It becomes quite annoying when your iPhone and iPad runs out of storage space and you can’t do things like install new apps, click more photos or upgrade to iOS 7, since the OTA requires at least 3.1GB of free storage space. But how can you free up space on your tech device when there’s so much to store on them?
Here are some tips on how to free up space on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
1. Check Your Storage Consumption
To know what needs to be deleted from your device is to get an idea of how much storage space is being consumed by each app on your device. This way, you can start off by deleting the ones which consume the most space or are not used much. Most device storage is taken up with music, photos and podcasts. To see a list of apps reverse sorted by storage consumption, open Settings and navigate to General > Usage and you should see the Storage section.
If you use an app everyday, but its Documents and Data size is too high, you can delete and re-install it so that all the cached data gets cleared. You can also delete games that occupy a large size, some upwards of 1GB, if you’ve completed or don’t play them.
2. Get Rid Of Those Unplayed Games and Apps
Although games are a fantastic time waster, they are also notorious space wasters! Whilst you are managing your storage, it may be best to start by deleting those gaming apps that you downloaded and played once whilst waiting for meeting or whilst stuck in traffic. If you haven’t played it for over a month it’s time to delete! If you use an app everyday, but its Documents and Data size is too high, you can delete and re-install it so that all the cached data gets cleared.
3. Clear Music
Selectively delete songs you don’t listen to, you can open the Music app, go to any song list view and swipe from right to left on any song. A delete button should appear, which, when tapped, should remove the song from your device. While you’re deleting your songs, you should also think of whether you can shift entirely to the cloud for your music. Apple has iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Radio built right into the iOS 7 Music app, and there are a number of other services like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio etc., that let you stream music.
4. Get Rid Of Old Podcasts
Speaking of podcasts, did you know that one 30-minute episode is 25MB? That may not seem a lot but if you have dozens or even hundreds of old podcasts that you have already listened to hanging around in your library they will start to add up. To delete old podcasts simply swipe left on the episode to delete it!
5. Use The Cloud To Store Photos
By having your photos be back up automatically to a cloud-based storage system like Google+ or Dropbox, you leave your photo library free to fill as much as you like. We recommend Google+ as they offer free, unlimited storage! To use this system you will need to download the Google+ app > Sign In or Up > Select Auto Back-Up.
6. Clear Photos and Videos
If you use the camera a lot, your Photos and Videos might end up consuming a lot of space, especially if you do not keep transferring them to your PC or Mac. To import your photos from your iPhone or iPad, you can use iPhoto on the Mac or Windows’ inbuilt Pictures and Video importer, and both these programs give you an option to delete photos from your iPhone once the import is done.
7. Erase Browsing Data Regularly
Just like on your computer or laptop, caches and cookies need to erased on your tablet and phone. To delete the browsing data in Safari for example, if that’s the browser you’re using, simply go to Manage Storage > Safari App > Website Data > Remove All Website Data to remove all that browsing history that’s stacked up. Ensure you do this regularly.
8. Delete Messages
iMessages, especially ones with photo and video attachments, can eat up a lot of space without immediately coming to your notice. You can delete iMessage threads that you know include a lot of photos by opening the Messages app and swiping from right to left. You can also individually delete each message by long tapping on a chat bubble, tapping more and then deleting unwanted messages.