How to free up space on iphone

Is the storage full on your iOS device? Here's how to figure out what's taking up the most space on your iPhone and iPad so you can decide what to delete.

How to free up space on iphone

How much space is left on your iOS device? Do you hit a wall whenever you try to update your OS or download new apps? What’s the best way to move files you want to keep in order to free up space? And how can you make smart decisions about what to keep and what to delete? Follow these few simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to a less overloaded, more organized iPhone or iPad.

Check Your Total Usage

First, assess how much space you have. Go to Settings > General > [device] Storage. At the top, you’ll see a color-coded bar chart that outlines how much space certain categories of apps are taking up on your device.

You don’t need to understand these numbers deeply. To update iOS, you’ll want to have up to 6GB of free space. If you simply want to have enough free space so you can take new photos and install new apps without worrying about hitting an obstacle, give yourself at least 2GB of free space.

Note that when you add your available space and the used space, they won’t add up to the total size of your phone’s storage. That’s because it doesn’t factor in the space being used by the operating system.

Find Apps Taking Up the Most Space

If you continue to scroll down under Storage, you’ll see a list of all your apps, in order of how much space they consume.

Select any app, and a new page shows the usage in two parts: the amount of space the app itself uses (in light gray at the top) and the space used by the app’s data and documents. For example, the Podcasts app shown takes up 1.63GB total: 25.3MB for the app and 1.6GB for documents and data (that’s all those podcasts).

Sometimes, this information helps you see that it’s not the app that takes up space, but rather what you store in it. In this case, you can see that podcast episodes and photo-heavy Messages are taking up the bulk of the space on the device. In the case of podcasts, episodes can be quickly deleted from this menu by swiping left.

Target Apps You Don’t Use

Delete Them

On that device storage page, look for apps you don’t use.Tap them and select Delete App. Any purchased app is always available to re-download again at no extra charge from the App Store.

To delete apps from the home screen, place your finger on an app you want to delete and hold. Apps will start to wiggle and a small minus symbol appears on each icon. Tap it, and confirm to delete. To stop the wiggling, press the home button on devices that have it or tap Done on the top right for those that do not.

Offload Them

If you want to temporarily disable an app without deleting its settings, like when you have to free up space to install an iOS update, Apple lets you offload them. They’ll remain on your home screen, but you’ll need to tap to re-download to get back in. Find the app on the storage list, tap it, and select Offload App.

You can also set up the automatic removal of apps you don’t use often. Go to Settings > App Store > Offload Unused Apps and toggle it on.

Check Your Photo and Video Use

The Photos app often takes up a lot more space than people realize, so let’s deal with that app directly. Under Settings > General > [device] Storage, find Photos to see how much storage it’s using. If you have more than 1GB here, you should consider copying photos and videos to a cloud storage service so you can delete them from your device.

If you have a Google account, an easy option here is Google Photos. Download the app, sign in, and tap your account icon on the top right. Select Google Photos Settings > Back up & sync and toggle Back Up & Sync to on. Make sure Google Photos has access to Photos (Settings > Google Photos > Photos > All Photos) and then, every photo you take with your device will be automatically backed up to Google Photos when you’re online and accessible across your devices and on the web.

Google used to offer unlimited photo storage via Google Photos, but that deal is dead, so plan accordingly as photo and video uploads count against your Google account storage. If you’re a Prime member, Amazon Photos still offers unlimited uploads; here are a few more alternatives.

Once iPhone photos have been uploaded to your cloud service of choice, double- and triple-check that they’re there and then delete them from the Photos app. Google Photos will even delete them for you as they get uploaded, if you trust that option. Then navigate to Albums > Recently Deleted. Tap Select, and then at the bottom tap Delete All. If you skip that last step, you won’t free up any space for a month, as your iOS device hangs on to deleted photos for 30 days, just in case you change your mind.

You can also choose to keep lower-resolution photos on your phone while allowing the full-resolution ones to remain in iCloud. Go to Settings > Photos > Optimize iPhone Storage and make sure it has a checkmark next to it. (iCloud Photos needs to be enabled.)

Wade Out of the Stream

Photo Stream is a seamless way to share photos across iOS devices. Activate it on your Apple devices, and any time they are on the same Wi-Fi network, photos that were taken on one device, like your iPhone, will appear on the others, like your iPad.

It’s a handy feature, but Apple allows up to 25,000 My Photo Stream uploads per month, so it can eat up space. If storing your photos on one device is enough for you, turn Photo Stream off by going to Settings > Photos > My Photo Stream and toggle it off.

Remove Unwanted Music

Multimedia, such as audio tracks and videos, takes up a lot of space. There are two ways to delete audio files and videos in Apple’s own Music app/service.

From Settings

Go to Settings > General > [device] Storage > Music. At the bottom will be a summary of all the music stored on your phone. Delete albums or tracks you don’t listen to by swiping left. You can also use the Edit button to delete multiple tracks and albums in one shot.

