When it comes to internal storage, Apple has been quite stingy about it. Whether it’s an iPad, iPod or iPhone, internal storage has been a valuable commodity. When the company released the iPhone 6s back in the 2016, it only had 16GB. After installing apps and recording videos, it is easy for users to run out of available free storage. Thankfully, Apple has increased the amount of internal storage in its devices. Today, the most affordable iPhone has 64GB of internal storage. It’s certainly a welcome change to the day when we had 16GB or less from an iPhone. However, many users have discovered that even 64GB is barely enough for them. With all those 4k videos, high resolution photos and storage-hungry apps, you may soon find that there’s not even a gigabyte more available. If you think that a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB iPhone is a tad to expensive for you, there are a few tricks that can help you acquire more storage.
Clear up messages
You may not realize that there are many attached files in your Messages apps. If you regularly receive photos and large videos from friends, family and co-workers, they will quickly eat up available storage capacity. You could be surprised that attachments in Messages take up more than 15GB of your valuable internal storage. It’s an easy thing to do. Go to Settings> iPhone Storage>Messages. Look for “Review Large Attachments” and you will find out how much attachments take up internal storage. You can choose to delete each attachment manually, especially those that take up the most storage space. Alternatively, you can choose to delete messages after 30 days, so you won’t slowly lose available storage.
It is quite often that you install an app or game, but you barely ever use it again. Offloading apps is more convenient than removing them. When you offload an app in iPhone, you can reinstall them quickly again. Any associated data, documents and saves will remain after you reinstall the app or the game. It’s a great solution if you urgently need extra storage. Go to Settings> General> Storage. Look for “Offload Unused Apps” and enable it. This is a great method if you love installing apps and games, but you don’t want to lose the progress you’ve made.
Remove photos and videos permanently
After deleting photos and videos, iPhone still keeps them inside the device. You can still find them inside the Recently Deleted album and recover them. The iOS gives you 30 days, before the system permanently deletes these files. This feature is useful if you have mistakenly deleted certain files. However, if you take pictures and record videos frequently, you will run out internal storage quite fast. If you find that you still require more space after deleting photos and videos, you need to go to Photos apps. Choose albums, scroll down and look for Recently Deleted album. Open it. Look for the Select button at the right upper corner and choose “Delete All” to permanently remove unused media files from your iPhone.