How to free up space on iPhone and iPad

If your iPhone is running out of storage space and showing “Not Enough Storage” popup, below are the steps to free up storage space on iPhone and iPad.

Free up space on iPhone & iPad

Over time, the storage space on the iPhone fills up, which leads to performance issues and even the error message “Insufficient Storage Space” on your device.

Since your device has limited storage space, you won’t be able to install iOS updates, download apps, or take photos.

How to Check Storage Space on iPhone?

To check the current storage space on iPhone, go to settings > General > iPhone storage > On the next screen you will see the used and remaining storage space on your device.

Storage status on iPhone

If the remaining space on your device is less than 1.5 GB, you can follow the steps below to free up space on your device.

1. Delete Photos & Videos

The fastest way to free up space on iPhone or iPad is to delete duplicate and unwanted photos and videos from your device.

Open photos App > Tab in albums > Last > Tap on the next screen Choose Option is in the top right corner.

Select the photo option in the iPhone Photos app

Choose photos you want to delete and tap the recycle bin icon.

Manually delete photos on iPhone

After that, make sure you go albums > Recently deleted and delete all photos in that folder.

Recently deleted photos on iPhone

This should free up enough space on your device to accommodate a larger iOS update (1.2GB) and download apps, songs, and take new photos.

If you need to free up more storage space, you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac or Windows PC and delete all photos from your iPhone in bulk.

2. Offload/delete unused apps

You can free up a lot of iPhone storage space by deleting or swapping out apps that you don’t really need.

Go to Settings > General > iPhone storage > select the apartment you want to delete.

Apps listed on the iPhone storage screen

On the next screen you can select the option to delete or Download the app the app.

Download a specific app on iPhone

Likewise, you can repeat the above steps to offload or delete other unused apps from your device.

Note: The offload option removes the app while keeping its documents and data on your device.

3. Clear Safari history and cache

You can expect to free up iPhone space by clearing Safari history and cache. While that space isn’t huge, it adds up to space savings.

Go to settings > safari > scroll down and tap Clear history and website data Possibility.

Clear Safari History Website Data tab

Tap on the confirmation pop-up Clear history and data option to confirm.

4. Delete downloaded music

As a music lover, you may have hundreds of songs downloaded on your device. However, it’s likely that you’ll only be listening to a select few songs most of the time.

Therefore, you can easily free up some storage space by deleting unused music albums and songs from your device.

Go to settings > music > Downloaded Music > On the next screen you can either delete All songs or go through albums, artists or songs one by one and delete them from your device.

Delete music from iPhone

5. Save a version of photos

When you take photos, iPhone creates its own enhanced HDR version of the photos and stores both the original and HDR versions on your device.

To save storage space, you can set the iPhone to save only the HDR version of photos on your device by going to settings > camera and move the switch next to Keep normal photo option to OUT Position.

Don't keep normal photos on iPhone

Note: This option is only suitable if you are satisfied with the HDR version of photos created by the iPhone. The other option is to go through photos manually and decide which version to keep and which to delete.

6. Disable HDR photos

open that camera app > tap the HDR option in the top menu bar.

HDR mode icon in iPhone camera app

Then tap OUT Option to prevent iPhone from creating HDR photos.

7. Delete documents and data

Over time, app-related data accumulates on your device and ends up taking up a lot of storage space on your iPhone.

This app-related data is listed as “Documents and Data” on your iPhone and can be deleted to free up storage space on your device.

For the steps to delete documents and data on iPhone, refer to this article: How to Delete Documents and Data on iPhone and iPad.

8. Delete downloaded books

In general, books don’t take up much space, but they can add up if you keep downloading books to your device and forget to delete them.

If you have been downloading books for a while, you can follow the steps mentioned in this article: How to delete books from iPhone and iPad

9. Disable Shared Albums

With the Shared Albums feature on iPhone, you can create albums to share photos with other people and subscribe to other people’s shared albums.

However, you must be aware that participating in other people’s Photo Stream will cause other people’s photos to appear on your iPhone and eat up storage space.

Go to settings > photos > disable Shared Albums.

Disable Shared Albums on iPhone

10. Set messages to delete automatically

Over time, messages with all their attachments can take up a lot of storage space on your device.

To free up storage space, you can either delete old messages manually, or set your device to automatically delete messages after a certain amount of time.

Go to settings > Messages > scroll down tap keep messages. On the next screen, tap on either one 30 days or 1 year – Depending on how long you want to store messages on your device

Keep message setting on iPhone

Depending on your settings, messages older than the selected period will be automatically deleted from your device, along with their attachments.

11. Delete voicemail messages

If you get a lot of voicemails, you can free up some storage space by deleting old voicemails stored on your device.

open that phone app > tap the voicemail Tab is in the bottom menu.

Voicemail tab on iPhone

The next screen allows you to review and delete voicemail messages.


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