The storage space available on an iPhone fills up quickly, very quickly. So, to get the most out of your smartphone, follow these 17 tips to free up memory on your iPhone. The storage space available on an iPhone disappears as fast as the good resolutions of the 1st day of the year, especially if these resolutions are to leave Facebook or to sort through its photos.
In this article, we share with you 17 tips to free up memory on your iPhone and to keep this storage space longer.
Erasing applications is simple, fast and efficient. This advice may seem obvious, yet it must be done. You can free up to 500 MB of space by removing a single app!
There are necessary programs on the phone that you downloaded a long time ago and that you no longer use (or even have never used).
To remove an app, tap its icon until it starts shaking (that means you’re in edit mode). Then, tap the cross that appears at the top left of the icon to remove it.
By default, each iPhone has a number of pre-installed applications, even if very few people (or just nobody) use them. Since the launch of iOS 10, it is possible to “delete” them.
In fact, these applications (Stock Exchange, Game Center …) are not really removed from your phone, but they no longer appear in your menu. The data associated with them, however, are removed, that’s already it.
Note that some apps like Safari or Messages cannot be deleted.
Not all applications are equal, especially in terms of space. To find the ones that take the most space on your iPhone, go to your Settings → , General → iPhone Storage.
All your applications will appear in order of magnitude. The app at the top of your list is the one you need to focus on, then the second and so on.
Be merciless. If a program that you do not use often takes 300 MB, delete it.
You can always re-download it if needed, even if it’s a paid application since it is automatically linked to your Apple ID.
Go back to Settings → General → iPhone Storage.
Next to the name of each application is an arrow. When you tap on it, you can see the space that the application takes alone and the space that the data stored on it takes.
For example, your Podcast application may seem heavy but you do not necessarily need to separate from it, just delete the old episodes you store on it.
As effective as erasing apps, delete SMS and MMS. In less than a minute, you can free 2 GB or more of space on your iPhone.
To delete multiple messages at once, go to Settings → Messages → Message History → Keep Messages. Choose how long you want to keep your messages, such as 30 days, and then delete the rest.
This trick can allow you to unlock up to 1 GB by magic, or almost.
Before you start, go to Settings → General → Information and note how much space you have left.
Then, go to the iTunes Store and make as if you were going to rent the heavier movie you can find, we recommend The Lord of the Rings: the two towers that weigh no less than 6.83 GB.
Once you have found the movie, double click on it. A pop-up will appear to inform you that you can not rent this movie because you do not have enough storage space. Close this window and return to your settings.
If this sleight of hand has worked you should see that you have more storage space. It does not work every time, but it’s worth a try. We do not know what exactly the phone is doing, probably caches and other small data (but nothing as important as your photos or contacts).
Photo allows you to access photos on all your devices, iPhone, iPad or Mac. This software is very convenient but, even if they are not in high resolution, these images take up space on your phone.
If you wish, you can disable Photo by going to Settings → Photos → Optimize Storage Space.
Alas, this means that photos taken with your iPhone will no longer be saved on your Photo application. You can always re-enable this option once you have freed up space on your phone.
Similarly, sharing your photos with other Photo Stream users (friends, family …) takes up storage space. Make sure the Sharing Photos tab is off.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode is used to obtain better quality pictures when there are strong brightness/shadow contrasts. In fact, the camera takes several photographs at once and then merges them.
By default, the iPhone saves the original photo, but it is useless and takes up space on your phone. To avoid this, go to Settings → Photos → and deselect download and keep the originals.
Besides applications and photos, one of the reasons you may lack storage space on your phone is music.
Now there are many streaming music services like Deezer or Spotify that save you from storing all your songs on your phone and save you valuable storage space.
You can also subscribe to iTunes Match for € 24.99 a year. iTunes Match lets you store your music (even imported CD songs) on iCloud and access it from any of your devices. You can simply download and erase the songs or albums you want to listen to, and avoid using too much space on your phone.
Do you really intend to read A hundred years of loneliness on your iPhone? If so perfect, otherwise delete it, and any iBooks you have already read and your store for no reason on your phone.
You can erase your iBooks from your phone and they will still be accessible on your other devices.
If you do not want to automatically sync the iBooks you buy on your iPad or MacBook, go to Settings → Books → Sync → uncheck In Progress.
Without realizing it, over the months, you can store many notes in your smartphone.
Delete older ones to free up space. Notes do not take a lot of space on an iPhone, but it’s still taken!
In the same vein, if you have your iPhone for some time, it is likely that you have old iMessages that have accumulated. Just by removing advertising messages that you may have received over the years you can free 150 MB.
Are you sure you want to keep each of your 250 photos? Probably not. Deleting photos one by one is a bit tedious but very beneficial. And then you do not have to do it all at once, just once in a while when you’re in transit.
If you use photo editing apps on your mobile phone, make sure they do not save photos automatically, and if so, delete them.
Avoiding burst mode is probably the best way to avoid having to erase photos by the dozen.
Alas, the burst mode will automatically start if you press a few seconds on your trigger. This function has pissed off more than one. For now, the best way to work around this problem is to use the volume control button rather than the screen to take your photos.
There are some slides where we advised you to disable Photo. Another option is to use it to save your photos and then delete them from your phone.
To do this, go to Settings → Photos → iCloud.
Now, when you are connected to Wi-Fi your photos are automatically saved (it can take a few minutes if you have 1000 photos to save at once).
When you want to recover the photos on your computer, open Photo Stream, wait a few moments while the folder refreshes, then right click on the photos you want to download and select Import.
There are many other Clouds to back up your photos like Dropbox or Google Drive.
Photostream is not the only way to save photos from your iPhone. There are many cloud-based storage services like Dropbox or Amazon Cloud Drive.
Sometimes you do not have time to erase data on your phone before taking a picture.
If when you open your Camera application a pop-up opens to tell you that you do not have enough space on your phone, try taking this picture with another application, Instagram for example.
Sometimes, photo applications still have some space when the main application no longer has space.
When you are in your settings, in the storage space, you can not get the details of the “Other” section. This is mostly filled with Safari bookmarks and other attachments.
If you want to empty this folder, go to Settings → General → Reset → Clear contents and settings.
Be careful, save the contents of your phone before doing this maneuver.
Then, restore the latest version of your iPhone. You get a few hundred MB more.
There are many ways to free up space on your iPhone but as we have seen, these are sometimes time-consuming. To go faster, there are applications like iMyFone Umate.
These applications scan your phone and tell you how much space you can free by deleting some temporary files, some unnecessary files or by saving your photos on a cloud, then removing them from your phone…
iMyFone Umate stands out because it offers you the ability to compress your photos on your iPhone after saving the original on your Mac or PC but costs around 20 €.