Your iPhone is full of junk you don’t need. And a recent class action lawsuit against Apple has brought to light that even if you buy a 16 GB iPhone, you can’t actually use all 16 GB of storage.
So let’s try to make the most of what you have. We have identified 10 simple ways you can manage and clear space on your iPhone:
1. Check your usage
First thing: Find out what’s taking up the most space on your phone. You may have some unexpected storage hogs.
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. Below, there’s a list of your apps ranked by how much space they’re using. (It will take a minute to load.)
2. Beware of apps’ internal downloads
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, the app takes up a ridiculous amount of space. I have about 800 songs downloaded, which takes up about 2 GB.
You can tap any app icon in Manage Storage to see the app size versus the downloads within it.
3. Delete those unused games
Many gaming apps are small, but there are some that can take up more than 1 GB of space because of 3-D graphics. Oregon Trail, for instance, uses 1.2 GB.
You may have some old games hidden on your phone that you’ve either finished or don’t play anymore. Angry Birds? 2048? Candy Crush? Go ahead and delete them. You can do that within Manage Storage by tapping on the app.
If you ever want to play them again, you can always redownload them from iTunes. But, yes, your score won’t return.
4. Remove old podcasts and videos
All those “Serial” podcasts … are you really going to listen to them again? All right, I wouldn’t judge you, but a 30-minute podcast can be 25 MB. So if you have a bunch of podcasts downloaded to your phone, those can really add up.
Apple’s Podcast app even sorts which ones you have played at the bottom of each list. Just swipe left on the individual podcast to delete.
Same thing goes with videos — an even larger space invader. Swipe left and tap delete within the Video app.
5. 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.
6. Use Google+ or Dropbox for storing photos
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