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40 easy ways to free up space on iPhone and iPad

If the memory on your iPhone or iPad is about to end, then this article is for you. In it you will learn helpful tips that will help you to return free space.

Regardless of how much storage on your device, you will sooner or later face the problem of lack of available space. Modern games, gigabytes of photos and videos, music manage so quickly to take away valuable gigabytes that very soon after buying the iOS device is already beginning to warn you about the lack of space. Therefore it is necessary to take urgent measures for General cleaning. This article lists 40 ways that will help you get your Android back.

Regularly restart your device

Rebooting the device once each day, you will not only achieve better performance but will give the ability of iOS to clear the system cache. Data is cached for streaming videos, music, viewing photos, working with apps.

Do a hard restart

The so-called a hard reset allows you to delete temporary and cached files. To perform a hard reboot, press and hold the power button and Home key until until you see the Apple logo.

Remove the unused games and apps

Do not store your device games and app that are used extremely rarely. The rejection of unwanted apps frees up a few gigabytes of memory.

Delete data in applications

Data stored in third-party programs also eat up memory device. Probably the most long-established of the files already are not useful, so they can be safely removed.

Delete the file with the firmware update

iOS automatically downloads the update over Wi-Fi. If you do not install an update immediately, you can free up several gigabytes by deleting the firmware file.

To disable automatic download of iOS updates in the memory device, go to Settings -> iTunes Store and App Store and turn off the switch at the point of Upgrade.

Update iOS via iTunes

Install new firmware version “on the air” requires extra space for temporary files. To avoid unpacking of additional files on the device to upgrade the version of iOS use iTunes on your computer.

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Delete voice mail

Do not abuse the memory of the old voice messages. To remove them, go to Phone -> call mailbox, select the message and click Delete.

Deleted messages remain in the appropriate folder. To clear them all, go to the Phone app -> Deleted messages and hit Clear all.

Delete iMessage attachments

Transmitted in messages files eventually begin to take up too much space. Open any dialog in the upper right corner, click read More. Tap and hold your finger on any file until a pop up menu, select “More”. Now check how many elements you want to delete and do it with a button with a picture of the basket.

Configure the message retention period to 30 days

In Settings -> Messages under the message, you can configure the retention period. In the vast majority of cases it will be useful to change this period for 1 year or 30 days, not to abuse the memory of the old dialogues and attachments.

The validity period of the audio and video messaging 2 minutes

In the section Settings -> Messages, select automatic deletion of sent and listened to audio and video messages after 2 minutes.

Delete old photos and videos

Go to the Photos app and select the items you want to delete and click the trash can icon. After that, the files will be moved to the Recently deleted folder, where you must confirm the deletion by clicking the Delete all button.

Disable photo stream

Disabling this option saves memory on your device. To disable it, go to Settings -> iCloud -> Photos and uncheck My photo stream.

Disable shared access to iCloud photos

This option allows you to create shared albums with other users. Photos from shared albums, you are subscribed, it will eat up free space in the repository, so disable in Settings -> iCloud -> switch public access to iCloud photos.

Turn off HDR copy

When you take pictures in HDR mode, the system automatically saves the original version of the image. Disable the storage of the original in Settings -> Photos and Camera switch to Keep the original.

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Use iCloud photo Library

ICloud photo library allows you to store photos and videos in their original resolution in iCloud storage, leaving in the memory optimized version. Enable media library in Settings -> Pictures & Camera and choose the option to Optimize storage on your iPhone. Depending on the number of files and the speed of your Internet connection the initial synchronization process may take several hours or days.

Delete the content in iBooks

Interactive books and books in iBooks can take up a lot of space, so the obvious solution is to remove unused objects. Click Edit, and then select a few books and confirm the deletion.

Delete the contents of the application Video

Your personal video, along with a long record favorite TV shows can take up a huge amount of memory. Click Edit and remove content using the “X”button.

Delete downloaded podcasts

First, turn on the option to automatically delete played podcasts in Settings -> Podcasts.

For previously loaded objects in the application, press the icon with three dots to the right of the downloaded podcast and select Delete download.

Use Apple Music

Service streaming music from Apple gives you full access to more than 30 million songs for a small monthly fee. With Apple Music eliminates the need to store mountains of music in the device memory. The cost of an individual subscription is 169 rubles, and a family of 6 devices — 269 rubles.

Delete cache Safari

To delete all data about visited web pages and information in the cache, go to Settings -> Safari -> Clear history and website data and confirm your action. The data will be cleared on all devices that are synced to your iCloud account.

Then go to Settings -> Storage and iCloud -> Manage, select Safari and then delete the Offline reading list using swipe or click the Edit button.

Delete the application cache

In Settings -> Storage and iCloud -> Manage you can see the size of each selected application and the size of stored files and data. Go through the settings of each application on the removal of cached files.

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Reinstall large apps

If the previous item failed to find a suitable way of clearing the cache, simply uninstall and re-install needed applications. This method helps in 100% of cases.

Delete the temporary files

IOS has a built in mechanism to cleanup applications, but it does not always work effectively. The author recommends to install the app and PhoneExpander to connect your computer to your iOS device.

In the app click on Clear temporary files, and wait until the program completes the data analysis and cleaning.

A few more tips on clearing memory:

  • Delete any unnecessary screenshots and unsuccessful shots in the Photo app.
  • Delete or move the computer panoramic images.
  • Delete or export the image from third party apps (like VSCO).
  • Disable system languages you don’t use in Settings -> General -> Language and region.
  • Remove unused third-party keyboard in Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboard.
  • Remove the unused text abbreviations in Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> text Replacement.
  • Maximum limit background activity of apps under Settings -> General -> Update content.
  • Delete unnecessary voice notes Recorder.
  • Select the recording format 1080p video instead of 4K in Settings -> Photos & Camera> Record video.
  • Sync the device with iTunes from time to time that the system gave the error logs and deleted them from the memory.
  • Turn off automatic downloads for music, apps and books in Settings -> iTunes Store and App Store.

Configure the device as a new device

Why not? Sometimes it brings great benefits. But before you start be sure to save a backup of your system and data to iTunes and iCloud.

To fully format the device, go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase all content and settings. Then set up your iPhone or iPad “as new” and install only those applications and transfer only the data that is needed for continuous use. If something goes wrong you can always restore the device from backup via iTunes.

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