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How to Clear Space on iPhone

Is your iPhone feeling a bit slow lately? If you find yourself running out of storage on your iPhone, you're not alone. Having more free space on your iPhone can increase speed. You can quickly clean your iPhone by erasing files, delete photos, videos, and clear your apps' cache. These tips and tricks will help you get more free storage in iPhone quickly to ensure you always have enough space for your next photo and video.

How to Manage Storage on iPhone

To see how much storage you have, open Settings, tap General, and then tap iPhone Storage.

Here you'll see how your device storage is being used and what's taking up the most space. You might see some recommendations for ways to free up space, like deleting old messages and large attachments or optimizing you photo storage. To apply these, tap Enable.

Manage iPhone storage

You can also see how much storage your apps use. For some apps, you can delete content to free up space.

For example, tap Messages, and you can delete old conversations, files, GIFs, and more. Photos and videos sent to you through Messages take up more space than you might think. Storing messages in iCloud can help, but if you don't want to use this feature, you can clear out your message attachments manually.

Delete message history

Learn more tips for freeing up space:

Option 1: Delete app content

It is necessary to delete the photos and videos that you don't want anymore. To take a look, tap Photos. You can delete any photos you don't need to keep, like old vacation photos from friends or screenshots.

  • Open the Photos app and tap Select.
  • Tap each photo or video that you want to delete.
  • Tap Trash icon > Delete [number] Photos.

Then delete content for other apps. Learn more see 3 options to delete iMessage history and attachments.

Clear iMessage History

Option 2: Offload unused apps

You can also offload an app to free up storage. Just tap any app to view its size and see how much space its documents and data take up on your device. Tap Offload App and then tap Offload App again to uninstall the app.

Offload app

Offloading an app still keeps its documents and data just in case you want to reinstall it later. Enabling Offload Unused Apps feature obviously helps free up storage automatically. That is especially true when you have lots of apps on your iPhone or iPad, and storage is always a concern.

Need to make more room?

Try deleting unused apps and removing songs you downloaded to your device from Apple Music. You can also store your photo library in iCloud Photos and use iCloud to store other items, too.

Option 3: 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 storage your 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 the app list.

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

Delete app

When you need it, reinstall a new one from App Store. Learn more ways to delete apps on iPhone.

Option 4: 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.

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 5: Delete Old iCloud Backups

If you choose to back up 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

Option 6: Clear Safari History and Website Data

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.