iPhone Storage Full? 5 Tricks to Free Up Space!
Do you own an iPhone that has run out of storage space? If you do, you’re not alone. My daughter has an iPhone 4 and she’s always complaining that she doesn’t have enough iPhone storage space.
If you’re finding yourself constantly frustrated with this dilemma, today I’m going to be sharing some tips with you that will help you to regain some of your limited storage space.
How to Manage iPhone Storage
- Get Your Videos Off of Your Phone: It’s no secret that people LOVE taking videos with their iPhones. The video quality on these little mobile phones is much better than the commonly used handheld camcorders of a few years ago. They are also much more convenient to use than dedicated camcorders which means that people tend to take more videos than they ever did before.
What many people don’t realize is that the advancements of HD videography comes at a significant cost. The cost is that recording in HD quality uses a ton of storage space. Using your iPhone to take a video of your son’s soccer game can result in a phone that runs out of storage space very soon.
Moving your HD videos from your phone’s internal storage to an external hard drive, your computer’s hard drive, or uploading them to the cloud will free up a lot of storage space while still giving you access to them.
- Transfer Your Photo’s From Your Phone: The same is true for photos. Being able to take very high quality photos with iPhones means that people are taking more photos than ever before. As the camera’s in these popular mobile devices have become better and better, a lot of people have put their expensive and bulky DSLR digital camera in the closet and they are using their iPhones almost exclusively for taking photos
You probably have several old photo albums of your children on your bookshelves. You don’t carry every photo that you’ve ever had developed with old fashioned cameras around all the time, so why do this with your digital photos?
- Ditch the Apps That You Don’t Use All the Time: There’s no question that the ability to use apps is one of the main benefits of having a smartphone in the first place. What many people don’t realize is that some apps use a lot of storage space.
Deleting apps that you don’t use all the time can free up a significant amount of space. An easy way to see what the biggest offenders are is to tap “Settings” > “General” > “Usage” > “Manage Storage”. This will show you how much space you have used, how much is still available, and the apps that are using up space on your phone. If you have a lot of apps installed, you’ll have to scroll down to see them all.
- Get Into the Habit of Doing Regular House Cleaning on Your Phone: Did you know that as you use your phone and the apps on your phone, data that you probably don’t even realize is being stored can be using a lot of space?
For example, each time you use your phone to visit a website, data is stored in what is called the “cache”. You really should get into the habit of clearing the cache on your phone on a regular basis if you’re constantly finding that your phone’s memory is full or nearly full.
- Narrow Down The Music That is Stored on Your Phone: Do you have hundreds, if not thousands, of songs stored on your phone? Do you really listen to them all or do you simply have them stored on your iPhone because you own them and you “might” be in the mood to listen to them someday? You might want to transfer the songs that you never find yourself listening to over to an external storage device such as your computer or a portable hard drive.
You don’t have to give up listening to music on your phone altogether. When you’re phone is connected to a Wi-Fi Internet connection, consider using an app like Spotify or Pandora to stream your favorite playlist directly to your phone.
What is “Other” on iPhone Storage
If you’ve ever connected your phone to iTunes on your computer, you might be wondering what this mysterious section that is labeled “other” might be. After all, how can you manage your iPhone storage if you don’t even know what this data is?
Well, according to a post on the Apple Support Communities website, the other section consists of miscellaneous data that gets stored on your phone in addition to the typical types of data that you might expect to see.
Some examples of this mysterious type of other data are things like game data, browser cache, safari’s reading list, notes, junk data from jailbreaking your device, mail messages, iTunes Backups, mail attachments, voice memos, call history, etc. Basically, anything that gets stored on your phone that doesn’t fit neatly into one of the common categories gets lumped in this “other” category.
I hope this article was helpful to you and that you now have some ideas on how you can free up storage space on your iPhone!