As an iPhone user, there’s nothing worse than the dreaded “Storage Almost Full” notification that pops up on your phone at the most inconvenient time.

It usually appears when you’re in the middle of recording a video or when you’re trying to snap a quick photo: “Cannot Take Photo: There is not enough available storage to take a photo.”

And while many people are quick to delete their precious memories on the spot — without spending the time to back up their Camera Rolls, there’s an easier way.

Here are 7 tips to save space without deleting a single photo from your Camera Roll:

1. Attempt to rent a movie with a large file size

How to free up space on iphone

In April, a Reddit user gave iPhone users craving more storage space a tip that worked so well it went viral . To free up space, the user recommended logging onto the iTunes Store and attempting to rent a movie with a large file size, like “The Lord of the Rings,” for example. The film will be too big to download, which will then prompt a “not enough storage notification.” You select “OK” and then head to your Settings. Select General, then go to Storage & iCloud Usage and you’ll notice that you have more space.

2. Delete unused or unnecessary storage-eating apps

How to free up space on iphone

Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage

The easiest way to free up gigabytes of space on your iPhone is by deleting apps that you don’t use that take up a lot of room. When you navigate your way from Settings to the Manage Storage tab, it’s easy to identify which apps are taking up the most space. Start at the top and work your way down, removing any apps that you find unnecessary. And if you’re willing to part with social networking apps, start by deleting video-heavy ones that suck up your data (sorry Snapchat and YouTube).

3. Delete old text messages

How to free up space on iphone

Settings > Messages > Keep Messages > 30 Days

Do you really plan to scroll back through a years-worth of texts? If the answer is “no,” it’s time to reconfigure your Messages settings. Go to your Settings, select Messages and then reset your Keep Messages to 30 days. (Note: Once you select this option, all text messages older than 30 days will be deleted from your device.)

4. Stop using My Photo Stream

How to free up space on iphone

Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos, then turn off My Photo Stream

When iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream are enabled on your device your recent photos are added to the My Photo Stream album on your phone. The photos are stored for 30 days. If you don’t feel the need to sync photos to your iPad or computer from your iPhone, then it’s time to lose this feature. (Note: Before turning off My Photo Stream, you should save any photos that you’d like to keep.)

5. Don’t keep both photos when you enable HDR mode

How to free up space on iphone

Settings > Photos & Camera, then deselect Keep Normal Photo

The High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature of the iPhone works to balance the shadows and highlights of a photo to give you the best quality. So, there’s no reason to keep “normal,” lower quality photos along with high definition ones. A simple pro-tip: Turn off the Keep Normal Photo feature and stick with HDR photos. Go to Settings, Photos & Camera and deselect Keep Normal Photo. Saving two different versions of the same picture takes up space on your phone that may be preventing you from taking even more (high quality) photos.

6. Clear your browser’s cache

How to free up space on iphone

Settings > Safari (or whatever browser you use) > Clear History and Data

We’ve all heard the phrase before: “Clear your cache.” But what many people don’t realize is that suggestion can also be applied to your cell phone — not just your computer. Go to Settings, Safari (or another browser) and “Clear History and Website Data” to clear your cache. It may take websites a little bit longer to load on your browser, but it will free up valuable space on your phone. Our advice: The wait is worth it.

7. Turn off automatic app updates

How to free up space on iphone

Settings > Itunes & App Store > Updates, turn off

App updates drain your data and your battery, which is why it’s best to wait until you’re connected to Wi-Fi to do so. Also, this allows you to manually select which apps you want to update and when. Go to Settings, the iTunes & App Store and turn off Updates.

Is the storage full on your iOS device? Here's how to figure out what's taking up the most space on your iPhone and iPad so you can decide what to delete.

How to free up space on iphone

How much space is left on your iOS device? Do you hit a wall whenever you try to update your OS or download new apps? What’s the best way to move files you want to keep in order to free up space? And how can you make smart decisions about what to keep and what to delete? Follow these few simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to a less overloaded, more organized iPhone or iPad.

Check Your Total Usage

First, assess how much space you have. Go to Settings > General > [device] Storage. At the top, you’ll see a color-coded bar chart that outlines how much space certain categories of apps are taking up on your device.

You don’t need to understand these numbers deeply. To update iOS, you’ll want to have up to 6GB of free space. If you simply want to have enough free space so you can take new photos and install new apps without worrying about hitting an obstacle, give yourself at least 2GB of free space.

Note that when you add your available space and the used space, they won’t add up to the total size of your phone’s storage. That’s because it doesn’t factor in the space being used by the operating system.

Find Apps Taking Up the Most Space

If you continue to scroll down under Storage, you’ll see a list of all your apps, in order of how much space they consume.

Select any app, and a new page shows the usage in two parts: the amount of space the app itself uses (in light gray at the top) and the space used by the app’s data and documents. For example, the Podcasts app shown takes up 1.63GB total: 25.3MB for the app and 1.6GB for documents and data (that’s all those podcasts).

