10 Free Ways to Free up Space on Your iPhone/iPad

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Myra Updated on Jun 12, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Running out of your iPhone or iPad storage because of various Apps, photos, downloaded music or video? Not only that, the system, user or browser cache also contribute to the full storage of your iPhone/iPad? And full storage causes your device to run sluggishly? No worry. This blog will increase the performance of your iPhone/iPad by introducing 10 methods to increase more storage on your device. Read on to get more details.

To effectively get more space on your iPhone or iPad, you need to check your current storage to know what is your biggest occupier on your device space and cope with it.

How to check your current storage on iPhone/iPad

1. Open "Settings" App and choose "General".

2. Go to "Storage & iCloud Usage" and you can view details of your storage. Then you could know what takes most of your space.

3. Of course, you can delete some occupier directly through clicking "Manage Storage" and going to "Storage Setting", but I recommend safer ways to get more storage for your iPhone/iPad instead of direct deletion according to different occupiers.

Free up space on iPhone - How to check storage on iPhone

Part 1: How to free up iPhone/iPad space by managing all content

Tip 1: Back up iPhone/iPad content for FREE with MobiMover Free

At the beginning, there is an effective way to free up your iDevice storage by managing all the content. As you may know, you can back up the content on your iPhone/iPad to PC and then delete it from your device to clear storage. The tool that can help you make it safely and quickly is called MobiMover. As a free iPhone data transfer tool, you can use MobiMover to easily back up your iPhone/iPad content to your PC, share files between iOS devices and sync content from PC to your device without any cost. The supported files are photos, videos, music, contacts, notes, calendars and more. With MobiMover, things like transferring data to iPhone 8 are just a piece of cake for you. The steps below will tell you how to back up your iPhone/iPad content via MobiMover.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer with a USB cable. Tap Trust on your device screen when a pop-up asks to trust this computer. Run EaseUS MobiMover and go to the main screen. 

MobiMover mainscreen

Step 2: Click the Folder icon or the computer icon to set the location for backing up iPhone data. Or you can directly click Next and let MobiMover save the backup files at a desktop folder. 

set the location for backing up iPhone data

Step 3: You can back up the whole iPhone/iPad data at one time. Or uncheck Select all and keep the categories you'd like to transfer.

data loading screen

Step 4: Click Transfer and MobiMover will start to back up your iPhone/iPad to the computer. When it's completed, you can click View to check the items. If the exported data is saved as a .html file on your computer, thus you need to open it with a browser to view the details.

back up iPhone data

Part 2: How to clear iPhone/iPad storage by managing photos

Photos always account for most of your iPhone/iPad storage. This part introduces four ways to free up your iPhone/iPad space by managing photos.

Tip 2: Get more storage on iPhone/iPad by backing up Camera Roll

The photos in camera roll always mean the good memory you don't want to delete. So a better way than deleting them directly is to back them up before the deletion. By doing so, you just change the place you put your photos without losing them. For the detailed steps, you can go to the blog post about how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer to learn how to make it.

Tip 3: Free up iPhone/iPad space with Dropbox or Google +

There is a way that enables you to back up your photos, which is to move your photos to Dropbox or Google +.

If you choose this way, all you need is to log in Dropbox or Google +. The "Auto Backup" option in Google + can backup your photos automatically under Wi-Fi connection or mobile network. Google + also support video backup.

Tip 4: Create more iPhone/iPad space by disabling photo stream

One of the reasons why photos are the biggest occupier of your iPhone/iPad could be that the Photo Stream on your device could sync photos automatically to iCloud devices under Wi-Fi connection, which causes more storage to be taken by repeated photos. Unless you intend to do so, you'd better disable Photo Stream to get more storage.

By this way, you need to:

1. Open "Settings" App.

2. Choose "Photos & Camera".

3. Turn off "My Photo Stream".

Free up space on iPhone/iPad - turn off photo stream

Tip 5: Increase space by saving HDR photos only on iPhone/iPad

Similarly, the photos taken might double the storage needed to store them by saving both HDR and non-HDR photos at the same time. You can solve this problem by saving HDR photos only.

By this way, you need to:

1.Open "Setting" App.

2.Choose "Photos & Camera".

3.Turn off the "Keep Normal Photo" option.

Free up space on iPhone/iPad - save HDR photos only

Part 3: How to clear iPhone/iPad storage by managing other files

For other kinds of the storage occupiers (including audio or video files, Apps, and browser cache/cookies), the tips below are about how to safely delete or clean them up. 

Tip 6: Optimize iPhone/iPad storage by deleting Songs

Everyone needs some music, that's why it's an another big occupier of iPhone/iPad storage. You possibly have a long list of songs and many of which you might no longer like. So getting rid of them to free up space on your iPhone/iPad is also a good choice. (You can also remove music albums from iPhone to manage your songs.)

If you want to remove a specific song, you need to:

1. Open the Music App on your device.

2. Find the local music list.

3. Choose the song you want to delete.

4.  Swipe right.

5. Tap on "Delete".

If you want to delete all the music, you need to:

1. Open "Settings" App and choose "General".

2. Click "Storage & iCloud Usages" and tap on "Manage Storage".

3. Find "Music" and click "edit" on the panel.

4. Select the unwanted songs.

5. Tap on "Delete".

Like to watch or listen to Podcasts to kill your time? Or receive a lot of Voicemails? They can take a portion of your iPhone/iPad space. The next tip is for freeing up your device storage by managing Podcast and Voicemails.

Tip 7: Free up space by deleting unnecessary Podcasts and voicemails

The storage taken by Podcast and Voicemail always gradually increases without gaining your notice. Sort them out and you can find they account for more space than you think. You can remove Podcast or Voicemails to get more space.

In addition to photos and audio or video files, Apps on your iPhone/iPad are active participants on occupying your iPhone/iPad space. Tip 7 presents you how to manage Apps to create more storage.

Tip 8: Increase space by managing Apps on iPhone/iPad

Out of curiosity or novelty, you download some Apps on your iPhone or iPad. After you tried them for several times, you rarely open them again. Or there are some Apps that were popular once, but out-of-date now, you seldom use them but still keep them on your device. It's OK if you want to keep old things. But when it comes to take a lot of storage on your iPhone/iPad and result in slow performance of your device, it's time to get rid of the rarely used App or just clear the cache/cookies created by these Apps.

If you want to remove Apps or clear cache/cookies, you need to:

1. Open "Settings" App and choose "General".

2. Click "Storage & iCloud Usages" and tap on "Manage Storage".

3. Choose the Apps.

4. You can choose to delete them directly or just clear cache/cookie generated by them.

Generally speaking, the cache/cookies created by the browser can also take a noticeable part of your storage. Tip 8 shows you how to clean up your iPhone/iPad Safari cache/cookies.

Tip 9: Get more space by cleaning up Safari cache/cookies

If you choose this way, you need to:

1. Tap on "Settings" App and choose "Safari".

2. Click "Clear History and Websites Data".

3. Tap on "Clear History and Data".

Free up space on iPhone/iPad - clear Safari cache

Any other occupiers of iPhone/iPad storage? Yes, iMessages could be one. The next tip teaches you how to free up iPhone/iPad space by getting rid of iMessages.

Tip 10: Create more space by removing unwanted iMessages

You frequently use iMessages because it enables you to sent text massage, images, and video under Wi-Fi connection. That's why it can contribute to a full iPhone/iPad storage. You can delete some of them (if not all) to create more space.
How to delete iMessages? Open "Messages" App, slide left on a thread to choose messages and then click "Delete".

I hope this blog can help you in one way or another. The usefulness of these tips varies from user to user. Find the ones that are most useful to you.