Make Space on your iPhone

Apple’s recent decision to release the new iPhone 6S & 6S Plus with a 16GB model left many disappointed, I know a lot of people that still buy the 16GB model and struggle with storage space.

This has inspired me to write an article with hints and tips on how to free up storage space on your iPhone.

Manage Photos

Many people fill their devices with thousands of photos, and most of those people don’t ever go back and delete unwanted or unnecessary photos.

The average iPhone size is roughly 2MB, and deleting 100 photos at 2MB would free up 200MB on your phone. Better still, removing 1000 photos at 2MB would clean up 2GB (12.5%) of space on your iPhone.

iPhone Photos

A lot of people still do not back up their photos, if you lost your iPhone tomorrow would you be able to recover all your photos and memories from a backup somewhere? If not you should seriously consider using iCloud to backup your photos or another cloud storage service.

Manage Music

Another large storage culprit is Music, if you have hundreds of songs and albums stored locally on your device then you need to sift through and remove any that are no longer appealing.

Also you could consider either upgrading to a higher capacity iPhone or subscribing to Apple Music and stream all your music from iCloud.

Manage Applications

Have you ever downloaded an application to use it once and then abandoned it or completed a game and not played it since? Good, delete it and you’ve saved yourself some more space.

In order to see what applications are taking up the most space on your iPhone you must go to Settings → General → Storage & iCloud Usage → Manage Storage. You will see a list of every application installed on the iPhone along with the space it is using.

iPhone Storage & Usage

After OTA iPhone Software Updates, you may also find ‘iOS X.X’ in the list, these are the files that have been downloaded to the iPhone in order to perform the update, they are safe to delete and generally save a lot of storage.

A good rule of thumb is to delete any application or game that you haven’t used in the last week or two weeks depending on your general usage.

Auto Delete Messages

Don’t panic, this isn’t going to delete your private messages from your girlfriend/boyfriend before you’ve had a chance to read them, but if you have had your phone quite a while then messages could be taking up a lot of space.

As you can see in the last image, the Messages application on my iPhone is already using 423 MB of space after just a couple of weeks, since iOS 8 there has been an option in Settings → Messages → Keep Messages that allows auto deleting of messages after 30 days or 1 year.

Messages Auto Delete

Delete Local Emails

If you have your email configured on your phone then it may be taking up a huge amount of space, I would recommend that you only store emails for a limited amount of time.

By going to Settings → Mail, Contacts, Calendars → ‘Mail Account’ → Mail Days to Sync and selecting a reasonable amount of time, I personally use 1 Month.

Email Storage Period

After that time, if you are using IMAP or Exchange, the emails are not deleted, they are simply stored on your email server and accessed through your data connection when requested.

Last Resort

If after all this your still have no storage left on your iPhone, you should definitely re-evaluate your iPhone usage and consider upgrading to a higher storage model, there is a HUGE storage increase between the 16GB and 64GB models.

You may also want to make a full back up of your phone and reset to start fresh.

I hope you enjoyed this article and I would love to know how much space you managed to save in the comments section below, please don’t hesitate to share via all the popular social sites and I look forward to seeing you again on peterfields.me.


Peter Fields

My name is Peter, I currently live in the UK but love to travel with my wife Claire. This blog is my journey through life with Technology.

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