How to Free up Storage Space on Your iPhone or iPad
In today’s tutorial and guide, we’re going to be showing you how you can free up Storage Space on your iPhone or iPad. We think this information might be useful to you if you have an iPhone or iPad, or know someone who does. Follow us through this article carefully, maybe you will find the solution for your storage space problem.
If you are lacking space on your iPhone or iPad and you have already tried deleting a few videos, photos and apps. There are some other things you could do in order to free up some more space for you.
Things to do
Enable iCloud Photos
On the list of things you should do if you want to free up used storage space on your iPhone or iPad is to enable iCloud photos. ICloud photos uploads all your videos and pictures to iCloud and then deletes the old files from your phone’s storage. Whenever you want to, you can download the pictures and videos you uploaded to iCloud straight to your phone’s storage.
To enable iCloud photos on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings, in the “Photos” section, turn “iCloud Photos” on (for phones running iOS 12 and below, this is titled “iCloud Photo Library”). Then, ensure that “Optimize iPhone Storage” is checked (this is what will delete your old media files).
When you enable iCloud Photos or iCloud Photo Library (iOS 12 and below) it will deal with the majority of the storage capacity issues you have as long as there’s enough storage capacity on the iCloud Drive.
Optimize iCloud Music Library
If your Music app is at the top of the list in the Storage section, look at the Optimize Storage feature for iCloud Music Library, this reduces offline downloads from Apple Music down a few gigabytes.
If you want this set up, open Settings and go to the “Music” segment. Make sure “iCloud Music Library” is enabled and scroll down till you see “Optimize Storage” then tap it and toggle the feature from the next page.
In the Minimum Storage segment, choose the amount of music you want on your iPhone or iPad all the time. Selecting “None” will make Apple delete all your music if you’re low on space and other operations need it. You could choose either the 4, 8, 16, 32 GB option.
Automatically Offload Unused Apps
This is also a very good way of gaining back some storage space on your device.
If your iPhone or iPad is running on iOS 12 or above, you’ll find an “Offload Unused Apps” option just underneath the storage space graph in your iPhone/iPad Storage screen.
When you enable this, iOS will automatically delete the older apps using up space on your device. Tap any app to see the storage space breakdown between the app and app data (apps using more space will be shown at the top).
Then tap “Offload App” to offload only the app you tapped on (the app data will not be affected). If you tap “Delete App” on the other hand, both the app and app data will be removed.
At times app data take more space than the app itself. If that’s the case, open the app and delete the downloaded data to free some space.
The above guidelines will help you free up Storage Space on your iPhone or iPad if you’re low on storage capacity.
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