Never Delete a Photo Again: The Secret Tricks to Freeing Up Space on Your iPhone and iPad

7 resources to make cleaning very easy

Never Delete a Photo Again: The Secret Tricks to Freeing Up Space on Your iPhone and iPad
David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

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Keeping the iPhone and iPad clean and organized is essential for us to be able to store everything we need. Sometimes the available storage drops drastically, bringing the device closer to having to display the “Storage almost full” warning. Something, fortunately, that we can avoid very easily.

Before deciding to buy a new iPhone 14 yellow with more capacity, there are several resources we have to keep our devices empty of data we don’t need. From deleting apps to clearing some caches, there is a lot we can do.

First let’s check the available space

First of all, let’s talk about how much space we have available. This is something we can check by opening the Settings app and going to General > [iPhone/iPad] Storage. At the top, we will see a graph that, by color, will show us what is occupying more inside our iPhone or iPad.

Occupied space on the iPhone

In general, having occupied more than 75% of the available space is reason enough to consider doing some cleaning. Cleaning, in fact, that will not necessarily cause us to lose any information.

Let’s consider the apps we don’t use

Right on the screen where we are, at the bottom, there is a list of the applications that take up the most space. It will always be better to direct our attention to one of those at the top of the list, rather than 10 of those at the bottom. So, if we detect any app that we don’t use, we can simply tap it and then tap Delete app to reclaim the space.

And let’s also consider the information within them

Just as we have just eliminated the apps that we do not use, we can find in the list apps that we do use, but that are taking up more space than they should. Take for example the Twitter app. This accumulates a cache of items that we have seen so that, if we want to see them again, we do not have to download them again.

Space occupied by the Podcasts app

Deleting this cache does not mean that we are going to lose anything, but it does mean that we are going to recover a lot of space. Here the recommendation is – with a backup of any information we want to save – to delete the app and immediately re-download it from the App Store. Alternatively, talking about apps like Telegram or WhatsApp, for example, we can use their own cache and storage management tools to recover space on our iPhone or iPad.

The same applies to music. From the same information tab where we are, we can tap the Music app and then swipe left on any artist to delete the downloaded music.

Messages and Safari also occupy its size

The Messages app and Safari are two other applications that can take up more space than we might expect. In the Messages app, fixing this is as easy as opening the same application and deleting those conversations that we no longer need. Especially those that contain a lot of videos or photos. If we wish, in Settings > Messages > Keep messages we can choose 30 days or 1 year, so that Messages takes care of deleting conversations older than that period of time.

Automatic deletion settings of the Messages app

Safari, meanwhile, with its browser cache can also take up considerable space. Clearing the cache is as easy as going into Settings > Safari and tapping on Clear history and website data. Keep in mind, however, that we will have to log in again on the sites that require it.

It is always a good idea to update

Finally, it is always a good idea to keep your iPhone or iPad up to date. Updates are downloaded to the device, ready to be installed, which takes up its own space. Once installed, that space is freed up and we, in addition, enjoy more functionality and, above all, greater security.

Just as the list of nine essential iPhone Shortcuts, the list of recommendations could continue with that in Settings > Photos we activate Photos in iCloud, for example, so that our photos and videos are saved in the cloud and then check Optimize storage so that they do not occupy space on our device. And we could continue, but the truth is that, with the steps we have just seen, we can recover a lot of space easily and, in many cases, without giving up any data.

David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

Architect | Founder of | Apple Technologies Trainer | Writer at Softonic and iDoo_tech, formerly at Applesfera

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