, use Dropbox or Apple’s iCloud.
Stop using Photo Stream
Photo Stream in your iPhone automatically syncs your last 1,000 photos across your iOS devices. However, it means the app is storing 1,000 photos — almost 1 GB – twice. So unless you want to share your photos from your iPad to your iPhone all the time, turn it off.
Under Settings, scroll down to Photos & Camera and toggle off My Photo Stream.
Only save HDR photos
In case you’re having your photos automatically backed up and are deleting them (see Tip 6), that should no longer be your space hog. However, you may have observed that your phone can store two images of the same photo. That’s your phone using HDR (High Dynamic Range). Watch the difference here:
This will come about if you have HDR on Auto or selected as always On. The camera setting is ideal for capturing images in low light or with shadows. If you decide on shooting in HDR, then you don’t need to keep the normal photo as well. Go to Settings > Photo & Camera. Scroll to the bottom and deselect Keep Normal Photo.
Sign up for a streaming music service
Storing all your songs on your device is an outdated method — download albums you love the most, & stream the remaining ones.
If you’re a fan of iTunes, sign up for iTunes Match. Spend just $25 per year, to have every track in your iTunes library accessible via the cloud. By tapping on the cloud icon next to any song or album you get to download music of your choice.
Alternatively, if you wish to get access to a larger library, consider the music streaming service Spotify.
Explore the “Other” section on iTunes and restore your phone
The “Other” category, displayed in your phone’s storage on iTunes, encompass your email, music and web-browsing data. Occasionally, the files can get corrupted and occupy more space than they should. An easy way to clear this out is to back up your data and restore your phone on iTunes.
First go to iTunes and save a backup of your phone’s data to your computer by selecting Back Up Now. Next choose to Restore iPhone. And finally, Restore Backup.