No matter how good something is, it’s bound to lose charm if not taken care of properly. With the little care, you can keep your favorite stuff at its very best for long. Else, even the best can struggle to live up to your expectation.
I still remember when I was quite new to iOS and didn’t know much about how to get the best out of my iPhone, I wasn’t too pleased with the speed of my device. Moreover, app crashing, touchscreen freezing, random rebooting of my device without any rhyme or reason were just the order of the day. Then I would curse myself why the hell I have spent so much on a smartphone that’s just not living up to my billings.
However, once I got to know some tips and tricks, I was able to prevent my device from giving me a headache or becoming a frequent nightmare with ease. The pretty simple but highly effective methods helped me to prevent my iPhone from being cluttered for space. Besides, it also freed a lot of space on the device without having to delete apps and photos.
How to Free up iPhone/iPad Space Without Deleting Photos or Apps
Get rid of “Other Data”
If you wonder what the “Other Data” is, then let me tell you that it’s the cache, cookies, logs, browser history. Each app that you use continues to pile up cache, cookies and other stuff. And over the time, they become quite problematic for your device.
To check out how much other data a particular app has stored,
Step #1. Head over to Settings → General.
Step #2. Tap on Storage & iCloud Usage → Tap on Manage Storage under Storage. There you will see the list of apps and the space they have taken on your device.
Tap on any app like Facebook, you will see Documents and Data and its size. What’s this? That’s the real culprit that has eaten into extra space on your device. Do away with it.
Step #1. First off, you need to backup your device preferably via iTunes.
Step #2. Now, Reset your iPhone. (Settings → General → Reset → Erase All Contents and Settings.)
Step #3. Finally, connect your device to your Mac or PC, launch iTunes and restore from backup.
Though it won’t get rid of all the caches at once, repeating the process frequently will go a long way in keeping your device uncluttered.
Other Important Tips You Must Follow
There are other highly effective tips as well, which don’t require a lot of steps. And following them every now and then will greatly help you in keeping your device junk-free.
Clear Safari History and Website Data
By default, Safari keeps with it the record of what you search on the web. You need to clear it off from time to time.
Settings → Safari → Clear History and Website Data.
Don’t Double Save Photos
If you use HDR mode on your iPhone, two photos are automatically saved on your iOS device. While the one is HDR version, the other is a normal one. Hence, you need to make sure that you keep normal photos.
Step #1. Tap on Settings → Photos & Camera.
Step #2. Scroll down and turn on Keep Normal Photo.
Don’t Store Text Messages Forever
It’s better to delete messages regularly. And, there is an option to get it done with ease.
Step #1. Tap on Settings → Messages.
Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Keep Messages.
Step #3. select 30 days.
Remove Offline Data
It’s advisable to remove the offline data that you don’t need to read later.
Remove Offline Data At Once
Step #1. Tap on Settings → General.
Step #2. Tap on Storage & iCloud Usage → Tap on Manage Storage under Storage.
Step #4. Tap on Safari → Tap on Edit from the top right corner.
Step #5. Tap on the red button behind the Offline Reading List → Tap on Delete → Tap on Done from the top right corner.
Remove Offline Data Individually
If you don’t want to remove all the offline data at once, you can individually delete it. Launch Safari on your iDevice→ Tap on the icon which looks like a book at the bottom→ make sure Reading List is selected (the tiny glass) → Swipe left from right on any data that you don’t want → tap on Delete → Tap on Done from the top right corner.