How to Get More Out of Your iPhone Storage Without Spending a Penny

For many people, the iPhone it has become a storage hub for everything from photo libraries to music collections, books, games and much more. But that also means it can be easy to run out of space. Although Apple increased the iPhone default storage from 64GB to 128GB with the iPhone 13that might not be enough for everyone.

The best way to save local storage is to invest in a cloud storage service like Apple’s iCloud, google drive, Box or Dropbox to download some of your files. But there are also certain settings you can change to make sure you’re using your iPhone’s storage capacity to the fullest. When iOS 16 launches, your iPhone will also be able to detect duplicate photos, which should make it easier to keep your image library neat and tidy.

See below for more information on how to free up storage space on your iPhone.

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First, see what takes up the most space on your iPhone

To maximize your iPhone storage, you need to know what is taking up your device first. Take a look at what’s eating up your storage so you know where to start. Throw Settingsplay General and scroll down to iPhone storage. Choose this option to see a breakdown of the types of files and media that are taking up space on your iPhone. Apple You can also make some recommendations on how to free up space, such as reviewing videos stored on your device as shown below.

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Take a look at what’s eating up your iPhone’s storage in the settings menu.

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Make sure your iPhone is optimizing photo storage

Photos they are among the biggest offenders when it comes to gobbling up space on your iPhone. But iPhone settings The menu has an option that allows your device to save smaller photo files locally if your device is low on space instead of the original versions. Instead, these full resolution photos and videos are stored in iCloud, and you can download them as needed. To make sure this feature is turned on, start by opening the Settings app Then scroll down to Photos and make sure there is a blue check mark next to the Optimize iPhone storage option.

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Make sure your iPhone is as efficient as possible when it comes to saving media files.

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Save photos and videos to a cloud service instead of your device

The best way to free up space on your iPhone is to delete files that you don’t need to store on your device. But that doesn’t mean you have to downsize your photo library. Instead, try to store them in a third-party cloud storage service like Google Photos instead of on your device. It’s a quick way to free up a lot of storage space without having to get rid of old memories.

But before you delete anything, make sure the photos you want to keep have been backed up or transferred to google photos. If your photos and videos aren’t backed up to another service like Google Photos, Dropbox, Box, or OneDrive before you delete them, they’ll be permanently deleted. East guide walks you through how to copy your entire iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos, but just keep in mind that the unlimited free storage option is no longer available.

You may be wondering why you need to use a separate cloud service if your photos are already stored in iCloud. That’s because deleting your photos from your iPhone also deletes them from iCloud, so you’ll want to use another service if you plan on deleting pictures from your device.

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You can try saving photos to a cloud storage app like Google Photos.

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Delete apps you no longer use

Another great way to clean your iPhone is to get rid of Applications you no longer use If you don’t know where to start, take a look at the apps you haven’t used in a long time. open your iPhone Settings menu, touch General And go to iPhone storage. You’ll see a list of your apps along with how much space each app takes up and the last time you used it. Scroll through the list and try removing apps you haven’t used in a long time.

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Get rid of apps you haven’t used in a long time. You can see the last time you used a specific app in the iPhone settings menu.

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Download apps you don’t use all the time

If you don’t want completely remove an app, you can download it instead. Downloading it allows you to keep the documents and data associated with that app so you can reinstall it at any time and quickly pick up where you left off. Go back to the list mentioned above by opening Settingspressing General and choosing iPhone storage. Touch any app in the list and select Download app. You can also set your iPhone to do this automatically by opening Settingstouching the app store option and making sure that Download unused apps the switch is activated.

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You can download apps you don’t use very often instead of deleting them.

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Automatically delete old messages

it’s not alone Photos, videos, and apps that may be clogging up your iPhone storage. Get rid of the old text messages can be useful too. You can set your iPhone to automatically delete your message story opening Settingspicking out Messages and touching the keep messages low option message history. From there, select whether you want your iPhone to keep text messages for 30 days, a year, or forever.

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Stop saving text messages indefinitely by changing this setting on your iPhone.

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Delete videos and music from apps

You probably have videos and music stored offline in multiple apps on your phone and luckily there is an easy way to find those files and delete them. Throw Settingsto choose General and select iPhone storage. Look for an app that you have downloaded offline content from, such as Netflix. You will then see storage information about the app, such as its size and buttons to delete or download it.

If you have downloaded offline videos, you’ll also see a section for this content below the Remove App button. Place your finger on a downloaded video and slide it all the way to the left side of the screen to delete it.

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There is an easy way to delete videos and music files that you have saved within the app to free up space on your iPhone.

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Clear the cache of your web browser

You can always try to clean your Web navigator cache if you’re really looking for space, although deleting apps and media will make a much bigger difference. But doing so could give your iPhone It speeds up a bit when browsing the web, so it’s worth a try if you’re low on storage space and your browser performance is slow. But remember that you will be logged out of the websites you are logged into.

Open Settingsto choose Safari and play Clear history and website data.

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Clear your Safari cache to see a performance boost and save some space.

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If you use Google Chrome, tap the three dots at the bottom of the screen, choose History and play Delete navigation data. You should see a check mark next to three categories: browsing history, Cookies, site data Y Cached images and files. If you only want to delete browsing data for a certain period of time, tap the button Time interval option near the top of the screen before pressing Delete navigation data in the background.

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You can also clear your Google Chrome cache easily within the app.

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