How to get more from iPhone storage without spending a dime?

For many people iPhone has become a storage center for everything from photo libraries to collections of music, books, games and more. But it also means that you can easily run out of space. Even Apple increased IPhone default memory from 64GB to 128GB with iPhone 13this may not be enough for everyone.

The best way to save local storage is to invest in cloud storage service like Apple iCloud, google drive, Box or Dropbox to offload some of your files. But there are also some settings you can change to make sure you are getting the most out of your iPhone’s capacity. When iOS 16 starts up, your iPhone will also be able to detect duplicate photos, which should make it easier to keep your image library slim and organized.

See below to learn more about freeing up space on iPhone.

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First, check what is taking up the most space on your iPhone

To maximize your iPhone storage, you need to know what it takes Your device in the first place. Check what’s taking up your space to know where to start. Beginning Settingsobtain General and scroll down to IPhone storage. Select this option to see an overview of the file types and media taking up space on your iPhone. Apple it can also suggest how to free up space, such as viewing videos stored on your device as shown below.

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Check what’s eating up your iPhone’s memory in the settings menu.

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Make sure your iPhone optimizes photo storage

Pictures are among the biggest criminals when it comes to taking up space on your iPhone. But IPhone settings The menu includes an option that allows your device to save smaller photo files locally if your device is low on space instead of the original versions. These full-resolution photos and videos are stored in instead iCloudand you can download them as needed. To make sure this feature is turned on, start by opening it Settings app. Then scroll down to Pictures and make sure there is a blue check mark next to the button Optimize iPhone storage option.

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Make sure your iPhone is as efficient as possible when it comes to saving media files.

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Save photos and videos to the cloud service instead of your device

The best way to free up space your iPhone is to delete files that you don’t need to store on your device. But that doesn’t mean you need to shrink your photo library. Instead, try to store them in external cloud storage service like google photos, not on the device. It’s a quick way to free up a lot of space without having to part with old memories.

But before you delete anything, make sure the photos you want to save have been archived or moved to Google Photos. If your photos and videos have not been backed up to another service such as Google Photos, Dropbox, Box, or OneDrive, they will be permanently deleted before being deleted. This guide will walk you through the process of copying your entire iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos, but remember that the unlimited free storage option is no longer available.

You may be wondering why you need to use a separate cloud service if your photos are already stored in iCloud. This is because deleting photos from iPhone also deletes them from iCloud, so you’ll want to use a different service if you plan on deleting photos from your device.

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You can try saving your photos to a cloud storage app like Google Photos.

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Delete applications that you no longer use

Another great way to wipe your iPhone is getting rid of it apps you don’t use anymore. If you don’t know where to start, check which apps you haven’t used in a long time. Open yours iPhone Settings menu, tap General and go to IPhone storage. You will see a list of your apps along with the amount of space each app took and the last time it was used. Scroll down the list and try removing apps you haven’t used in a long time.

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Get rid of applications that you haven’t used for a long time. You can check when you last used a certain app in your iPhone’s settings menu.

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Offload apps you don’t use all the time

If you don’t want to completely remove the application, you can relieve him. Offload allows you to keep documents and data related to this app, so you can reinstall it at any time and quickly continue from where you left off. Go back to the list above by opening Settingspressing General and choosing IPhone storage. Tap any application in the list and select Offload the application. You can also set your own iPhone do it automatically by opening Settingstouching Application Store option and making sure that Offload unused applications the switch is on.

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You can offload apps you don’t use very often instead of deleting them.

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Automatically delete old messages

It’s not just pictures, movies and apps that may clog up iPhone memory. Get rid of the old one text messages can also be helpful. You can set your iPhone to automatically delete yours message story by opening Settingsselecting Messages and touching Save the news option under News history. From there, choose whether you want your iPhone to store text messages for 30 days, a year, or forever.

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Stop writing text messages endlessly by changing this setting on your iPhone.

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Delete videos and music from the app

You probably have videos and music stored offline in a lot of apps on your phone, and luckily there’s an easy way to find these files and delete them. Beginning Settingsto choose General and choose IPhone storage. Search for the app you downloaded offline content from, for example Netflix. You’ll then see information about the app’s memory such as its size and buttons for unloading or unloading it.

If you downloaded offline movies, you will also see a section for that content under the Delete App button. Place your finger on the downloaded video and slide it to the left side of the screen to remove it.

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There is an easy way to delete videos and music files saved in the app to free up space on your iPhone.

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Clear the web browser cache

You can always try to clean yours Web browser cache if you’re really looking for space, although deleting apps and media will make a much bigger difference. But doing it can get yours iPhone speeds up your web browsing a bit, so it’s worth a try if you’re low on space and experiencing slow browser performance. However, please note that this will log you out of the sites you have logged in to.

open Settingsto choose Safari and tap Clear history and website data.

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Clear Safari Cache to see performance gains and save some space.

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If you use Google Chrome, tap the three dots at the bottom of the screen, select History and tap Clear browsing data. You should see a check mark next to three categories: Browsing history, Cookies, site data and Cached images and files. If you only want to delete browsing data for a specific period of time, touch the button Time range option at the top of the screen before impact Clear browsing data on the bottom.

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You can also easily clear Google Chrome cache in the app.

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