Not everyone wants to pay a premium to store stuff on their iPhone. Many people opt for the entry-level model with the lowest storage capacity figuring it will be enough. Unfortunately, this guesstimate is often incorrect. Instead of ample space, these iPhone owners scramble daily to find additional space for photos, messages, and more. Most people know how to delete pictures to liberate space. Read on to find out how you can dig even further to scrape up some extra storage.
Clear Safari Cache
If you browse the web on your iPhone, you may not realize how much space each site you visit takes up on your iPhone. Over time, Safari website data can occupy a surprising amount of storage. To free up this space. You need to go to Settings > Safari. Scroll to Clear History and Website Data and follow the prompts to confirm the removal. Next time you open the browser, you may be required to re-enter passwords, addresses, and other site-specific information.
Remove Messages Automatically
The Messages app can be a giant data hog. All the photos and videos people send you take up an incredible amount of space on your phone. The solution sounds simple -- just remove the messages, but It can be a huge pain to comb through your texts and pick which ones to delete and which ones to save. Let Apple do all the work for you by automatically cleaning your Messages inbox.
Open the Settings app and go to Messages. Then find the Messages History section. Here you will find the option to Keep Messages for a selected amount of time. You can choose between 30 days, one year, or forever. Chose 30 days to keep your Messages as streamlined as possible.
Most people delete an app when they stop using it, losing all the data that is deleted alongside the app. You don't have to take such a drastic approach to save space. Apple has the option to remove an app without removing its associated data. This ability to offload apps is great for apps and games that you often don't use. You can delete the app to save space without losing valuable information like your profile details or gamer scores.
To offload an app, you need to go to Settings > General and find the iPhone Storage entry. Scroll until you see the app section and select the app you want to offload. Select Offload app and then follow the steps to confirm you want to remove the app while preserving the personal data.
Delete and Reinstall Apps
Another way to save storage space is to delete the apps you use infrequently and reinstall them only when you need them. For example, I am planning a backpacking trip this summer and have a slew of hiking apps on my phone right now. Once my planning is done, I will delete these apps to free up space and keep them off my phone until I am ready to plan another trip.
Delete Downloaded Media
Remember when you downloaded YouTube videos for offline watching or songs on Spotify for listening to music without a data connection? Yeah, I forgot about those media files, too. Take it from someone who has made this mistake in the past. Don't start deleting precious photos or important messages without first looking at your media storage.
To find colossal media files, you need to open the Settings app and find General > iPhone Storage. The resulting list will make it easy to find the offending apps. Once you know which apps are hoarding offline media, you can choose what to do with the media. Within the Settings app, you can offload the app while saving the data or delete both the app and data in one fell swoop.
Not everyone wants such a drastic solution. If you still want to keep the app on your phone, you can exit the Settings app and open the app directly. You can then find the downloaded files and delete them individually.