How to Upgrade iPhone Storage

Charlotte Daniels

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Are you running out of storage on your iPhone? Don’t worry, there are several ways to upgrade the storage capacity of your device. In this article, we will explore different methods to help you reclaim space and optimize your iPhone’s storage.

1. Delete Unnecessary Apps

If you have apps on your iPhone that you no longer use, it’s time to clean up and delete them.

To remove an app, simply press and hold its icon until all the icons start wiggling. Then tap the “X” button on the app you want to delete. This will not only free up storage space but also declutter your home screen.

2. Offload Unused Apps

If you don’t want to permanently delete an app but still want to free up some space, you can choose to offload it instead. Offloading removes the app from your device but keeps its documents and data intact. To offload an app, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

Scroll down to find the app you want to offload and tap on it. Then select “Offload App.” This way, if you decide to reinstall the app in the future, it will restore its data.

3. Optimize Photos & Videos

The Camera Roll is often a major contributor to insufficient storage on iPhones.

To optimize your photos and videos without losing quality, enable iCloud Photos by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos and toggle on “iCloud Photos.” This will automatically upload all your media files to iCloud while keeping smaller versions on your device.

3.1 Delete Unwanted Photos & Videos

To manually delete unwanted photos and videos, open the Photos app, go to the Albums tab, and select “Recently Deleted.” From there, you can permanently remove any files you no longer need. Remember to check this folder periodically, as photos and videos are only deleted from your device after 30 days.

4. Clear Safari Cache

If you use Safari as your web browser, it’s a good idea to clear its cache regularly.

Clearing the cache will remove temporary files, cookies, and other data that may take up unnecessary space. To clear Safari’s cache, go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data.

5. Manage Messages

Text messages and iMessage attachments can also consume a significant amount of storage space over time. To manage your messages efficiently:

  • Delete Individual Messages: In the Messages app, swipe left on a conversation and tap “Delete” to remove individual messages or entire conversations.
  • Automatically Delete Old Messages: Go to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages and select a time period (30 Days or 1 Year) after which old messages will be automatically deleted.
  • Manage Attachments: Within a conversation, tap on the “i” icon in the top right corner. From here, you can view all attachments within that conversation and delete them if necessary.

6. Use External Storage Devices

If you frequently need access to large files on your iPhone, consider using external storage devices such as Lightning-enabled flash drives or wireless storage options like AirStash. These devices provide additional storage capacity without taking up space on your device itself.


By following these steps, you can effectively upgrade your iPhone’s storage capacity without resorting to buying a new device. Deleting unnecessary apps, offloading unused apps, optimizing photos and videos, clearing Safari cache, managing messages, and utilizing external storage devices are all practical methods to reclaim space and optimize your iPhone’s storage.

Remember to regularly review your device’s storage usage and make necessary adjustments to keep your iPhone running smoothly.

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