Five Ways to Free up Space on Your iPhone

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Your iPhone may be full of several different things that are taking up a lot of much-needed space. We will review how you can check out what is taking up space and how you can go through what is necessary, and what you can get rid of.

Check Your Usage

The first step to freeing space on your phone is to find out what is taking up the most storage. To look this up, go to “Settings,” then to “General,” “Usage,” and then “Manage Storage.” At the top, you’ll see how much space you’ve used and how much you have available. There is a list of your apps ranked by how much space they are using.

Delete Unused Games

Many gaming apps don’t take up a lot of space, but can gradually pile up and take up more than 1 GB of space because of 3-D graphics. If you have old games that are hidden and you don’t play anymore, then maybe it’s time to go ahead and delete them. You can do this within “Manage Storage” by tapping on the app. If you ever want to play these games again you can always re-download them from iTunes.

Set Messages to Auto-Expire

With the new iOS 8 update, you can now choose to automatically delete your old messages. If you don’t mind getting rid of old conversations then this is a faster way to clear some space without manually going through each thread and deleting them.  You can also adjust how long your video and audio messages are stored. Just go to “Settings,” “Messages,” and under “Keep Messages,” select either 30 days or how long you want to keep them.

Stop Using Photo Stream

Your iPhone’s Photo Stream automatically syncs your last one thousand photos across your iOS device. However, this means that you use about 1GB per every photo sync of 1,000 photos. Unless you want to share you photos from your iPad to your iPhone all the time, it’s best to turn it off and save some space.  To do this go to “Photo’s & Camera,” and turn off “My Photo Stream.”

Sign up for Streaming Music Service

Storing all of your songs on your device is one of the best ways to take up a lot of unnecessary space. With all of the streaming services available these days, such as Spotify, you can just download the albums you love and listen to at your leisure without worrying about space.  If you are still devoted to iTunes, just sign up for iTunes Match. For $25 a year you can have every track on your iTunes library accessible via the cloud. You can download any type of music directly to your phone by tapping the cloud icon next to it.

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