Everyone has fallen victim to the dreaded pop-up ‘not enough storage’ alert on the iPhone – it’s breakdown inducing stuff.
There are many ways to fill up an iPhone that may mean you miss out on taking some cool photo because you are limited for space.
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Freeing up space on the iPhone is notoriously hard and Apple make it so, on Android phones you simply insert a larger memory chip but with an iPhone, there is no way of doing this.
However, there are some incredibly innovative hacks that can leave you with free space that you could never dream of.
Five iPhone Memory saving hacks
Stop saving all your messages
You haven’t manually saved every message you have ever received but do you want to?
When you turn on an iPhone for the first time it comes with certain default settings, and sometimes they are secretly the reason behind your memory saving problem.
So your message app on the iPhone which stores all the conversations you have with people over text message, as in SMS and imessage which is the Apple to Apple message system.
Your immediate conversations you obviously want to see, but messages from six months ago may be useless to you.
Imagine you probably have around two years of useless messages on your phone.
Enter the Settings app and scroll down to ‘messages’, then when you enter this menu scroll down to ‘message history’.
Here you have the option to keep your messages, forever which is what Apple’s default option is, or to only keep your messages for a limited time like 30 days or one year.
This means your phone deletes messages older than the time frame, constantly freeing up memory for you.
Change your WhatsApp settings
When you download WhatsApp the app has a default setting of saving all the media sent into a chat to your memory.
So you have the picture or video in your WhatsApp memory and again in your phone memory.
All you have to do is enter WhatsApp and click settings, then chats and then chose to not save media automatically to camera roll.
Also, check out how much memory a chat is costing you by clicking the chat name at the top of the conversation, and there you can decide to clear the chat’s media in order to free up memory on your phone.
Weed out the wasters
Visit the storage section of your iPhone where all your apps and the memory they occupy are listed.
Your apps take up the majority of space on your phone no matter what, as the app itself requires memory and then the data which the app holds occupies memory.
There are plenty of apps that automatically download to your phone that occupy way more space than they need to.
Each app will give you the breakdown of how much memory the app itself takes up and how much the data within the app takes up.
Here is where you might look out for the download music or videos in apps like Spotify, Netflix, music, podcasts etc.
If you have listened to an album to death you should clear it from your saved music.
You might be surprised at how much memory your messages and emails take up and may consider doing a cull.
Some apps take up memory and you don’t even use them – If only I had a pound for every fitness app I downloaded and then didn’t use.
Optimisation is key
You can optimise the storage of photos on your phone, okay you may want them there for a sneaky throwback Instagram, so let’s find a better way of storing them.
Basically, your phone can store them at a lower file size which means storing it at a lower resolution.
The higher resolution image will be stored on iCloud and whenever you go to look at the picture it will download from the cloud.
All you have to do is go to your settings and scroll down to the photos app, then you will see the option ‘Optimise iPhone Storage’ on the menu.
Clear your history
Don’t you wish you could do it in real life as well?
Go to your internet browser and clear your history, depending on how much you use the browser this may or may not be revolutionary to your device’s memory.
Enter settings on the iPhone, click on the browser and then choose clear cookies.
Don’t forget to clear other things like other browser’s history, maybe your Snapchat cache, which is a type of history for the app.
Enter the settings within the app and click clear cache.