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How to Free Up Space on iPhone in Every Way

Myra updated on Jul 22, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Why Do You Need to Free Up Storage on iPhone

When your iPhone storage gets full, it could be quite annoying since:

  • The notification saying "Storage Almost Full" will keep popping up on your iPhone
  • Your iPhone becomes slow and it takes a longer time to respond to your operations
  • You won't be able to save new photos, videos, and other types of content to your device

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Given that, it's necessary to free up space on iPhone, either for better device performance or user experience. But how to free up space on an iPhone?  Actually, there are many workable ways that you can apply to create more storage on your iPhone. Read on and follow the tips below to free up your iPhone space.

Before You Start, Check Your iPhone Storage Usage

It's easy to understand that if you want to find the most effective way to free up space on iPhone, you need to find out what takes most of your iPhone storage. Therefore, it's necessary to check your iPhone storage usage first.

To see what is using up space on your iPhone:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" on your iOS device.

Step 2. Tap "General" > "iPhone Storage" and then you will see the list of the apps on your device and how much space they have used.

How to check iPhone storage usage

How to Free Up Space on iPhone in Every Way

According to the actual usage of your iPhone storage space, you have the following tips to get more free space on your device.

Tip 1. Delete Unused Apps

You may find there are many apps that you downloaded before and are rarely used now. If so, why not remove them to get more free storage on your iPhone? After all, it's almost the easiest way to get storage on your iPhone.

To get rid of unused apps from your device, you can either delete the app or offload the app. The difference between them is:

"Offload App" will free up storage used by the app itself, but keeps its data. When you reinstall the app from the App Store, the data will be placed back, too. While "Delete App" will erase the app and its data.

Specify your needs and follow the corresponding option to clear up space on your iPhone.

To delete an app on iPhone (in iOS 13):

Step 1. Find the app you want to remove from the Home screen.

Step 2. Press and hold the app icon until the options appear.

Step 3. Choose "Delete App" and tap "Delete" in the prompt to remove unused apps from your iPhone.

How to delete apps on iPhone

There are five ways in total to delete apps on an iPhone. Refer to the related article for more workable methods if you want to.

To offload unused apps:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "General" > "iPhone Storage".

Step 2. Find and click the app you want to offload.

Step 3. Tap the "Offload App" option to delete the app from your device.

How to offload unused apps on iPhone

Tip 2. Delete App Data

If you followed the steps above to check your iPhone storage usage, you should see the apps that take up the most space on your device, be it Photos, Podcasts, WhatsApp, Music, or other programs. To clear space on your iPhone, you can either remove the app and its data (which is not recommended) or selectively delete some unwanted items within the app.

Whether you are going to delete the app entirely or just delete some items, you should make a backup of them, especially for your photos, videos, music, podcasts, and messages. Follow the guide on how to transfer files from iPhone to PC to make a backup of the data you are going to delete, and then follow either of the two options below to remove app data.

To delete an app and its data, follow the steps in Tip 1 to learn how to do it. While if you are looking to remove some of the app data, the steps vary depending on the app you want to remove data from. For example:

To delete photos from iPhone:

Step 1. Go to the "Photos" app.

Step 2. Switch to the "Albums" tab and select "All Photos".

Step 3. Select the photos you want to delete: 

  • Tap the items one by one to select the photos.
  • Or drag across the screen to select all the photos.

Step 4. After you select the images, tap the "Trash" icon.

Step 5. In the prompt, click "Delete [number] Items" to start deleting photos on your iPhone.

How to delete photos on iPhone to free up space on iPhone

To delete music from iPhone:

Step 1. Open the Music App and go to "Library".

Step 2. Select albums or songs you want to delete.

Step 3. Long-press the Song/Album until a menu appears.

Step 4. Tap "Delete from Library" (Delete the playlist from your library) or "Remove Downloads" (If you have downloaded the playlist to your iPhone) to delete your album or a single song. 

Step 4. Confirm your deletion by taping "Delete Album."

How to delete music on iPhone to get more space on iPhone

For more tips, refer to the guide on how to delete files on iPhone.

Tip 3. Manage iPhone Storage on PC

Supports: Photos, videos, music, ringtones, contacts, messages, podcasts, books, and more

The first two tips show you how to free up space on iPhone using the mobile device itself. Actually, you can gain better control over your iDevice content by managing iPhone storage on PC using free iPhone data transfer software, like EaseUS MobiMover.

