5 ways to free up storage on your iPhone

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You've got the dreaded "Storage Almost Full" or "Not Enough Storage" notification on your iPhone, and you're wondering how to get rid of it, we've all been there. Before you buy new phone, take a seat because we're about to reveal 5 ways for getting storage space back on your iPhone.

What does it mean when Apple says ‘Storage Almost Full’ or ‘Not Enough Storage’?

You've undoubtedly noticed that your iPhone is starting to lag, your mailbox isn't syncing correctly, and you can't even take a single photo and the frustration is real! Firstly, let's take a look at what's taking up the majority of your space. 

Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage, this will show you a summary of the files and media that are taking up space on your iPhone, as well as give some helpful recommendations on how to clear up some space.

Here are 5 ways to free up space on your phone

Delete apps no longer being used

How many apps do you currently have on your phone that you haven't used in over a year? Deleting apps from your phone is a great method to clear up space.

You can find out which apps you hardly use by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Your iPhone will display a long list of how much space the app uses and when you last used it. So get rid of those apps you haven't used in over a year because let's be real, are you ever going to use them again?

Offloading apps

We understand that you've got to level 982 on Candy Crush, but if you delete the app and change your mind, you won't want to return to level 1! This is where Apple has created a brilliant way of avoiding this problem, which they call offloading.

This means you can 'offload' the app while keeping all of the data and documents so you can pick up where you left off when you reinstall it. Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Tap into App > Offload App is where you'll find it.

You can also set it to automatically offload apps after a specified period of time if they haven't been used. To do so, go to Settings > App store > Offload Unused Apps.

Deleting apps vs Offloading apps

Deleting AppsOffloading Apps
All Data Erased
YesNo
App Icon VisibleNoYes
Increases StorageYesYes
Preferences SavedNoYes
Reloading the AppReinstall from App StoreReinstall from App Store

Save photos and videos to the cloud

You may be put off with the idea of ‘the cloud’ but hear us out because we’re a big lover of the Cloud here at Swycha! This is one of the best ways to remove large files from your phone but still have them at your fingertips whenever you need them, all you’ll need is an internet connection to access them. The two big cloud contenders are The iCloud and Google Drive.

The iCloud and Google Drive are two big contenders, so you'll have to look into which one suits you best. When signing up to the iCloud you get 5GB of free storage for photos, videos, and files. You can upgrade your account to the iCloud+ if you need more space which will come a minimal monthly spend. One thing to consider before using the iCloud is that deleting from the iCloud will also erase from any devices connected to the same account.

Google Drive is a fantastic third-party solution that provides you with 15GB of free storage when you sign up! You can set up Google Drive to back up your photos, movies, files, and more automatically, but because it isn't synchronised to your device, you can delete whatever you want from your smartphone without affecting your data in your drive.

Delete watched or no longer used music, podcasts and videos from apps

How many movies have you downloaded from Netflix, or how many songs and podcasts have you downloaded from Spotify or Apple Music for offline listening? If you have a lot of video and music downloaded, it will take up a lot of space on your phone. Check each app on which you may have downloaded music or videos for offline viewing and delete any that you've already watched or listened to.

Clear that Cache

First and foremost, what is a cache? A cache is a designated storage place that collects temporary data to assist websites, browsers, and apps in retrieving data and loading pages faster.

 If you want to free up some space, go to Settings > Safari > Clear history or go to History > Clear browsing data if you're using Google Chrome. This may help slightly but photos, movies, and apps are the true storage hoarders, which is why we recommend starting there!

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