Unlike Android phones, you can’t extend the storage capacity of Apple’s iPhone by slotting in a memory card. Instead, you’ll need to carefully manage your iPhone’s storage space and make use of services, such as iCloud, to ensure you’re not left squeezed for space on your iPhone.
Here are our top tips to free up iPhone storage space.
1. Check storage usage
Find out what’s using the most space on your iPhone. Tap 'Settings > General > Storage' and then tap 'Manage Storage'. You’ll see apps listed by how much storage they use. Tap an app to see more information including its Document and Data size.
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2. Delete unused apps
Remove apps that you don’t use. Even with apps you use everyday but whose Document and Data size is high, a quick delete and then reinstall will free up space by clearing all saved data.
To delete an app on your home screen, press and hold its icon until it starts jiggling, then tap the X sign and confirm deletion.
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3. Clean out your camera roll
Photos are one of the biggest culprits for hogging storage, so transfer them to your computer or other external storage and then delete them from your iPhone.
To delete multiple photos at once in the Photo app’s thumbnail view, tap 'Select'. Choose the items to delete; tap the trashcan icon and then tap 'Delete Photos'.
Turning off Photo Stream and not sharing other people’s Photo Streams will save space too. Open 'Settings', tap 'Photos & Camera' and deselect 'My Photo Stream' and 'iCloud Photo Sharing'.
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4. Use iCloud Photo Library
If you want access to all your photos on your iPhone, activate iCloud Photo Library (Settings > Photo & Camera) which uploads all your photos to Apple’s servers.
You can then configure iCloud Photo Library to show only low-resolution versions on your phone, which take up much less room.
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5. Stream your music
Subscribing to a streaming music service frees up lots of memory as there’s no need to store songs on your iPhone.
If you sign up to Apple’s iTunes Match (£21.99 a year) all the tracks you own, included those copied from CDs – are uploaded to the cloud. You can then download and listen to them on your iPhone whenever you want.
Other popular music streaming services worth investigating include Spotify and Pandora.
To delete stored songs in your iPhone’s Music app, swipe a track from right to left, then tap 'Remove'.
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6. Delete old messages
Texts and iMessages can hog storage space so delete old ones that you don’t need to keep.
To delete an entire conversation in the Messages app swipe from right to left, then tap 'Delete'. Alternatively, delete selected messages by tapping 'More'… and then the trashcan icon.
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7. Ditch iBooks
You can claw back storage by deleting iBooks that have been automatically downloaded to your iPhone – say because you’re reading them on your iPad.
Choose 'Delete This Copy', and then check 'Settings > iTunes & App Store' and stop 'Automatic Downloads of iBooks' when you buy them on other devices.
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