iPhone Storage Full: How To Free Up Space On iPhone

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If you are reading this, your iPhone is probably running on low storage space, but you may not know how to free up space on your iPhone. We will help!

It's happened to us all, you open the camera app and it says that there is not enough storage to take photos. It’s inevitable. And the moment your device becomes full, you will be looking for ways to free up space.

In this guide, we'll show you how to free up space on your iPhone without deleting your apps or photos. Let's get started!

How To Free Up Space On iPhone Without Deleting Apps

The most obvious way to free up space on your iPhone is to delete unwanted apps and games. This is the easiest and most effective way to free up space on your iPhone because the majority of the apps take up a lot of room. But is there a way to keep your apps and free up storage at the same time? Yes, there is. And here is what you need to do:

  • First, turn on Optimise iPhone Storage option. To do that:
    • Go to Settings > Photos and make sure Optimise iPhone Storage is checked.
    • This will replace the full-resolution photos with smaller, device-sized versions. Full-resolution photos will be available on your iCloud though.
  • Then, optimise your Apple Music storage. here is how:
    • Go to Settings > Music and turn on Optimise Storage option.
    • This will automatically remove the songs that you haven't played in a while.
  • You might also want to disable the auto-download of music for the future. Go to Settings > Music and make sure the Automatic Downloads option is turned off.
  • Clear your Safari history, cache, and cookies. To do that, go to Settings > Safari, and tap Clear History and Website Data.
  • Next, alter your message settings to get rid of old messages. To do that:
    • Go to Settings > Messages and tap Keep Messages. Change it to 1 year.
    • This will delete all the text messages and attachments that are older than 1 year.
  • And of course, you can also delete songs, photos and videos on your phone.
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But, before you delete your photos and videos, it's recommended to take a backup on a Pendrive. SanDisk iXpand USB Flash Drive is specially designed to easily free up space on your iPhone or iPad. The iXpand Mobile App automatically back up your camera roll anytime the drive is connected.

The drive acts like an external storage media or a memory card and allows you to watch videos and photos directly from the drive. You can even shoot videos directly onto the iXpand Drive, saving valuable storage space on your iPhone or iPad.

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How To Free Up Space On iPhone Without Deleting Photos

As someone said: photos are a return ticket to the past. To the lovely moments, we have had with our family and friends. They’re a valuable part of our lives and we can’t afford to lose them.

Well, we can understand your predicament. So here is how to free up space on your iPhone without deleting all your precious memories.

  • The first step is to delete all the unwanted apps and games. To do that:
    • Go to Settings > General > iPhone
    • You will see apps sorted in the order of their memory usage. Delete the ones you don't need.
  • Also, enable Offload Unused Apps option. To enable:
    • Go to Settings > App Store and turn on and toggle on Offload unused Apps.
    • This will automatically remove unused apps but keep all their documents and data.
  • Next, turn on Optimise iPhone Storage option. To do that:
    • Go to Settings > Photos and make sure Optimise iPhone Storage is checked.
    • This will replace the full-resolution photos with smaller, device-sized versions. Full-resolution photos will be available on your iCloud though.
  • Then, optimise your Apple Music storage. Here is how:
    • Go to Settings > Music and turn on Optimise Storage option.
    • This will automatically remove the songs that you haven't played in a while.
  • You might also want to disable the auto-download of music for the future. Go to Settings > Music and make sure the Automatic Downloads option is turned off.
  • Clear your Safari history, cache, and cookies. To do that, go to Settings > Safari, and tap Clear History and Website Data.
  • And of course, you can also delete the songs that you have downloaded. You can always listen to it online.
  • Finally, alter your message settings to get rid of old messages. To do that:
    • Go to Settings > Messages and tap Keep Messages. Change it to 1 year.
    • This will delete all the text messages and attachments that are older than 1 year.
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How To Free Up Space On iPhone Without Deleting Anything

Every iPhone owner has probably experienced the feeling of running out of storage space. Whether it’s because of photos, apps, music, videos, or any combination thereof, you’re probably tired of having to delete files and data in order to make room for new ones.

But is there a way to free up space without deleting anything? The good news is that there is something you can try. But the bad news is that it will not be much effective. Here is what you can try: 

  • Start by turning on Optimise iPhone Storage option. To do that:
    • Go to Settings > Photos and make sure Optimise iPhone Storage is checked.
    • This will replace the full-resolution photos with smaller, device-sized versions. Full-resolution photos will be available on your iCloud though.
  • Clear your Safari history, cache, and cookies. To do that, go to Settings > Safari, and tap Clear History and Website Data.
  • Lastly, optimise your Apple Music storage. Here is how:
    • Go to Settings > Music and turn on Optimise Storage option.
    • This will automatically remove the songs that you haven't played in a while. But no worries - you can still listen to your favourite songs online.
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Apparently, your options are limited, but they’re worth a shot. This is the best you can do without deleting anything. You also have a third option: You can use SanDisk iXpand USB Flash Drive to store all your photos and videos.

With the iXpand Mobile App, you can watch your photos and videos seamlessly by just plugging in the drive. You will never feel like the photos and videos are gone from your phone. They're just a plug-in away. So, technically, you are not deleting your media.

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How To Clear “Other” Storage On Your iPhone

If you are losing a lot of storage space to “Other” on your iPhone, we will show you how to clear it. “Other” storage is a space that is reserved for caches, settings, saved messages, voice memos, and…well, any other miscellaneous data stored. 

In recent iOS versions, the Other category has been renamed System Data. The process of clearing the Other storage or System Data is pretty simple. Just clear your Safari cache, reduce your streaming, delete old iMessage & mail data and you will be fine.