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How to Free Up Storage on an iPhone or iPad

How to Free Up Storage on an iPhone or iPad

When we get a new iPhone or iPad, we have all the storage space in the world that we can use. However, over the months and years of using this device, storage space starts to fall as we install more applications, add more media such as photos, videos and music, and finally to the point where we start running out of space.

If you run out of space and don’t know what to do, see the tips below that will show you various ways to clean up unwanted junk on your phone or tablet to free up more storage space.

Check Your Usage

First of all, to determine the best way to free up space on your iPhone or iPad, you need to check what is being used and what applications or services use the most space on your device.

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  1. Launch Settings
  2. Open General> iPhone Storage

From here, you will see details about how the storage space on your iPhone or iPad is used, where it is divided into applications, system files, media files, photos, messages, and so on. It will also display a list of the applications installed on your device, where the applications that use the most storage will be listed at the top and sorted in descending order.

Remove Applications You Don’t Need

Over time, we began to collect many applications that we no longer needed. For example, you can download an application to use several times for certain events and no longer need to use it, and now it’s just sitting there wasting space. If you want to clean up storage space, now is a good time to start cleaning the application.

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  1. Launch Settings
  2. Open General> iPhone Storage
  3. Tap the application that you want to delete
  4. Select Release Application or Remove Application

Now there are two options here for you to choose. By selecting Unload Application, this means that you will only delete the application but save any data that the application has on your mobile. This means that when you finally download the application, all data associated with the application will be restored.

If you choose to delete the application, the application and all related data will be deleted completely. If you don’t have any plans to use the application anymore, or if you don’t really care about your settings being erased, then Delete Application will probably produce the greatest return by freeing up storage space.

Remove native iPhone and iPad applications

In the past, Apple would not allow users to delete native applications on the iPhone and iPad. This means applications that some of us might never use will sit unused and take up space, but with iOS 10, Apple has allowed users to delete (some) stock apps.

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  1. Launch Settings
  2. Open General> iPhone Storage
  3. Tap the application that you want to delete
  4. Select Release Application or Remove Application

If you delete the stock application on your iPhone or iPad, restoring it is easy. Simply open the App Store, find the name of the application, and install it again. To Apple’s credit, most of the stock applications that come with the iPhone and iPad have very small footprints so removing them will produce marginal results.

Automatically Unload Applications That Are Not Used

You can manually choose to uninstall the application in the steps we mentioned above, but if you prefer not to go through the hassle and prefer your iPhone or iPad to do it automatically, one of iOS’s new features is the ability to uninstall unused applications . This means that over time, iOS will learn which apps you haven’t used for a long time.

Then it will download the application to free up storage on your iPhone or iPad, freeing up space in the process. All data related to the application will still be stored on your iPhone or iPad, and you will see the application that has been uninstalled marked with a small cloud icon next to its name. All you need to do is tap it and it will download again.

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  1. Launch Settings
  2. Select iTunes & App Store
  3. Activate Unload Application

Upload Photos to the Cloud

Considering how much we take photos using our cellphones and how many photos we might send to each other every day, everything grows very fast. One way to free up space on your device is to upload these photos and media files to the cloud, which fortunately Apple has integrated into iOS with iCloud integration.

But does this delete photos from your iPhone? No, because the way it works is that Apple will display a smaller version of the photo on the iPhone that you can see at a glance, and will only download it when you tap it to open it. This way you know what photos are there, but you don’t need to download them or view them in full resolution unless you want to.

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  1. Launch Settings
  2. Select Photos
  3. Activate iCloud Photos and select Optimize iPhone Storage

That being said, depending on how many photos you have, you might need to purchase additional iCloud storage. Learn how to manage your iCloud storage with our guide here. Or, if you prefer not to use iCloud, Google Photos is an option that should be considered as well, and it’s also free and unlimited for photos under a certain resolution.

Adjust Your Camera Settings

While our iPhone is becoming increasingly capable of taking high-quality photos and videos, it also means that the images and videos produced will take up more space. This can be easily changed by adjusting your camera settings.

Turn off Smart HDR

Taking photos in HDR will produce images that look more saturated and richer in terms of color. This looks fantastic, but because of the way HDR images are taken (usually several images from different exposures), this can take up more space than you think.

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  1. Launch Settings
  2. Select Camera
  3. Turn off Smart HDR
  4. Turn off Keep Normal Photo

Lower the Quality of Your Video Capture

With the latest iPhone, they are now able to capture 4K videos at 60fps. As Apple noted, the higher the frame rate and resolution, the more storage is consumed, where a one-minute video captured in 4K at 60fps is 400MB in size, compared to 720p HD at 30fps, at 40MB per minute.

Depending on your needs, you can adjust the settings. If you don’t need to have the highest quality video, then consider lowering the quality to something that you can live without without spending too much storage.

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  1. Launch Settings
  2. Select Camera
  3. Select Video Record
  4. Tap the video capture settings you want

Delete Old Podcasts that You Don’t Listen to Again

We understand, there are some of you who prefer to download and save podcasts. Over time, as with photos, this will add up. In general, this podcast can be streamed online and you can always visit again, so you don’t always need to download it to your device.

However, if you store it on an iPhone or iPad, you might want to consider removing old podcasts, you don’t listen anymore to free up space on your device.

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  1. Launch the Podcast application
  2. Open the Library tab at the bottom of the application
  3. Tap Downloaded Episode
  4. Swipe left from the podcast you want to delete
  5. Tap Delete

Consider Using Music Streaming Services

Similar to podcasts, storing music on your device will take up a lot of space, especially if you have a very large library. This is where the music streaming service can come in handy where you can stream whatever song you want without making it use up space on your device. With some music streaming services, such as Apple Music, you even have the ability to upload your own songs to the service to make them available as streaming.

Be sure to read our guide on how to add songs to Apple Music if you are new to this. Or, you can also consider other streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, and so on, just to name a few.

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