How to Clear Storage on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Do you find yourself constantly running out of storage on your iPhone? It can be frustrating when you want to download a new app or take more photos, only to be greeted with a pop-up message telling you that your storage is full.

Don’t worry, though – clearing storage on your iPhone is easier than you think. In this article, we will guide you through some simple steps to help free up space on your device.

1. Check your storage

Before you begin deleting files or apps, it’s a good idea to understand how much storage space you have and what is taking up the most space on your iPhone.

To do this, go to Settings, then General, and tap on iPhone Storage. Here, you will see a breakdown of your storage usage by different categories such as Apps, Photos, and Messages.

2. Delete unused apps

If there are apps on your iPhone that you no longer use, deleting them can quickly free up space. To delete an app, simply tap and hold its icon until all the icons start wiggling.

Then, tap the x button that appears on the top left corner of the app icon. Confirm by tapping Delete. Remember that deleting an app will also delete its data.

3. Offload unused apps

If there are apps that you don’t use frequently but still want to keep their data intact, you can offload them instead of deleting them completely. Offloading an app removes the app itself but keeps its documents and data on your device.

To offload an app, go to Settings, then General, and select iPhone Storage. Scroll down to the list of apps and tap on the app you want to offload. Finally, tap Offload App and confirm by tapping Offload App again.

4. Clear cache and data

Apps like Safari, Twitter, and Facebook can accumulate a lot of cache over time, taking up valuable storage space on your iPhone.

To clear cache and data for these apps, go to Settings, then Safari (or the respective app), and select Clear History and Website Data. Confirm by tapping Clear History and Data.

5. Manage photos and videos

The Photos app is often one of the biggest culprits when it comes to storage usage. Here are some tips to manage your photos and videos:

a) Delete unwanted photos

To delete unwanted photos, open the Photos app, find the photo you want to delete, tap on it, and then tap the trash can icon in the bottom right corner. Confirm by tapping Delete Photo.

b) Enable iCloud Photos

iCloud Photos allows you to store your photos in the cloud instead of locally on your device. To enable iCloud Photos, go to Settings, then tap on your name at the top of the screen, select iCloud > Photos, then toggle on iCloud Photos.

c) Optimize iPhone Storage for iCloud Photos

If you have enabled iCloud Photos, you can optimize your iPhone storage by selecting Optimize iPhone Storage. This will automatically reduce the file size of your photos on your device, saving space without compromising image quality.

6. Clear message attachments

Attachments in messaging apps can take up a significant amount of space over time.

To clear message attachments, go to Settings, then General, select iPhone Storage, and tap on Messages. Here, you can see a list of conversations ranked by storage usage. Tap on a conversation to view and delete its attachments.

7. Use cloud storage services

If you still find yourself running out of space, consider using cloud storage services like iCloud Drive or Google Drive.

These services allow you to store files, documents, and photos in the cloud, freeing up space on your iPhone. Simply download the respective app from the App Store and follow the instructions to set it up.

By following these simple steps, you can easily clear storage on your iPhone and ensure that you always have enough space for the things that matter most to you. Remember to regularly check your storage usage and perform these steps whenever necessary. Happy decluttering!

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