Sometimes, this information helps you see that it’s not the app that takes up space, but rather what you store in it. In this case, you can see that podcast episodes and photo-heavy Messages are taking up the bulk of the space on the device. In the case of podcasts, episodes can be quickly deleted from this menu by swiping left.

Target Apps You Don’t Use

Delete Them

On that device storage page, look for apps you don’t use.Tap them and select Delete App. Any purchased app is always available to re-download again at no extra charge from the App Store.

To delete apps from the home screen, place your finger on an app you want to delete and hold. Apps will start to wiggle and a small minus symbol appears on each icon. Tap it, and confirm to delete. To stop the wiggling, press the home button on devices that have it or tap Done on the top right for those that do not.

Offload Them

If you want to temporarily disable an app without deleting its settings, like when you have to free up space to install an iOS update, Apple lets you offload them. They’ll remain on your home screen, but you’ll need to tap to re-download to get back in. Find the app on the storage list, tap it, and select Offload App.

You can also set up the automatic removal of apps you don’t use often. Go to Settings > App Store > Offload Unused Apps and toggle it on.

Check Your Photo and Video Use

The Photos app often takes up a lot more space than people realize, so let’s deal with that app directly. Under Settings > General > [device] Storage, find Photos to see how much storage it’s using. If you have more than 1GB here, you should consider copying photos and videos to a cloud storage service so you can delete them from your device.

If you have a Google account, an easy option here is Google Photos. Download the app, sign in, and tap your account icon on the top right. Select Google Photos Settings > Back up & sync and toggle Back Up & Sync to on. Make sure Google Photos has access to Photos (Settings > Google Photos > Photos > All Photos) and then, every photo you take with your device will be automatically backed up to Google Photos when you’re online and accessible across your devices and on the web.

Google used to offer unlimited photo storage via Google Photos, but that deal is dead, so plan accordingly as photo and video uploads count against your Google account storage. If you’re a Prime member, Amazon Photos still offers unlimited uploads; here are a few more alternatives.

Once iPhone photos have been uploaded to your cloud service of choice, double- and triple-check that they’re there and then delete them from the Photos app. Google Photos will even delete them for you as they get uploaded, if you trust that option. Then navigate to Albums > Recently Deleted. Tap Select, and then at the bottom tap Delete All. If you skip that last step, you won’t free up any space for a month, as your iOS device hangs on to deleted photos for 30 days, just in case you change your mind.

You can also choose to keep lower-resolution photos on your phone while allowing the full-resolution ones to remain in iCloud. Go to Settings > Photos > Optimize iPhone Storage and make sure it has a checkmark next to it. (iCloud Photos needs to be enabled.)

Wade Out of the Stream

Photo Stream is a seamless way to share photos across iOS devices. Activate it on your Apple devices, and any time they are on the same Wi-Fi network, photos that were taken on one device, like your iPhone, will appear on the others, like your iPad.

It’s a handy feature, but Apple allows up to 25,000 My Photo Stream uploads per month, so it can eat up space. If storing your photos on one device is enough for you, turn Photo Stream off by going to Settings > Photos > My Photo Stream and toggle it off.

Remove Unwanted Music

Multimedia, such as audio tracks and videos, takes up a lot of space. There are two ways to delete audio files and videos in Apple’s own Music app/service.

From Settings

Go to Settings > General > [device] Storage > Music. At the bottom will be a summary of all the music stored on your phone. Delete albums or tracks you don’t listen to by swiping left. You can also use the Edit button to delete multiple tracks and albums in one shot.

Maybe you’ve taken one too many 4K videos, or maybe you’re worried you’ll get the notification as you update to the new iOS 15. Whether it’s a preventative measure or you desperately just need to be able to take photos again, here’s how you can free up more space on your iPhone.

How can I see what’s taking up space?

First, you’ll need to figure out where all those precious gigabytes on your iPhone are being used. Open the Settings app, tap General and then tap iPhone Storage.

You may see a grey bar at the top of your screen as your iPhone calculates how much storage you’re working with and how much each category of memory is taking up of your total storage space. Then, it will show you a color-coded breakdown. The dark grey bar is your system files which cannot be altered, and the light grey is other system files you also can’t delete— so don’t count on that space.

Your biggest culprits for memory hogs are most likely to be categorized as Apps and Media. Below the breakdown, it will show you what apps are using the most memory in descending order.

But if you still have a memory shortage after you’ve cleared out all the mobile games you’re done playing and the weird App Store downloads that weren’t as useful as you’d hoped, don’t fret. There is still more you can do to free up space on your iPhone.

How do I know where to start deleting?

On the iPhone Storage page, you’ll also notice recommendations for how to optimize your storage, which is arranged in order by the size of the apps on your iPhone.

