Free up iPhone storage without deleting pictures.

Free up iPhone storage without deleting pictures.

Freeing up Storage on Your iPhone: Tips and Tricks

No matter how many memories you’ve captured or movies you’ve downloaded, dealing with full iPhone storage can be a major headache. It limits your ability to install software updates, download new apps, and even take a single photo or video. Plus, your phone is likely to crash more often. So, what can you do to create some breathing room on your device?

Sure, there are some obvious options like deleting files or spending money on cloud storage or a new phone with more storage. However, if these options don’t appeal to you, there are a couple of built-in iOS features that can help you free up significant storage on your iPhone without having to delete anything or spend a dime.

To optimize your iPhone storage, you can leverage two settings in iOS that can make a big difference. Let’s explore these settings in more detail to understand how they work and how they can help you reclaim some much-needed storage space on your iPhone.

Optimize Your iPhone Photos and Videos

It’s not always easy to let go of the photos and videos that reside in your camera roll. Whether it’s capturing precious memories or keeping funny meme screenshots, you might want to hold onto them. But fear not! You can still free up device storage while keeping your cherished files intact by optimizing the photos and videos already stored on your device.

By default, every photo and video you take is saved in full resolution on your device. If you’re shooting photos and videos in the highest possible resolution, they can consume a significant amount of space. For example, a minute of video shot in 4K at 60fps can take up around 400MB – nearly half a gigabyte. That’s quite substantial!

To optimize your media files, follow these steps: 1. Go to Settings > Photos. 2. Toggle on Optimize iPhone Storage (make sure the iCloud Photos setting above it is enabled).

The optimization process may take some time, depending on the number of photos and videos on your iPhone. Once it’s complete, you should notice a considerable increase in available storage on your device.

Here’s how it works: all your full-resolution photos and videos are transferred to your iCloud, while smaller, lower-resolution versions are retained on your device to minimize storage usage.

If you want to access the higher-resolution versions, you can simply go to the Photos app and download any file that’s being optimized. However, keep in mind that this requires a decent internet connection. Additionally, your most recently taken media may already exist in full resolution, eliminating the need to download every photo or video.

If you don’t have enough iCloud storage, upgrading your cloud storage plan is a more affordable option compared to getting a new phone. In the US, for example, you can upgrade to 50GB for only $1 per month. Other plans include 200GB for $3 per month and 2TB for $10 per month. Prices may vary depending on your country or region.

Here’s how you can upgrade your iCloud storage on your iPhone: 1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud. 2. Navigate to Manage Account Storage > Buy More Storage. 3. Choose a plan and follow the instructions.

By upgrading to any paid iCloud subscription, you’ll also gain access to iCloud+, which offers additional features like iCloud Private Relay and Hide My Email.

Offload Your Biggest Apps

Let’s face it – you don’t use every app on your iPhone. Many of them just take up space, like those airline apps or third-party camera and music production apps. Even if you only use them occasionally, you probably don’t need daily access to most of them. In such cases, offloading apps can be a smart move to free up storage while still retaining the ability to quickly reinstall them if needed.

Consider the scenario when you want to download and install the latest iOS update. Depending on the update’s magnitude, such as iOS 16, you might need reserves of just over 5GB for a successful installation. For smaller point updates, like iOS 16.1, you’ll need around 1GB. If you’re running out of storage space, quickly offloading apps can provide a middle ground between keeping and deleting them.

Here’s how to offload apps on your iPhone: 1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. 2. Check the apps that occupy the most storage. Note that certain built-in apps like Photos and Messages cannot be offloaded. 3. Tap on the app you want to offload, and then select Offload App. 4. Wait a moment, and the app should be removed from your device, while your documents and data associated with the app will remain intact.

In case you need temporary storage for a software download, offload as many apps as required. The space freed up for each app will vary, but you can see the amount next to App Size. Disregard the number next to Documents & Data, as that will remain on your device unless you delete the app entirely.

To restore offloaded apps, follow these steps: – If the offloaded app is in your App Library, tap the iCloud button to redownload it. – If the offloaded app is on your home screen, simply tap on it, and it will download as if it was never deleted. No need to sign in or go through any additional steps.

Now, armed with these iOS features, you can make the most of your iPhone’s storage without having to delete anything precious or break the bank. Keep in mind that these techniques will give you some breathing room, allowing you to install software updates, capture more photos and videos, and download additional apps. So, go ahead and optimize your iPhone storage today – you’ll thank yourself later!

*Images and screenshots have been excluded from this article.