How to clear Iphone storage to free up space for your apps and photos

How to free up space on your iPhone so you have enough storage for all your apps and photos

If your phone is running dangerously low on space, fear not: there are some quick ways to valuable recover space.

Here are 5 ways to clear Iphone storeage to free up space for all your apps, photos and improve speed.

How to find out how much space you have left on an iPhone

The first thing you need to do is determine exactly how much space you have left.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General,” and then tap “iPhone Storage.”

3. You may need to wait a few moments, but you should see a graph at the top of the screen displaying how much free space you have and what’s using up your memory (media files, apps, photos, and so on).

Tap “iPhone Storage” to see what apps and files are taking up space on your device.

How to delete non-essential apps and data on your iPhone

Under the iPhone storage graph, you should see all your apps listed in order from largest to smallest. What you’re seeing isn’t just the size of the app itself, but also how much space its data takes up as well.

This varies greatly from app to app; the Music app is only about 20MB by itself, for example, but if you have a lot of songs on your phone, this app could be taking up many gigabytes of space.

To check, tap on an app in the list on the iPhone Storage page. You’ll see the app’s details page, where you can choose to delete the app and all of its data or just offload the app from the iPhone temporarily.

  • “Offload App” removes the app from your phone but leaves all of its data behind. If you reinstall it later, the data will still be there and you can continue using it normally. This is a good option if you plan to use the app again later, and the app itself is very large but the data takes up very little space. A good example of this is Google Maps — the app is about 124MB, but its data is probably just a few megabytes.
  • “Delete App” deletes the app and all of its data. This is a good choice if the app’s data is much larger than the app itself, so there’s little advantage to deleting just the app — like Spotify, if you download a lot of music, or the Music app itself.
Deleting large unnecessary apps is the easiest way to free up storage space. 

How to optimize your iPhone photos

There are a couple of ways your iPhone can help you store photos more efficiently. First, if you have an iPhone 7 or later, you have the option to shoot all your photos in Apple’s new “High Efficiency” mode. Your image quality won’t be affected, but each photo takes significantly less space to store. This might be turned on already, but it bears double-checking.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “Camera,” and then tap “Formats.”

3. Make sure that the camera capture mode is set to “High Efficiency.”

In addition, you can tell your phone to store lower resolution versions of your images on the device itself, but to be sure to keep the original full-resolution images in iCloud. You can save a lot of space this way — potentially gigabytes — but if you share images directly from your phone, you’ll be sharing lower-res versions, so this is admittedly a bit of a compromise. If you want to turn it on, do this:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General,” and then tap “iPhone Storage.”

3. To the right of “Optimize Photos,” tap “Enable.”

There’s more. If you take a lot of photos in the iPhone’s HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, you might be unwittingly saving two copies of each photo — the improved HDR photo, and the unretouched original, which you probably don’t need.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “Camera.”

3. Turn off “Keep Normal Photo” by sliding the switch to the left.

How to delete music from your phone

If you store a lot of music on your iPhone, you can recover a lot of space by pruning your library.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General,” and then tap “iPhone Storage.”

3. Find the Music app in the list — if you have a large digital music library, there’s a good chance it’ll be at the top of the list — and tap it.

4. Swipe left and tap “Delete” on any artists that you want to remove from your phone, or you can tap the artists to delete specific albums or even individual tracks. You can see how much space all of these songs take, making it easier to choose. You can also tap “Edit” and remove multiple artists at once.

How to clear the cache, history, and cookies in Safari

Your iPhone contains two significant data caches: one for Safari and another for all of your other applications.

Clearing these caches can help free up space on your iPhone, as well as improve performance and speed by removing unused app data.

When you clear your iPhone’s Safari cache, it means all the files, images, passwords, and scripts from websites you’ve visited recently will be wiped.

To clear Safari’s cache:  

1. Open the Settings app and tap Safari

2. Scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data.

3. Your device will ask if you really want to clear Safari’s data. Confirm your choice.

Alternatively, you can clear just your cache but keep your history and cookies by opening this menu, tapping Advanced at the bottom, then Website Data, and finally Remove All Website Data.

Tap “Clear History and Website Data” to clear your Safari cache, history, and cookies.

How to clear your iPhone’s app cache

You must offload your iPhone apps in order to clear their cache. Offloading an app frees up storage space while retaining the app’s documents and data. Your data will be recovered when you reinstall the app.

1. Open the Settings app and tap General, then select iPhone Storage.

2. Wait for the page to load a list of all your apps. Once it’s generated the list, select the app you want to clear and tap Offload App.You can also delete the app if you don’t need it anymore, which will clear up even more space.

So now you know 5 ways to clear Iphone storeage to free up space for all your apps, photos and improve speed.

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