To see how much storage you have remaining on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. From here, Apple will recommend ways you …
Is your iPhone telling you that you’ve run out of storage space?
You may quickly and easily free up space on your iPhone by deleting unused programs, data, and media. This article will show you how to delete unnecessary apps from your iPhone to create sufficient space for new applications and media.
A few things before we start:
Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage to see which programs consume the most space.
To make room, you may try optimizing your photo storage, removing old images and videos, discarding unwanted music, and erasing unneeded widgets and programs.
Make use of iCloud or a similar cloud storage service. Using one of these storage methods, you may keep your images, music, mail, and other data out of your phone’s memory while still having easy access to it.
- Identifying Potential Storage Areas
- Step 1: Start the settings menu. These gears sit atop a light grey background in the app’s symbol.
- Step 2: Select the General menu. Typically, this is the second or third selection under the gear icon.
- Step 3: Navigate to the iPhone’s internal storage. A list of suggestions on how to best utilize your iPhone’s storage space should appear.
- Saving Space When Storing Photographs
- Step 1: Start the settings menu. These gears sit atop a light grey base in the app’s symbol. You can then store high-resolution versions of your images on iCloud and a lower-resolution copy on your phone. Photos stored in iCloud can be downloaded anytime and as frequently as you desire without any quality loss.
- Step 2: Click Photos. It’s in the same section as Music and TV, next to a little Photos symbol.
- Step 3: A storage optimization option will appear on your iPhone. Look in the “iCloud” menu. If this function is enabled, it will be denoted by a blue check mark.
Utilizing Cloud Applications
Backup options such as storing or using cloud services should be considered. Online services like Google Drive and Apple’s built-in iCloud offer greater storage outside of your phone’s hard drive constraints, so it may seem illogical to download more apps while you’re trying to free up space. Doing so will save space in your online backup account.
The cloud storage space required for regular phone backups can add up quickly. If you’re running low on cloud space and have no idea what’s being stored, it’s a good idea to clear up any unnecessary backups from your device. Visit the Settings menu, then select “Photos,” and then toggle on “iCloud Photos” to begin using iCloud with your images and videos (turn it green).
- Removing Unwanted Applications
- Step 1: To begin, select a program that you rarely use. This is a simple solution, but it’s often disregarded: a few apps and the data they collect may easily add up to a gigabyte or more of unused space on your phone. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage to view a list of your apps and the date and time you last used each one. Your apps and the time they were last used will be shown.
- Step 2: Hold down the app’s icon on your screen. As with the rest of your apps, it should begin to tremble, and an “X” should appear in the app’s upper left corner.
- Step 3: Activate the app’s close button by tapping its upper-right corner. Doing so will bring up a confirmation window asking if you really want to uninstall the program.
- Step 4: To finalize your selection, tap the “Delete” button. Your iPhone app will be removed from your device. The iPhone will prompt you to confirm whether or not you want to keep the app’s data on your device if it has a substantial quantity of information stored locally.
- Step 5: Do the same for all of the irrelevant programs on your iPhone. Delete apps you haven’t opened in over a month.
- Offloading Application
- Step 1: Start the preferences menu. A few gears on a pale gray background make up the graphical representation of this program. You should move to the cloud any apps you rarely use but don’t want to delete. Although you can’t access these apps on your iPhone right now, you still have access to all the data they generated.
- Step 2: Select the General menu. You’ll find this selection in the third cluster of menu choices, indicated by a gear icon.
- Step 3: Navigate to the iPhone’s internal storage. It’s the fourth set of linked options.
- Step 4: Select the program you wish to unload by tapping on it. More details about the software, such as its file size and the amount of space it’s using, will be displayed.
- Step 5: Select the app you want to unload and tap Offload. You can delete an app and still have access to your docs and app data should you decide to reinstall it later.
- Deleting Media
- Step 1: To launch the “Photos” app, tap it. All of the visual content from your photo stream, downloaded pictures, and social networking duplicates are kept here; this is where you’ll be eliminating any unnecessary pictures and videos.
- Step 2: Choose the pictures you want to get rid of. This is possible through the Camera Roll, a collection of all of your media files.
- Step 3: Tap the lower-right trashcan symbol. This prompts a pop-up verification of your photo deletion.
- Step 4: Select “Erase All But X Photos.” The photographs you remove will be placed in a “Recently Deleted” album.
- Step 5: Empty “Recently Deleted.” Recently Deleted is a folder in the “Albums” menu.
- Step 6: Close Photos. You eliminated unnecessary photos and videos.