EaseUS MobiMover is a versatile iOS content manager that allows you to:

  • Check your iPhone information from the PC
  • Access, view, and manage iPhone/iPad/iPod content from the computer
  • Transfer files between two iDevices or between an iDevice and a computer

Thus, you can not only manage your iPhone storage on PC with it but also transfer your iPhone files to the computer to make a backup before the deletion. 

For example, if you want to delete photos from your iPhone, you can transfer photos from iPhone to PC first and then follow the steps below to free up space on your iPhone.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer with a USB cable, open EaseUS MobiMover. Click "Content Management" and choose the category you want to delete files from. 

delete iPhone files - Step 1

Step 2. If you want to delete all files from your iPhone, click "Select All" and click "Delete". If you intend to remove specific items, click the items you want to get rid of and then tap "Delete".

delete iPhone files - Step 2

Step 3. After tapping the delete button, a new window will pop up asking for confirmation. Click "Yes" in the window to delete files on your iPhone.

delete iPhone files - Step 3

Tip 4. Enable Automatic Deletion of Messages

A single message or conversation won't take a lot of space. But a bulk of messages or conversations will. Luckily, iPhone offers a feature to automatically delete your iPhone messages. By setting your iPhone to keep messages for 30 days or 1 year, you can get your iPhone messages deleted automatically.

To delete messages on iPhone automatically:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "Messages".

Step 2. Click "Keep Messages" and choose "30 Days" or "1 Year".

Change message settings

Messages may carry important information. If you don't want to lose them all, learn how to download text messages from iPhone to computer.

Tip 4. Disable My Photo Stream (in older iOS)

If you turn on My Photo Stream, the photos and videos on your other iCloud devices will also be uploaded to your iPhone. Although they are not the original ones, they still take up a lot of space on your iOS device. Thus, it's also a good choice to free up your iPhone space by turning off My Photo Stream.

To disable My Photo Stream:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "Photos".

Step 2. Tap to turn off "My Photo Stream".

How to turn off My Photo Stream

Tip 5. Change Camera Settings

iPhone provides you with different resolutions to record videos. As you know, the higher the resolution is, the more storage the video will take. A minute of video with 720p HD at 30fps is about 40MB while the video in the same length with 4K at 60 fps resolution is about 400MB.

If you take videos often, it could be quite effective to save your iPhone space by reducing the quality of the videos you record.

To change camera settings on your iPhone:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" and scroll down to choose "Camera".

Step 2. Tap "Record Video" and select a relatively low but acceptable resolution.

How to change camera settings to free up space on iPhone

Tip 6. Reset iPhone (Not Recommended)

If you want to perform a thorough clean-up of your iPhone, you can reset your iPhone by erasing all your iPhone content and settings. Since a reset will remove almost everything on your device, it's quite useful to create more storage on your iPhone by doing so. Of course, it's also a great threat to your iPhone data.

To reset an iPhone:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset".

Step 2. Tap "Erase All Content and Settings".

Step 3. In the prompt, choose "Backup Then Erase" or "Erase Now".

How to reset iPhone to free up iPhone storage

These are the helpful tips to free up iPhone storage. Other workable tips include:

  • Disable "Keep Normal Photo" while Auto HDR is on
  • Turn off Burst Mode
  • Use third-party software to clean up your iPhone junk files and manage storage on your device
  • Clear cache of your browser

Knowledge Base: About the System and Other Storage on iPhone

If you scroll down on the iPhone Storage page, you will find that there are "System" storage and "Other" storage that use quite a large portion of your iPhone space. For your information:

The "System" storage indicates the system software, namely the operating system itself. More specifically, it includes all the system functions, system apps, and other system files. Thus, you can't and are not recommended to remove this part of storage on your iPhone.

The "Other" storage, however, means too much. This category includes all your cached data, logs, updates, and more. The "Other" storage can't be removed entirely, but you can reduce the size of it using some useful tips. For more details, refer to the guide on how to remove "Other" files from iPhone/iPad.

The Bottom Line

Now you know how to free up space on iPhone in different ways. Conclusively, removing the files taking up most of your iPhone storage is the most direct way to get storage on your iPhone. However, if these files are important to you, you should back them up first before the deletion.

Apply the ways to clear up space on your iPhone and enjoy a better performance of it.