When you see your iPhone memory is running short on space, first thing you may want to do is to start deleting apps and offloading your videos and photos to free up space. No one wants to be forced to deal with photo storage or remove the apps they like to use. So, here are few of the ways to save up more space on your iPhone without having to take major steps.
Delete Old Texts
Your iPhone, by default, is set to store all the texts you receive or send forever. If you want to look up an old conversation that is around 15 months old, this step is very convenient. But if you need to save up storage, it is not that convenient. To keep your device from saving texts for life, go to Settings > Messages. Scroll down to go to Message History and tap on Keep Messages. From Forever, change it to 30 days or 1 year. It will ask whether you like to remove older messages, tap Delete on popup to proceed.
Avoid Saving Photos Twice
If you use Instagram or HDR mode a lot in your iPhone, you may have experienced that your device saves same photo twice automatically – the normal version and HDR version. If you use Instagram, it saves cropped, filtered version and normal version.
To stop doing this, go to Settings > Photos & Camera, and scroll down and uncheck the toggle “Keep Normal Photo”. In case of iPhone 7, you can disable a same toggle for portrait mode.
To keep iPhone from double saving photos, go to Instagram app, tap profile and tap on gear icon of Settings in upper right. Uncheck the toggle “Save Original Photos” in Settings.
Stop Photo Stream
In Photo Stream, the photos take up some space, though not original photos that must, as they are going to upload in your device in the form of device-optimized resolution. You may not need such kind of photos. They are usually only duplicate copies of photos that are saved already on the device.
To turn off the Photo Stream, go to Settings app and Photos & Camera and toggle Upload to My Photo Stream off. In your Photo Stream, the pictures will be removed from iPhone but they will stay on other devices for which you may have turned on Photo Stream. These photos will also be saved on iCloud account for one month from the day of uploading them.
Clear Cache in Your Browser
If you are using Safari browser all the time, your iPhone may store data and history that you really don’t need. To clear out browser Cache in Safari, go to Settings and tap Safari. Scroll down and select the option Clear History and Website Data. If you are using Google Chrome rather than Safari, go to Chrome app and tap three-dot in the top right. Next up, tap on History button at the bottom and select “Clear Browsing Data”. You can check Tech Rapidly to see more on Microsoft Windows and clearing cache.
Remove Downloaded Podcasts
Just like music, you might also have multiple podcasts downloaded to your device. Unlike music, it is not clear whether you will get back to the podcast to repeat listening. If you are using stock Podcasts app, you may simply remove your downloads. Go back to Settings app, tap on General and go to Storage & iCloud usage. Tap Podcasts on Manage Storage section. You cannot delete all together. Go down the list and swipe and remove the podcasts in every show.
Remove Downloaded Music
The albums and playlists you have downloaded over time may start to add up. While using Apple Music, you can find all the downloaded songs to remove them. Simply find Apple Music by going to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud and go to Manage Storage and select Apple Music. Delete individual songs by swiping them or on All Songs on the top to remove all.
It is a bit difficult in Spotify to track all your song downloads. First of all, open the app, select Your Library, and select view by Playlist or Album. Swipe down to go to Filter option and add downloads filter. It shows just the playlists and albums downloaded. Open playlists or albums and tap it to switch off the switch of toggle for Downloaded.
Delete Reading List
The offline reading list of Safari can take up all the space unnecessarily by saving the pages to read offline. To wipe out the offline reading list of Safari, simply go to “Settings” and tap on “General” and “Storage & iCloud Usage”. Swipe left over Offline Reading List and select Delete to remove cache. It won’t remove items on reading list. Open Safari > Reading list and swipe left on the individual items that need to be deleted.
It would take a while to complete all the suggestions above. Not everyone prefers doing it like that. That is reason why there are a bunch of third-party apps to free up space automatically, such as SafeWiper for iOS. All you need to do a just a few clicks. However, you should pay a few bucks for the convenience.