Most Apple users could benefit from clearing the storage on their iPhone. Not only will this help to boost your device’s overall speed, but it can also provide you with extra space for photos and apps. In this informative guide, we take you through some of the best ways you can free up storage space on your iPhone and reveal exactly how it’s done.
How to Clear Storage on Your iPhone
Organise your photo library
Photos and videos can take up a huge chunk of your storage. Double check for any images that are blurred, duplicated or unwanted and delete them from your library. Don’t forget to permanently delete any content by opening the ‘Photos’ app, scrolling to ‘Recently Deleted’, then ‘Select All’, and tap ‘Delete All’.
You can even remove images you want to keep from your iPhone, if you upload them into your iCloud or Google Photos first. Alternatively, back up any important files onto a laptop or PC. Whichever way you choose, backing up allows you to access your catalogue of images without dealing with storage shortages.
Clear your browser cache
Over time, the cache in your Safari browser can take up a good deal of storage space. To clear your browser cache, go into your iPhone’s ‘Settings’, tap ‘Safari’, scroll scroll down and click ‘Clear History and Web Data’.
Clearing your browser cache is especially useful in protecting your personal information. If you’ve recently filled out any important files or documents on your iPhone, then clearing the browser cache is a secure way of ensuring no information is stored.
Clear app cache and other app data
While your apps themselves won’t usually consume too much space, the data collected in apps over a period of time, does. Data levels can vary from one app to another and will grow the more times you use them. Check which apps are using up most data by going into ‘Settings’, scrolling to ‘General’, and tapping ‘iPhone Storage’.
Discover which app is using up most of your storage, and then clear its cache. Open the app in question, locate it ‘Settings’, and tap ‘Clear Cache’ or ‘Reset Cache’. Each app will have its own unique way of clearing cache, so you may have to spend time trying to locate its settings.
If you’re struggling to find an app’s settings, try deleting and reinstalling the app. This will delete any temporary data it has accumulated.
Delete any attachments in messages or mail
Another way to free up storage space is removing any attachments you’ve received from a recipient on Mail, iMessage, or messaging apps such as WhatsApp. These attachments can quickly pile up, causing your iPhone’s storage space to diminish.
To quickly delete attachments in your emails, go into your iPhone’s Mail app and tap the filter icon in the bottom left-hand corner. Find ‘Filtered by’, and toggle on the option for ‘Only Mail with Attachments’, and tap ‘Done’. After that, in the top right-hand corner, click ‘Edit’ and select all the emails you’d like to remove.
Deleting attachments in your Messages is super-easy too. All you have to do is go to ‘Settings’, scroll and select ‘General’, and tap ‘iPhone Storage’. Next, scroll down and select ‘Messages’, where you’ll then see a list of all the previous GIFs, stickers, screenshots, and any addtional content you’ve sent and received from recipients.
In the top-right hand corner click ‘Edit’ and mark any of the attachments you’d like to delete. Once you’ve done that, tap the trash icon to permanently delete.
Remove Offline Content
Storage space can also be wasted on content you’ve downloaded in the past, to enable offline viewing or listening. Once again, you may have to browse each app until you can locate its ‘Settings’ and delete all downloads but finding them won’t take too long.
To delete previously downloaded films and TV shows in Netflix for instance, simply open the app and tap your profile icon in the top right-hand corner of your screen. Then tap, ‘App Settings’, select ‘Delete All Downloads’, and click ‘Delete’ to confirm.