When you tap on each app, it pulls up a screen displaying the app’s size, which is often less than a few hundred megabytes of data (though it’s not unusual for some mobile games and other apps to be up to a few gigabytes of data). This is often a great way to find apps that are taking up memory that you would like to delete. It’s easy to miss those that get tucked away inside forgotten folders. The size of any documents or data within apps are also displayed here.

What does “offloading apps” mean and should I turn that option on?

Under the iPhone Storage menu there is the option to offload unused apps. Turning this option on tracks which apps you use, and deletes those that you don’t open anymore. It’s an easy way to periodically save storage space on your iPhone, and takes some of the management out of your hands.

If you want to re-download the deleted apps, it’s as easy as tapping the app on your screen where they were last accessed. All settings and documents are saved and restored upon downloading it again.

How do I clear up space in Messages?

For many people, photos and videos are the biggest culprits when it comes to iPhone space-eaters. These big files can hide in large attachments sent and received through iMessages and SMS. Think of all the live photos and long videos that we all love to share. They can really fill up a phone.

You can get an organized view of these attachments in the iPhone Storage menu by tapping on the Messages app. There you can check which of your text threads are largest, and by periodically clearing that out, can seriously free up some space. You can also delete specific photos or videos to give yourself a bit of breathing room.

If you want a more nuclear, unforgiving option, scroll to Messages under the main Settings page. Find the Message History section and specify how long you’d like to “Keep Messages.” You can limit it all the way down to 30 days, and your phone will automatically delete any messages and attachments over a month old.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t help you with the pictures you keep in your Photos albums.

What’s the best way to get my Photos albums under control?

The easiest way to free up space in the Photos app is by uploading the photos to the cloud service of your choice and deleting them all in one go from your iPhone.

But that doesn’t help you clear your unwanted photos so much as move them. Plus, it will most likely cost a monthly fee.

Only you can decide which photos should stay or go, but an easy way to bring it down significantly for some is to clear out your Screenshots folder. If you’re screenshot-happy, it’s not unusual to have hundreds or thousands of these. They can really balloon over time. Whether it’s just mass-deleting these or scrolling through and deleting old screengrabs of no longer relevant text conversations or memes manually, it’s probably better to start clearing from here rather than actual photos you took with your iPhone.

Videos and live photos take up more space than regular photos, so those are ideal places to start when it comes to clearing space. If you feel like duplicate photos are a problem, you of course have the option of scrolling through and deleting the not-so-great shots manually, but there are also apps that can assist with that on the App Store.

There are several duplicate photo options online, some of which automatically remove screenshots, blurred photos and other clutter in a snap. But be aware that some of these apps charge for these functions, either for download or via in-app purchases— but that’s the price of convenience when it comes to avoiding the tedium of manually going through your duplicate photos.

How do I make sure I’m freeing up storage space from deleting photos?

It’s important to remember that in order to actually free up all the glorious space you just cleared in photos and videos, you’ll need to clear out the Recently Deleted album in the Photos app.

If you tap ‘Select’ in the top right corner of this album, you’ll be given the option to Delete All or Recover All items in the album. Otherwise, items are usually automatically deleted from this folder after 30 days.

Hopefully this advice allows you to clear up some space for more pictures and take away some of that storage anxiety.

Use these tips to free up storage space on your iOS device — and keep it free.

When you start running short on space on your iPhone , you can start deleting apps and offloading photos and videos to free up space or you can expand your storage . You can also try to trick your iPhone into freeing up some space .

Because no one likes to be forced to delete apps or deal with photo storage, let’s look at a few ways you can reclaim some space on your iPhone without taking such drastic measures.

1. Stop storing texts forever

By default, your iPhone stores all of the text messages you send and receive. forever. This is convenient if you need to look up a 15-month-old conversation; not so convenient if you need that storage space back. To stop your phone from saving texts forever, open up the Settings app and tap Messages. Scroll down until you find Message History and tap Keep Messages. Change Forever to 30 Days or 1 Year. A pop-up will ask you if you want to delete older messages; tap Delete to proceed.

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2. Don’t double-save photos

If you use your iPhone’s HDR mode or Instagram a lot, you’ve probably noticed that your phone automatically saves two photos: the HDR version and the normal version (or, in the case of Instagram, the filtered, cropped Instagram version and the normal version).

To stop double-saving HDR photos, open the Settings app and go to Photos & Camera. Scroll down to the bottom and untick the toggle next to Keep Normal Photo. If you have an iPhone 7 Plus , you’ll see a similar toggle for Portrait mode that you can also disable.

To stop double-saving Instagram photos, open the Instagram app, tap your profile tab and then tap the Settings (gear) icon in the upper right corner. Under Settings, untick the toggle next to Save Original Photos.

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3. Stop the Photo Stream

The photos in your Photo Stream take up space — though not as much as original photos, because they’re uploaded to your device at a “device-optimized resolution,” according to Apple. You probably don’t need these photos, since they’re probably just duplicates of photos that are already on your device.

