7 Smart Tricks to Free Up Space On Your iPhone

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If you own an iPhone and you face disk space shortage, we have a very detailed guide for you to save some storage space and delete the unwanted files from your precious phone. You can start deleting apps and photos and videos to free up space or you can expand your storage. You can also try to trick your iPhone into freeing up some space.


1. Stop storing texts forever

By default, your iPhone keeps all of the text messages you send and receive… until the end of days. This is convenient if you need to look up a 15-month-old conversation; not so helpful if you need that storage space back. If you want to stop your phone from saving texts forever, open up the Settings app and tap Messages. Scroll down until you find Message History and tap Keep Messages. Change Forever to 30 Days or 1 Year. A pop-up will ask you if you want to delete older messages; tap Delete to proceed.

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2. Don’t double-save photos

If you use your iPhone’s HDR mode or Instagram a lot, you might have noticed that your phone automatically saves two photos: the HDR version and the normal version.

To stop double-saving HDR photos, open the Settings app and go to Photos & Camera. Scroll down to the bottom and untick the toggle next to Keep Normal Photo. If you have an iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll see a similar toggle for Portrait mode that you can also disable.

To stop double-saving Instagram photos, open the Instagram app, tap your profile tab and then tap the Settings (gear) icon in the upper right corner. Under Settings, untick the toggle next to Save Original Photos.

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3. Stop the Photo Stream

The photos in your Photo Stream take up space — They don’t take as much space as the original photos because they’re uploaded to your device at a “device-optimized resolution,” according to Apple. You might not need these photos since they’re probably just duplicates of photos that are already on your device.

To turn Photo Stream off, open the Settings app and go to Photos & Camera and toggle off Upload to My Photo Stream. The photos in your Photo Stream will be deleted from your iPhone, but they will remain on any other devices (such as your iPad or computer) for which you have Photo Stream turned on. They’ll also continue on your iCloud account for 30 days from the date they were uploaded.

4. Clear your browser cache

This is the most important one, If you use Safari, your iPhone may be storing web history and data which is completely useless and you won’t need it. To clear Safari’s browser cache, open up the Settings app and tap Safari. Scroll down and click Clear History and Website Data.

If you use Chrome instead of Safari, open up the Chrome app and tap the triple-dot button in the top right. Next, tap History and at the bottom of the screen tap Clear Browsing Data.

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5. Delete downloaded music

If you use Apple Music, it’s easy to find your downloaded songs to delete them. Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and find Apple Music on the list. You can swipe to delete individual songs or you can swipe on All Songs at the top to delete all.

Spotify makes it a little harder for you to find your downloads. You have to open the app, tap Your Library and then choose to view by Album or Playlist. Swipe down to reveal the Filter option and add the Downloads filter, which shows only the albums or playlists you have downloaded. Then open any albums or playlists listed and tap to turn off the toggle switch for Downloaded.

6. Delete downloaded podcasts

It’s highly unlikely you’ll return to a podcast for repeated listening like the music and you might have hoarding a lot of podcasts which you will never listen again. If you use the stock Podcasts app, it’s easy to delete your downloaded podcasts. Go to Bettings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and tap Podcasts. There’s no easy way of deleting all at once, so you’ll need to go down the list, and start deleting them one by one.

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7. Delete your reading list

Safari’s offline reading list can take up additional space saving web pages for you to read when you are out of internet range or for your offline reading. To clear Safari’s offline reading list, open up the Settings app and go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage. Under Storage, tap Manage Storage > Safari. Swipe left over the words Offline Reading List and tap Delete to clear the cache. Doing this will not delete specific items from your reading list: To do that, open the Safari app, go to your Reading List and swipe left over items you want to delete.

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