How to Clear Up Storage on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Do you find yourself constantly running out of storage on your iPhone? If so, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

With the increasing amount of photos, videos, and apps we accumulate over time, it’s easy for our precious device to become overloaded with data. In this article, we will guide you through some simple steps to clear up storage on your iPhone and regain precious space for the things that matter most.

Step 1: Check Storage Usage

Before we begin clearing up storage on your iPhone, it’s important to understand how much space is being used and what is consuming the most storage. To do this:

  • Go to Settings on your home screen.
  • Select General.
  • Tap on iPhone Storage.

You will now see a breakdown of your storage usage. This will give you an idea of what is taking up the most space on your device.

Step 2: Delete Unnecessary Apps

If you have apps installed that you no longer use or need, deleting them can instantly free up valuable storage space. To delete apps:

  • Tap and hold any app icon on your home screen until they start shaking.
  • Tiny ‘x’ icons will appear in the corner of each app icon.
  • Tapping the ‘x’ will prompt a confirmation message for deletion.
  • Select ‘Delete’ or ‘Remove from Home Screen’.

You can always re-download deleted apps from the App Store if needed.

Step 3: Manage Photos and Videos

Photos and videos are often the biggest culprits when it comes to taking up storage space. Here are some tips to manage them:

Delete Unwanted Photos/Videos

Open the Photos app and go through your albums to find any photos or videos you no longer need. Once found, you can:

  • Select multiple items by tapping on them.
  • Tap the trash can icon to delete selected items.

Enable iCloud Photo Library

If you have a large collection of photos and videos, consider enabling iCloud Photo Library. This feature allows you to store your media in the cloud while still accessing them on your device. To enable iCloud Photo Library:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select your name at the top of the screen.
  • Tap on iCloud.
  • Select Photos.
  • Toggle on ‘iCloud Photo Library’.

Step 4: Clear Safari Cache and Website Data

Safari stores data from websites you visit, including cache files that can take up valuable storage space over time. To clear this data:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Safari.
  • Tap ‘Clear History and Website Data’.
  • A confirmation prompt will appear; select ‘Clear History and Data’.

Note: Clearing this data will also log you out of websites and remove saved passwords.

Step 5: Offload Unused Apps

If you want to keep the data associated with certain apps but don’t use them frequently, consider offloading those apps. This will remove the app itself while keeping its documents and data intact. To offload an app:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Find the app you want to offload and select it.
  • Tap ‘Offload App’.
  • A confirmation prompt will appear; select ‘Offload App’ again.

The app icon will remain on your home screen, but its data will be removed. You can easily re-download the app from the App Store whenever you need it.

Step 6: Clear Message Attachments

Attachments received through messages can take up a significant amount of storage space. To delete them:

  • Open the Messages app.
  • Select a conversation that contains attachments.
  • Tap on the contact or group name at the top of the screen.
  • A list of attachments will appear; you can swipe left on each attachment to reveal a ‘Delete’ button or tap ‘See All Photos’ to manage multiple attachments at once.


By following these simple steps, you should now have a much clearer idea of how to clear up storage on your iPhone. Remember to regularly check your storage usage and perform these maintenance tasks to keep your device running smoothly and efficiently. Enjoy the extra space for capturing memories, downloading apps, and exploring new possibilities!

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