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Low on Storage? Discover How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone and iPad

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Are you feeling the dreaded “Storage Almost Full” alert on your iPhone or iPad? We do, as soon as the phone spends some time with us. We tend to fill it up with everything, whether needed or not.

Luckily, there are ways to reclaim that precious space and get your device running smoothly again. Let us start:

Low on Storage? Discover How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone and iPad

Check Your Usage

Before diving in, let’s see what’s using the most space. Head to your settings > general > [device] storage. Here, iOS will show how your storage is used with categories like apps, photos, music, and system data.

Discover Apps Consuming the Most Storage Space

As you navigate the Storage section, you’ll encounter a comprehensive list of your apps ranked by their storage consumption.

  • Upon selecting any app, a detailed page unveils its usage in two segments: its storage usage (highlighted in light gray at the top) and the space occupied by the app’s data and documents.
  • This breakdown can often reveal that the app itself, not the content stored within it, consumes significant space. For example, photos and messages might emerge as the primary space consumers.

Optimize Unused Apps

  • On the device storage page, identify rarely used apps. Tap on them and select “Delete App” to free up space. Remember, any purchased app can be re-downloaded from the App Store without extra charges.
  • To delete apps directly from the home screen, press and hold the app you wish to remove. When it pops forward, choose to delete, share, or edit your home screen layout.
  • Alternatively, if you want to temporarily turn off an app without losing its settings, opt to “Offload App.” This keeps the app icon on your home screen; you can re-download it when needed. Find the app in the storage list, tap it, and select “Offload App.”
  • To automatically manage unused apps, go to Settings > App Store > Offload Unused Apps and toggle the feature on.

Manage Photo and Video Storage Efficiently

  • The Photos app can often be a significant space hog. Navigate to Settings > General > [Your Device] Storage and locate Photos to assess its storage impact.
  • Transfer the photos and videos to a cloud storage service to free up device space.
  • Google Photos is a convenient option for Google users. After downloading the app, sign in and enable “Back Up & Sync” to automatically upload your photos. Once uploaded, you can safely delete them from your device’s Photos app. Remember to periodically check your cloud storage to ensure everything is backed up.
  • Additionally, you can keep lower-resolution photos on your device while storing full-resolution copies in iCloud. To manage this, enable “Optimize iPhone Storage” in Settings > Photos.

Manage Music and Multimedia

Content files like music and videos can also occupy considerable space. Here are ways to manage them:

  • Using Settings: Navigate to Settings > General > [Device] Storage > Music to delete albums or tracks you no longer need.
  • Within the Apple Music App, Open the Music app, go to Library > Downloaded, and remove any music stored locally that you don’t require.

Consider Streaming Services Utilize music streaming services like Spotify to access a vast library without storing large amounts of data locally. Be mindful of offline downloads’ impact on storage if you’re a Premium subscriber.

Declutter Messages and Browser Cache

Regularly delete unnecessary messages, especially those with large attachments, to free up space.

  • If desired, configure message settings in Settings > Messages for automatic deletion.
  • Clear your browser’s cache regularly to remove accumulated data. Go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data for Safari.
  • You can also access the settings for Chrome and other browsers to clear browsing data or history.

By following these tips, you should be able to free up significant storage space on your iPhone or iPad and get back to enjoying your device to the fullest. Remember, a minor cleanup goes a long way!

Declutter Messages and Browser Cache

Final Thoughts

There you have it! With these strategies, you should have a clearer picture of managing your iPhone or iPad storage. Remember, a little maintenance goes a long way. By incorporating these techniques into your routine, you can keep your device running smoothly and avoid the dreaded “Storage Almost Full” alert.

For more specific questions or advanced storage management options, don’t hesitate to consult Apple’s official support resources or conduct a quick Google search for solutions tailored to your iOS version (like “free up space on iOS 13.6”). Happy cleaning!


Q. How can I free up space on my iPhone or iPad?

A. To free up space on your iPhone or iPad, you can start by deleting unnecessary files, offloading unused apps, clearing your cache, and managing your photos and video storage.

Q. Can I delete apps to create more storage space on my iPhone?

A. Deleting apps you no longer use is an effective way to free up storage space on your device. Go to the home screen, press and hold the app icon, then select “Delete App” to remove it.

Q. How can I clear the cache on my iPhone or iPad?

A. To clear your iPhone or iPad’s cache, go to Settings, select the Safari or browser app, and choose the option to clear cache and website data.

Q. Can I offload unused apps on my iPhone to free up space?

A. You can offload apps on your device without worrying about losing data. Go to Settings, select the app you want to offload and choose “Offload App.”

Q. How can I manage my iPhone storage space effectively?

A. To better manage your iPhone storage, regularly review and delete unnecessary files, manage app data, and consider using cloud storage services like iCloud to store data locally without taking up space.

Q. Can I delete photos and videos to free up space on my iPhone and iPad?

A. Deleting unnecessary photos and videos is a great way to free up your iPhone and iPad storage space. You can also consider transferring them to a computer for backup.

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