How to free up space on your iPhone or iPad

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There Is a limit to the amount of stuff you can store on your iPhone, especially if you have iPhone 6 that only has 16 gigabytes of space to begin with, like the one that I have.

You would think at first that 16GB would be enough to store everything you want, but  getting an iPhone 16Gb is the worst decision anyone has ever made!

Your iPhone is probably full of junk that u don’t really need  So let’s try to make the most of what we have.

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I have identified the simplest ways to clear space on your iPhone, first you have to check your usage and check which of these categories actually consume the most space on your iPhone:  applications, messages, photos, or others.

 

To Check your usage

Open the Settings app then go to General > Usage > Manage Storage.

At the top, you’ll see how much space you’ve used and how much you have available.

Let’s start with apps

Clear out apps

Look at your iPad or iPhone now and tell me how many of those apps you really use on a regular basis. I’m pretty sure there are one or two you can live without. If you can’t decide which apps to clear out, I’ve got a trick that can help you decide.

In iOS 8, go to Settings>>General>>Usage>>Manage Storage.

For iOS 7 and earlier it’s just Settings>>General>>Usage. Here you’ll see a list of apps and how much space they use.

Start with the largest apps (remember that one gigabyte is 1,000 megabytes) and decide which ones you really need them. To delete an app you don’t want, simply tap its name. Then tap the “Delete App” button on the next screen.

If you ever want to play them again, you can always redownload them from iTunes. And you can make your score return if you set your icloud to backup the apps data before u delete them

The numbers you see in Manage Storage include how much the app itself takes up combined with the data inside it. Some apps are small by themselves but can store a lot of files.

For example, the Spotify app is only 56 MB. But if you have a lot of music downloaded to your phone  it could take  up  way more than  2 GB.

You can tap any app icon in Manage Storage to see the app size versus the downloads within it.

Speaking of cleaning out information, let’s start with managing your photo

Manage your photos

Stop using Photo Stream

Your iPhone’s Photo Stream automatically syncs your last 1,000 photos across your iOS devices. But that means it’s storing 1,000 photos — about 1 GB — twice. So unless you need to share your photos from your iPad to your iPhone all the time, turn it off.

Under Settings, scroll down to Photos & Camera and toggle off My Photo Stream.

Only save HDR photos

you may have noticed that your phone can store two images of the same photo. That’s your phone using HDR (High Dynamic Range).

Go to Settings > Photo & Camera. Scroll to the bottom and deselect Keep Normal Photo.

Use a third party app to backup your photos to the cloud or ur PC, Google+ or Dropbox for storing photos

You might not want to take all your photos off your phone, and you don’t have to. But you can save space by having your photo library back up automatically to a cloud storage system.

You can use the app Google+ because not only does it give you an unlimited amount of storage — for photos less than 2048 by 2048 pixels (which includes anything you’ll be taking on your phone) and videos less than 15 minutes long — but it’s also free.

You can also use Dropbox, but refrain from using apple’s iCloud for photos backup unless you don’t mind paying the upgrade fee which starts  1$  per month.

Set your messages to automatically expire

With iOS 8, you can now automatically delete older messages. If you like going back through old messages, don’t go this route. But do you really need those conversations after a year? This option is much easier than manually deleting old threads

Go to Settings > Messages. Under Keep Message, select 30 days or 1 year.

You can also adjust how long your video and audio messages are stored. You can set them to expire after two minutes or never.

Explore the “Other” section on iTunes and restore your phone

The “Other” category, shown in your phone’s storage on iTunes, includes your email, music and web-browsing data. Sometimes the files can get corrupted and take up more space than they should.

The easiest way to clear this out is to backup your data and restore your phone on iTunes.

Go to iTunes and save a backup of your phone’s data to your computer by selecting Back Up Now. Then choose to Restore iPhone. And lastly, Restore Backup.