To turn Photo Stream off, open the Settings app and go to Photos & Camera and toggle off Upload to My Photo Stream. The photos in your Photo Stream will be deleted from your iPhone, but they will remain on any other devices (such as your iPad or computer) for which you have Photo Stream turned on. They’ll also remain on your iCloud account for 30 days from the date they were uploaded.

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4. Clear your browser cache

If you use Safari all the time, your iPhone may be storing web history and data that you simply do not need. To clear Safari’s browser cache, open up the Settings app and tap Safari. Scroll down and click Clear History and Website Data.

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If you use Chrome instead of Safari, open up the Chrome app and tap the triple-dot button in the top right. Next, tap History and at the bottom of the screen tap Clear Browsing Data.

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5. Delete downloaded music

Those playlists and albums you downloaded to rock out on the subway can start to add up. If you use Apple Music, it’s easy to find your downloaded songs to delete them. Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and find Apple Music on the list. You can swipe to delete individual songs or you can swipe on All Songs at the top to delete all.

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Spotify makes it a little harder to track down your downloads. You will need to open the app, tap Your Library and then choose to view by Album or Playlist. Swipe down to reveal the Filter option and add the Downloads filter, which shows only the albums or playlists you have downloaded. Then open any albums or playlists listed and tap to turn off the toggle switch for Downloaded.

6. Delete downloaded podcasts

Similar to music, you might also have a number of podcasts downloaded to your iPhone. Unlike music, it’s doubtful you’ll return to a podcast for repeated listening. If you use the stock Podcasts app, it’s easy to delete your downloads. Head back to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and tap Podcasts. There’s no way to delete all at once, so you’ll need to go down the list, swiping to delete the podcasts for each show.

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7. Delete your reading list

Safari’s offline reading list can take up unnecessary space saving web pages for you to read when you have no internet connection. To clear Safari’s offline reading list, open up the Settings app and go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage. Under Storage, tap Manage Storage > Safari. Swipe left over the words Offline Reading List and tap Delete to clear the cache. Doing this will not delete individual items from your reading list: To do that, open the Safari app, go to your Reading List and swipe left over items you want to delete.

How to free up space on iphone

The next time you upgrade your iPhone, you may never have to worry about running out of space again, thanks to the gargantuan capacities available in new models.

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How to find out how much space you have left on an iPhone

The first thing you need to do is determine exactly how much space you have left.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General,” and then tap “iPhone Storage.”

3. You may need to wait a few moments, but you should see a graph at the top of the screen displaying how much free space you have and what’s using up your memory (media files, apps, photos, and so on).

How to delete non-essential apps and data that are taking up space on your iPhone

Under the iPhone storage graph, you should see all your apps listed in order from largest to smallest. What you’re seeing isn’t just the size of the app itself, but also how much space its data takes up as well.

This varies greatly from app to app; the Music app is only about 20MB by itself, for example, but if you have a lot of songs on your phone, this app could be taking up many gigabytes of space.

To check, tap on an app in the list on the iPhone Storage page. You’ll see the app’s details page, where you can choose to delete the app and all of its data or just offload the app from the iPhone temporarily.

  • “Offload App” removes the app from your phone but leaves all of its data behind. If you reinstall it later, the data will still be there and you can continue using it normally. This is a good option if you plan to use the app again later, and the app itself is very large but the data takes up very little space. A good example of this is Google Maps — the app is about 124MB, but its data is probably just a few megabytes.
  • “Delete App” deletes the app and all of its data. This is a good choice if the app’s data is much larger than the app itself, so there’s little advantage to deleting just the app — like Spotify, if you download a lot of music, or the Music app itself.

How to optimize your iPhone photos

There are a couple of ways your iPhone can help you store photos more efficiently. First, if you have an iPhone 7 or later, you have the option to shoot all your photos in Apple’s new “High Efficiency” mode. Your image quality won’t be affected, but each photo takes significantly less space to store. This might be turned on already, but it bears double-checking.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “Camera,” and then tap “Formats.”

3. Make sure that the camera capture mode is set to “High Efficiency.”

In addition, you can tell your phone to store lower resolution versions of your images on the device itself, but to be sure to keep the original full-resolution images in iCloud. You can save a lot of space this way — potentially gigabytes — but if you share images directly from your phone, you’ll be sharing lower-res versions, so this is admittedly a bit of a compromise. If you want to turn it on, do this:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General,” and then tap “iPhone Storage.”

3. To the right of “Optimize Photos,” tap “Enable.”

There’s more. If you take a lot of photos in the iPhone’s HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, you might be unwittingly saving two copies of each photo — the improved HDR photo, and the unretouched original, which you probably don’t need.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “Camera.”

3. Turn off “Keep Normal Photo” by sliding the switch to the left.

How to delete music from your phone

If you store a lot of music on your iPhone, you can recover a lot of space by pruning your library.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General,” and then tap “iPhone Storage.”

