How to Free Up iPhone Storage

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you tired of constantly receiving the dreaded “Storage Almost Full” message on your iPhone? If so, it’s time to take control of your device’s storage and free up some much-needed space. In this tutorial, we’ll explore various methods to help you declutter and optimize your iPhone storage.

1. Delete Unnecessary Apps

Your iPhone may be filled with apps that you no longer use or need.

To free up storage, start by identifying these apps and deleting them. Simply press and hold the app icon until it starts jiggling, then tap the “X” button to delete it.

2. Offload Unused Apps

If there are some apps that you don’t frequently use but want to keep for later, consider offloading them instead of deleting them completely. Offloading removes the app from your device but keeps its data intact.

To offload an app, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and tap on the app you want to offload. Then select “Offload App”. This will free up storage while still allowing you to reinstall the app later if needed.

3. Clear Safari Cache

Safari tends to accumulate a significant amount of cache data over time, which can take up valuable storage space.

To clear Safari’s cache, go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data. Confirm your choice by tapping “Clear History and Data” in the popup window.

4. Optimize Photos & Videos

The Photos app is often a major contributor to iPhone storage usage due to the large size of media files. To optimize your photos and videos:

  • iCloud Photo Library: Enable iCloud Photo Library in Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Photos. This feature automatically stores your media in the cloud, allowing you to optimize storage by keeping smaller versions of photos and videos on your device.
  • Photo Stream: If you don’t use iCloud Photo Library, consider enabling Photo Stream in Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Photos.

    Photo Stream syncs your last 30 days of photos across devices while using minimal storage.

  • Review & Delete: Regularly review your media library and delete any unnecessary photos or videos. You can select multiple items at once by tapping “Select” in the Photos app.

5. Manage Messages

Text messages and iMessages with attachments can consume a considerable amount of storage space. To manage your messages:

  • Delete Old Conversations: In the Messages app, swipe left on conversations that you no longer need and tap “Delete”.
  • Set Message Expiration: Go to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages and choose an expiration period that suits your needs (30 Days or 1 Year).
  • Optimize Storage: In Settings > Messages, enable “Low Quality Image Mode” to reduce the size of image attachments sent and received through iMessage.

6. Clear App Caches

Some apps accumulate cache data over time, which can consume significant storage space. To clear app caches:

  • Safari Cache: Go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data, then tap “Remove All Website Data”.
  • Social Media Apps: Many social media apps have options to clear cache within their settings. Look for options like “Clear Cache” or “Clear Data”.
  • Messaging Apps: Similar to social media apps, messaging apps like WhatsApp or Messenger often have cache-clearing options in their settings.

7. Use iCloud Storage

If you’re running out of storage on your device, consider utilizing iCloud storage to offload some of your data.

Enable iCloud Backup in Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. This will automatically back up your device’s data to the cloud and free up local storage.


By following these methods, you can easily free up storage on your iPhone and ensure that you have ample space for all your needs. Regularly decluttering and optimizing your device’s storage will not only improve its performance but also prevent any future storage-related issues.

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