The good news is, it’s not hard to free up space on your iPhone, if you know the right tricks, and we’re about to share them with you. We recommend that you address this issue as soon as possible rather than waiting for the internal memory to run out of space.
- 1. What takes up so much space on your iPhone?
- 2. How to free up space on iPhone
- 3. 1. Enable suggestions
- 4. 2. Delete large and unused apps
- 5. 3. Download large apps
- 6. 4. Clean the iPhone by deleting downloaded music
- 7. 5. Delete old podcasts
- 8. 6. Store your photos on the cloud
- 9. 7. Turn off photo streaming
- 10. 8. Save only HDR quality photos
- 11. 9. Delete the contents stored in Messages
- 12. 10 Automatically delete messages
- 13. How to free up the phone memory
- 14. 1. Clear the browser cache
- 15. 2. Delete the old voice notes
- 16. 3. Delete offline content from apps
Running out of storage on your iPhone can severely limit what you can do with it – there’s no room for photos and videos, there’s no room for new apps and the apps you use, they misbehave because they don’t have a place to save new files.
If you’ve been using an iPhone for a while, you’ve probably seen the “Memory almost full” pop-up. Suddenly, you can’t take cute pictures of your pet or download new apps. While Apple doesn’t tell you how to free up space on your iPhone, tests show that it starts to slow down when you have less than 500MB of free space.
What takes up so much space on your iPhone?
The first step to cleaning the iPhone is knowing what is consuming all the storage in the first place. To see what’s taking up so much space on your iPhone, go to Settings> General> iPhone Storage.
At the top of the screen, you will see a horizontal bar graph showing the total amount of memory you have and the amount used. The chart is divided into five color-coded categories: apps, media, photos, messages, and “other”. If the bar is full, here’s how to free up space on your iPhone in 13 ways:
How to free up space on iPhone
1. Enable suggestions
Check if you have Recommendations in the iPhone Storage menu and enable it. If you want to free up space on your iPhone, you will probably see Apple’s storage space-saving tips just below your iPhone’s storage bar.
The tips shown will change depending on usage. Just click Enable to activate the recommended option. Note: Some tips will make unwanted changes to your phone. Be sure to read their description before enabling them.
2. Delete large and unused apps
To clear iPhone storage, select one from the list at the bottom of the iPhone Storage screen, then tap Delete App.
While still on the iPhone Storage screen, you can scroll down to see a list of all the apps you have on your phone. Each app in the list is sorted by size, with the largest ones at the top.
The apps also provide information about the last time you opened them. Clicking on any of the apps will give you the option to delete it. You can also delete an app from the Home screen. You can do this by pressing and holding an app you want to delete until it begins to wobble (probably for fear of being deleted). Tap the “X” at the top left of the app, then click Delete in the confirmation pop-up.
Warning: Deleting an app will completely remove it from your phone. You will lose all your data associated with the app (such as saved games, passwords, etc.). And you will need to visit the App Store and download it again if you want it back to your phone.
3. Download large apps
To download an app, tap one from the iPhone Storage screen and then click Offload App. Offloading apps allows you to reduce the size of an app, without losing any documents or data associated with it.
When you download an app, it doesn’t disappear from the Home screen. But the app now has a cloud icon with a down arrow to the left of the name. You can reinstall the downloaded app by tapping it. Note: An internet connection will be required to reinstall the app. So, don’t download any apps you want to use outside of a wireless network.
You can also automatically download unused apps by going to Settings> iTunes & App Store> Offload unused apps. The apps will be automatically downloaded when the slider is green.
4. Clean the iPhone by deleting downloaded music
To clean iPhone memory, delete your music, go to iPhone Storage> Music, and tap Edit. To delete all your songs, tap the red minus sign next to the “All Songs” option, then tap the Delete button that appears. You can also delete individual artists by tapping the red minus sign and then Delete.
5. Delete old podcasts
To delete podcasts, go to iPhone Storage> Podcasts and click Edit at the bottom of the screen. Then click the red minus sign next to a podcast and then the Delete button that appears. When you delete a podcast, all episodes will be removed.
You can also prevent the Podcast app from automatically downloading new episodes by going to Settings> Podcasts. On the Episode Downloads screen, select the Off option.
If you want to make sure your podcasts don’t take up too much space in the future, you can also enable the Delete Played Episodes option. This way the podcasts will be deleted from your phone after you finish listening to them.
6. Store your photos on the cloud
To save your images to iCloud, go to Settings> Photos> iCloud Photos. Then make sure the slider next to iCloud Photos is green.
When you enable it, your photos will be automatically uploaded to Apple’s cloud storage and from your phone. Do not worry. You can still browse, edit, and share your photos at any time. If you want to know how to transfer photos to Mac, check out our previous article here.
7. Turn off photo streaming
You can turn off photo streaming by going to Settings> Photos, then turn off the Upload to My Photo Stream button. You’ll know it’s off when it’s off.
Photo Stream syncs the last 1,000 photos from all your devices in the past 30 days and collects them in a feed. While it doesn’t count towards iCloud storage, it takes up space on your phone. But in reality, these are just duplicates of photos you already have, so you might as well turn this feature off.
8. Save only HDR quality photos
You can save space by going to Settings> Camera and turning off the Keep normal photo button. When you take a photo with an iPhone, two versions are saved: one with HDR (High Dynamic Range) and one normally exposed. HDR combines 3 photos with different exposures to give you one with the best colors and details.
When you have enabled the Keep normal photo option, a normal version of the photo will be saved on your phone along with an HDR. Disabling it means that your photos only take up half the space, which is perfect if you want to free up space on your iPhone.