3. Find the Music app in the list — if you have a large digital music library, there’s a good chance it’ll be at the top of the list — and tap it.

4. Swipe left and tap “Delete” on any artists that you want to remove from your phone, or you can tap the artists to delete specific albums or even individual tracks. You can see how much space all of these songs take, making it easier to choose. You can also tap “Edit” and remove multiple artists at once.

Note that this only removes tracks from the Music app. If you download tracks in other music apps, like Spotify, you need to open that app and “turn off” the downloaded tracks from there.

How to clear Safari’s cache

Your web browser’s cache could be taking up a lot of space — all those temporary internet files add up. If you clear your cache, be warned that you’ll be logged out of any websites you are signed into, and all your cookies will be deleted. But this can save you dozens of megabytes.

How to delete old messages in Messages

Messages generally won’t take up a lot of space unless you have a lot of texts with images attached. But if every megabyte counts, you can manually delete messages or entire conversations. And you can change your iPhone’s settings to automatically delete older texts after a month or a year.

If you need to clear storage space in your account, you can do it through Google One. Use the Storage Manager in the Google One app or on the website to preview and delete large Photos and Drive files. You can also discard or permanently delete items in Photos, Gmail, and Drive from Google One web. Learn the difference between discarded and deleted files.

Manage storage on your device

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google One app .
  2. At the bottom, tap Storage.
  3. Under “Get your space back,” tap Free up account storage.
  4. Under the category you want to manage, tap Review and free.
  5. Select the files you want to remove.
    • To sort files, at the top right, tap Sort . You can’t sort some categories.
    • To preview files before you delete them, tap the photos, videos, and certain emails.
  6. After you select your files, at the top, tap Delete .
  7. To confirm, tap Permanently delete.

Issues with your storage space

By default, family members can use any amount of the available storage. If a member uses too much storage, ask them to clear some of their storage.

If you don’t want to share your storage with your family, learn how to stop sharing Google One.

Tip: If you change your storage limit, it can take up to 24 hours for the changes to apply to your account.

A Google One membership replaces your current storage plan. The storage from your Google One membership becomes your new storage limit and isn’t added on top of your existing storage.

If you got storage as part of a promotion, you keep the extra storage.

Not all files count against your storage space. For example, emails in your Gmail’s Trash don’t take up storage, but files in your Drive’s Trash do.

If you change your storage limit, it can take up to 24 hours for the changes to apply to your account. In these 24 hours, messages you send or receive through Gmail can be affected. Try these troubleshooting steps:

  1. Sign out of your Google Account, then sign back in.
  2. Send a test email to yourself.
  3. If that doesn’t work:
    • Open an incognito window and log into your Gmail account. Then, try to send an email.
    • Use a different browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox to open your Google Account. Try to send an email.

If you still can’t send messages, wait 24 hours and try again.

All your files stay safe, but you can’t store anything new. For example:

Gmail

You can’t send or receive messages. Messages sent to you are returned to the sender.

Important: As of June 1, 2021, if you remain inactive or go over your storage quota for 2 years or longer, all of your emails may be deleted.

Google Drive

You can’t sync or upload new files. You can’t create new files in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard. Until you reduce the amount of storage you use, neither you nor anyone else can edit or copy your affected files. Syncs stop between your computer’s Google Drive folder and My Drive.

Important: As of June 1, 2021, if you remain inactive or go over your storage quota for 2 years or longer, all of your emails may be deleted.

Google Photos

You can’t back up any photos or videos. If you want to add any more photos and videos, you can free up Google storage space or buy more Google storage.

Important: As of June 1, 2021, if you remain inactive or go over your storage quota for 2 years or longer, all of your emails may be deleted.

If you use the Google One website or another device to sign up for a plan, but you don’t buy a plan via the App Store:

  • You can download the Google One app onto your Apple device.
  • You can’t change your Google One plan on your iPhone or iPad.

If you want to adjust your account and manage your membership via the app, you must buy a plan with an Apple subscription.

Apple’s new iOS 15 feature gives your temporary iCloud space to transfer all the stuff from one iPhone to another for free.

How to free up space on iphone

With iOS 15, you can use free temporary iCloud storage to back up your old iPhone and transfer it to your new one.

Did you just buy a new iPhone 13, 13 Mini , 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max or maybe one of Apple’s older phones like the iPhone 12 , iPhone 11 or iPhone SE ? No matter the model, you’ll need to move all of your messages, photos, videos and music to your new phone. With iOS 15 , Apple updated the way to transfer your stuff from one iPhone to another. If you haven’t downloaded the new OS yet, here’s everything you need to know and how to install it .

There are three ways to transfer stuff from your old iPhone to a new one . If you’re running MacOS Catalina or newer, you can plug your iPhone into your Mac with a charging cable and use Finder. This is fast, but you need a Mac and enough space on it for the backup file.

