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6 Ways to Free up Storage Space in iPhone/iPad

The easiest way to free up space immediately is to delete temporary files and clear your cache. High resolution pictures also take up storage space on your iPhone/iPad. In this article, it will offer you several practical ways to free up space for your iPhone and iPad.


Option 1: Selectively Delete Unnecessary Apps

Delete the rarely used apps and large storage eating apps is a nice way to free up storage on your iPhone or iPad. To find out how much storageyour apps takes up, use these steps:

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Usage& iCloud Usage.

Step 2: Tap on Manage Storage under Storage section.

You can see how much storage each app takes up from app list.

Step 3: Tap and remove the storage-occupied app, then tap Delete App.

Delete app

When need it, reinstall a new one from App Store. Learn more ways to remove iPhone/iPad built-in apps.

Option 2: Turn Off My Photo Stream

Turn off My Photo Stream is a good way to free up storage.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Photos & Camera.

Step 2: Turn off My Photo Stream.

Turn off Photo Stream

You can always turn it back on again after the storage issue has passed.

You might want to turn on Optimize Storage for iCloud Photo Library to free up space.

Option 3: Stop Double-saving HDR Photos

If you use your iPhone's HDR mode, iPhone automatically saves two photos: the HDR version and the normal version. To free up space, you can choose to keep only one version.

Step 1: Go to SettingsPhotos & Camera.

Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom turn off Keep Normal Photo option.

Stop double-saving HDR photos

Option 4: Delete Old iCloud Backups

If you choose to backup your device with iCloud, the old iCloud backups can quickly fill up storage space. Deleting old ones from time to time is a great way to free up some extra space for other things.

Step 1: Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage.

Step 2: Tap on Manage Storage, then tap on the backup you'd like to delete.

Step 3:Tap on Turn Off & Delete in the popup menu.

Turn off and delete each backup data

Learn more ways to remove old backups from iCloud.

Option 5: Clear iMessages History and Attachments

iMessage allows you automatically remove messages after a period of time.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Message.

Step 2: Tap on Keep Messages under the Message History section.

Step 3: Select expire time either 1 year or 30 days, whichever you'd like.

Step 4: Tap Delete in the popup menu to confirm to delete any messages older than the specified time period.

Clear iMessage History

Learn more see 3 options to delete iMessage history and attachments.

Option 6: Clear Safari History, Cache Data and Cookies

Browsing history and cache in Safari also consume some storage space.

Go to Settings > Safari > tap Clear History and Website Data > Clear Cookies and Data.

Clear Safari history and caches

Learn more see how to clear Safari history in iPhone/iPad.