How to Free up Space on iPhone/iPad Without Deleting Photos or Apps

There are five pretty simple but highly effective tips to let you plenty of space on your iPhone and iPad without needing to delete your favorite apps and photos.

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.

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How to Free Up Space on iPhone and iPad Without Deleting Photos and Apps

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.

Looking to find out the tricks to free up plenty of space on your iPhone and iPad without going through the pain to get rid of your apps and photos? Here you go!

How to Free up iPhone/iPad Space Without Deleting Photos or Apps

Get rid of “Other Data”

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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.

Tap on Settings Then General on iDevices

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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 Manage Storage on iPhone

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.

Tap on App and Look for Documents and Data in iPhone

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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.)

Erase All Contents and Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Finally, connect your device to your Mac or PC, launch iTunes and restore from backup.

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Click on Restore Backup in iTunes

That’s it!

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

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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.

Clear History and Website Data in Safari on iPhone

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.

Tap on Photos & Camera in iPhone Settings

Step #2. Scroll down and turn on Keep Normal Photo.

Toggle On Keep Normal Photo in iPhone Settings

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.

Tap on Settings Then Photos & Camera in iPhone

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Keep Messages.

Tap on Keep Messages in iPhone Message Settings

Step #3. select 30 days.

Keep Messages for 30 Days on iPhone

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.

Tap on Manage Storage on iPhone

Step #4. Tap on Safari → Tap on Edit from the top right corner.

Tap on Safari then Edit in iPhone Settings

Step #5. Tap on the red button behind the Offline Reading List → Tap on Delete → Tap on Done from the top right corner.

Delete Offline Safari Reading List on iPhone

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.

Delete Safari Reading List on iPhone

That’s all there is to it! Like this article? Do let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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