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You can also use Apple’s direct data migration tool that copies your old phone onto your new one without using a computer or iCloud. The downside to this process is that you won’t be able to use either phone until the transfer process is complete, which can take an hour or more to finish.

Then there’s using iCloud to do the transfer. The upside to this process is that you don’t need to be tied to a computer and you’ll have access to your old phone while the new one is downloading your backup file. The downside is that you need enough storage on your iCloud account to fit the backup file. If you’re on Apple’s free 5GB iCloud tier, that probably won’t be enough.

You could pay Apple a couple of bucks a month for more storage . But if you’d rather not, you can use iOS 15 to borrow some iCloud storage for free to back up your old iPhone. Here’s how you do it.

Use iOS 15 to borrow more iCloud storage for free

First, upgrade your old iPhone to iOS 15 . This will work on the iPhone 6S ($210 at eBay) or newer. Depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi network it can take awhile to download and install. It took me about 20 minutes.

After the update is complete, go to Settings, General and tap on the new option: Transfer or Reset iPhone. A new page will appear. Under the Prepare for New iPhone section, tap Get Started.

A pop-up window called Extra iCloud to Move Apps and Data will appear. Read it over and when you’re ready hit the Continue button. You might see an iCloud Backup is Turned Off message. If you do, tap Turn On Backup to Transfer. This didn’t pop-up for me.

Next, the Move Data for All Your Apps screen will appear. Read it over. There’s a list of apps that are not syncing their data with iCloud. Tap the Move All App Data with iCloud button. Another screen pops up explaining what you can do with your old iPhone. Read it over, or not. Then hit the blue Done button.

Your old iPhone will start backing up to iCloud. If you look on the main page in Settings, you’ll see a new section that says, “iCloud Backup in Progress.” Once the backup is complete, that new section in Settings will read, “Ready for your new iPhone.”

How to free up space on iphone

The backup you make using temporary iCloud storage is good for 21 days.

Extend your temporary iCloud backup for 21 more days

You can start this process up to 21 days in advance of buying a new iPhone. Just remember that any new texts, iMessages, photos or videos won’t be in that backup. If your new iPhone doesn’t arrive within 21 days, you can get an additional 21 days to restore your temporary backup before it’s deleted by opening Settings and tapping Keep My Backup Longer.

When your new iPhone arrives, whether it’s an iPhone 13 or older, power it on and follow the prompts completing tasks like entering a passcode, setting up Face ID and agreeing to Apple’s terms and conditions. Eventually, you’ll end up on a screen offering you different ways to transfer your data, Select Restore from iCloud. Then sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID and password as your old iPhone.

If you're running out of room on your Apple Watch, get rid of specific apps and content you no longer need. Here's how to free up space from the Watch app and the device.

How to free up space on iphone

Unlike your iPhone or iPad, your Apple Watch doesn’t have a lot of space for apps, music, podcasts, and all the other content you might try to store on it. The amount of storage varies by watch version. The Series 6, 5, and SE offer 32GB of space, but there’s only 16GB on the Series 4, 16BG for the Series 3 GPS + Cellular model, and just 8GB for the Series 3 GPS model.

Depending on your watch and how much content you download or sync, you could easily run low on space before you know it. But your watch can clue you in on how much space you have available. It can also show you how much space is used by specific apps and content so you know what to jettison when you’re running close to empty.

Check Storage Space

Check the available storage space on your watch from the Watch app on your phone. Go to My Watch > General > About in the app. Wait a few seconds and the app will display the total number of songs, photos, and external applications on the device. It also shows the total capacity and the available amount of space.

To check the capacity directly on your Apple Watch, go to Settings > General > Usage. The Storage section displays the amount of available space and the amount of used space. Swipe down the screen to see how much space is taken up by each app and type of content, including Music, Podcasts, and Photos.

Remove Apps

Now that you know which content is taking up the most amount of space, you can remove items you no longer need or want. First, let’s look at deleting apps using the Watch app on your phone. Open the app and swipe down the My Watch screen until you reach the Installed on Apple Watch section.

Tap the name of an app you want to remove, then turn off the Show App on Apple Watch switch, and the app will be deleted from the watch. Return to the previous screen, and the app now appears in the Available Apps section, where you can always reinstall it on your watch by tapping the Install button.

To remove an app directly from the watch, press the Digital Crown to move to the Home screen with all your apps in view.

If the Home screen is in Grid View, lightly press down on any icon until they all start to shake. Tap the X button on the app you wish to remove. At the confirmation screen, tap Delete App. Press the Digital Crown to turn off the icon jiggling.

If the Home screen is in List View, swipe through the list until you see the app you wish to delete. Swipe the app’s entry to the left and tap the trash can icon. Tap the Delete App entry to confirm.

Remove Music

You may also want to delete any saved music from your Apple Watch. Do this by opening the Watch app on your iPhone. Swipe down the My Watch section and tap the Music entry.

