Here’s how to free up Storage Space on iPhone, in case you’re preparing for an Major iOS update or dealing with the ‘Not Enough Space the pop-up appears in your iPhone and iPad.
Free Up Storage Space on iPhone and iPad
Over time over time, it is possible that your storage on iPhone becomes stuffed and can result in a the ‘Not Enough Storage’ error message on your phone.
With only a tiny amount of storage space left in your phone, you will not be in a position to install iOS update, or download apps or take pictures.
Below, you will find how to check the current status of storage on your device. You can also free up Storage Space for your iPhone as well as iPad.
Check Storage Status of iPhone or iPad
Follow the steps below to determine the current status of storage on your iPhone.
1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage
2. On the next screen, you’ll be able see the amount of storage space that was used and the remaining space in your iPhone.
If the remaining available storage is lower than 1.5 GB, you will need to take steps to free up space in either your iPhone and iPad.
1. Delete Photos & Videos
The Photo’s app is the largest consumer in terms of space used for iPhone or iPad. It is possible to recover lots of storage space by deleting your photos and videos from your iPhone.
An easy way to do it is transfer your photos from iPhone to a Mac or Windows PC and then remove all photos in bulk off your iPhone.
If you don’t wish to erase all Photos You can remove unwanted Photos and videos using the Photos App.
1. Open the Photos App > tab on Albums > Recents.
2. On the next screen, tap the Select option at the upper-right corner.
3. Select Photos that you wish to delete, and then tap the trash icon.
4. Next, make sure that you navigate into Albums > Recently deleted and remove all photos within this folder.
This should allow enough storage space on your device to hold an important iOS Version Update (1.2 GB) as well as to download Apps or songs, as well as shoot new photos.
2. Delete or Offload Unused Apps
There are Apps that you have installed on the iPhone that you have downloaded, but did not actually need or utilize these apps.
1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
2. On iPhone Storage screen, scroll down , and select the app that you wish to erase.
3. On the next screen, you will be able to choose to delete or switch off the The App.
The Offload option will remove the application from your device, while conserving its Documents and data in your phone.
Similar to that, you can follow the above steps to delete or remove other unneeded apps off your device.
3. Save One Version of Photos
If you take pictures on iPhone it will save two duplicates of the same Photo to your smartphone (Original image as well as its HDR counterpart).
You can conserve storage space by saving exclusively photos in the HDR versions of Photos on your device, and eliminating the original image.
1. Go to Settings > scroll down , then click on Camera.
2. On the next screen, turn off the Keep Normal Photo by switching the toggle to the Off position.
This option is ideal for those who are satisfied with HDR images produced by iPhone.
Another alternative is to manually go through all the Photos and select which version you’d like to preserve and which to remove.
4. Delete Safari History & Cache
You can free up some area on the device clearing Safari histories and cache. Although this space might not be huge, it can make up for the space you have saved.
1. Go to Settings > Safari Scroll down, then click on the Clear History and Website Data option.
2. On the confirmation pop-up, click on the Clear History as well as Data choice to verify.
5. Delete Downloaded Music
As a lover of music there are chances that you have downloaded a plethora of songs onto your device. It is more likely your listening to only specific songs most times.
Therefore, you can clear some space by deleting any unneeded Music Albums and Songs from your device.
1. Go to Settings > Music > Downloaded Music.
2. On the next screen, you can swipe right to All Songs and tap on delete option.
You can also search through albums/artists/songs individually and remove selected Albums and Artists.
6. Turn Off Photo Stream
Photos taken on various other gadgets (iPad, Mac) to appear when you open your iPhone and it creates storage space.
1. Go to Settings > Photos > deactivate the Upload My Photos Stream.
7. Delete Documents and Data
Over time, the app-related data begins to accumulate on your device. It can take up a significant amount of room on the iPhone.
The app-related data will appear under Documents and Data’ on your iPhone and it is possible to clear to free up storage space on your device.
8. Disable iCloud Photos Library
iCloud Photo Library automatically uploads and saves all of your Photo Library on iCloud, to allow you use them on any device.
However, the issue of iCloud Photo Library is that it can also store photos by other mobile devices to your iPhone.
So, it is worth deactivating iCloud Photo Library, especially when you’re struggling to find extra storage on the device.
1. Go to Settings > Photos > deactivate the iCloud Photos.
2. On the pop-up that appears, tap the remove From iPhone option.
This will erase all optimised versions of Photos on other devices that are stored within your iPhone. However, the original photos will be accessible on any other device that use the same ICloud Account.
9. Delete Downloaded Books
Books generally don’t take up a lot of storage space, however they could increase in size if you download more books to your device, and do not remember to delete them.
10. Turn Off Shared Albums
The Shared Albums feature of the iPhone lets you create Albums that you can share pictures with others and also to join others’ shared albums.
But, it is important to take note that joining another’s pictures causes images of others to appear in your iPhone and eat up storage space.
Click Settings > Photos and Disable Shared Albums.
11. Set Messages to Auto-Delete
In the course of time, messages with all the attachments may start becoming a major occupying of available on your gadget.
To free up space To free up space, you can either erase old messages manually, or set your device to automatically delete messages after a set period of time.
1. Go to Settings > Messages > scroll down and tap on the Keep messages.
2. On the next screen, you can choose either 30 days or one Year, based on how long you’d like to record messages stored on your device
According to the setting The messages that are older than the time period selected are automatically deleted off your computer, as well as their attachments.
12. Delete Voicemail Messages
If you receive a lot of Voice messages You can free some space on your device by getting rid of old Voice messages that are saved within your mobile device.
1. Open the Phone app, then tap the Voicemail tab in the middle menu.
2. On the next screen, you will be able to go through your Voicemail messages and erase the messages.