- Removing Music
- Step1: Eliminate unwanted music from your downloads by erasing them. While removing a few songs won’t have much of an impact on your iPhone’s storage capacity, removing an entire album will.
- Step 2: Don’t stop getting rid of the music. To do so will remove the selected tracks from your downloads; if they were paid for, you could re-download songs from iTunes using your Apple ID.
- Deleting Text Messages
- Step 1: Use the “Messages” app to access your saved correspondence. It’s important to remember that the iMessage app, which stores all of your text messages, can take up a significant amount of space on your iPhone without drawing attention to itself. With so much fewer data taking up space on your iPhone after you delete those old messages, you’ll feel much more comfortable making newer ones.
- Step 2: Clear your iMessages. Make sure you have copies of all the media from these chats before deleting them.
- Step 3: We need to end our conversation in Messages.
- Step 4: Choose the “Phone” menu option. Your voicemails, along with the rest of the Phone app, will load up. Delete specific entries or the entire call log.
- Step 5: Do not keep any voicemails. With the advent of voice memos, keeping old voicemails is unnecessary unless doing so would bring back fond memories.
- Step 6: Immediately close the “Phone” from your device. Congratulations, you have successfully removed all iMessages, voicemails, and possibly even call history!
- Deleting Cache Data
- Step 1: To access your device’s configuration options, simply tap the Settings icon. Keeping Safari’s cache and data might take up a lot of space, so if you use it frequently, cleaning this stuff out will help your system perform better.
- Step 2: Select the Safari menu. This setting is located near the end of the Settings page, so you may have to scroll down a little.
- Step 3: Tap the option that says “Clear History and Website Data.” This is near the bottom of the Safari page as well.
- Step 4: To confirm your selection, tap the “Clear History and Data” button. By doing this, all of your Safari history and cookies will be removed.
- Removing Notification Alerts
- Step 1: Launch the system alerts menu. You can access the home screen of your iPhone by swiping from the top down after you’ve turned it on and unlocked it. As you drag down, a progress bar should appear. Grab the column with your finger in its exact center.
- Step 2: Review all the days that have alerts. If you don’t want to miss any crucial alerts, ensure you’ve read through them. Before iOS 10, you could arrange them by App, which was convenient, but, as of now, you can only arrange them chronologically based on when they were received.
- Step 3: Find the “x” to the right of the time stamp or program name and click it.
- Step 4: Once the x displays “clear,” you should tap the button.
- Step 5: If you find that certain apps are no longer displaying notifications for you, it may be time to adjust your notification settings.
- Clearing Recent Used Apps Page
- Step 1: Simply press the Home button twice. Doing so will load a page with thumbnails of all the apps you’ve used since the last restart.
- Step 2: Move sequentially through all of your running programs. By swiping the column to the left or right, you may quickly check which programs are now active.
- Step 3: To close an app window, position your finger in the middle of its preview. You can use several fingers to clear away multiple apps at once, but in most cases, you’ll be limited to clearing away no upwards of two apps at once.
- Step 4: Just use your finger to swipe the app straight up until it either reaches the top of the screen or disappears.
- Step 5: Scrolling through the list will reveal any lingering, unwanted programs.
- Step 6: Keep in mind that you can never remove the Home screen from the list of recently used apps; it will always remain there.
- Discarding Unused Widgets
- Step 1: Tap on the Notifications Center
- Step 2: Navigate to the Widgets page. Those that aren’t being used can be relocated. Therefore it’s possible to have a surplus. In some cases, this may be different. On iOS 10, swiping to the right will reveal the content from the left side of the Notification Center screen. The “Today” button is located at the top of the screen in iOS 7, 8, and 9.
- Step 3: Scroll the widget list to reveal a “Edit” button. If you see “#” of new widgets, you’ve scrolled too far; look above it. This button is underneath the last widget.
- Step 4: Check for a directory of the Widgets you have already put in place. These widgets, together with their corresponding red “-” button, belong at the very top of the display.
- Step 5: When you no longer wish to see a particular widget, simply tap the minus sign to the left of its name. A “Remove” button ought to appear.
- Step 6: Get rid of the Widget! Select “Remove” from the menu. Widget removal yields only a little improvement in available space; therefore, you should be ready to double-check all other possibilities.
- Step 7: Put an end to the widget configuration process.
- Step 8: Ensure you have only included widgets you want to purchase and remove any that you no longer need from the list.
- Step 9: Put an end to the widgets list. You can return to the home screen by tapping the home button or bringing the Widget page or Notification Center back up.