The option for Recent Music adds songs you’ve recently played. If this option is enabled and you want to see how much space you can free up, turn this switch off to remove recent albums. Next, tap the Edit link in the upper right. Tap the Delete icon next to any playlist or album you want to remove and then tap the Delete button.

To delete albums directly from your Apple Watch, open the Music app on your watch. Swipe down on each album thumbnail until you see the entries for On iPhone and Library. Tap Library > Albums and swipe down the screen until you see an album you wish to remove.

Swipe the album name to the left and then tap the ellipsis icon. At the action screen, tap the Remove button. The app asks if you want to delete the album from your library or remove this download from the watch. Tap Remove Download and the album is removed from your watch. Tap Done.

Resync Photos

You can also change and limit the photos that are synced from your phone to your watch. Open the Watch app on your iPhone, then swipe down the My Watch section and tap the entry for Photos. Whether the option is set to Mirror my iPhone or Custom, you can change the album that gets synced and control the number of photos synced to your watch.

Tap Synced Album and switch it to a different album, maybe one that contains fewer photos. Tap Photos Limit and lower the number of synced photos to as few as 25. Your watch will then update the synced photos.

Remove Audiobooks

If you’re storing audiobooks on your watch, these can be removed within the Watch app on your iPhone. In the My Watch section, tap Audiobooks. Here, you have a couple of options.

If the switches for Reading Now and Want to Read are enabled, it means your watch is automatically downloading audiobooks to fill space. Turn them off to stop the sync and make room on your device. Look through the list of synced audiobooks to find any you no longer need on your watch. Swipe one to the left and tap the Delete button.

Remove Podcasts

If you like podcasts, you can listen to them on your Apple Watch, but if you’re storing them on the device, you can remove them through the Watch app. Tap the Podcasts entry on the My Watch screen. There are two options available that automatically download episodes, but you can take control of them if you’re pressed for space.

The Up Next option downloads one episode from your top 10 podcasts, while Custom adds three episodes from every show you select. The Custom option gives you more control over the synced episodes, so you may want to try that one. In that case, turn off the switch for any podcasts that you don’t need on your watch.

Unpair Apple Watch

If you have gone through all these steps and are still low on space, you may want to try unpairing and repairing your watch. To do this in the Watch app, tap the All Watches link at the top. Tap the Info icon for your watch and select Unpair Apple Watch.

Allow the unpairing to finish, then bring your iPhone near your Apple Watch. Wait for the pairing screen to appear, tap Continue, and then follow the steps to pair it again.

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Because of the massive capacities available in current models, you may never have to worry about running out of space again the next time you upgrade your iPhone.

But, for the time being, if your phone is running out of space, don’t worry: there are a few easy ways to free up some important space.

How to free up space on iphone

How to check how much space is available on your iPhone

The first thing you should do is figure out how much space you have remaining.

  • Open the Settings app on your phone.
  • After that, touch “General,” then “iPhone Storage.”
  • You may need to wait a few seconds, but a graph should appear at the bottom of the screen showing how much free space you have and what is consuming your memory (media files, apps, photos, and so on).

How to remove non-essential apps and data from your iPhone that are taking up a lot of space

All of your apps should be presented in order of size from largest to smallest under the iPhone storage graph. What you’re seeing isn’t only the app’s size, but also how much space the app’s data takes up.

This varies significantly per app; the Music app, for example, is only approximately 20MB on its own, but if you have a lot of music on your phone, this app might take up gigabytes of space.

To find out, go to the iPhone Storage tab and tap on an app in the list. You’ll be taken to the app’s information page, where you may either uninstall the software and all of its data or temporarily offload the app from your iPhone.

“Offload App” deletes the app but leaves all of its data on the phone. The data will be preserved if you reinstall it later, and you may continue to use it regularly. If you want to use the app again, this is an excellent alternative because the software itself is rather huge, but the data takes up relatively little space.

The command “Delete App” deletes the app as well as all of its data. If the app’s data is considerably larger than the app itself, there’s little benefit in removing simply the app—for example, Spotify if you download a lot of music—or the Music app alone.

Optimizing photos

There are a few ways that your iPhone may help you save space when it comes to storing photographs. First, if you have an iPhone 7 or later, you may use Apple’s new “High Efficiency” mode to take all of your photographs. The quality of your images will not be compromised, but each shot will take up much less storage space. This may already be enabled, but it’s worth double-checking.

Clear Safari’s cache

All those temporary internet files pile up, and your web browser’s cache might be eating up a lot of space. You will be logged out of any websites you are signed into, and all of your cookies will be erased if you do this. However, you may save dozens of megabytes by doing so.

Deleting older messages

Unless you have a lot of texts with photos attached, messages won’t take up a lot of space. However, if every megabyte matters, you may remove individual messages or whole discussions manually. You may also modify the iPhone’s settings to erase older texts automatically after a month or a year.