How to Free Up iPhone Storage Space

how to free up iPhone storage

Disclaimer: The steps provided below are applicable to most iPhone models running iOS 12 or later. However, there may be slight variations in the user interface or settings depending on your specific device or iOS version.

Also, some steps on this guide may permanently delete apps, files or photos. Be sure to regularly backup your iPhone to prevent accidental deletions.

Step 1: Analyze Your Storage Usage

To begin, go to “Settings” and tap on “General,” then select “iPhone Storage.” Here, you’ll find a detailed breakdown of how your storage space is being used. Identify the apps, photos, and files that are taking up the most space.

Step 2: Offload Unused Apps

If you have apps that you rarely use but don’t want to delete permanently, you can offload them.

  1. Go to “Settings,” tap on “General”
  2. Select “iPhone Storage.”
  3. Scroll down and tap on the app you want to offload, and choose “Offload App.”

This will remove the app but keep its documents and data intact. You can reinstall the app later without losing any data.

Step 3: Optimize Photos and Videos

Photos and videos can quickly consume a significant amount of storage space. Open the “Photos” app and tap on “Albums.” Select “Videos” or “Recently Deleted” to delete unwanted videos or permanently remove deleted photos. To optimize storage, enable the “Optimize iPhone Storage” option in “Settings” > “Photos” & “Camera.” This will save space by storing high-resolution versions in iCloud.

Step 4: Clear Safari Cache and Offline Reading List

Over time, Safari accumulates cache and offline reading list data. To clear this:

  1. Open “Settings,” tap on “Safari”
  2. Select “Clear History and Website Data.”
  3. Confirm your choice by tapping “Clear History and Data.” This will remove temporary files and free up storage space.

Step 5: Review and Delete Large Files

To identify and delete large files that are taking up unnecessary space:

  1. Go to “Settings” > “General” > “iPhone Storage.”
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Review Large Attachments.” Here, you can view and delete large files from various apps, such as Mail, Messages, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions Freeing Up iPhone Storage

Q: Will offloading an app delete its data?

A: No, offloading an app will only remove the app itself, while keeping its documents and data intact. You can reinstall the app later without losing any data.

Q: Can I recover deleted photos or videos?

A: Once you delete photos or videos from the “Recently Deleted” album, they are permanently removed and cannot be recovered. Make sure to double-check before deleting. Be sure to backup your iPhone to have the chance to restore photos.

Q: How often should I clear Safari cache and offline reading list?

A: Clearing Safari cache and offline reading list data periodically is recommended to free up storage space and enhance browsing performance. You can do this every few months or as needed.

By following these five simple steps, you can easily free up storage space on your iPhone, ensuring optimal performance and room for all your important files and apps.